BioAmber announced today that the Flokser Group, a global leader in leather and suede fabrics, has successfully developed an innovative artificial leather fabric using bio-based materials supplied by DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber.
Flokser has launched this new, synthetic leather fabric under its SERTEX brand. The novel fabric comprises a polyester polyol made from BioAmber’s Bio-SA™ bio-based succinic acid and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ Susterra® bio-based 1,3-propanediol.
Flokser’s artificial leather fabric has 70% renewable content and delivers improved performance. It provides better scratch-resistance and has softer touch than current synthetic leather fabrics made with petroleum derived chemicals. The global addressable market opportunity for these bio-based polyester polyols in artificial leather is estimated to be 330 million pounds per year (150,000 metric tonnes); a 165 million pound (Mlb) market for bio-succinic acid and a 165Mlb market for bio-1,3-propanediol.
Flokser Group board member Ekin Tükek said: "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.
"We strive to work with global best-in-class companies to shape the future. 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."
BioAmber chief commercial officer Babette Pettersen 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."
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products VP marketing and sales Steve Hurff said: "We are pleased with this new product launch in a major industrial segment of the polyurethane market, and we believe that working with Flokser, an industry leader, will drive market adoption.
"This new artificial leather fabric is a unique product, combining renewable content with the highest standards of performance and quality."