LEATHER | Tanning

Modern Tanning


Leather quality is decisively influenced by the tanning process and its chemicals. LANXESS provides high-quality tanning materials for an efficient and environmentally sound wet blue and wet white leather production.

Advanced chrome tanning
LANXESS is single-largest producer of chrome tanning materials worldwide. Thanks to our one-of-a-kind backward integrated supply chain, and based on the experience in the production of numerous different chrome products we can not only deliver high and consistent product quality, but also fulfill our commitment to completely avoiding Chrome VI in our entire product range.

Under the well-known brands CHROMOSAL®, BAYCHROM®  and BLANCOROL® we have the right chrome tanning material and basifying agent solutions for your chrome tanning processes with their specific steering mechanisms. Through selection of the best possible product combination and our unrivalled processing know-how, your tanning processes can be optimized to achieve a wide range of improved leather characteristics. Besides our products for standard wet blue, LANXESS also offers technologies for better chrome utilization that bring additional environmental benefits such as a reduction in the amount of used chrome in the tanning process and effluent combined with a high quality wet blue.

Wet white – the next generation
For the wet white leather production LANXESS hat developed its organic tanning system X-TAN® which overcomes current limitations of traditional wet white processes by combining top leather quality with economic and ecological advantages. This technology makes it possible to obtain whiter leathers than ever before. Compared with the current market standard, X-TAN® leather also show a  noticeably better dyeability – after the tanning process the leather is almost white. And thanks to the excellent dye uptake, brilliant colors can be obtained.


X-TAN® also offers numerous advantages with regard to sustainability and efficiency. At no stage during the tanning process are any substances formed that could be harmful to health or the environment. The leather, shavings and wastewater do not contain reactive tanning materials nor adsorbable organic halogen compounds or aldehydes. And because no pickling is required, the salt load of the wastewater is much lower. Thus X-TAN® makes an important contribution to protecting water as a natural resource.