Mégisserie Richard aiming for Net Zero with Qualus’ Sfere Technology

Press Release: February 15, 2024

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Mégisserie Richard aiming for Net Zero with Qualus’ Sfere Technology
PARIS, FRANCE. 12th February, 2024 – After successful trials to reduce the water and chemicals required for retanning, Mégisserie Richard, which specialises in producing leather for luxury bags, garments and shoes, is moving forward with Qualus to start using SferesTM for production at its tannery in Millau, France.

Having successfully trialled Qualus’ system to reduce water by 40% and chemicals by 15% in retanning at small scale over the last year, the company has decided to move to the next step of using Sferes at production scale. Already a Leather Working Group (LWG) silver rated tannery, Mégisserie Richard is targeting gold with the additional water savings. Sferes are already in use for footwear, fashion, and automotive leather production at multiple tanneries in Asia and Latin America, but Mégisserie Richard is the first tannery in France to embrace this innovation, leading the path towards sustainability for the luxury leather sector.

“Our company is fully committed to achieving Net Zero and we are constantly in search of innovations that will enable us to deliver this goal. We have taken numerous steps in that direction in recent years and Qualus’ Sfere technology helps us to continue to further improve the environmental footprint of our tannery while maintaining the unique quality of our products.” remarked Geoffrey Talpe, CEO of Mégisserie Richard.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to work with such an iconic tannery and to be able to provide a technology that meets Mégisserie Richard’s exacting standards, supporting it in its drive to lead the luxury industry in not only the uniqueness of its products but also the sustainability of its operations.” added Vikrant Pratap, Qualus’ CEO.

About Mégisserie Richard
Mégiserrie Richard was founded in the mid-19th century as part of the Richard Glove Factory to manufacture high quality leather for its renowned luxury gloves. Today the tannery specialises in lambskins for high-end luxury products: bags, shoes, garments and accessories. In 2013, Mégisserie Richard obtained the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) certification, a recognition from the French State of companies with artisanal and industrial savoir-faire. Being fully committed to environmental improvements, the tannery has been a Leather Working Group certified supplier since 2020, earning a Silver rating in its most recent audit in 2022. For more information visit www.megisserierichard.com.

About Qualus
Qualus provides a patented system to reduce both the environmental footprint and cost of leather production, helping tanneries and brands accelerate their journey to Net Zero. The company has operations in India, Mexico and Brazil, and leather made with its system is now in the supply chains of leading footwear, luxury and automotive brands. For more information visit www.qualus.com.


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