Dr. Kerstin Schulte, PFI InstitutsleiterinPFI has now been a member of the OEKO-TEX® Association for a year. This Newsletter reveals why certification according to LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® can be of huge advantage for the entire subsequent value chain.

Our network is constantly growing. For example, PFI has been represented in the German Senate of Economy since July. And please save this date: The UITIC-Congress will take place in Porto from May 16 to 18, 2018. The 2019 IULTCS Congress will be organised by VGCT and be held in Dresden; PFI will, of course, be present.

PFI is also actively pursuing its research programme, for example on the topic of Preservatives in Leather Production or how to make High Heels safer.

And may I recommend some further reading: Try clicking on the link below to the Newsletter of our Biotechnology Section and discover PFI’s activities in this area!

Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing holiday season and a good start to a successful 2018.

Dr. Kerstin Schulte

P.S.: Our laboratories in Germany and Asia will remain open for business during the week between Christmas and the New Year.




PFI Certifies Ledertech

In January 2017, OEKO-TEX launched LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® as a new label for the leather and footwear sector. Meanwhile, leathers, hides, and leather products from 25 companies, including five German enterprises, already bear the new certificate.

PFI certified the recycled leather fibre materials from Ledertech Deutschland GmbH. Thanks to the modular system adopted, the proven non-hazardous nature of the materials obviates the need for any duplicate testing by subsequent processors.

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For those interested: OEKO-TEX had commissioned a global survey of consumer attitudes about textile sustainability this summer. The results give an insight into consumer views and behaviours regarding climate change as well as well as their knowledge, perceptions, and concerns about textile sustainability and certification.

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Dr. Kerstin Schulte Member of the German Senate of Economy

Link zur Webseite des Senats der Wirtschaft Deutschlands e.V.PFI Managing Director Dr. Kerstin Schulte has been appointed member of the German Senate of Economy where she represents the Test and Research Institute Pirmasens.

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2019 IULTCS Congress in Dresden

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel (pdf)The 35th International IULTCS Congress will take place at the Dresden International Congress Centre from June 25–28, 2019. IULTCS stands for International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies. The Congress will be hosted and organized by VGCT (German Association for Tannery Chemistry and Technology).

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Scuff Marks Left by Outsoles

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Whether at home or at the gym ‒ scuff marks left on a floor by dark-coloured outsoles raise the alarm for the cleaning brigade. But light-coloured outsoles can also leave scuff marks. And white marks on a floor are just as unsightly.

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Preservatives in Leather Production

Link zur Webseite der Forschungsgemeinschaft Leder e.V.In a cooperative research programme, the Test and Research Institute Pirmasens and the Research Institute of Leather and Plastic Sheeting have completed a research project entitled «Studies on the Sustainable Use of Antimycotic Agents in Leather Production».

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Safer High Heels

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Survival of companies in the fashion and seasonally dependent sectors such as the footwear industry depends upon their ability to implement the latest trends. Shoe bottoms and heels are particularly important design elements. And yet fashionable ladies’ shoes, above all those with high heels, clearly also have to assure the safety of their wearers. In fact, some of the designs considered are rejected as unrealisable during the creation of practically every collection.

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PFI Test and Research Institute Pirmasens e.V.
(Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V.)

Marie-Curie-Straße 19
66953 Pirmasens | Germany

Phone: +49 6331 2490 0
Fax: +49 6331 2490 60

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Chairman: Michael Tackenberg

Managing Director: Dr. Kerstin Schulte

Authors: Dr. Ines Anderie, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jutta Knels, Karolina Kryszak, Dr. Monika Richter, Dr. Kerstin Schulte, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Liselotte Vijselaar

Editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Elisabeth Rouiller | Translation: Anthony J. Rackstraw B.Sc. (Hons)

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PFI Group Newsletter June 2017

Link to the German version of this newsletter

PFI Biotechnology Newsletter / Dezember 2017

Link to the newsletter of PFI Biotechnology