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Leather, Textiles & Fibers

LANXESS manufactures a wide range of polyurethanes for the leather, textile and fiber industry in both solid and solvent dissolved form, as well as aqueous dispersions.


The leather industry needs to protect the leather in applications such as automotive seating and residential and commercial upholstery. WITCOBOND® polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) and FOMREZ® polyesters polyols are used in primers, base coats and top coats to protect the leather by offering abrasion resistance, stain resistance and tolerance to cleaning solutions and skin lotions. PUDs are also formulated into decorative coatings that make the leather feel more luxurious or simulate natural leathers such as snakeskin and crocodile.


The textile industry requires some fabrics to be waterproof and benefits from urethanes ability to modify the tactile feel of the material and to create decorative effects, such as in synthetic leather and denim.


WITCOFLEX® coatings enable the textile industry to meet their requirements for fabrics that are soft, waterproof and breathable for durability and comfort of leisurewear, workwear and sportswear.


WITCOBOND® Polyurethane Dispersions (PUD’s) extend the life of fabrics through better wear characteristics, improved crease resistance and shrink resistance. These PUDs have replaced formaldehyde-based finishes for improved health and safety.


WITCOBOND® PUDs are the leading solution for sizing of glass fibers to coat the fibers, to protect them from breakage and fraying during manufacturing and to promote adhesion during the subsequent production of glass-reinforced plastics (GRPs) used in automotive, aerospace and military applications.


Key Applications:

  • Breathable Textile Coatings
  • Decorative Coatings
  • Glass Fiber Sizing
  • Protective Leather finishing, including primers, basecoats and topcoats
  • Topcoats for Synthetic Leather
  • Textile Adhesives and Laminates
  • Textile Coating, Lamination and Finishing
  • Weatherproof and Waterproof Textile Coatings