HELLER-LEDER is committed to more sustainable production

The research team of the resource-efficient "ReeL" technology (HELLER-LEDER, Thomas Strebost- 3.f.r.) received the Environmental Innovation Award from BMUB State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (left). Photo: Photo: Kruppa/IKU

Leather chemicals manufacturer Lanxess was among the honours at the German Innovation Awards for Climate and the Environment in Berlin on February 21. The company won in the environmentally friendly products and services category for the ReeL project it embarked on last year with tanner HELLER-LEDER and Leverkusen-based research institute INVITE as partners.

ReeL stands for ‘Resource-efficient production of leather chemicals’ and centres on a plant for producing Lanxess’s X-Biomer retanning agent inside tanneries using trimmings and shavings and plant-based biomass.

Government minister Jochen Flasbarth and Holger Lösch from the Federation of German Industries (BDI), presented the award to the head of the Lanxess leather business unit, Luis López-Remón.

“The award clearly confirms that we are on the right path,” Mr López-Remón said. “Production residues from the leather manufacturing process can be recycled on-site in tanneries and we can significantly improve the sustainability profile of the leather manufacturing industry.”


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