® by fLy Ralf Menzel

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

June 13 and 14, 2018

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

Alte Mensa Freiberg
Petersstraße 5
09599 Freiberg

Conference languages
German, English - simultaneous interpretation will be provided

Registration fees

The prices are per person including an abstract booklet, refreshments and the evening event.

Participation fee €425
Members of VGTC €375
Members of universities €375
Students €125
Speakers €0


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

Registration closed

The registration is closed.


If registration is cancelled before May 30, 2018, 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.


With the receipt of the online registration, the contract between FILK and the participant is legally binding. A confirmation will be sent to you by email and the invoice will be sent by post within 14 days. Our general terms and conditions apply.

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.

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

Altstadt Hotel (+49 3731 207030, E-Mail)

Brauhof Freiberg (+49 3731 35300, E-Mail)

Hotel Alekto (+49 3731 7940, E-Mail)

Hotel Am Obermarkt (+49 3731 26370, E-Mail)

Hotel Freyhof (+ 49 3731 7750730, E-Mail)

Hotel Mauck´sches Gut (+49 3731 33978, E-Mail)

Please book your room as soon as possible, Freiberg is expecting a lot of guests during this week caused by festivities in memory of the first silver finds in 1168.

How do you get to Freiberg?

By car: ask Google Maps

By plane: The nearest airports are Dresden (56 km away) or Leipzig (117 km away) in Germany and Prague (136 km away) in the Czech Republic.

By train: There is a train station in Freiberg.

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