LANXESS starts series production of modular X-Biomer

11 September 2020

With its modular plant concept ReeL (resource-efficient manufacture of leather chemicals), the specialty chemicals company LANXESS is embarking on the next phase of commercialization. To produce the container-sized production modules, LANXESS has joined forces with Hüni AG, which is based in Switzerland, to jointly work on initial customer projects. In this partnership, LANXESS and Hüni will elaborate the individual concepts for initial customers, with Hüni focusing primarily on plant engineering and construction of the modules, while LANXESS will contribute its chemical process engineering and application expertise to the X-Biomer production. 

The innovative ReeL technology was developed by the LANXESS Leather business unit in partnership with the German companies Invite and Heller-Leder. It is used for recycling shavings from leather production in the tannery directly on-site and using these to produce X-Biomer retanning agents fully automatically. This approach completely eliminates any of the costs involved in transporting the materials to recycling companies or for disposal.