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Zaitex, Great Challenges Related to the Green Issues
The chemical industry Zaitex, leader in the trade of dyes and chemicals for the fashion, tanning, textile and leather sectors, still pursues its commitment to the environment
Among the leading brands of the Tanning Tech Show, hosted in Milan last September, stands out Zaitex, a company committed to R&D activities aimed at finding the best color performance, to supply dyes and chemicals for the textile and leather sector as well as for coloring paints, inks and coatings. Boasting four offices located in Northern and Central Italy, Zaitex is a reference point for industrial color preparation, strong of a qualified technical support and a growing range of certified products. The headquarters is located in Dueville, in the province of Vicenza; another site specifically devoted to leather is located in Montorso, always in the leather district of Arzignano. Another plant, also dedicated to leather, is located in Castelfranco di Sotto (Florence), within the Tuscan leather district, while yet another in Villa Guardia (Como province), is dedicated to both textiles and special sectors. Thanks to its unceasing commercial growth, in addition to Italy, the brand is also renowned in the European, Asian and South American markets.
During the fair in Milan, we met Alessandro Ciampalini, Zaitex manager for the Tuscany area and the leather department, who confirmed the Group’s attention to the green issues. “As highlighted in our stand – his words – we deal with products with a low environmental impact, as we are more oriented towards metal- free dyeing, even of vegetable tanned leathers. Thanks to this, our customers are able to manufacture high-end items from a material that, otherwise, would be lost. We are a chemical company that sells the dye, but intrinsically we also provide the know-how and technology to apply it on leather; we are supported by the experience in the textile world, which we applied to the leather sector, obtaining good results, for example in terms of high resistance to washing. Before, only full-grain leathers achieved such results, while recently we got them also on suede: an operation that is not easy to carry out.”
“Here at the fair, we showcased a complete range of metal-free leathers, treated with our products: some are chrome-free or contain a low quantity of it; others are metal-free, including dyes. By now the whole sector is moving in this direction, it’s the future. Thanks to our R&D activities we have been able to produce leathers with low specific weight, so that they can also be used in clothing and footwear; these articles feature similar requirements to those made with chrome leather. We guarantee a high level of performance also in terms of light fastness, washing resistance and migration on PVC. We test every day with many types of articles, with low finishing but resistant. Our products guarantee a leather with a low content of bisphenol, thus meeting the request made by all the tanneries that work for high fashion: we are proud we achieved to obtain high quality leathers.”
“Positive results for the market emerged from the Milan Show – concluded Ciampalini – despite the various uncertainties related to the war in Ukraine, raw materials shortage, increase in energy costs and rising inflation. Our reference sectors, namely the tanneries that serve high fashion brands, we have not experienced significant drops in turnover, confirming that high quality products are still in great demand. However, the rising costs will eventually affect the economy, so let’s expect a little slowdown it in the first half of 2023, even if we are very optimistic for the future.”