A revolutionary tanning system with reduced environmental impact has been developed by LANCASTER INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.

After two years of experimentation, using a new tanning agent derived from aluminium, created in collaboration with a chemical company, the company launches a new tanning and retanning system that not only solves the age-old problem of chrome coming into contact with the skin, but also ensures brilliant colours when tinting suede, guaranteeing extremely light, deep and clean tones and maximum freedom in finishing crust leathers. All without changing the nature of the leather or the need to modify the tannery’s production systems.

The market has been waiting for this announcement for a long time: a completely chrome-free leather, which as well as the advantage of being more environmentally friendly, also has excellent characteristics, without posing limitations on colour levels, finishes and other aids.

Specialists in processing goat skins and cross-bred leathers, Lancaster International SpA, based in Buscate (Milan), with important production plants in Nigeria, is preparing for the worldwide launch of a new tanning system, which in many ways is revolutionary.

It has taken two years of work and now we can finally present our clients with the leather of the future

explains the Lombard, tanning industrialist, Emanuele Tappella.

At the moment, for obvious reasons of confidentiality, I can only say these new tanning products are derived from an aluminium used in the pharmaceutical industry. Thanks to the skill of Emilio Lindoni, a technician with tried-and-tested experience in the field, the results we have achieved were far beyond our expectations: leathers, that are not only eco-friendly, but more beautiful than those treated with chrome.

Unlike other chrome-free tanning systems, the technique developed by Lancaster International SpA does not require the use of aldehydes of any kind, yet the finished leather has the same characteristics as chrome-tanned leathers, with all the environmental advantages of chrome-free leather. The crusts supplied to the clients of Lancaster Int. SpA can also be re-worked for the realisation of vegetable-tanned items. The leathers will be produced in the three Nigerian tanneries, closely run by Lancaster, and will arrive on the market via the company’s traditional distribution channels, that is: leading tanneries, leather traders and a number of big brand manufacturers. Among the first to have successfully experimented with the new, chrome-free crusts are a number of historic clients, including the Italian tannery, ArborSrl and the Chinese tannery group, Kai Yuan

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KEY ADVANTAGES

  • REDUCES THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
  • ENSURES VERY BRILLIANT COLOURS WHEN TINTING SUEDE
  • REDUCES DYE CONSUMPTION
  • THE CRUSTS CAN BE WORKED IN THE SAME WAY AS CHROME-TANNED LEATHERS
  • IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF THE LEATHER
  • AVOIDS CONTACT OF CHROME WITH HUMAN SKIN

THE COMPANY

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Lancaster International has been operating in the tanning industry for over 40 years, always keeping up, but more often than not, anticipating changes in the marketplace. Specialists in the working of Nigerian goat skins and cross-bred leathers, which are the origins of the finest suede and nappa leathers, Lancaster International SpA develops its products in Italy and produces them at the Mamuda, Mahaza and Mario José tanneries, in the city of Kano, the heart of the Nigerian tanning district, where are employed approximately 4.500 people, using leading-edge technologies and machinery, with an out-put of circa 60 thousand skins a day