Textile and Leather Finishing

Today, textiles are more than just garments, bags, sacks or ropes. They may be high-tech materials in technical applications, or geotextiles, or may provide clothing with extra functions or protective qualities. These increased demands on textiles often require that the textile fibers be equipped with additional and sometimes several properties.
Up until now, this was only possible by multiple coating of respective fabrics or by using multiple layers of material. Such solutions are time consuming and expensive and may affect the wearing comfort or reduce technical applicability.

Leather is a favorite for clothing, bags, shoes or furniture owing to its special haptic and optical characteristics. But in order to become abrasion-resistant, scratch-resistant, non-fading as well as dirt, oil and water repellent, natural leather has to undergo several surface treatments and coating processes.


Further information

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Expert information

InnoSolTEX®– developed by the Fraunhofer ISC with different project partners (e.g. STFI Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.) – can provide textiles with multiple features in a single coating. The system’s modular design allows to combine required characteristics:

  • Abrasion resistant
  • Flame retarding
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antistatic
  • Hydrophobic



Water or aqueous-alcohol based

Lowers energy
and production costs

Suitable for
industrial facilities

Drying and cross-linking times equal those of conventional methods

Only ONE single
processing step

Leather finishing with a hybrid polymer layer system developed by the Fraunhofer ISC (ORMOCER®) optimizes haptic and optic features while requiring less material. The system offers the following properties:

  • Hydrophobicity in combination with a high degree of water vapour permeability
  • Very good scratch resistance, rub fastness and improved wear resistance
  • Good heat resistance
  • Good lightfastness and UV stability
  • Exceptionally good and stable adhesion to leather
  • Excellent chemical stability
  • Very good preservation of the natural feel and appearance
  • Reduces emissions from the leather
Leather hydrophobic
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Ferdinand Somorowsky

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Dr. Ferdinand Somorowsky

Head of Chemical Coating Technology

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg, Germany

Phone +49 931 4100-256

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