Techtera monitors the trade fairs concerning the sector

02 . 11 . 2023

Overview of the fibre congress in Dornbirn

Techtera goes to the main events, conferences, national and international trade fairs that are the most inspiring for the textile business. This is in order to learn about new innovations applicable to our sector. At the end of these various visits, the project managers provide members with feedback from these events.

In this context, Techtera was present at the 62nd World Fibre Congress, which was held in Dornbirn, Austria, from September 13 to 15. The event brought together more than 550 participants from more than 30 countries. They came from various sectors, including the textile industry, the chemicals and materials sectors, as well as the academic world.

During the opening session, emphasis was placed on the challenges facing the textile industry and the importance of implementing fundamental changes within value chains. Dirk Vantyghem, CEO of Euratex, presented in plenary session the “Impact of the European sustainable textiles strategy on the global textile ecosystem”. He highlighted the need for a clear and fair supervisory framework, allowing European textile companies to invest in sustainability, develop new circular business models and produce high-quality textile products in accordance with the new legislation.

There were 125 experts who presented their work, covering a variety of areas, including technological and environmental innovation in the field of materials, technical textiles and composites, as well as the requirements related to recycling these products. The topics covered included the recyclability and recycling of clothing containing elastane; the use of conductive polyester filaments for smart textiles (in particular by the addition of conductive fillers or by surface functionalisation); and even concerning plasma-based surface treatments for composites.

The congress was also an opportunity for Techtera to present the first results of the European MC4 Project, of which it is a partner. This project aims to develop recycling processes for composites based on glass and carbon fibres.

The next edition will be held from September 11 to 13, 2024, still in Dornbirn, Austria. If you would like to present your innovations, the call for papers will open at the end of October and close at the end of the year.

The full written report of what we learned during the congress is available for Techtera members upon request.

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