Textile testing and research partner the Hohenstein Institutes, Bönnigheim/Germany, marks its 75th anniversary in 2021. When Prof. Otto Mecheels laid the foundation for an internationally-renowned company in 1946 when he founded the Hohenstein Institutes, a textile school in Hohenstein Castle.
His son, Prof. Jürgen Mecheels modernized the family business structures and expanded into new research and service areas such as textile finishing or professional laundries/dry cleaning. He helped to forever change textile safety with the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification system that protects consumers from harmful substances.
Since taking over in the 3rd generation in 1995, Prof. Stefan Mecheels has shown Hohenstein to the forefront of microfiber analysis, consistently developed its created standards for comfort and compression testing and worked to reduce the industry’s ecological impact. The testing laboratory in Hong Kong/China, which has been in operation since 2011, and the Hohenstein textile testing laboratories in Bangladesh and India, which were opened in 2018, ensure even greater market proximity.
Today, Hohenstein specializes in the testing, certification and research of all kinds of textile-related products. With a total of more than 1,000 employees at its headquarters in Bönnigheim and in more than 40 branches, contact offices and laboratories worldwide, the company faces the current challenges of the global industry. These include sustainability, digitalization of processes in the development of apparel and also the development, for example, a quality label for Tested Community Masks.