GSC Group is leader of an interesting European research project called Life GOAST (acronym for “Green Organic Agents for Sustainable Tanneries”) that aims at developing new tanning agents to achieve an alternative tanning process to chrome, with high environmental sustainability. The research started a few months ago and the results are beginning to arrive. “We have already developed a new tanning agent based on acrylic polymers that is proving to be very interesting,” explains Claudio Bortolati, R&D Manager of GSC Group. “Together with other partners of the project, we are now developing the actual tanning system with the aim of achieving high quality metal-free leather reducing the use of chemicals and water consumption”.
The other partners of the green project are the Pasubio Tannery, which already has extensive experience in the production of chrome-free leather and the Medio Chiampo Consortium that manages the water system in the Montebello area and that has specifically set up a small purifier to conduct tests on wastewater from production tests. The scientific partner called to validate the results is the Cà Foscari University of Venice, which is also responsible for further developing the project dedicated to the reuse of residual shavings.
The Life Goast Project foresees the global investment of 2.3 million euros, 60% of which is financed by the European Community. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
Located in the tanning district of Arzignano, the current structure of the GSC Group was created through the acquisition of the Exel, Letex, Vandoni and Ber Chimica companies that pursue a policy of growth and investment.