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52nd Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress: Communicating The Future Of Man-made Fibers

The 52nd Dornbirn-MFC — as the European/American lead event for man-made fibers — has already started to pay attention to the global social and economic challenges (Climate/Energy, Health/Nutrition, Mobility, Safety, Communication, Labour/Leisure and Key Technologies) — when selecting the lectures for the current programme. The enormous potential of the man-made fiber industry for innovation and bandwidth of performance will develop valuable contributions to save our environment and resources by sustainability (incl. recycling), energy- and cost-saving production and processing. This will be also the entry into completely new fields of applications.

In order to shape and design a future worth living in, the younger generations will be encouraged to participate.

The total number of participants from around 30 nations was continuing on record levels like last year. The participants from Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Portugal, and Italy were growing over proportional.

The new cooperation with the national roof organisations in Japan — JCFA and Korea — KOFOTI is gaining importance. Both countries were represented throughhigh-ranking delegations and lecturers. The traditionally excellent cooperation with AFMA/USA, CIRFS/Brussels, IVC/Frankfurt and EURATEX/Brussels was underlined by some parallel meetings during the DORNBIRN-MFC.


Enlarged spectrum of lectures for a better overall picture
The rapid proliferation of Man-made Fibers in new, more complex fields of applications was reflected in the topics of the lectures.

The opening speech in the plenary session was held by the president of the AUSTRIAN MAN-MADE FIBERS INSTITUTE (AUSTRIAN-MFI) Mr. Friedrich Weninger giving an overview about current factors and developments that will influence considerably the further economic success of Man-made Fibers.

Mr. Karlheinz Rüdisser, Vice Governor of the Province of Vorarlberg delivered a welcome address to the participants of the DORNBIRN-MFC. A representative of the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) holding their annual meeting in Bregenz immediately before the start of DORNBIRN-MFC delivered another welcome address. For the first time it was possible to have an exchange of ideas between users of cotton and Man-made fibers.

Mr. Bonazzi, president of CIRFS (European Man-made Fibres Association, Brussels) spoke about the European Man-made Fibers Industry and how they are going to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world, followed by Prof. Hilmar Fuchs, STFI/Chemnitz and member of the Paul Schlack/Wilhelm Albrecht foundation. He awarded the Paul Schlack Prize 2013 to Mr. Stephan Walter, RWTH Aachen (D) for his work "Development of piezoelectric sensor fibers based on polyvinylidene-fluoride" which he presented in a short version. The honorary prize was awarded to Mr. Till Batt, ITV Denkendorf (D) for his work on "Economical production of ultrafine thermoplastic fibers for filtration". This work was presented in a short version during the postersession on Thursday.

Mr. Yoseung Ho, Huvis Corporation, Seoul / Korea held a lecture about the current status of the Korean Man-made Fibers industry and trends in the development of technology. Prof. Meike Tielebein (Mrs.) from the German Centre of Management Research, Denkendorf presented a lecture on the topic "The new textile revolution - Trends and challenges at the new start of the textile industry". The plenary session did end with a presentation of Mr. Ryan Young from the Apparel Coalition Inc./San Francisco (USA) on the topic "The Higg index and collaboration in the apparel industry"

104 further individual lectures on the main themes "SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE FIBER INDUSTRY", "FIBER INNOVATIONS", "UNCONVENTIONAL FIBER APPLICATIONS", "FINISHING", "SPORTS- AND FUNCTIONAL WEAR" as well as "MARKET SPECIALS" did present a unique cross-section about the innovative potential and vast applications in the Man-made Fiber World. The "Who is Who" of academic research, fiber industry and the processing chain was represented through their latest developments, key technologies and visionary outlooks.

In the very last moment succeeded in finding an expert, the German patent- engineer Mr. Axel Schlewing to hold a lecture on a red-hot topic "Strategies for a safer approach to innovative ideas and intellectual property- options, risks, measures". It was presented on Thursday, 12th of September in Hall C at 18.00 hours.

The poster session for the young generation took place on Thursday, 12th September at 15.10 hours in Hall C. Mrs. Kristina Klinkhammer/Hochschule Niederrhein, Mönchengladbach (D), Mr. Stefan Gierling, Hohenstein Institute für Textilinnovation, Bönnigheim (D), Mr. Till Batt, ITV Denkendorf, Denkendorf (D) and Mr. R. Tonndorf, TU Dresden, Dresden (D) presented their works.

Regarding the contents please consult the congress CD

Further cooperations planned for 2014
In 2014 the cooperation with further roof organisations and leading industrial companies will be intensified. A further topic is the increased cooperation with Universities/Research Institutes/Clusters in Europe, The Americas, and Asia.

This will ensure the continuous expansion of the DORNBIRN-MFC as communication platform for the international fiber world.

Preview Main Topics for the 53rd Dornbirn-MFC 2014
The next DORNBIRN-MFC will take place from September 10-12, 2014.

The following main themes will be covered:

  • Fiber-/Filament Innovations (Oil- and Bio-based Fiber Raw Materials, Carbon Fibers / Others, Functionalities, Unconventional Applications, Waste Management...)
  • Nonwovens Filtration
  • Automotive (Transportation - Train/Ship/Air)
  • Key Technologies (Finishing, Coating, Spinning / Extrusion)
  • Market Specials/New Business Models

We offer you the possibility to submit your lecture proposal for 2014 already now directly to the AUSTRIAN MAN-MADE FIBERS-INSTITUTE (AUSTRIAN-MFI) via the e-mail address office@austrian-mfi.at (Please do not forget to mention a working title and a short abstract of the planned content as well as your contact details).

Posted September 24, 2013

Source: Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute