Leather and Textiles
Leading the Way in Leather Coatings
From the first man-made bate to high-performance acrylic binders, Dow has been leading the way in leather solutions for more than 100 years. Our innovations enhance process efficiency and offer a signature combination of softness, toughness and durability. From furniture to footwear and apparel to automotive, our chemistries enhance, protect and improve the texture and look of your leather.
Dow developed the first man-made bate for leather in 1907, offering a more effective and user-friendly alternative to the traditional practice of softening leather with fermented canine feces. It was the first of many Dow innovations for leather and earned the appreciation of tanners around the world. Today, we supply a robust product line, from acrylics to silicones to polyurethane dispersions.
Enabling Sustainable Fashions That Make a Statement
When it comes to meeting ongoing sustainability challenges in water, chemical, and energy management while delivering a wider range of bolder, more vibrant colors, our textile solutions help you keep ahead of both ever-evolving environmental requirements and constantly shifting consumer tastes.
Innovations from Dow applied during the cotton dyeing process not only enable significant reductions in cycle time and required rinses, they also allow for a dramatic decrease in the use of hazardous chemicals – all while improving dye uptake for unique, previously unachievable colors and shades.
From knit and woven fabric to denim and garments, our textile solutions help you offer brighter, long-lasting materials while advancing a more efficient and eco-friendly textile industry – because protecting our planet is always in style.