In the field of metal free finishing, Finikem research has made a big step forward as evidenced by the features of the new FM line just launched on the market. Liquid dyes, pigments, compounds, resins, fillers and so on: a complete range of products for finishing metal-free leathers that offer extraordinary results.
“We can talk about Metal Free 2.0 – explains the new general manager Finikem, Emanuele Rappa – If at first we concentrated on the features of the finishing product to be proposed to the tanner, now we have shifted the focus on the finished leather, thinking about the compliance that it must have, completely overturning the research approach. Thinking in this way, Finikem has managed to develop a product line that results in high quality finished leathers on which the limits of detectable metals are far below legislative parameters”.
As the R&D manager Finikem, Alessandro Tamburini explains, for a leather to be defined as metal free*, the sum of the individual metals present tied to it (chromium, aluminum, zinc, titanium and iron) must be less than 0.1% i.e. less than 1000 ppm. Starting from here, the Tuscan company has definitely gone very far. “It is no longer enough for us to comply with regulations. On leathers finished with the products of this new line, the presence of metals is so low that it is almost undetectable. In this way, even tanners who work with brands and stringent specifications can operate with the utmost tranquillity”.
How did you accomplish these results? “These products are the result of a couple of years of research conducted within our laboratories. We worked on safer raw materials, tried and changed components, did multilple testing complete with control laboratory analysis before developing the correct formulations. But now we are there and our line is ready to satisfy the most stringent requests”, concludes Tamburini.
Finikem laboratories are available for those who want to carry out finishing tests using the products of the new FM line.
*According to the definition reported in the standard UNI EN 15987:2015