Stahlite®: Our range of lightweight automotive leather solutions

In general, the weight of a leather hide varies, depending on how thick it is, its natural structure and how many processing materials it contains. The weight of the leather does not always matter that much. But for cars, aircraft and boats, every gram of weight saved boosts performance and benefits the environment. In other applications, like leather boots, shoes, jackets, motorbike suits, totes and other bags, opting for lightweight leather simply makes them nicer to wear or carry.

Why you should re-tan with Stahlite®

Automotive, aviation and marine leather applications must meet two criteria. The first one is to reduce weight. The second is to do this whilst maintaining the luxurious feel and the inviting appearance that consumers expect.

How does Stahlite® work?

The benefits of using the Stahlite® range speak for themself. But how does it work? Our Stahlite® range works its magic by replacing a large portion of weight increasing retanning agents and natural-based softening agents, also called fatliquors. It enables tanners to re-tan leather without over-filling or over-plumping the leather and it softens without adding much weight. All whilst enhancing the quality of the leathers and maintaining its valuable cutting area.

Production sustainability gains that make a real difference for tanners

Switching to the Stahlite® range also benefits tanners and the environment.

    • Stahlite® leather can be produced quickly – re-tanning running time can be shorted by up to 40%
    • Less electrical energy used and faster throughput in processing vessels
    • Less water and processing products needed and very high uptake of chemicals by the leather
    • Reductions of up 40-50% in COD and 60-70% BOD5 in retanning effluent and reduced volume


Discover what Stahlite® can do for you

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