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Global Fiber Congress in Austria next September

Global Fiber Congress will take place in Austria, September 16 to 18, 2020. The meet will focus on fiber innovations, circular economy and sustainability, surface modifications and additives, non-woven fabrics, technical textiles, mobility, apparel.

Every year the event discusses recent developments in synthetic fibers. This year the Congress held from September 11 to 13, 2019 saw over a 100 international speakers from science and industry presented the latest innovations and trends in the global fiber and textile industry. This year, the event focused on topics such as sustainability and circular economy, digitalisation and smart textiles, as well as the latest fiber innovations, surface modifications and special textile applications. One hot topic in the industry is micro particles produced by textile products, found especially in wastewater. Several research centers presented initial results.

Topics such as sustainability and the environmentally friendly production of fibers are not yet an issue outside Europe. Even so, globally leading fiber producers such as Indorama Ventures and Reliance Industries have been championing more sustainable raw materials and production environments for years. Europe is looking to integrate more recycled materials into fiber production of the future. The problem is, however, that polyester has become a globally sought-after resource in recent years. The fiber industry is therefore struggling to source the highly coveted flakes.