Master’s Course “Sustainable Textiles” at Hof University
The TEGEWA Steering Group Textile Auxiliaries has established an endowment professorship for the master’s course „Sustainable Textiles“ at the Hof University/Abt. Muenchberg which was intended to be started in summer term 2020 (March 15th) but had to be postponed until April 20th because of the current situation with the Corona virus.
This English-taught, postgradual master’s Course is a dual one, meaning: In parallel with the course of study, a traineeship at a company (textile chemicals manufacturer) is obligatory.
The master’s course “Sustainable Textiles” is combining textile chemistry and sustainability in the textile supply chain in a unique way. By linking theory and practical applications the students are receiving the best possible preparation for a future career in this exciting and innovative professional field. To find more information just visit the university’s website!
IULTCS Congress June 25th – 28th 2019 in Dresden
The congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) took place from 25th to 28th June 2019 in Dresden. The association TEGEWA and its member companies within the steering group Leather Auxiliaries participated substiantally regarding sponsoring – and were amongst the first ones to declare their support of the congress. All major players of the leather supply chain have been involved at the congress – besides chemistry we are talking about the hide market, the tannery mechanical engineering, the tanneries and manufacturers, producing seat covers for cars, shoes, coats, jackets or high-quality upholstery leather.
Here some special TEGEWA moments:
VGCT Award for Dr. Volker Schröder:
At the Freiberger Ledertage, being conducted in the course of the IULTCS congress, Dr. Volker Schröder, Verband TEGEWA e. V., received the Annual Award of VGCT for his long-time Achievements for leather Industry. The laudation was held by Dr. Heinrich Francke, Zschimmer & Schwarz, who handed over the Award together with Beate Haaser, Südleder and 2. chairwoman of VGCT. (s. picture below).
Azo Dyes pursuant to TRGS 614Classification of those azo dyes that can cleave to carcinogenic amines being concerned by the use ban of TRGS 614. PDF (latest version of march 2001) opposite.
The brochure about the „Busy Compounds“ (the title wants to illustrate surfactants’ behavior) is easily comprehensible and suitable both for applicants in industry and pupils in senior grades. The „Foam Guidance“ is offering comprehensive information on foam, collated and worked up by experts of TEGEWA member companies for interested users in industry.
Product Safety & Occupational Safety
Not one but two initiatives TEGEWA is supporting in order to enable workers in tanneries worldwide to work safely: with a Safety Poster in different languages and the Sustainability Online Tool/ Checklist „Tannery of the Future“. The TEGEWA Steering Group „Leather Auxiliaries“ has initiated and financially supported both projects.
The Safety Poster „Safety Guidelines for a safe use of chemicals” for workers in tanneries in Asia and South America is available in English, Mandarin, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Spanish. It is hung up in production facilities of the customers and is meant to improve safe use of chemicals in those tanneries where occupational safety and environmental protection are of minor priority so far.
Tannery of the future
The Sustainability Online Tool/ Checklist „Tannery of the Future“ has been developed to help tanneries build a future-proof and socially responsible industry. It is an opportunity to classify oneself in view of ethical business behaviour, occupational and environmental protection and conservation of resources. Tannery of the future is made up of a questionnaire on topics such as traceability in supply chain, energy consumption in production, health and safety of employees or emergency plans in the tanneries. By means of questions on self estimation one can visualize the actual state in one’s company and draft possible improvement plans. Additionally, the questionnaire contains references to conceivable improvements and support.