Performance Laboratory

Physical and mechanical testing for product conformity.


The Performance laboratory is structured to perform tests to check product conformity at performance level. The tests vary according to the type of sample being tested (finished products, semi-finished products, raw materials), the type of product (clothing, fabrics, hide, leather goods and footwear, metal accessories, plastic) and according to performance requirements, as in the case of testing mechanical safety of products for children.

Below, for example, some of the main parameters examined:

Performance tests on fabrics
  • OFDA – optical determination of the average animal fibers diameter
  • Martindale pilling and Box pilling assessment method
  • Martindale abrasion test
  • Seam slippage
  • Burst resistance
  • Tear resistance
  • Permeability to air and water
Performance tests on leather
  • Martindale abrasion test
  • Colour fastness to rubbing
  • Flexing resistance
  • Tear resistance
  • Change in colour with accelerated ageing
  • Reciprocating test on fastening elements
  • Shaking impact
Performance tests on footwear
  • Martindale abrasion tester
  • Colour fastness with rubbing
  • Continuous flexing test for shoes and soles
  • Tear resistance
  • Changes in colour with accelerated ageing
  • Repeated folding
  • Abrasion resistance: soles, laces
  • Fatigue resistance: heels, shanks, etc.