Industry leaders engage on sustainable solutions and other hot topics in textile fiber applications and technology

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Considering cotton and natural fiber alternatives

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Elastane materials expand with ‘responsible’ stretch

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Marine plastic macro-litter will gradually become microplastics and ultimately nanoplastics.

Synthetic fibers have taken a bashing in recent months, with numerous press reports suggesting much of the world’s drinking water is contaminated with plastic particles and that washing synthetic clothing could damage marine health.
With such headlines as: “Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals”, “If you’re drinking tap water, you’re consuming plastic pollutants”, “Just how much plastic is ending up in our shellfish?”, “Plastic being ingested by fish and humans” and “Is your fleece killing marine life?”

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The 56th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress

Faced with less-than-positive press reports and potentially damaging studies from non-governmental organizations, the European manmade fiber industry has been challenged to raise its game and take the lead in efforts to produce fibers responsibly and sustainably.
The take-home message from the 56th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress is that innovation is key for the industry and all producers have to work together in partnership along the whole supply chain in a world that is becoming increasingly digital and driven by the

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The Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress is to be rebranded as the Global Fiber Congress Dornbirn. The decision opens the door for natural fibers and blends to be discussed alongside synthetic fibers, such as polyester, polyamide and acrylic, as well as cellulosics. Congress organizers the Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (which itself is to be rebranded as …

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Olea viscose fiber with intrinsic water-repellent properties from Kelheim Fibres

By Geoff Fisher, European Editor

Over the past four decades the German/European manmade fiber industry has weathered many critical situations and has managed to survive. A key reason has been its ability to develop innovation and change management strategies.

Fiber producers are affected by global megatrends such as technological breakthroughs and demographic shifts on the one hand, and increasing protectionism affecting business worldwide on the other.

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Visitors attending Techtextil 2017.

By Geoff Fisher, European Editor

Under a generally positive global economic climate, the latest Techtextil held in May in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, was another hugely successful event with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors. The international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwoven, which is held every two years in conjunction with Texprocess, the trade fair for the processing of textile and flexible materials, together attracted more than 47,500 visitors – an increase of 14% over the previous events in 2015 – from 114 countries.

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