Below is an excerpt from the conference summary of the 20th International Congress of Footwear Technicians. It was at this conference that the R & D coordinator of Inescop, Francisca Arán, presented MTIX’s MLSE technology and the work we have done in the area of treatments for leather.
“…. Thanks to this innovative finish of tanned leather, a more efficient use of resources is achieved, water and energy consumption is reduced and the spillage of hazardous chemical substances and waste is minimized. With this new treatment, it not only adapts to European requirements in terms of sustainability and eco-efficiency, but also achieves greater resistance to water, fire and microorganisms. This treatment of leathers based on plasma laser avoids the use of halogenated organic compounds (PFC), organophosphorus compounds and biocides during their finishing (in accordance with the recommendations of regulations such as the Reach or the European Directive 1010/75 / EC). Related to this innovative leather finish, Arán presented the patent Multiple Surface Enhancement by Laser (MLSE). This technology allows the modification to the nanometer scale of the surface of the leather, without affecting the surface appearance of the leather or its touch, but endowing it with greater resistance, water repellency (30% less water absorption) and oil ( in grade 7 out of 8), greater flame retardant properties and antimicrobacterial properties. Consequently, the application of this finishing process supposes a reduction of the carbon footprint, of the gas emissions and reduction of water and energy during the finishing of the skins.”
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