(“No threat of wastewater discharge”- CSIR-CLRI)
New Delhi- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), striking a paradigm shift to the leather industry, showcased its theme-based presentation on ‘Leather’ at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), Pragati Maidan. The theme pavilion on ‘Leather’ showcased various leather technologies and exhibits speaking very high about technological advancements in the leather industry. Dr. D. B. Chandrasekaran, Director, CSIR-CLRI welcomed the delegates at a round table panel discussion moderated by Dr. T. Ramasami, Former DG-CSIR/Former Director, CSIR-CLRI who gave an overview of the futuristic technologies to boost the leather industry.
The panel discussion focused on two major technologies developed by CSIR-CLRI. The lab will be developing affordable sports footwear of international brand caliber. This initiative is taken after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the scientists to manufacture affordable sport shoes at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Foundation Day Celebration at Vigyan Bhawan, on 26th September this year. The panelists discussed the scope and plan for its launch within three years from now. Mr. Puran Dawar, Regional Chairman, CLE, said, “Product innovation in footwear sector is necessary.”
Waterless Chromium Technology developed by CSIR-CLRI has revolutionized the Indian leather industry.
Dr. Nishad Fahima, Principal Scientist, CSIR-CLRI said, “It (Waterless Chromium Technology) has dismantled the 150 Year long process of using water in the tannery industries. It has benefitted the environment, as no water is used in the technology; the risk of wastewater discharge and pollution is zero.” This technology outreached globally. “CSIR-CLRI has transferred this technology to Ethiopia and few European countries.” she added.
The ‘Leather’ pavilion intensively exhibited 10-12 samples of leathers, handcrafted footwear and bags that attracted the visitors. CSIR-CLRI also emphasized on ‘sustainable environmental management’ that reduces greenhouse gases by 50% and sludge generation by 80%. The exhibits showed CSIR initiative on ‘Wealth from Waste’, an initiative by the lab to produce fabric and products from leather waste and biomaterial waste. CSIR-CLRI is also acting as a fashion niche to the Indian leather world as it is manufacturing fashionable apparels made of leather. Products based on chicken feet-skin, fish skin and ostrich skin have been developed by CSIR-CLRI.
The panel discussion was later addressed by Mr. Habib Hussain, Chairman, Leather Sector Skill Council who talked about untapped opportunities and research on materials.
Science-based activities were organized for the school students organized by CSIR-IICB & CSIR-IGIB. It was followed by a quiz contest, live science demonstration and public talk.
The day embraced MoU signing between CSIR and Punjab Leather Federation. Aound 15 tanners signed for the technology transfer. Lt. Col. Paul, President, Punjab Leather Federation, was present at the event and expressed gratitude towards the lab on the occasion of the MoU signing.