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.

David Ouellette, President

Now well into 2013 we can look back at our accomplishments so far.  Chemtan has introduced many new products and Showline leathers incorporating these products. Chemtan has also expanded its offerings in the area of beam and tan to more completely service this section of the leather industry. Our goal in 2013 is to continue to fill out our product line with new and unique value added offerings. Using new and existing products to demonstrate the upgrading of crust and finished leathers so that lower cost wet blue can be used is one of our goals. On this webpage are links to the 2013 Showline and new this year is a link to our Chemtan product sheets.

Chemtan will continue to develop and offer new products that add value to the leathers our customer’s process. As indicated previously adding value to leather by upgrading its appearance is a continuing goal. 

Recently we have surveyed our employees to see what they felt Chemtan offers to the industry. To a person from the loading dock thru the laboratory to administration customer service is what they believe that Chemtan stands for. Chemtan is proud of the employees we have and values the skills they bring to work every day.  Their dedication is what our customers have come to value. We all realize that there is always room for improvement and strive to identify those oppor-tunities so that we continuously improve our service to the leather industry.

From the first moment that our sales staff contacts the customer until product has been delivered we do everything possible to make the process as rewarding as possible for the customer. Partnering with our customers at all levels is our goal. With some customers we have developed inventory controls systems that help insure that the customer does not run out product. If you are interested in the value added systems that Chemtan can bring to your company please contact your salesperson. If you have any suggestions as to how Chemtan can improve or if we are falling short of your expectations please contact me directly.

We always appreciate the reception that our customers give us and strive hard to satisfy their needs.

David G. Ouellette

"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."

— Harvey Firestone

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New ProductsChemol® 211C RS Compliant - is a concentrated cationic mixture of oil, wax, and grease. The product is an excellent water soluble stuffing fatliquor with maximum pull-up effect. The Chemol® 211C can be mixed with other cationic oil and wax combinations for varied effects. The product also works well in finish when applied on a hot roll coater.

Chemol® 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.

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