The company is constantly oriented to the improvement of the production processes and invests considerable resources in Research and Development to develop increasingly sustainable products. The Lainate (Milan) company, with laboratories and warehouses also in the two main Italian tanning districts in Arzignano (VI) and Castelfranco di sotto (PI), and last year it obtained the LWG certification for sustainability and, through UNPAC, it adheres to the ZDHC platform to eliminate the use of harmful chemical products.

How can the Icap strategy be summed up with respect to sustainability?

“The strategy undertaken by Icap Leather Chem is that of offering their customers a range of products in line with the market’s strictest requests and from an ever-growing awareness by consumers with respect to the absence of dangerous substances. We believe that sustainability is one of the keys to the success of our business, since it is an incentive to innovation and creativity, and an essential element in the offering of goods in the near future. For this reason, we have developed a series of products with even stricter parameters than those contained in the most rigorous specifications (RLS) required by the brands”.

What are the most important product novelties?

“We have developed a range of solvent-free products, BTX, fluorinated compounds, formaldehyde etc. In general our research is oriented to the development of increasingly “green” chemical products and in the integration of innovative technologies capable of reducing the environmental impact taking place both in the production and in the use of polymers and finishing auxiliaries. Further objectives are those of polymer research and development starting with raw materials obtained from renewable sources in place of oil-derived sources; in this context we would like to also point out the collaboration in research projects with the National Research Centre (CNR)”.

In your opinion, what challenges lie ahead for the chemical-tanning sector?

“We believe that the next challenges that the chemical-tanning sector must undertake and win cannot but be inextricably linked to the enhancement of leather as a sustainable material; this enhancement, though, must involve the entire supply chain, from the suppliers to the producers, to the tanneries, to the associations and the brands”.