The first Conference on Cellulose Fibers will take place Feb. 11–12, 2020, in Cologne, Germany. Topics will cover the value chain from the lingo-cellulosic feedstock, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibers, such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell, a range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and nonwovens (wipes and technical applications), as well as micro- and nanocellulose for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
In a recent news release, organizers say that cellulose fibers are “the fastest growing fiber group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy and the solution for avoiding microplastics.” Specifically, cellulose fibers have a CAGR of at least 10 percent over the last ten years. The high growth rates are driven by the demand for natural fibers (and bottlenecks in cotton), the microplastic problem and possible bans for plastic fibers. All three drivers will continue to play a significant role in the future development of the sector, the release says.
Providers, developers, academics, equipment supplies, retailers, brands, policymakers and investors will gather to address the following questions:
- What are the recent technology and market trends?
- What are the future market dynamics?
- Who is active and interested in this sector?
- What are the main challenges to develop the value chains and the market demand?
- Which ecosystems and partnerships are required to drive innovation?
- How will the political environment continue to develop?
- What will happen with plastic bans, microplastic avoidance, bio-based versus fossil feedstocks and sustainability?
Partners include the World Bioeconomy Forum, The Fiber Year, and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University. Interested parties are encouraged to submit abstracts and product, technology, development or market posters by Oct. 31, 2019.
Nova-Institute, a private and independent research institute, offers research and consultancy with a focus on a bio-based and CO2-based economy in the fields of food and feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy.