When Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto Mecheels founded the independent Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim in 1946, the focus, for him, was on the direct relationship between research and teaching for implementation in practice.
His son, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mecheels, took up his work and, between 1962 and 1995, developed the Hohenstein Institute into an internationally recognized, high-performance research and service centre.
Since 1995, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels has lead the family business in the third generation and has successfully continued the philosophy of “unity of research, service and training” with his work.
Hohenstein offers manufacturers, retail companies, service providers and consumers “expertise from a single source”, and with this it covers a large range of fields of work that are simultaneously varying and yet tightly linked to one another. The result of this interdisciplinary approach is the successful collaboration with other research institutions in fields such as medicine, electronics or microsystem technology. These networks open up completely new areas of application for textile products, thus offering Hohenstein customers additional markets and future opportunities.
In this context, particular importance is given to the effective dissemination of research results through lectures, seminars, publications, etc., as well as the practical application of knowledge gained in the service sector to the benefit of many companies.
Hohenstein's research work is complemented by a widely-ranging offer of services in the areas of testing, service and certification.