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Final Report - DERMAGENESIS (Bio-engineering of leather: structure design, biosynthesis - Towards zero emission production)

Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

This project addressed the most prominent issues of European tanneries: availability, quality and yield of raw material, as well as pollution prevention and control. Its major goal was to develop a new, cost effective bio-manufacturing process for the production of a smart, innovative product, tailored for the specific needs of footwear manufacturers, to be used as raw material by tanneries, that will guarantee: controlled biochemical composition, standard and consistent quality, process yield increase, substitution of chemical with high tech biological processes, 50 - 60 % reduction in water consumption and in pollution loads.

During the last year, the development, according to their final report, in the field of processing natural animal origin and synthetic biohybrid fabrics aiming at the dedicated low or no waste production of novel metal, salt, and biocide-free semi-processed dried commodities, as well as their closed loop stabilisation and finishing operations has yielded already some of the most exciting results of the project, that can be taken up by the end of the execution phase by the industrial partners.

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