Call for Abstracts & Innovations: 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres Cologne, Germany
“The first conference on cellulose fibres hit the mark. We have given the growing industry an ideal platform for exchange and networking. Due to the extremely positive feedback, we believe that we will be able to attract even more experts from the cellulose fibre sector for the second event.” Building on this success, the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres will again cover the entire value chain from the lignocellulosic feedstock over dissolving pulp, cellulose fibres – such as rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell and new developments – to a wide range of applications like woven textiles (clothing) and non-wovens (wipes and technical applications). All these sectors have gained significant momentum over the last few years. Cellulose fibres are a success story within the textiles market with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 5 and 10% over the last ten years – similar growth rates are expected in the next decade. This makes cellulose fibres the fastest growing fibre group in the textile industry and also the largest investment sector in the global bio-based economy. The challenge now is to achieve a balance between the ongoing capacity expansion and the growing demand – to avoid over capacities, but also to cover the increasing demand of the big brands. These high growth rates are driven by the demand for natural fibres (and bottlenecks in cotton), the microplastic problematic and looming bans for plastic fibres. All three drivers will continue to play a significant role in the future development of the sector, as well as alternative cellulose feedstocks obtain from side-streams and recycling. These can reduce the demand for virgin feedstocks, even though the overall demand for cellulose fibre will further increase.