Taking up success of the Freiberg Leather Days offering this year again a forum for exchange of information and experience between experts of the European tanning and leather industry preparations for the 6th Freiberg Leather Days on June 21 and 22, 2017 are currently underway. For the first time it will take place abroad, in Oisterwijk / The Netherlands.

The high degree of international participation and the good feedback after the conference demonstrate that the Freiberg Leather Days could be further established as a meeting point and conference of the European tanning and leather industry and are moreover motivation for the organizers.

In the following year, the VGCT and FILK as co-organizer want to offer again the possibility for all experts and specialists of the tanning and leather industry to meet colleagues, to discuss recent issues and ideas and to network, aside of the big industry-related trade fairs. The NVLST, dutch union of tanners and leather technicians, will support us.

We invite experts to contribute to an interesting and divers lecture programme. If you want to present new ideas, knowledge or applications in the tanning and leather technology, in other adjacent field or the field of application, we are looking forward to a message identifying the title and a short description of your intended lecture by February 24th, 2017.

Please use the online form.

The date and venue for the 6th Freiberg Leatherdays are decided. For the first time the conference will take place abroad.

We heartly welcome you to the 6th Freiberg Leather Days on June 21 and 22, 2017 in Oisterwijk / The Netherlands with the support of the NVLST.

June 21 and 22, 2017

Verein für Gerberei-Chemie und -Technik (VGCT) e.V.
Meißner Ring 1-5
09599 Freiberg, Germany

Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK) gGmbH
Meißner Ring 1-5
09599 Freiberg, Germany

De Leerfabriek
Almijstraat 14
5061 PA Oisterwijk (NL)

Conference languages
German, English - simultaneous interpretation will be provided

Technical Contact
Dr. Michael Meyer, FILK gGmbH Freiberg
Phone: +49 3731 366-165

per E-Mail


Christin Zingelmann, FILK gGmbH, Freiberg (DE)
Phone: +49 3731 366-124

per E-Mail

Participation Fee

Participation Fee €375
Members of VGCT €325
Members of NVLST €325
Members of Universities €325
Students €120
Speaker free of charge



This year we will visit the Trappist monastery and its brewerie "La Trappe" in Berkel-Enschot.

We will join a guided tour of the brewery, which is operated by the monastery Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven. We will watch a movie about the schedule of the monks and their tasks, e.g. brewing beer, and for sure we will enjoy tasting beer and some homemade cheese.

We will go by bus, back and forth.

Afterwards the organisers cordially invite their guests for the common dinner in another part of the "KVL Leerfabriek".

Please, make sure to indicate with your registration which of the programme part you intend to participate.

Please use our online form to register. The registration is open till June 1, 2017.

If registration is cancelled before June 1, 2017, we will refund the participation fee deducting a € 50 handling charge. If the notification of cancellation is received after this date, no refund will be made.

Oisterwijk is a small municipality in the Netherlands between Tilburg and ’s-Hertogenbosch. It is pictorially located between dense forests ("Bos"), dunes ("Duinen") and lakes ("Ven") a hundres kilometres south of Amsterdam.

The leather industry was very important in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1916, O.J. van der Aa founded a leather factory, which was specialised in tanning of calf skin. In 1932, it was granted with the predicate "Royal" Leather Factory (Koninklijke Lederfabriek te Oisterwijk)(KVL). The factory was closed in 1996. Since a few years the area of the leather factory is gentrified. Artists, a popular bakery or an accountant are hiring rooms during the week, but also you can use the location for exhibitions, conferences or as a theatre and concert stag for some days. So, this year the "6th Freiberg Leather Days" will take place with the support of the dutch organisation NVLST at the  "Leerfabriek" in Oisterwijk.

Other companies in charge for the leather industry, as Stahl, Smit & Zoon, Ecco and im Innovating, have their headquartes close by. They give a huge economic value also nowadays to this region.

Oisterwijk and its surroundings are also touristically very attractive, and it is worth it staying longer after the conference: wether long bicicle tours through the forests, walks in the dunes, the theme parc "Efteling", a visit of a museum with Hieronymus Bosch and Vincent van Gogh, or a boat cruise in s`Hertogenbosch.

We are looking forward to see you in Oisterwijk.

We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the following hotels. Please, book your room directly with the hotel mentioning the reference „Leather Days“.

Hotel Boschoord (+31 13 52 31 600, E-Mail)
Hotel Landgoed De Rosep (+31 13 523 21 00, E-Mail)
Mansion Hotel Bos & Ven (+31 13 528 88 56, Email)
De Waterput (+31 13 - 528 26 58, Email)
Hotel Meneer Van Eijck (+31 13 52 82 314, Email)

How do you get to Oisterwijk?

By car: ask Google Maps

By plane: The nearest airports are Amsterdam (120 km away) or Eindhoven (30 km away) in the Netherlands, or Düsseldorf (150 km away) in Germany.

By train: There is a train station in Oisterwijk, close to the venue.

For both days of the conference busses are provided, to get from the Hotel Boschoord, Bos & Ven and De Rosep to the venue, to social programme and back for dinner and hotel.

If you have questions concerning the Freiberg Leather Days or want to be informed directly on news regarding the conference, please contact

Christin Zingelmann 
+49 3731 366-124
per Email

Review: 5th Freiberg Leather Days, 2016 in Freiberg / DE