Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has unveiled a new Centre of Excellence in Parets del Vallès, Spain, designed to help develop solutions that meet even the most critical and specific demands of performance, sustainability and style.

The facility, located at Stahl's manufacturing site, about 20 kilometres from Barcelona, has seen the company invest in "state-of-the-art" equipment for polymer research and will focus on leather chemicals and performance coatings solutions such as the next generation Stahl EVO range of DMF-free polyurethane-coatings.

"Innovation is part the company DNA," says Stahl CEO Huub van Beijeren. "The opening of this Centre of Excellence is an excellent example of how we use knowledge and expertise to develop tailor-made, future-proof solutions."

Sustainability is a driving force behind Stahl's product development strategy. The company provides bio- and water-based coating solutions for polymers, and in order to help tanners to reduce their footprint, has a range of sustainable beamhouse and tanning systems, like Proviera - Probiotics for Leather, Stahl EasyWhite Tan and a full range of high-performance leather dyes.

Meanwhile, to meet and exceed the Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) goals by 2020, Stahl offers the Stahl Neo portfolio for leather finish. The complete portfolio enables tanners to produce the full range of leather articles while accelerating the elimination of restricted substances from the supply chain at the same time.

Earlier this year, Stahl inked an agreement with German chemical group BASF to acquire its Leather Chemicals assets, in a move it claimed would accelerate the process of creating a more transparent supply chain.

Stahl to acquire BASF's Leather Chemicals business