56th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (DORNBIRN-MFC)
13 – 15 September
2017, Communicating the Future of Man-made Fibers.
DORNBIRN-MFC remains a Green Meeting
/ Green Event
The certified Dornbirn-MFC intends to continue as “Green
Meeting & Green Event” and its criteria will be based on
sustainable arrival, reduction of CO2 (carbon dioxide),
ecological catering, eco-friendly accommodations as well as
material – and waste management.
DORNBIRN-MFC as idea- and network
In recent years Dornbirn-MFC has gradually developed as a
“global brand“ and its rising number of participants and
international origin reflect its status. Visitors from more than
60 new companies were registered last year. Overall, more than
700 participants from 34 nations visited Dornbirn (80% from
Europe, 15% from Asia, 5% from the Americas).
In 2017 some delegations from Asia
and the Americas have confirmed their participation.
The European characterised innovation platform for the fiber
industry and the various stages of the value chain should act as
idea- and network generator – each participant is part of the
success of the event. Help shape the “Innovation Community“ and
encourage your business associates to visit the meeting.
More than 100 expert lectures shall
concentrate on the following key themes:
- Fiber innovations.
- Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for hygiene and healthcare
- Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for protective
- Fibers, textiles and nonwovens for sports and leisure
Interesting lectures are expected on the issues of water
management by VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES / USA and three lectures
from Germany will focus on “Marine Litter (micro
Latest developments with applications of medicine and hygiene
in the fields of hospital, nursing and implantology
will be presented. Attendance of the leading brands and private
label producers are expected.
For the introductory lecture in the field of protective
applications, a speaker of NASA/ USA could be acquired
on the issue of flame retardent textile fibers for space
research. Interalia, a reputable global producer of protective
clothing will present the latest developments and the
requirements of the preliminary stages of the supply chain.
In the field of sportswear VAUDE the innovative
and repeatedly rewarded outdoor brand will enrich the topic with
its presentations. Contributions from industry and research will
be delivered on the issue of functionalization and
ecological manufacturing process.
In order to generate a more interactive and more vivid
programme sequence additional discussions within the main topics
are being planned.
The successful “Young Scientists` Forum“ will also be
performed on the final day this year.
Expert Panel “Textile & Nonwovens
Waste“ – a Threat or Opportunity?“ the day before the opening
of the Congress:
This highly relevant issue will be handled precisely by an
expert team from the fiber industry, the downstream stages,
retail and for the first time from the waste disposers (Waste
Dornbirn-MFC, CIRFS (European Chemical Fiber Association),
EDANA (Association of the Nonwovens Industry) and ISWA
(International Solid Waste Association) operate as promoters of
this unique event.
Sponsors as the key elements of
Particular emphasis should be placed on the economic region
Land Vorarlberg and “the smart city“ Dornbirn which have
tremendously supported the congress since its foundation.
The cooperation with the federal state Vorarlberg and the
Chamber of Commerce Vorarlberg has been expanded in recent
Lenzing AG, the associations CIRFS
and IVC are the initiators of the annual congress.
Lenzing AG , the world`s largest and most innovative
cellulose fiber producer will be represented as “the“ lead
sponsor of the congress.
The well-known sponsors of last year’s Congress will again
contribute to the success of the event in 2017:
CHT Beitlich (D)
Gherzi Textile Organisation (CH)
Glanzstoff Industries (A)
Groz Beckert (D)
IFG Asota (A)
IKV Innovative Kunststoffveredlung (D)
Kunstuniversität Linz (A)
Märkische Faser (D)
SALTEX and Smart Textiles Plattform (A)
Cooperation with Messe Frankfurt
“Fashion and Research links together“ is the guiding
principle of the cooperation and thereby the synergy of the
undisputedly market place Fashion Paris and the market place
research Dornbirn-MFC will benefit a lot.
The cooperation enters its second year and has started very
successfully. In doing so, as an example WOLFORD,
the luxury underwear manufacturer, a long term Dornbirn-MFC
participant, presented its highly interesting concept,
“Circular Economy“ in the production of underwear which has been
praised highly from the visitors with a considerable response
from the press last February in Paris.
Both events, coordinated well in timing - AVANTEX will be
held one week after Dornbirn-MFC – therefore the participants
may visit the meetings perfectly.
AVANTEX is the fair for Hi-Tec fabrics for clothing and takes
place twice a year in Paris, the city of fashion and apparel.
The trade fair is organized around 4 sectors: Materials &
Components, Prototype Studio, Clothing & Accessories and Smart
Cooperation with Messe Frankfurt /
Techtextil in Frankfurt is the world`s leading fair for
technical textiles and nonwovens and will take place from 9 May
to 12 May 2017.
Dornbirn-MFC will be represented with an exhibition booth
(hall/booth-no.: 6.1 B85) and a certain lecture block on 9 May
The Technical University Aachen/ Maastricht, Dresden and
Denkendorf from the academic world as well as Lenzing AG,
Märkische Faser and SGL / FISIPE from the fiber industry will
hold specialist lectures on “Fiber Industry geared to
Sustainability and Resource Management“.
The lecture block will be rounded off by a high-calibre
“panel discussion“ on the very challenging topic “Performance
and Sustainability“ – a Contradiction?“
Furthermore, a participation in a press conference is planned
during the exhibition.
Cooperation with EDANA
EDANA is an excellent supporter of Dornbirn-MFC within the
organization of international, high quality lectures from
nonwovens industry. EDANA is also a co-organizer of the unique
Expert Panel “Textile & Nonwovens Waste – a Threat or
Opportunity?“ where the fiber- and nonwovens industry and the
waste management companies will encounter for the first time.
Further information: www.edana.org.
Dornbirn-MFC on Social Media
Dornbirn-MFC website www.dornbirn-mfc.com is one of the
crucial communication tools of the convention. Dornbirn-MFC
informations will also be distributed on diverse social media
channels in the future.
Concerning this, a congress page was recently issued on
LinkedIn/Dornbirn-MFC and on Facebook/Dornbirn-MFC. At regular
intervals these pages will be completed with “up to the minute“
news and pictures.