is the capital of Romania and, at the same
time, the biggest city, the industrial and commercial
centre of this country.
The legend says that Bucharest was founded by the sheep
man called Bucur. According to other possible alternative,
Bucharest city was founded by Mircea cel Batran at the
end of the XIV century. The first mention of the locality
appears in 1459, on a document emitted by Vlad Tepes,
the prince of Walachia. In 1862 it became the capital
Since then, it suffers continuous changes, being the
centre of the artistic, cultural and mass-media scene.
Between the two World Wars, the elegant architecture
and its elite made the city to be called “Little Paris”.
At present, its population of over two millions of inhabitants
makes Bucharest the sixth European Union capital from
the size point of view.
The National Research Development Institute for Textile
and Leather – Bucharest, was set-up by the Government
Decision (H.G.) 1304/25.11.1996, by the merging of the
Textile Research Institute with the Leather-Footwear
The Institute carries out scientific research and technological
development activities, accomplishing, in the specific
field, the technical and technological objectives of
the National Program of Scientific Research and Technological