Overall number of participants: 58 (13 not publicly accessible) from 14 countries, as of: December 9, 2021 - 300 participants are expected in-person and online

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022

2 – 3 February 2022, hybrid event, Cologne (Germany)

The success story of cellulose fibres continues - plastic bans drive innovation  

Cellulose fibres are among the winners of the European 'Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD)', which has been in effect since July 2021 and entails plastic bans for a variety of single-use products. Cellulose is the main component of plant cell walls and a natural polymer. As a result, disposable products made of cellulose and cellulose fibres are not labelled as plastic and are explicitly excluded from the regulation. The success story of cellulose fibres will thus continue at a rapid pace with new developments and applications.

Building on the success of this year's conference with 200 participants, the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022 will again cover the entire value chain, from lignocellulose, chemical pulp, cellulose fibres such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell and new developments to a wide range of applications: Textiles of all kinds, nonwovens such as wet wipes and new areas such as composites or nanocellulose in the food industry. All these sectors have gained considerable momentum in recent years.

Cellulose fibres have been a success story within the textile market with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 5 and 10 % over the last ten years and similar growth rates are expected in the coming decade. This makes cellulosic fibres the fastest growing fibre group in the textile industry and also the largest investment sector in the global bioeconomy. The challenge now is to achieve a balance between the ongoing capacity expansion and the growing demand, to avoid overcapacity while still meeting rising demand from the major brands. These high growth rates are driven by the increased demand for natural fibres (and bottlenecks in cotton production), the microplastic issues, and bans on plastics in disposable applications. All three factors will continue to play an important role in the development of the sector in the future.

Here are the six nominees of the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022”

Focus of the conference

  • What is the impact of plastic bans on single-use products?
  • The avoidance of microplastics and the transformation from fossil to renewable raw materials?
  • What are the biggest challenges in developing new value chains and growing market demand?
  • Which alternative raw materials for cellulose fibres are suitable and available?
  • What are the latest technology and market trends?
  • What are the future market dynamics? Who is active and interested in the cellulose fibre sector?
  • What ecosystems and partnerships are needed to promote innovation in line with new market requirements?
  • How will the political environment develop in the future?
  • How can the sustainability of cellulose fibre production be further improved?

Innovation Award

For the second time, the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fibre industry for developing new technologies and applications. All producers and inventors along the entire value chain from feedstock to the final product are invited to join the competition.

The Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022 Award will be voted for by conference delegates on 2 February and awarded during the conference dinner in the evening. Click here to learn more about the innovation award! The award submission form is closed. The 6 nominees are published here!

Call for Posters

Want to present a poster? Submit your poster here. Deadline for submission: 31 December 2021

Sponsoring and Exhibition Opportunities

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Venue: Maternushaus, Cologne (Germany)