New strategic partnership in the world of tanning chemistry. In line with their shared goal for a more sustainable leather industry, Dutch multinational Smit & Zoon and Italian based BioProTech Italia S.r.l. are joining forces in the areas development, production and marketing of zeolite products for tanning and retanning. Activities of BioProTech in this field (Atoxitan® and their tanning products based on zeolite derivates) are fully consolidated into the business of Smit & Zoon Group.
 In a press release dated October 13th, J.W.J. van Haarst, Group CEO Smit & Zoon, explains that: “This partnership brings together the multi-year knowledge and expertise on a range of patented aluminosilicate and zeolite technologies from both companies. It will create a strong platform for the leather industry, providing an alternative tanning technology based on zeolites, which is sustainable, produces quality leathers and offers operational advantages”.
Smit & Zoon recognizes the efforts of Mr. Marco Robbiati and his team in developing zeolite tanning agents (Atoxitan®) during the past years.
 Effective immediately all questions and topics related to former BioProTech Atoxitan® products and services, should be directed to Mr. P. Wilgenburg at Smit & Zoon (pim.wilgenburg@smitzoon.com) or to your regular contact within Smit or Codyeco.