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The Rupp Report: Dornbirn - The Annual Man-Made Fibers Summit

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

For the 48th time, the most important congress for man-made fibers will take place. From Sept. 16 to 18, 2009, the world's center for man-made fibers will be in Dornbirn, Austria. The motto of the congress is "Communicating the Textile Future."

Continuous Expansion In Spite Of A Difficult Environment

Since last year's congress, up until the end of the year, the global financial crisis escalated. Europe was also hit and is aware of its impact on the real economy. Friedrich Weninger, the new president of the Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute, organizer of the Dornbirn congress, said "responsibility has to become the key issue of economic, social and environmental activities." Being a member of the Management Board of Austria-based Lenzing AG, Weninger has a close relationship to man-made fibers, and therefore, he will ensure the continuous expansion of this important global event in the coming years.


In the focus of this year's conference is the issue of climate protection. This focus and the conference's motto are intended to confirm that the fiber industry and academic research institutes have understood the message and know what it takes to address the issues. The issues of climate protection, environmental compatibility and conservation of resources will shape the picture of the 21st century, the organizers said.

In the opening day plenary session, Brussels-based CIRFS: European Man-Made Fibers Association will present the development strategies of the European man-made fibers industry. Dr. Franz Effenberger from the Institute for Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers, (ITCF), Denkendorf, Germany, and Dr. Hilmar Fuchs from the Saxon Textile Research institute (STFI), Chemnitz, Germany, will acknowledge the history and merits of Paul Schlack and Wilhelm Albrecht and their contributions to the world of man-made fibers. A ceremony to award the Paul Schlack Man-made Fibers Prize to a young scientist will follow.

Plenary Session

Dr. Josef Reichholf, Zoologische Staatssammlung, Munich, Germany, will give a paper titled "Climate Change - Biological View." Bob Peoples, American Chemical Society, Washington, will follow with a very presentation titled "Green Chemistry." Elmar Witten, Verstärkte Kunststoffe, Frankfurt, will cover the subject of composites in a paper titled "Market and Market Development for Composites in Europe."

New Developments In Fibers

With more than 100 different lectures, the section "New Developments in Fibers" - including bicomponent fibers and nanotechnologies - will be represented throughout the congress and will be opened with a presentation by Akihiro Omatsuzawa, Japan Chemical Fibers Association, Tokyo, who will provide an overview of the development of environmentally conscious technologies and textile products in Japan.

"Fibers for Medical and Hygienic Textiles" - including Smart Textiles - along with the section "Fibers for Composites, Transportation and Professional Wear" will demonstrate the importance of these topics. A further highlight is the section "Fibers and Textiles in Connection with the Climate Change," which will include papers on water management, geotextiles and agrotextiles, followed by a presentation of EU research projects.

Dornbirn: The Communication Platform

A look at the development of the European/American man-made fiber, textile and nonwovens industry shows that only the most innovative and healthy companies will be able to overcome difficulties such as the current economic crisis. In order to improve the importance of the Dornbirn congress as a communication platform, the organizers are planning to arrange meetings of the textile and apparel industry and other associations prior to the official opening of the congress. According to the organizers, at first glance, there is great interest.

Friends of Dornbirn

The Dornbirn congress also is looking for new ideas and unconventional solutions. One constant task is to promote young talent in the man-made fiber industry. From its beginnings, Dornbirn has been an interesting forum for young technicians and scientists to present their ideas and to network. This task will be supported actively by the Friends of Dornbirn.

More information on the summit of the man-made fiber industry is available at www.dornbirn-mfc.com.

August 18, 2009