Donald T. Pine

Chemtan President

President's Message

May 2022

We are patiently waiting for supply lines world- wide to improve given we are well into the second quarter of 2022. A great deal has been learned how to manage Covid 19 in most parts of the world without sacrificing the livelihood of so many people. There continues to be increased raw material cost from both foreign and domestic material suppliers. Limited supplies of raw materials persist in the USA due to continued Force de Majeure positions of major international chemical companies. In addition, we have seen significant increases in transportation costs particularly imported raw materials. To increase difficulties further, delays at both East and West coast ports including trucking shortages has added considerable stress to the situation.

On a macro level the world economy is slowly fracturing towards regional supply chains of goods and services linked to consumer markets because the cost of transportation is eclipsing the past economic benefits from worldwide trade. I hope this trend changes because there will be far too many smaller countries who will have even greater difficulties adjusting.

Employee shortages for the past few years have hampered our ability to increase production irrespective of the shortages in raw materials supply. Cash flow is too often seriously undermined from sporadic flow of raw materials negatively impacting schedules to produce finished goods. This dynamic forces us into working 7 days a week, 12-hour plus days which is not sustainable. Customer demand continues to be strong while our growth opportunities remain unrealized due to supply line shortages. Our foremost priority is to maintain a continuity of supply for our customers. Adding new customers for our key products is not possible in this environment.

It seems appropriate to state what we stand for as a company being a part of the leather industry. Yes, we were designated an essential manufacturer because we are in the supply line for US military leather. Yes, we are exporting more product in the world than what we supply domestically so we are not immune to world-wide competition. Our interests are in industry advancements to use the best available technologies and responsible practices. Also, it is important to be more critical regarding who the customers are in the supply chains. Selling product to leather producers who are using the best available technologies and practices will advance industry wide improvements faster than most other initiatives.

The emphasis on cattle supply lines entering the market when clearly linked to deforestation driven by agricultural expansion is not a viable trade-off. The means of earning a living in these areas of the world must also be developed to effectively stop these activities. Where hides come from is important to Chemtan even though we are a downstream supplier to leather producers.

Chemistries which are at not at odds with restricted substances and are identified through ZDHC guidelines for chemicals screened, tested and ranked are eligible then to appear on LWG ZDHC portal is a tremendous advancement forward, and we are proud to be part of this initiative.

REACH as an organization, is a uniquely European bureaucracy and acts as a trade barrier. Unless a chemical supplier can show a bonafide pathway available through a legal EU entity who has or can register chemistries under REACH can sell product into the EU.

The compensation required by REACH should not rule the day. Only the science which qualifies substances of very high concern (SVHC) should be the determining factor for any compound or chemistry useful in producing leather. The EU REACH organization otherwise too often significantly increases cost and reduces competitiveness worldwide.

There is no counterpart to REACH in the USA.

Respectfully,
Donald Pine

Product Highlight

 
New tool to make chrome free leathers - CHEMTAN® M-5
Let’s make white leather together.

Chemtan® M-5 is a novel approach to making chrome free leathers. It is non-yellowing, making it supremely suited for white athletic and automotive leathers. But it also imparts numerous reactive sites needed to make bright and dark shades.

Chemtan® M-5 is a newly engineered chrome free tanning agent designed to replace aldehyde and aluminum tans.

Leathers tanned using the Chemtan® M-5 have significantly improved shrink temperatures compared to alternative chrome free options. Typically achieving 75°C.
 
Efficient iron stain remover - CHEMTAN® R-20
Don’t let iron stains cut into your profits. Protect your leather with a high efficient chelate - Chemtan® R-20.

The chelate equivalence of the Chemtan® R-20 is 65% more effective to iron than EDTA.

Chemtan® R-20 offers ideal protection for your automotive and other high veg leathers.
 
Versatile retanning polymer - CHEMTAN® R-108
Sometimes smaller is better. This is certainly the case when it comes to developing a leather retanning polymer needed to selectively fill the flanks and empty areas of your skins.

Chemtan® R-108 is a versatile retanning polymer which can be used to produce a wide range of leathers, from soft glove and nappa leather to firm shoe upper.

Chemtan® R-108 is has a low pH and anionic charge. It is chrome stable and is normally added before the rechrome.

Chemtan® R-108 improves the break without compromising lightfastness. Leathers retanned with Chemtan® R-108 are also more receptive to impregnation.
 
Finish oil that does not compromise waterproof - CHEMOL® 588
No one says that finishing waterproof licals?

Chemol® 588 is a versatile finish oil. It provides a permanent rich feel and a moderate degree of darkening that does not fade over time.

What makes Chemol® 588 truly unique is that it is excellent for use on waterproof crusts and will maintain all waterproofing properties. No more sacrificing water absorptions just to get feel.

Chemol® 588 can be applied using either a hot or a cold rollcoater depending on youeather is easy but what if you had a finish oil that didn’t compromise waterproofing physr desired application amounts or needs.
 
Safe, effective alternative to formic acid - CHEMTAN® ECO-FIX
Let’s improve worker safety by making 1 simple change: How you fix your chemicals.

When it comes to your retan one of the most critical control points is how you fix the retan, dyes, and fatliquors.

Chemtan® Eco-Fix, helps you safely adjust the pH and fix your chemicals to the leather.

Chemtan® Eco-Fix is the safe, effective alternative to Formic Acid.

It is safe and effective on waterproof leathers and has been shown to be as effective in fixation based on COD analysis.
 
Versatile dispersing agent - CHEMOL® 411
Relax we got this. Let Chemol® 411 do all the heavy lifting in your process. Very few dispersants have the versatility of Chemol® 411. Whether you are making soft milled nappa, waterproof natural milled floater, or firm upper Chemol® 411 will certainly find a place in your retan.

Chemol® 411 is a versatile dispersing agent which can be used to produce a wide range of leathers, originally engineered specifically to meet the needs in waterproof systems it has shown itself as cost effect product for non-waterproof production.

Chemol® 411is fully neutralized and has anionic charge. It is chrome stable. It can be used to help improve the wetback of overly dry wet blue. As a dispersant it is equally effective aiding in distribution of the retan material or with the fatliquor. It really shines when used with those sensitive waterproof resins and silicones improving distribution and overall physical performance.

The dispersing properties of the Chemol® 411 are rendered inert by the metal salts commonly used in waterproof retans. Making this the perfect tool in your chemical toolbox.

Versatile dispersing agent - CHEMOL® 411

Relax we got this. Let Chemol® 411 do all the heavy lifting in your process. Very few dispersants have the versatility of Chemol® 411. Whether you are making soft milled nappa, waterproof natural milled floater, or firm upper Chemol® 411 will certainly find a place in your retan.

Chemol® 411 is a versatile dispersing agent which can be used to produce a wide range of leathers, originally engineered specifically to meet the needs in waterproof systems it has shown itself as cost effect product for non-waterproof production.

Chemol® 411 is fully neutralized and has anionic charge. It is chrome stable. It can be used to help improve the wetback of overly dry wet blue. As a dispersant it is equally effective aiding in distribution of the retan material or with the fatliquor. It really shines when used with those sensitive waterproof resins and silicones improving distribution and overall physical performance.

The dispersing properties of the Chemol® 411 are rendered inert by the metal salts commonly used in waterproof retans. Making this the perfect tool in your chemical toolbox.