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Restoring competitiveness of the european leather industries through novel manufacturing procedures meeting safety, health, environmental needs

Objective

The project concerns the R & D which will enable the traditional sequential working practices of leather manufacture to be replaced by a fully integrated production system using reduced quantities of less environmentally damaging chemicals, hence improving the position of the European Industry. Machines and chemical products will need to be harmonised by physical modification of the mechanics of the process, with short baths and better penetration by ultrasonics/vibrators/pressure, and by the selection the chemical products used, their environmental nature and reactivity.

If successful, this novel process will improve the competitiveness of the European Leather industry by the introduction of novel production systems designed also to meet the needs of downstream industries, such as footwear, upholstery and garments for shorter response times.

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This project concerns the research and development which will enable the traditional sequential working practices of leather manufacture to be replaced by a fully integrated production system using reduced quantities of less environmentally damaging chemicals.
Particular regard is being made to: environment; hygiene and safety of workers; productivity; reduction/elimination of dangerous chemical products; quality of the skins and quality control; optimal use of the substance of the raw material (skin) use of by products and waste for other industries (fertilisers, gelatines etc).
Particular regard is to made to :

a) environment;
b) hygiene and safety of workers;
c) productivity;
d) reduction/elimination of dangerous chemical products;
e) quality of the skins and quality control;
f) optimal use of the substance of the raw material - "skin";
g) use of by-products and waste for other industries-fertilizers, gelatines, etc.

Understanding and knowledge of the fundamental parameters is to be acquired and its relevance to the requirements of downstream industries is to be captured in a data and rule-based intelligent expert system in order to maximize the experience gained and enable the technology to be widely adopted in a minimum period of time.

Coordinator

ICI PLC
Address
10, Po Box 31, Sluisweg
5140 AA Waalwijk
Netherlands

Participants (2)

Conceria Buscatese SpA
Italy
Address
Via Cristoforo Colombo
20020 Buscate Milano
MERCIER FRERES
France