John Frazier Hohenstein

John Frazier, formerly senior director of chemistry at Nike Inc., has joined the Hohenstein Institute America as senior technical director.

Frazier will be located in Oregon, but will support footwear and apparel clients across North America in the implementation of green chemistry, textile and materials research and innovation.

“John’s impressive sustainability résumé will make him an invaluable asset to the textile manufacturers, sourcers and retailers here in North America,” said Ben Mead, managing director of Hohenstein Institute America. “He has proven expertise in many areas that can add product performance, while still having a positive impact on a company’s sustainability profile.”

While at Nike, Frazier focused on closed loops, greener chemistry, climate stability, water stewardship and thriving communities. His duties at the footwear and activewear giant included the development, deployment and oversight of a variety of sustainability and product stewardship programs. These included the Restricted Substance List, Manufacturing Restricted Substance List, Sustainable Chemistry Guidance, the Global Water Quality Program and the Green/Healthier Chemistry Program.

His experience extends to aerospace and athletic footwear, apparel and equipment, as well as to environmental programs through materials and process engineering and chemistry applications.

At Hohenstein, in addition to working directly with consumer product brands and manufacturers, Frazier will continue to serve in textile and apparel trade associations and to speak at industry events to promote collaboration and raise the environmental awareness of consumers, corporations and young scientists.

The Hohenstein Institute provides a broad range of textile services. These include product compliance testing, such as the Oeko-Tex brand portfolio, and product performance testing.

The range of performance tests extends from clothing physiology assessments for quantifying comfort and fit to independent evaluations of technical features such as UV ray protection, moisture management and antimicrobial performance.

The Hohenstein Institute was founded in Bönnigheim, Germany, in 1946. It has some 800 staff members employed at its headquarters, laboratories and offices in Europe, Asia and the U.S. In addition to the textile industry, Hohenstein’s international client base includes the automotive, medical and consumer goods industries.