The smell of leather is a general characteristic of the product, and a feature of recognition and quality. Opposite to synthetic materials, a leather smell is multifarious, long-lasting and product-specific, similar to a perfume odour. The examination of the leather smell is carried out by odour testing. The results of the valuation of the leather smell testing are expressed in ratings and are subject to individual perception. Dr Schulz presentation will deal with some key issues with regard to leather smell in automotive interiors.

What is the typical leather smell?

Can specific scents being allocated to certain product steps in leather manufacture? Is the application of aroma profile analysis an objective alternative for testing the leather smell? Are the new VDA270 test conditions for leather resulting in more homogeneous valuation of leather smell? These topics will be covered during the presentation.

Dr Schulz will be joined by high-profile speakers from Wollsdorf Leather, Scottish Leather Group, JBS Couros and Frost and Sullivan. It will also be the platform for the launch of the One4Leather promotional campaign who will present their campaign and objectives. 

About Dr Haiko Schulz

Dr Haiko Schulz studied chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden. Following his doctorate in the field of “NMR of solids and liquids for organic phosphor-sulfur compounds” in 1993, he held a position as scientific assistant at the Institute of Doping Analysis and Sports Biochemistry Dresden with postgraduate studies in “toxicology and environment protection”.

Since 1995, he has been a scientist at Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK), Freiberg. In 2001, he became the head of the department of Material Characterisation and the affiliated Accredited Test Laboratory. Dr Schulz was member of both the national and international standardisation committees for physical and chemical testing of leather as well as plastic sheeting.

He has been engaged in working groups and commissions for the development and the standardisation of test methods and the harmonisation of technical specifications of materials before he was appointed as FILK Managing Director in 2017.

Since 2004, Dr Haiko Schulz has also lectured on “Vehicle Construction: materials and components” at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, faculty Material Science and Material Technology.

Conference details:

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Time: Half-day (afternoon). Registration/coffee: 12-12.50pm, conference 12.50pm – 5.15pm (includes a 30 minute coffee break/networking session). 

Venue: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Delegate prices: £355/€395/US$445, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

Delegate bookings and payments via PayPal can be made by clicking here

*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT. Delegates who register to attend the conference are also entitled to a 10% discount off the recently published in-depth report “Automotive Leather – a modern and sustainable industry”. For more information please click here or to purchase contact Maria Wallace:

All presentations will be in English only. The conference is organised by International Leather Maker (ILM) and is sponsored by TFL, Zschimmer & Schwarz and JBS Couros. theSauerReport is an event supporter. Click here to see the confirmed speaker programme.