Leather Chemicals by Chemtan Company, Inc.
Chemtan, headquartered in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, is an international leader in developing, producing and marketing chemicals for the leather tanning industry. We specialize in American Style Specification Leather.
Our Product Line Includes:

Antique Football Shoes

Chemtan M-88 is a an inorganic retanning agent used before neutralization alone or together with chrome. Produces leather with better fullness and grain tightness, and is particularly useful in filling the pockets.

Chemtan A-58  A cyclic amine compound which acts as an aldehyde donor. Used in combination with chrome tannages, and can be used for all types of leathers especially for perspiration and water resistant leathers. Used for high performance leathers to improve uniformity.

Chemol 456RS CompliantRS Compliantis a unique blend, of solvent oil, plus natural, sulfated oils, and lubricating syntans. This versatile, main fatliquor is suitable for making a wide range of leathers including tight, soft, nappa style leathers.

Hiking Boots

Chemtan R-146 is a Water resistant retanning polymer and wax used for the production of high performance water resistant leathers. Used for waterproof pull-ups, wetstuffs, and wax tops. Excellent dynamic, and static water resistance. Good light and washfastness properties. Produces a full, tight, smooth grain leather with a waxy feel and a pull up effect.

Chemol 374 RS Compliant is a synthetic oil and wax based compound used for oiling off all types of leathers including waterproof. Rich surface feel with some pull up affect can be obtained. Typical application on a heated roll coater, or can be cut with solvent and applied by spraying.

Shoes & Handbag

Chemtan R-350 Is an economical water resistant product, designed to be chrome stable. Chemtan R-350 can be used as a standalone prefat, or in combination with the main fat to reduce overall cost. The product has very good dynamic and static water resistance, wicking, low extractable, and good light and wash fastness.

Chemtan R-97 New is used in the production of soft water resistant leathers. Suitable for both light and heavyweight leathers and can also be used in the production of washable and other non water resistant leathers. Excellent dynamic and static water resistance, low extractables, and good lightfastness. Produces soft, millable, full leathers.

Chemol 586 is used as an oiling compound for all types of leathers to include waterproof leathers.Dry surface feel and vibrant pull-up effect. Maintains water resistance. CHEMOL® 586 is applied to buffed or full grain leather after staking and is used as is without dilution.


Chemtan R-129F RS Compliant is a polymer dispersion for in-drum application for filling, and tightenng split suede, ovine, and bovine. For grain tightening. For improved buffing.

Chemtan R-1 RS Compliantis a new resin based polymer which improves grain break, and is a dispersant for retanning materials and fat liquors to improve surface color uniformity for nubucks and full grain leathers especially waterproof.

Chemtan S-52 RS Compliant This is a water resistant retanning fatliquor containing silicone polymers. It is used to produce high performance water resistant leathers, and suitable for light and heavy weight leathers. Has excellent dynamic and static water resistance, low extractables. lightfast and heatfast. Produces tight, smooth grained, full leathers.

Chemol 385 RS Compliant is used as an oiling off compound for leather application which produces darker surface color. Rich feel with black surface color. Maintains water resistance without compromising maser flexes. Excellent for darkening nu-bucks. Will also produce pull up effect on full grains and will not crock once dried.

Donald T. Pine, President
January 2015

We are excited by the potential this year for our industry and business.

Fortunately all our employees at Chemtan are very dedicated, hard working and flexible to the changing demands of our industry and markets. Employee retention is very high as evidenced by the many years of service by our employees which tends to be for the duration of working careers.

Jim Ignatowski, after 23 amazing years with Chemtan as senior technical sales manager covering the Midwest territory has retired. Fortunately, Jim will continue to be available as needed for special projects during 2015.

Dan Uribe joined Chemtan this past March 2014 to help us service our customers in the mid west area, and Khorshed Alam was hired in 2013 to bring additional expertise and talent into the beam and tan operations.

We have embarked upon a long term commitment to support the North Hampton UK Leather School with annual lectures and application testing for the past year. Chemtan has been actively involved with the North Eastern University Student Co- op program for several years as the recipient of some very capable, and exceptionally qualified industrious students to work in our laboratory setting resulting in benefits for both parties.

This year we are consolidating our operations for shipping all finished goods in a newly constructed warehouse facility combined with our staff for logistics, import export, and customer service functions. Our new facility is located in Lee, New Hampshire located only 18 miles from Exeter, and will be operational in March of this year.

Our existing facilities in Exeter will remain and serve exclusively manufacturing functions and new product development including customer service projects. This allows us to realign our manufacturing flow to improve inefficiencies, and increase our working areas for new product development, and customer service work.

Thank you to our employees, our customers, and our suppliers as Chemtan would cease to exist without your efforts and cooperative spirit.

Donald T. Pine

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New ProductsChemol® 586 RS Compliant - is the next generation of hard waterproof pull-up waxes. It was developed to address the inconstancy of measer flexes often seen with traditional paraffin’s. Chemol® 586 can be used on full grain leathers as well as corrected grain leathers to produce vibrant pull-up with a dark surface. It has excellent polishing properties and will also go dark when plated at high temperatures on a rotopress. It has a dry surface feel and can be used to make crazyhorse and pitstop like leathers as well as other industry known favorites.

CHEMTANĀ® M-70 - Extract Replacement Syntan Greatly enhances the fullness, solidity, and roundness of handle. CHEMTANĀ® M-70 is particularly useful in the production of shoe and boot leathers. Excellent stand up and print retention. Good dye penetration with markedly improved fixation through the leather cross-section. Above average light fastness and improved color value especially for Black Nubucks compared to extracts.

CHEMTAN R-180 - Next Generation Automotive and Upholstery Polymer A blend of sulfated and sulfited natural and synthetic oils compounded with a special softening polymer.

ChemtanĀ® R-180 was specifically developed for making automotive leathers. It produces a nice soft crust with good uniformity and color value. It will also meet all test requirements of the automotive industry. It is the only fatliquor required in the retan to make top tier automotive crust leathers.

Uniformed dying, soft feel and great milling capabilities. Also has great print retention for embossing and leaves a sealed surface which helps aid the finishing process by holding the finish up on the surface. This allows for maximum coverage of the finish sprays without having to overload the grain.
Chemtan sponsored Team NRDC-ESP (NATO) / Chemtan which rode in the Etape du Tour on July 7, 2013. We want to congratulate the team on completing the Etape du Tour and let them know how great they look in the cycling clothing supplied by Chemtan. Read their own words about competing in the Etape du Tour!




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