AkzoNobel recently announced it has received this year’s European Responsible Care award. Given by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the award reportedly recognizes the introduction of new technology that helps to revolutionize the leather and protein industries.

Working with Spanish partner GRIT, AkzoNobel’s Industrial Chemicals business developed DeMythe®LDD technology based on dimethylether (DME). When used to remove water and grease from animal skins, it makes the process far more sustainable and less harmful to health than more conventional methods.

“This technology really emphasizes what we mean by ‘Tomorrow’s Answers Today,’” said Werner Fuhrmann, a member of AkzoNobel’s Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals. “Innovation needs to drive change and by adopting this new technology, the leather and protein processing industries will become more sustainable, which has to be good for the future needs of our customers, as well as the planet.”

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