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Leather

Automobile interior with tan leather seats

Bringing Out the Best in Leather

For centuries, leather articles have been known for their high value, either due to their hardwearing properties or their aesthetic appeal. Whether in the fashion, shoe, garment or automotive industry, these valuable leather properties are today closely linked to the added value of silicone chemistry. In the 21st century, Dow silicones play a crucial role in enhancing the properties of natural and synthetic leather in a sustainable manner.

In the wet end, carboxy silicones contribute to a durable hydrophobing process fitting to the most demanding automotive standards. As solutions are sought to reduce the weight of hydrophobing oils, silicone plays an important role, while in meeting the demands for low fogging hydrophobing products, silicone emulsions play an increasing role.

In the finishing area, Dow silicones play a leading role in providing the necessary wear and haptic properties required by the automotive and aerospace industries.

In the field of synthetic leather, silicone plays an important role in the synthesis and then in the finishing coat of high quality materials suitable for the high end fashion and automotive markets.

Once in service, silicone post treatments help retain the value and beauty of the leather.