Stahl - Partner up with imagination

Lowering the environmental impact of products is a key priority for the leather industry and Stahl strongly believes in taking responsibility. It not only wants to be a leader in terms of solutions, it also sees it as an obligation to take a leading role in the move to higher environmental standards within the leather industry.

Are you curious about Stahl's top-quality solutions that minimise environmental impact? Visit company representatives at APLF in Hong Kong either at its booth, at the Leather Forum or the BLC sustainability event.

At its booth, Stahl will present the most innovative, sustainable and fashionable leather solutions. Its exhibition highlights, such as Stahlite (lightweight leather) and EasyWhite Tan (chrome-free leather), will demonstrate that more sustainable solutions do not affect the quality and performance of leather. Highlights include:

  • EasyWhite Tan: the industry standard-setting innovation EasyWhite Tan provides a more sustainable and simplified tanning process than ever before. This chrome-free procedure removes the need to add salt, reduces the water consumption and reduces the number of stages in the tanning process.
  • Stahlite: thanks to a careful selection of processing chemicals, the weight of leather is minimised, resulting in fuel savings for aircraft and cars. Next to that, the Stahlite retan process uses fewer chemicals, water and energy than conventional retannage.
  • Polymatte: The sustainable matte coating for leather and coated fabrics is based on rapeseed oil instead of petroleum, resulting in a warm and waxy feel (with very low VOC).

Stahl's vision on sustainable leather at the Leather Forum

Stahl's director of sustainability Mike Tomkin will present the company's vision of sustainability in the leather supply chain at the Leather Forum.

Stahl believes that responsibilities do not start and end at its factory gates. Therefore, it is talking with suppliers and customers on this subject to stimulate them to act in the same responsible manner as it does. Stahl has also signed up to the United Nations Global Compact to ensure that it meets certain standards and shows constant improvement. The company also created Stahl Campus - a global knowledge centre that provides training courses to tanners, manufacturers, OEMs and others to strengthen their knowledge about sustainability through training.

BLC sustainability event

At the BLC sustainability event, Stahl's global product manager wet-end, Reineking, will update visitors with the latest industry standard-setting innovation - EasyWhite Tan.

Today, 85-90% of all leather is tanned with chrome (wet-blue). This has been the standard in the industry for years. However, at the same time, there is a growing demand for chrome-free tanning. Stahl's EasyWhite Tan is a new tanning system, which is perfectly suitable for a wide range of articles, and creates chrome-free and high-quality leather. At the event, Claus Reineking will elaborate on the advantages of EasyWhite Tan compared with existing chrome and chrome-free tanning.

A closer look

With more than 1,800 employees at 11 manufacturing sites and 38 laboratories in 23 countries, Stahl is the leading market player in chemicals for leather products in terms of knowledge, expertise and range of technical solutions.

Visit Stahl during APLF at Hall 1, stand 1D-D02 or visit the Leather Forum on 30 March 15:30-16:30.

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Claus Reineking, global product manager, wet-end.
Mike Tomkin, director of sustainability.
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