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Trade Talk | May 2019

58th DORNBIRN-GFC to be held from Sept 11-13

Over 100 international speakers from industry and research will present the latest innovations of the fibre and textile industry at the Dornbirn-GFC 2019 from September 11 - 13, 2019. As generator of ideas and networks, the 58th Dornbirn-GFC would especially like to offer the platform to young companies by organising a “Startup” Event in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a worldwide leading and internationally operating auditor and consulting firm. Because of being the world’s biggest Fiber Innovation Congress, the Dornbirn-GFC has been an inherent part in the calendar of about 700 participants of more than 35 nations.

DORNBIRN-GFC as generator of ideas & networks

Last year, over 700 international participants (70 per cent from Europe, 30 per cent from Asia and America) utilised the Fiber Innovation Congress in Dornbirn as networking platform and 50 new companies were welcomed to the congress. The “Creme de la Creme” of the fibre industry as well as international global players of the entire value chain will be present at the 58th Dornbirn-GFC. This year, the congress is entirely dedicated to the topics of sustainability and digitalisation. Thus, the top-class lead sponsor Lenzing Group, Indorama Ventures and Märkische Faser as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Microsoft and Palo Alto Networks will be expected as important partners.

More than 100 expert lectures concentrate on the following key themes:

  • Fibre innovations
  • Circular economy and recycling
  • Digitalisation and smart textiles
  • Surface modification and additives
  • Sports and leisure wear
  • Nonwovens and technical textiles

Highlights of this Year’s Congress

A CEO panel and a panel discussion on digitalisation will accompany the expert lectures of more than 100 international speakers. Austrian’s federal minister of Digital and Economic Affairs as well as high-level industry leaders of Lenzing, Indorama Ventures, Oerlikon, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, PwC and others are looking forward to a highly interesting discussion.

In cooperation with PwC, 50 “Startups” will be invited and given the opportunity to present their business models in Dornbirn. Due to its success, the “Young Scientist Forum” will also be performed for the fourth time. The workshop will take place on September 10, 2019, under the leadership of the industrial consultancy SYNGROUP. The purpose is to enhance and enable a network amongst young scientists.

Because of the vast interest from industry and trade and the strong support of the EU Commission “Circular Economy” is a focal point this year again.

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