Head of Department
„The topic renewable resources has been accompanying all of my professional life. Leather is a renewable resource, too. Time and again I am fascinated by the variety in which leather can be manufactured with most different properties, by the fact how the tanning and leather industries convert the byproduct hide into a precious and at the same time functional material. And although this natural material is as old as mankind itself, there are always new things to explore and to discover."
ONE OF THE OLDEST NATURAL MATERIALS STANDS ITS GROUND TO THIS DAY
Tannery and leather manufacture are the oldest fields of competence at FILK. The forerunners of our institute are the first Deutsche Gerberschule and the Versuchsanstalt für Lederindustrie. We can reflect upon more than 130 years of experience with leather manufacture. Today research activities focus on the whole process of technology for leather manufacture: new technologies for liming, tanning, re-tanning and finishing. Research work comprises both fundamental approaches and optimisation concepts for technologies, formulations and auxiliaries as well as utilisation of byproducts.
Recent discourses about sustainability and ecology in an increasingly critical public brought various initiatives and activities into motion in the leather sector. For many years the industry has been paying special attention to resource-efficient and environmentally friendly technology as well as process chemicals. Also in this connection there are always new approaches for research and development activities.
In the field of leather and leather processing we offer the following services:
Tests relating to leather and analytics at the leather laboratory
Development and manufacturing of historic restoration leathers for the conservation of art work and cultural assets
Analysis of tanning materials
Tanning experiments in our tannery pilot plant
Certification pursuant to the Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX®