With state-of-the-art production facilities and important brands in its portfolio, Gsc Group is one of the leaders in the chemical-tanning sector. The continuous search for chemical solutions and always innovative application criteria for the leather processing has made this company located in the tanning district of Vicenza a point of reference worldwide. Its commitment on the research front will also be visible in Dresden (Germany) from the forthcoming June 25 to 28 at the XXXV IULTCS Congress (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) where GSC Group will be the protagonist both as an event partner and from a technical-scientific perspective. The company will present a study entitled “Investigation on VOC Content from Car Interior Finishing Systems and Its Influence on Leather Performances” on the emissions of volatile compounds (i.e. VOC) resulting from the finishing systems used in the automotive sector. Particular attention has been given to three key aspects: the performance of leather, the quality and the quantity of the substances emitted. “In recent years the automotive sector increasingly requires high-performance leather in terms of mechanical strength, low VOC emissions and with a very high quality of the latter, that is, free from hazardous substances or pollutants – explain the GSC Group – In the light of experience gathered over the years in the formulation of finishing systems, our research and development team has shown how the weight of some siliconic substances is very important for the quantity and quality of leathers emissions, but at the same time fundamental for the performance of the items produced. On the other hand, the increasingly stringent requests from car manufacturers have involved interdisciplinary competence and technical scientific skills of our team and promoted the creation of high performance items with at the same time low/negligible emissions; above all from emissions characterised by non-hazardous substances”. In this context between performance, quality and quantity, GSC Group’s study focused in particular on the creation and development of formulations that maintain or even improve the mechanical performances of leather, in the face of reduced emissions based on non-hazardous compounds.

At the Dresden Congress GSC Group will also present the project financed by the European LIFE program entitled LIFE GOAST Green Organic Agents for Sustainable Tanneries (LIFE ENV/IT/000416). Started in 2017, the project is aimed at developing an innovative and alternative tanning system for the production of wet-white leathers involving other than GSC Group also Conceria Pasubio, Mediochiampo and UNIVE.