About Leather Chemicals
Leather chemicals are used in the treatment of animal hides in order to produce leather. Many chemicals are used in leather processing to make it durable and give an aesthetic appeal. Leather chemicals are generally required in different stages of leather processing, which include beamhouse, tanning, finishing, water repellents, and drum dyeing. Leather is an essential material for accessory products. The high demand for leather is attributed to the high requirement for products such as footwear, apparels, garments, and upholstery of automotive and furniture.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global leather chemicals market to grow at a CAGR of 4.23% during the period 2017-2021.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global leather chemicals market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Leather Chemicals Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global leather chemicals market: BASF, LANXESS, Stahl Holdings, Schill+Seilacher, and TFL.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Balmer Lawrie, Chemtan, DyStar, Elementis, Heim Leather Chem, Kemia Tau, and ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in the market is rising export of leather. The export of leather is increasing at a rapid rate globally. The global leather and leather goods exports crossed $1 billion in 2015. Bangladesh is the biggest exporter of leather shoes, travel bags, wallets, belts, and finished leather products. The Indian leather industry is also gaining popularity in the US market.”
According to the report, one driver in the market is cost-effectiveness of leather chemicals and leather-based products. In the process of leather-based product manufacturing, leather chemicals are used in the leather processing stages. These chemicals are used for beam housing, tanning, dyeing, and many other processes. The techniques that are used for the manufacturing of leather chemicals are cost-effective and can be easily practiced in the laboratory. Chemicals used during the processing of leather are biocides, surfactants, degreasers, fungicide, nitrogen-containing compounds, chromium compounds, zirconium, sulfuric acid, sulfates, sulfides, and caustic soda. These chemicals are easily available and are cost-effective.
Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is environmental hazards of leather chemicals. Leather chemicals includes mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, various oils, dyes, and finishes. Some of them are cyanide-based, which are very harmful for the environment. Most leather produced in the US is chrome-tanned, where all wastes containing chromium are considered hazardous. Tannery effluent contains large amounts of pollutants, including salt, lime sludge, sulfides, and acids. The process of tanning stabilizes the collagen or protein fibers in skins, which protects leather from wear and tear.
BASF, LANXESS, Stahl Holdings, Schill+Seilacher, TFL, Balmer Lawrie, Chemtan, DyStar, Elementis, Heim Leather Chem, Kemia Tau, and ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ.
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