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Czech footwear industry figure dies
2014/1/16 8:58:13 Source: footwearbiz Author: 点击率:

A senior figure in the European footwear industry, Petr Hlavacek, has died at the age of 63. He died on January 10 in Borsice in the Czech Republic. Mr Hlavacek was emeritus dean of the country’s Bata University at Zlin.

Apart from scientific work, particularly on developing footwear for people with diabetes, Mr Hlavacek was interested in shoe history. Projects he worked on with his research team included the shoes worn by the 5000-year-old Alpine mummified man, ?tzi, and those worn by China’s Terracotta Warriors.

In 2005, he received an award from industry body UITIC for technological developments and as a member of the (UNIDO) United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s leather panel, he helped organsie a high-level industry event in Zlin in 2000.

On learning of his death, former UNIDO colleague Ivan Král said of Petr Hlavacek: “His positive, constructive approach, and his commitment, integrity and competence, set standards hard to maintain. He leaves behind an amazing legacy, and for that he will be always fondly remembered.”

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