BASF to Showcase Leather Processes that Provide Economic and Ecological Benefits to the Leather Industry

The All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) will be held September 2-4, 2009 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. BASF will be located in Hall W2 in Booth D 11.

This year main focus of BASF will lie on processes that offer unique economic and ecological benefits. The booth will display the range of innovative and established products and their utilization at all steps of the production sequence. As reliable, innovative and sustainable partner, BASF leather chemicals offer differentiation with Brilliant Solutions.

The growing importance of sustainability and the environment is emphasized by Joachim Henkmann, head of BASF’s leather business in East Asia: “Our products and processes focus on environmentally friendly and economical solutions which ensure high-quality ecological products. This secures to meet the individual requirements for our customers. These demands will be satisfied by the expansion of our Basyntan® and Relugan® ranges.”

The BASF team of experts will be in attendance to advise customers and to inform them about our innovative new developments and our range of established, high-quality products.

Lepton ® Enhancer LT: Upgrading with easy to use microcapsules

Lepton ® Enhancer LT offers low grade crust upgrading under standard tannery processing conditions. It effectively covers defects and irregularities while yielding the highest standards of print definition and retention. Lepton ® Enhancer LT is compatible with most finishing chemicals. The lower application temperature is a means of avoiding unnecessary complications, the leather remains soft and the break is not impaired. Lepton ® Enhancer LT does not contain NMP and is free of organic solvents for eco-friendly application.

Astacin ® Top LP: For water based patent leather

Astacin ® Top LP is the solution from BASF to achieve high gloss, transparency plus an elegant smooth surface on leather. This new water-based auxiliary for leather finishing is recommended for top coats of aqueous finishes and presents the closest alternative to solvent based patent finishing. Astacin ® Top LP stands for first-rate leveling characteristics as well as high scratch resistance and good flexing properties. Astacin ® Top LP does not contain alkyl-tin compounds and has reduced airborne emissions in comparison to established standards, which makes it more environmentally compatible. It is recommended for all types of leather with a high gloss, especially for water-based patent leather.

Basyntan ® : Expansion of the range with formaldehyde free syntans

The new range of formaldehyde free Basyntan ® tanning agents offers products for all kinds of leather articles, especially regarding eco-friendly leather for examples formaldehyde reduction. All Basyntan ® products are based on sulfon tanning agents and for this reason offer high light fastness and heat resistance. Basyntan ® IS and FO are for filling and tightness, Basyntan ® AS is for innovative aluminium-sulfon and Basyntan ® UR has good lights fastness and heat resistance.

Relugan ® : Expansion of the range with soft polymers

Relugan ® soft polymers by BASF solve problems for Soft, Full and Tight leather. The range of products offers the right polymer for each parameter. All products are free of formaldehyde, monomers and inorganic salts. The main characteristics include high light-fastness, heat resistance and good compatibility with other products: Relugan ® Full ES, the liquid branched polyacrylate copolymer offers a soft, round handle with a fine grain and first-rate dispersing power. Relugan ® Soft HF unites the positive characteristics of polymer retanning agents and fat liquors. Relugan ® Soft HF is recommended for all types of soft leather requiring a high degree of light, heat, and migration resistance. It is especially suited for leather low in VOC and FOG. In addition to this, Relugan ® Soft HF facilitates production of washable leathers and leathers with specific light weight. Relugan ® FS gives leather a pleasant handle, fullness, and a smooth tight grain. It shows good results in lightfastness, heat resistance, and resistance to migration. Furthermore Relugan ® Tight FR-NF liquid is the right approach for filling and buffing of all kinds of leather articles.

Lugafast® Colorlock system: No problems with color migration

The new reactive dyes for leather present a new fastness profile that prevents the color from fading and migrating. Thus, it is possible to create innovative design solutions as well as new material combinations. Also the application of all Lugafast ® reactive dyes is simple and efficient. Lugafast ® colors are available as Black AN, Brown BB, Brown BC, Red RR, Yellow GG and Blue.

BASF Performance Chemicals - always one idea ahead!

The product range of BASF's Leather Chemicals business unit includes chemicals for all wet-end and finishing processes in the leather and fur industries. With a worldwide manufacturing and marketing organization, we are one of the leading suppliers in these fields.

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