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Turkish Fabric Producer Launches Bio-Based Artificial Leather

Seeking to satisfy demand for more sustainable fabrics, Turkey-based leather and suede producer Flokser developed a synthetic leather fabric made from bio-based materials from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber.

The innovative fabric, branded SERTEX, is made from bio-based polyester polyols and has 70 percent renewable content. According to Flosker, the new synthetic also performs better—it has improved scratch resistance and a softer hand than currently on the market synthetic leathers made from petroleum-derived chemicals.

“We have been working over the years on sustainability and have made remarkable steps, including producing first in Turkey phthalate free artificial leather polyurethane systems,” Flokser Group board member Ekin Tükek said. “Working with BioAmber and DuPont Tate & Lyle has helped us to generate fresh ideas and develop new products that offer a unique combination of performance and sustainability for our industry.”

The global market opportunity for bio-based polyester polyols in artificial leather is estimated at 330 million pounds per year.

Babette Pettersen, BioAmber’s chief commercial officer said, “This new eco-friendly artificial leather fabric from Flokser demonstrates the performance that bio-based materials can offer in technically challenging applications. The artificial leather made with our Bio-SA™ and DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra outperforms standard products, bringing better abrasion resistance and softer touch.”