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Textile, Leather and Tanning Chemicals

Overview Industry Overview:

The use of chemicals influences every aspect of leather and textile production. For textiles, it begins with the production of fibers, from herbicides and fertilizer used to grow healthy cotton to the processes that convert petroleum-based feedstocks into polyester fibers. Spinning oils supplement the yarn production process, and sizing chemicals strengthen this yarn to protect it while it is woven into fabric. Fabrics are chemically pretreated to purify them for dyeing and printing chemicals. Finally, chemicals are used in finishing, to imbue them with various properties like water-repellence, anti-wrinkling, and softening.

Preparing, tanning, crusting, and surface coating leather for commercial use is a complicated process which can take two weeks for a single batch. Chemicals are used in every stage of this process. Alkali liming solutions to remove Keratin and interfibrillary proteins during prepatory processes, and most tanning is accomplished with chromium(III) sulfate (or chrome – yes, just like the metal plating). Filling chemicals added during crusting makes leather harder and heavier, and impregnation agents applied during finishing can make the leather more water-repellent.

App Common Applications:

  • Raw materials – animal, plant, mineral, etc.
  • Textiles – technical, medical, etc.
  • Manufacturing – weaving, knitting, etc.
  • Production – preparation, tanning, crusting, finishing, etc.
  • Treatments – dyes, chemical processes, agents, etc.
  • Forms – full-grain, top-grain, split, etc.
  • Tanning –vegetable, chrome, etc.
  • Enyzymes
  • Preservation Alternatives – pseudo-leather, etc.
  • Skinning, deliming, pickling, etc.
  • Curing – various methods
  • Tawing
  • Chromium
  • Chemical waste, disposal
  • Workplace safety
  • Leather, tanning, and textile intermediates

Solutions Solutions:

With more than 30 years as a top chemical industry recruitment firm, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their ongoing quest to find highly qualified professionals. As Talent Acquisition experts, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our Executive Search Consultants stay abreast of current industry trends, making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven Executive Search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary Smart Search System® and global network to quickly deliver exceptional results for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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Textile, Leather and Tanning Chemicals


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I had been looking for some good sales people through my own networks and word of mouth for the last few years. Unfortunately with little or no success. I finally decided to work with an executive search firm to help me find prospects. After doing a lot of due diligence to try to determine which company might be the best fit for our needs, The Ropella Group seemed like the right choice. In fact, I cannot imagine having made a better choice. Working with them has been very easy. They are extremely responsive to any request that I made; the company introduction document that they created was very much to the point and hit the perfect notes of what makes our company successful and most importantly the quality of the candidates was to me, amazingly to the point. In fact, they offered me the resumes of 12 candidates and actually I believe that every single one of them would have been successful for the position of Executive VP that we were seeking. In the end, we hired the best candidate, who was also (we learned later) who Ropella believed would be our best choice. I would give the Ropella Group and Robbie Ropella in particular a 10 out of 10 rating. We will certainly look to Ropella again in future when seeking new executive or sales employees.

International Specialty Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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