® by fLy Ralf Menzel

Marking again a new record in number of participants, the 7th Freiberg Leather Days ended on 14th of June. Around 240 delegates from 22 countries were attending the two-day technical conference, which VGCT and FILK have organised in Freiberg. There were a concentration of delegates representing companies along the automotive leather supply chain. A number of footwear and leather goods tanners as well as several German and European leather chemical makers were also present.

The venue "Alte Mensa" was offering enough space for the numerous international participants. The 21 international lectures were very well attended until the end of the event.

Before the technical lectures started: Stefan Schaden, who is working at Wollsdorf-Leder Schmidt & Co. Ges. m.b.H.), was awarded with the VGCT Promotional Award as the best of the year of apprentice in 2018 to become a specialist for leather production and tanning equipment.

The VGCT-Promotional Award is honoured with a medal and was awarded to Dr Thomas Schröer as appreciation of his extraordinary strong commitment to the raw material, leather and leather processing industry, as well as a recognition of his longstanding and active work to strengthen the industry.

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We heartly welcome you to the 7th Freiberg Leather Days on June 13 and 14, 2018 in Freiberg / Germany.

Click here for the programme brochure

Who is already around on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018:  the Restaurant and beer garden "Stadtwirtschaft" (Burgstrasse 18) is awaiting you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:00 Doors open, registration & welcome coffee

10:00 Opening session & greetings
Martin Heise, CEO of  VGCT e. V. (DE), Prof. Dr. Michael Stoll, GM of  FILK gGmbH (DE)

10:10 Award ceremony
10:40 Cross-industry initial project for the image building activities for leather
Thomas Strebost, CEO of VDL (DE)

10:55 New insights into chrome tanning: When structure meets protein chemistry
Dr. Sujay Prabakar, NZ Leather & Shoe Research Association, Palmerston North (NZ)

11:15 Leather smell - special characteristics in form and testing
Dr. Bernd Matthes, FILK gGmbH, Freiberg (DE)

11:35 Acetaldehyde emissions from leather - a natural process?
Dr. Jochen Ammenn, Stahl, Ludwigshafen (DE)

11:55 Regulatory requirements with impact to leather manufacture - REACh Registration Deadline, Restrictions, POP, BPR and more
Dr. Volker Rabe & Dr. Martin Kleban, LANXESS, Leverkusen (DE)

12:15 Lunch break

13:15 Low impact retanning
Florian Döppert, TFL Ledertechnik AG, Muttenz (CH)

13:35 Chromium (VI) - Project update
Will Wise, Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), Northampton (GB)

13.55 Beyond Sustainability
Warren Bowden, Scottish Leather Group, Renfrewshire (GB)

14:15 New Predator lime splitting machine from Alpespak
Marc Oomens, im Innovating, Dongen (NL) & Ivan Peloso, Alpe Spa, Arzignano (IT)

14:35 Coffee Break  

15:00 Smart Drums? Yes, made possible by TanWare SENSE. State-of-the-art technologies from the world of the IoT, the Internet of Things.
Lilli Sauer, INCOTEC, Bielefeld (DE)

15:20 End of lectures afterwards council meeting VGCT


Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:00 Doors open, registration & welcome coffee

9:05 X-Biomer INSITU: Project Update "Resource-efficient manufacturing of leather chemicals" (ReeL)
Brendan Wynne, HELLER-LEDER GmbH & Co. KG, Hehlen (DE) & Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer, LANXESS, Leverkusen (DE)

9:35 Embossing Innovation – pre-heating for deeper and sharper pattern and softer touch of finished leather
Marchino Antonello & Alexia Janine Fischer, Evolution Tech srl, Trissino (IT)

9:55 Fully automated hide defect detection and classification system
Domenico Feltre, Feltre S.r.l., Montorso Vic.no (IT)

10:15 Customer Focus and Operational Excellence in the Age of Industry 4.0
Holger Max-Lang, LECTRA, Ismaning (DE)

10:35 Coffee Break

11:00 SprayLab: rapid finishing sample creation
Karl Flowers for Fratelli Carlesi, Arzignano (IT)

11:20 New techniques in the development of embossing patterns
Michael Boss, Ring Engraving GmbH, Mönchengladbach (DE)

11:40 Single Stroke and Selectable Perforation
Gerd Staudinger, WISTA GmbH, Schwaigern (DE)

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Optimization of the pickling process with a sulfonic acid derivative
Olga Ballús, Cromogenia Units, S.A, Barcelona (ES)

13:20 The many benefits of using a pickle free tanning system for wet blue and wet white
Julian Osgood, ATC Tannery Chemicals, Montanay (FR)

13:40 Thermal regulating leathers for hot environment
Wegene Demisie Jima, Leather industry development institute, Addis Ababa (ET)

14:00 Coffee Break

14:20 Influence of the degree of grinding of vegetable tanning agents on the leather properties
Dr. Anke Mondschein, FILK gGmbH, Freiberg (DE)

14:40 Skin Strength: A critical analysis of strength differences of sheep, goat, deer skins and cow hides
Dr. Rafea Naffa, New Zealand Leather & Shoe Research Association Inc. (LASRA), Palmerston North (NZ)

15:20 End of lectures and fare well


Social Programme

Wedneday, June 13, 2018

18:00 Dinner at "Freiberg Tivoli"

The organizers are honoured to invite their guests to a dinner at the Freiberg Tivoli. This is in a walking distance of the conference venue. During dinner two magicians of "Close-up-magic" will entertain you with their art of magic.

Please indicate when registering if you like to join the dinner.

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
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