Addressing aspirations for sustainability and aesthetics
From footwear and fashion accessories to furniture and automotive upholstery, consumers desire the luxurious look and feel of leather – but they also expect both sustainability and safety. Dow offers solutions for leather and synthetic to offer sustainability and aesthetics that consumers want, along with regulatory compliance that brand owners and manufacturers need.
Enhancing look, feel and performance
To produce the soft, durable and functional leather for everyday applications, leather manufacturers rely on a range of chemistries, including binders, lubricants, processing aids and additives. Dow offers a portfolio of proprietary silicone, acrylic and polyurethane chemistries, combined with leather application experience. This powerful combination helps formulators develop both the high-performance coatings needed for use in tanneries – and the solutions that support wet-end processes.
More Solutions, Where to Buy and Further Applications
- The exclusive, global distributor for the brands described above is TFL.
- Some DOWSIL™ Silicone Chemistries can be used in wet-end or finishing processes.
- Many of these products are also suitable for synthetics finishing.
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Luxurious leather alternatives
Dow offers a wide array of solutions to address the growing demand for synthetics, including our LuxSense™ Silicone Leather. Dow also offers polyurethane and acrylics to create multilayer structures that are coated with traditional finishing products to mimic the texture, haptics and sensory properties of leather.
LuxSense™ Silicone Leather
Witness the performance of our innovative technology, LuxSense™ Silicone Leather, designed to address the needs for automotive interiors.
VITHANE™ Polyurethane Finishing Products
Dow offers a range of fully formulated polyurethane finishing products under the VITHANE™ brand for use by manufacturers of synthetic materials.