Links on the topic of leather

International leather associations

ICT International Council of Tanners
with links to foreign tanner’s associations

COTANCE European Leather Association
with addresses of European tanneries and links to the neighbouring European associations


Trade associations and federations

Arbeitgeberverband der Deutschen Lederindustrie e.V.

Forschungsgemeinschaft Leder e.V.  –  FGL
(Leather Research Association)
Member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke”

Verein für Gerberei-Chemie und -Technik e.V. – VGCT
(Association for Tannery Chemistry and Technology)


Leather institute

Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen gGmbH – FILK (Research Institut of Leather and Plastic Sheeting)


Neighbouring associations

Wirtschaftsverband Häute / Leder e.V. – WHL (Skins and Leather Association)

Bundesverband der Schuh- und Lederwarenindustrie e.V. (Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry)

TEGEWA e.V. (Association of producers of textile, paper, leather and fur auxiliaries and colourants, surfactants, complexing agents, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants, cosmetic raw materials, pharmaceutical excipients and allied products)

Verband der Deutschen Polstermöbelindustrie e.V. (Associations of the German Upholstery Industry)

DEUTSCHER PELZ-GROSS- UND AUSSENHANDELSVERBAND e.V. (German Fur Association of Wholesalers and Traders)


Leather museums

Deutsches Leder- und Schuhmuseum Offenbach (German Leather Museum)

Lohgerbermuseum Dippoldiswalde (Tanner Museum)

Leder- und Gerbermuseum Mülheim a. d. Ruhr (Leather and Tanner Museum)


Further information about leather

Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the raw materials and chemical industry)

A comprehensive leather encyclopaedia and information page

Fuß und Schuh Info Office e.V. – F.U.S.I.O.
Interesting information on repairing leather shoes