Donald T. Pine

Chemtan President

President's Message

March 2019

One thing we can count on, for better or worse is that time passes; and in the case of business conducted in 2018, a good thing because worldwide leather production was down 12%

There are many contributing factors, not withstanding is the cyclical nature over the years of synthetic materials being used to replace leather.

Fortunately, open and free markets usually correct themselves as the consumer quickly realizes yet again the true value of leather in terms of value and longevity.

High quality leather is not a commodity but unique and special. As an industry we have a responsibility to educate and promote leather to the current generation entering the workforce, and the new designers of footwear, and leather goods.

One can only make sensible decisions from being adequately informed.

Chemtan is proud to be a member of “Leather Naturally”, formed 10 years ago, and this year has engaged in a major promotion of leather educating the consumer across a wide array of platforms.

To find out more about the reason why leather is so important in your life choices please visit www.leathernaturally.org

Chemtan also supports by providing our chemical information on the “ZDHC” MRSL Gateway (ZERO DISCHARGE OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS) portal, this is part of the Chemical management module supported by the Leather Working Group, known as LWG which extensively investigates and judges Leather producer’s world wide and ranks them based on best practices and the chemicals they use.

You are encouraged to find access more information at www.leatherworkinggroup.com

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.