The origin, testing & prevention
Nowadays much more time is spent in interiors than it was in the past. This requires standards for protecting human health and for clean living conditions. Nowhere have these standards been more stringent than in the car industry. The car’s interior is more and more a living room on wheels and subject to a diversity of influences on health and well-being from the materials applied that surround the driver and passengers.
Increased interior temperature of up to 120°C surface T, due to aerodynamic and stylistic demands, are not an exception when a car is left standing in full sun for some time. The high surface temperatures cause problems inperceivable as yellowing, shrinkage, or undesired ageing of parts of a car’s interior.
It is, however, the emission of low and medium volatile substances which creates a risk for health and well being.
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Evaluation of (Re)tanning Effect of Leather Chemicals in a Model and a Real System
Smit & Zoon is continuously researching sustainable alternatives to leather testing, for the development of new products. Our scientists examine the use of a model to test new products, in order to save large amounts of leather and avoid the disadvantages of inevitable variations and non-standardised wet-end recipes encountered in regular testing on real leather.
Learn about the many different parameters that influence good, waterproof leather. Making leather waterproof contains more than just choosing the right fatliquor (this is actually the easiest part). The key lies in the right processes such as running times, temperature control, washing and polyvalent metal fixing.