The “green revolution” construction wind blowing in the leather industry

For leather companies, 2011 is not so much a year of competition in R&D product capabilities, but a year of testing their “green production”. From the production links of leather equipment, leather materials, leather products to the use of leather dyes, domestic leather enterprises should improve in many aspects to meet the “green” test.

The Copenhagen Climate Conference has sounded the environmental protection alarm for many leather enterprises in my country. “If you don’t work hard on environmental protection standards, small and medium-sized leather companies will still have a hard time relying on the emerging market of the domestic leather industry.” Talking about the development trend of leather companies in 2011, General Manager Yang of Guilin Fine Chemicals told reporters. European and American countries use environmental factors as a weapon of trade protection, and have repeatedly raised environmental protection standards, which has brought technical obstacles to leather companies. In addition, the original advantages such as labor shortages, appreciation of the renminbi, and price increases of raw materials are weakening.

China’s leather industry is mainly concentrated in developed coastal areas, and with the rapid economic development in coastal areas, environmental problems have become increasingly prominent. According to HC, in 2010, enterprises above designated size in my country’s leather industry achieved a total industrial output value of more than 600 billion yuan; the total export value of the entire industry was more than 40 billion US dollars; the total import value was nearly 5 billion US dollars. Among them, leather products such as shoes, leather clothes, leather goods, and fur clothing account for more than 90%, becoming the backbone of the development of China’s leather industry. However, the environmental protection situation of my country’s leather industry is still very severe. The content of extractable heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead), formaldehyde and hexavalent chromium in leather raw materials far exceeds international standards. Adhesives used in large areas in the production process, This has led to frequent occurrences of benzene poisoning incidents among production workers and a high rate of occupational diseases. The development of China’s leather industry is unbalanced. Many enterprises, especially some small and medium-sized enterprises, use “triphenyl”-containing adhesives, coupled with poor ventilation conditions, or even no ventilation at all, resulting in poisoning, leukemia, paralysis and even death of many workers. . It can be seen that a considerable range of green fault zones has appeared in China’s leather industry. Whether it is from the needs of China’s leather industry to go out and explore the international market, or from the perspective of the sustainable development of human beings – the need to leave a living space for our children and grandchildren, it is imminent to seek environmental protection solutions for the Chinese leather industry. , without delay.