Enabling the artificial leather industry more sustainable with innovative solutions

Isophorone based solutions for waterborne polyurethane dispersions that comply with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).

As a sustainable substitute for genuine leather, the cruelty-free polyurethane-based (PU) artificial leather has a more eco-friendly manufacturing process. However its current solvent-based production technique still imposes a negative impact on the environment. Evonik is at the forefront in developing solutions for a sustainable artificial leather production. We provide a series of products suitable for “green” processes that can replace the traditional solvent-intensive ones, fulfilling our commitment to sustainability with practical actions.

Our products are suitable for classical PUD applications as well as for our newly developed 2K approach.

Applications at a glance

  • Water-based PU leather
  • PUD for waterborne leather refinish
  • High-solid TPU for leather
  • NEW: PUR for 2K leather

Product Solutions

VESTANAT® is an essential building block for waterborne polyurethane dispersions, the most important raw material needed for artificial leather. PUR crosslinkers improve significantly the performance of 1K/2K high solids, waterborne or powder coating systems. They are especially beneficial in the field of resin modification, e.g. modified resins that can be used for UV curable coatings, high-solid urethane modified acrylates or waterborne polyurethane dispersions. These products have conquered a variety of new applications beyond the traditional leather & textile coatings.

Synthesis of non yellowing PUR elastomers, PUR resins and PUD for sustainable artificial leather and leather refinish

Synthesis of non yellowing PUR elastomers, PUR resins and PUD for
sustainable artificial leather and leather refinish

Providing excellent flexibility for high performance PU leather resin and
leather refinish

Diamine chain extender for high performance PU leather resin and PUD

Sulfonate chain extender for high-solid PUD

New aliphatic 2K PU technology

Novel technology of aliphatic 2K PU is promoted to China artificial leather industry to replace the harmful DMF (Dimethyl formamide) solvent based system. It has got big interest of local industry customers for its easy handling, excellent performance of resin system, and high efficiency of curing process. This technology also shows huge potential to drive the artificial leather industry to upgrade to more environmental and efficient process.

  • System with extreme low VOC
  • Fast drying speed and lower baking temperature
  • 2K system can be optimized according to performance requirements
  • Direct use of existing 2K equipment for production
  • Light stability and weather resistance
  • Soft touch & high quality appereance
  • Good flexibility and mechanical performance
  • Durability

Please note that products may not be available in every country. Consult with your area sales manager for further information.