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Over 100 presentations to mark Dornbirn-MFC Congress
Jul '17
Courtesy: Dornbirn-MFC
Courtesy: Dornbirn-MFC
Over 100 expert presentations - 50 per cent from industry and 50 per cent from the academic world - on topics such as fibre innovations, and fibres, textiles and nonwovens for healthcare and hygienic applications, protective applications and sports and leisure wear will mark the Dornbirn-Man Made Fibres Congress, being held during September 13-15, 2017.

Each year, the Dornbirn-MFC (Man Made Fibres Congress) is host to more than 700 participants from more than 30 nations - 80 per cent from Europe, 15 per cent from Asia, and five per cent from America. The attendance may be higher this year.

The European-led innovation platform for the fibre industry and downstream manufacturing stages is a generator of ideas and networking agent. The opening day will see plenary lecture by Professor Radermacher of Ulm University, head of the Forschungsinstitut für anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung (Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing), on “Globalisation, Sustainability, Future - is there still hope for us?“

Buisson, Veolia Water Technologies / USA, will report on prospects for “Innovative Fibres and Textiles in the Field of Water Management“, and Dr. Meierkord , the president of the European Man-Made Fibres Association CIRFS, will present a paper on the “Contribution of Man-made Fibres to the Balanced Use of Global Resources“.

In the field of fibre innovations, there will be a number of interesting papers, including three presentations from Germany on the subject “marine litter (microplastics)“ and reviews of topics as recycling, biopolymers and high-performance fibres.

The event will see recent developments in the field of healthcare and hygienic applications. Alongside the major brands, a number of reputable private labels in the field of sanitary care will also be represented. The introductory paper on protective applications will be presented by a speaker from NASA (USA), who will talk about flame-retardant textile fibres in the context of space research, and the representative of a worldwide renowned manufacturer of protective clothing will talk about recent developments as well as the requirements placed on upstream processing stages.

In the field of sports and leisure wear, the innovative, much-decorated outdoor brand VAUDE and the global manufacturer MAS Holding will present interesting papers, and representatives of industry and research will submit presentations on functionalisation and ecological production methods. There will be panel discussions on key issues such as “Marine Litter - a problem turned into an innovative opportunity“. In the field of sports and leisure wear a panel on “Sustainability and Performance - a contradiction in this industry?” has been planned.

In the segment protective applications, the second day will be concluded with a discussion on “The endless saga of ultra-light and ingenious high performance features: What’s next?” Moderated by Dr. Isa Hofmann, the panel will include Evelyne Orndoff / NASA, Michael Stanhope / Tencate, Oliver Spöcker / Lenzing , Pierluigi Bernardi / Nilit and a representative of DSM Dyneema.

The success of last year‘s “Young Scientists Forum“ has led organisers to repeat the event. The workshop will be devoted to the subject “Impact of the Digital (R) Evolution on Research and Development“. There will be an expert panel /workshop “Circular Economy: Textile and Nonwovens Waste - a threat or opportunity?” on the day preceding the congress. This unique event will be jointly organised by the Dornbirn-MFC in cooperation with CIRFS (the European Man-made Fibres Association), EDANA (the association of the nonwovens industry) and ISWA (the global association of waste management companies). (SV)

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