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Felix Wengenroth from specialty chemical manufacturer Lanxess will receive the award in the field of tannery technology during the XXXV International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) Congress, taking place in Dresden, Germany, June 25-28.
Felix Wengenroth will receive the ‘Förderpreis’ from the German Association for Tannery Chemistry and Technology (VGCT), which recognises young scientists and engineers. At the end of 2017, Wengenroth completed three years of apprenticeship training in the Leather business unit at Lanxess to become a qualified leather manufacturer and tanning technologist. During that time, he continued his studies in economics and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in February 2017.
“As a trainee at Lanxess, he is currently not only gaining technical experience but also applying his knowledge from his economics studies to the conditions of the leather markets in the various regions around the world”, said the chemical supplier. According to Lanxess, approximately 20 young people start an apprenticeship in the sector in Germany each year, which covers all stages of leather processing. This also includes handling measurement and analysis devices for the use of chemicals on various types of leather.
Wengenroth was Germany’s best graduate, scoring 95 out of 100 points in his final exam with the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.