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Economic climate overshadows 53rd Dornbirn-MFC
Sep '14
The 53rd Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) was held from September 10-12, 2014, under the backdrop of an uncertain economic & political climate slowing-down the five-year record growth of DORNBIRN-MFC.

“The worrying news about the developments in the financial and political environment obscure our sight on a positive future”, say organisers of DORNBIRN-MFC, which witnessed attendance of over 700 participants from more than 30 countries.

DORNBIRN-MFC 2014 titled - ‘Innovation – Efficiency – Competitiveness’, reflected the necessary evolutionary constraint for renewal in the transition to a new industrial era, making interdisciplinary cooperation along the processing chain the recipe for success.

Among the various presentations, the one from Van Houte from CIRFS dwelled on - “The European Man-made Fibres Industry: Global Challenges and Institutional Changes”. He pushed for creating a framework from European countries and European Commission to bolster reindustrialization of Europe.

The talk from Mr. Börsch from Bionic Strategy was on “The Re-enchantment of the World – Survival Strategies with Brands as Modern Storytellers in an Engineered World”, which focussed on a brand, being the most powerful resource of an enterprise competing with others in the 21st century.

Mr Wiertz from EDANA discussed challenges and opportunities facing the global nonwovens industry. He spoke about the role of high quality nonwovens offering solutions for more demanding specifications and performance requirements.

Another lecture of Mr Askew from OECD, raised concerns over test protocols for determining the efficiency of antimicrobial treated textiles. His presentation focussed on the need to ensure that published properties of producers can be verified.

Among other presentations, Mr Scalia from EURATEX spoke about an EU and EURATEX co-founded initiative ‘Energy-made to measure’ which works for more energy efficiency in the European textile and clothing industry.

He said this is an initiative intended for small and medium-sized companies, providing them with the results of successful projects, practical solutions and ideas with positive impact on their competitiveness.

A presentation from Mrs Bald from INVISTA was on - “Consumer innovation in the fine gauge hosiery segment”, which discussed consumer demands and today’s lifestyle-trends, which lead to new technical innovations and new future-oriented products.

The Paul Schlack / Wilhelm Albrecht Prize 2014 was awarded to Laura Scheid, TU Dresden - ITM (D) for her work “Development of Textile Chitosan Micro and Nanofibrous Hybrid Scaffolds via combined Net Shape Nonwoven (NCN) and Elektrospinning Technique” at the DORNBIRN-MFC.

The honorary award wentto Dr. Matteo Pasquali from Rice University, USA and Dr. Marcin Otto from Teijin Aramid BV for their thesis on “Strong, Light, Multifunctional Fibres of Carbon Nanotubes with Ultrahigh Conductivity”. (AR)

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