Prior to the start of the technical program, the annual VGCT awards were held. Dr. Beate Haaser (Südleder GmbH), Member of the Executive Board of VGCT, honored Yannick Strebost (HELLER-LEDER GmbH & Co. KG) as the best trainees and Mads-Holst Jensen (former Scan-Hide). These prices are endowed with 500 €.
The VGCT Annual Prize has been awarded to Manfred Willsch (Profashional Media GmbH) in appreciation of his extraordinary commitment to the leather and leather processing industry and as recognition for his long-standing and active work to strengthen the industry. The laudation was held by Martin Heise.