Dermacolor, based in Castelfranco di Sotto (Pisa province) and specialized in the design and manufacture of chemical products for leather processing, both for the wet and for the finishing phas, launches important innovations in the post-Covid era.
Valentina Palagini e Andrea Meucci
“In the last 15 months we have not focused only on company costs – explains the technical director Andrea Meucci – but, above all, we have carried out R&D activities aimed at the launch of new, eco-friendly products and production processes. Among these innovations, back in December, we presented a certified process line called D-Light Blue, which obtained the ISO 17033-2019 ethical certification, meant to “skip” the so-called pickeling phase, the most dangerous step of chrome tanning. This product features several advantages both in terms of environmental and social sustainability and savings on production times and costs. Then, we devoted our research activities on innovation and sustainability to develop Future Fit, a process meant to make leather biodegradable for wastewater and compost. These 15 months have been difficult to manage for many respects. The coronavirus has complicated our plans, forcing us to abruptly lighten up our contacts and letting us registering a lower income, but we have tried to quickly adapt to change by reshaping our programs and today we see that our efforts have been appreciated.”
Dermacolor is confident in the second half of the year. “The market is still moving slowly – adds Meucci – but it is important that it is moving anyway. Clearly this is linked to the whole sector. We hope that the vaccination campaign will allow us at least to reduce the spread of the virus, favoring the resumption of a “normal” life – we count on this for a growth in the second half of 2021. In the meantime, we try to use all the knowledge to get back on the game and make a qualitative leap, so to be ready for the recovery. We missed the international trade fairs due to the contacts and links that they usually create or improve. We also miss the live meetings with our customers, especially with those located far away, that we couldn’t visit or even meet outside the fair.”