On September 24, 2020, a new textile research center was inaugurated at the Münchberg Campus of Hof University, Hof/Germany. Supporting a well-founded textile specific education in the new institute, the nonwovens manufacturer Sandler AG, Schwarzenbach /Germany, has donated a professorship worth a total of €600,000 thereby further contributing to the educational infrastructure in this region.
The new professorship has been occupied since 2019: Prof. Dr. Claus-Ekkehard Koukal (photo) holds a lectureship at the University of Applied Sciences Hof in the field of Innovative Textiles, teaching in the areas of nonwovens production, spinning mill, weaving preparation and textile chain.
Prior to joining the university, Professor Koukal worked in industry, among others in the textile sector and research and development. In addition to his teaching position, he continues to be active in consultancy and research.