Stahl, an active proponent of responsible chemistry, today announces the launch of Stahl Ympact®, a family of leather chemical solutions made with renewable feedstocks. As a first step, Stahl introduces its first product portfolio of renewable carbon polyurethanes for base- and top coats in leather finishing. These products originating from biomass feedstock and carbon-captured CO2 with a content of up to 70% will help tanneries to reduce their environmental footprint without compromising on quality or performance.
Around the world, tanneries are under increasing pressure from consumers and regulatory authorities to improve the environmental profile of their products and services. To address these issues, and to support its customers in seizing the commercial opportunities of defossilization, Stahl is launching Stahl Ympact®. As a first step, seven product solutions of renewable carbon polyurethanes for base- and top-coats are being initially introduced. Later in 2021, a further two products will be introduced. All Stahl Ympact® solutions deliver an equal or improved functional performance to conventional alternatives and require no retooling.
Building on Stahl’s strong track record in co-creation and open innovation, Stahl Ympact® has been developed in close collaboration with a range of partners. Indeed, to ensure transparency and accountability toward all downstream partners, the products in this family have been tested and certified using the ASTM D 6866 carbon isotope method for bio-based carbon content. Stahl Ympact® incorporates only future-ready chemical components and all products are compliant with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)’s Restricted Substance List (MRSL 2.0) and contain less than 1% volatile organic compounds.
Joachim Henkmann, Global Market Director Leather Chemicals at Stahl: “The launch of Stahl Ympact® underlines our commitment to responsible chemistry and to supporting the leather industry in reducing its environmental footprint. This renewable carbon product portfolio will enable our customers to – easily and effectively – embrace sustainability, seize new commercial opportunities, and enter new markets. Moving forward, by working together with our partners, we will further support the defossilization of the leather industry, and offer solutions from beamhouse to finishing with material resources from renewable feedstocks. Making Stahl Ympact® the technology of tomorrow, today.”