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FILK - The independent, non-university research institution with accredited testing laboratory. Competence in polymers.

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In our accredited testing laboratory (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025), we offer you a comprehensive portfolio of physical-mechanical test methods for material characterization, chemical and thermo-chemical analysis methods for pollutant analysis as well as test methods for determining emission properties. In addition to the standard tests, we also carry out numerous special and customized test procedures for damage and error analysis. Whether leather, collagen materials, leather fibre materials, coated textiles (e.g. artificial leather), textiles, foils or plastics; whether as individual material or as a polymer composite or component - for the examination of your materials you can rely on competent and timely processing. As a certified materials testing service provider, we are a reliable and flexible partner for both national and international clients in the automotive, living, protective clothing, food and medical device industries. Profit from our individual consulting. Our high level of interdisciplinary experience and expertise means that you will always receive a well-founded answer to your specific question.

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Our engagement in national and international research networks

Active engagement in national and international research networks is of central importance for each research institution. In particular with regard to more complex social, economic and ecological challenges in future, strengths have to be pooled, synergies generated and interdisciplinary alliances forged. An important element is the close incorporation of companies from industry and economy. It is also our institute which is engaged in different technical and strategic networks, in order to advance main research areas or to achieve improved perception of industrial research institutions such as ours in the public sphere.

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7th Freiberg Collagen Symposium, 29-30 September 2021

  • Lectures

Webinar Leather vs. alternative materials

The Leather Working Group (LWG) will host Dr Michael Meyer & Dr Sascha Dietrich from the FILK Freiberg Insitute gGmbH to present the findings of their recent study into…

  • Training Seminars

Leder kompakt (German) - Addiditonal Date

Leather is one of the oldest materials used by man. In spite of all technical substitutes, it is still a popular and important natural material, which is mainly used in the…

  • Training Seminars

Beschichtete Textilien (German) - Additional Date

The interdisciplinary field of coated textiles ranges from home and clothing textiles to medical and technical textiles. The abundance of possible combinations of the most…

  • Symposium/Conferences

10th Freiberg Leather Days

The 10th Freiberg Leather Days on 11 and 12 May 2022 will also be planned as a hybrid event to ensure that it can be held. Depending on what is permitted, we will be happy…

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The FILK Freiberg Institute gGmbH comprises more than 150 employees who feel committed to the more than one hundred years of institutional history and who, every day anew through their dedicated, imaginative and technically experienced work enhance the unique material competence of the institute and the comprehensive capacities of the accredited test lab belonging to the institute.
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FILK Freiberg Institute gGmbH
Meißner Ring 1-5
09599 Freiberg


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