Cleaning tech firm secures 10-year contract with Mexican tannery

Xeros, the Rotherham-based cleaning technology group, has signed a 10-year contract with Le Farc SA de CV to convert its re-tanning operations in León, Mexico to use Xeros’ polymer technology.

With a weekly production of 5,000 hides, LEFARC is a global tannery producing leather for shoes, supplying brands such as Timberland and Wolverine.

Xeros noted that leather produced by LEFARC using its technology will be incorporated in consumer products after March 2019.

The contract follows trials which demonstrated material reductions in process inputs and effluent production, and also improves the sustainability of production.

Mark Nichols, chief executive of Xeros, said: “This contract with LEFARC confirms that our tanning technologies are viable and play a valuable role in the production of leather. In partnership with our customers, we can radically improve sustainability whilst sharing in the value our innovative technology creates.

“We have successfully validated our technology through re-tanning trials for over 40 different recipes with multiple tanneries in Europe and Mexico.

“The considerable interest we are seeing from leading tanneries is a strong indication of the potential to increase rapidly the deployment of our technology in what is a global scale industry – we expect to secure further contracts into the future.”