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Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress 57 to be held in September
Jun '18
Courtesy: Dornbirn-GFC
Courtesy: Dornbirn-GFC
The 57th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn GFC), the European-led innovation platform for the fibre industry, will be held from September 12 to 14, 2018, in Austria. Dornbirn-GFC is an innovation platform for the fibre, textile, nonwovens, equipment, and mechanical engineering industry. The event is a major player as an idea and network generator.

Around 100 expert lectures will focus on topics like fibre innovations, transportation und mobility, recycling – circular economy, energy generation and energy storage, and surface modification, and additive technologies. More than 700 participants from over 30 nations take advantage of the Dornbirn-GFC in order to learn about the latest innovations of the fibre industry and its downstream stages.

Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Federal Chancellor will give his presentation via a video transmission. We can also look forward to the chancellor`s statements in terms of the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in July 2018.

James Holbery from Microsoft US will discuss on the issue of ‘How will Smart Textiles change the world and what does Microsoft expect from industry?’ Smart Textiles in the age of digitalisation – an enormous potential for textile industry.

As a connoisseur of the automotive industry, professor Theo Sams from AVL, the world’s biggest independent company for the development of drive systems, will illuminate the ‘relevance and potentials of the fibre industry in the future development of the automotive industry’.

The successful, rapidly growing Canadian brand Lululemon Athletica, represented by Yogendra Dandapure, will provide forward-looking trends and the technology approach for the industry and he will take part at the panel discussion ‘Circular Economy’.

Edwin Keh, CEO from the international renowned Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel HKRITA, will give a lecture on ‘Circular Economy’ and also participate at the subsequent panel discussion. A panel discussion will also take place titled ‘Circular Economy – What an Opportunity!’ moderated by Anton Schumann/ Gherzi. The participants Eberhard Brack/Märkische Faser, Peter Bartsch/Lenzing, Michel Chtepa/Seaqual4U, Yogendra Dandapure/Lululemon, Edwin Keh/HKRITA, Luis Marinheiro/ISWA (International Solid and Waste Association) will show approaches to the current topic, strongly promoted by the EU Commission.

The topic ‘Digital Age in Research and Development’ will be deepened in a workshop by young scientists on September 11, 2018 guided by Syngroup Consulting (AUT). The subsequent visit of the congress will integrate the next generation into the network of the ‘Dornbirn- GFC Innovation Community’.

The Smart Textiles symposium will be held on September 12 and 13, 2018. This symposium will offer top-class lectures on smart textiles. (GK)

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