Haryana highlight new products at Bologna19 December 2005
Haryana Leather Chemicals, based in New Delhi, were established by Pankaj Jain in 1988, through a joint-venture with Italian company Icap-Sira Chemicals and Polymers. The company's ISO 9001-2000 quality system confirms their commitment to quality and marketing and they have made constant investments in the technology and production processes. Technical collaboration with European chemical manufacturers such as Spanish company Vismon, enabled the company to acquire technical know-how and allowed Haryana to complete their product range with the introduction of phosphated fatliquors and tannins with in-house spray drying facility. Haryana currently export 35% of their production, with a sales presence in twenty countries. While 75% of exports are to the Asian market, Haryana are working to increase their presence in eastern Europe, Middle East and French speaking Africa. Their product range includes powder syntans, acrylic syntans, conventional fatliquors, lightweight fatliquors, waterproofing fatliquors and degreasing agents for the wet-end. The finishing range includes acrylics, polyurethanes, protein binders, butadiene and compacts, fillers, waxes, modifiers, pull-up oils and auxiliaries, lacquers, pigments and dye solutions and cationic finishes. Micronised high concentration pigment dispersions are also available. Haryana's new products have been designed specifically for use in upholstery leather as India is a growing market for buffalo hides for upholstery. One of the new products highlighted in Bologna was Luber PMK, a lightweight fatliquor which is made from astra synthetic compounds. Luber PMK is a new generation polymeric fatliquor which is AOX free and has high fullness and exhaustion values. It is odourless and resistant to yellowing at high temperature. Luber PMK is a milky pale yellow pourable dispersion and is particularly suitable for leathers which require high levels of lightfastness and resistance to ellowing at high temperatures. Leathers treated with Luber PMK have extremely low fogging and are resistant to washing and dry cleaning, which makes it particularly suitable for automotive and garment leather. According to Haryana, tanneries benefit from lower COD in the effluent. In December 2005, Haryana will be launching another low fogging polymeric retan/fatliquor for automotive leathers. Haryana are the only Indian company to carry out this type of research and have secured $250,000 of government funding from a committee of ten scientists which includes representatives of CLRI and FDPI (a UN body).