Overall number of participants: 172 (31 not publicly accessible) from 24 countries, as of: January 27, 2022 - 250 participants are expected in-person and online

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022

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

  • “In AFRY’s presentation, parallels will be drawn to viscose and lyocell to anticipate the future opportunities and some challenges that novel textile fibre developers will face in order for them to become mainstream and commercially successful.”

    Lucja Wanicka & Joao CordeiroAFRY Management Consulting (FI)
  • "Canopy will speak about the factors that will accelerate the production and purchasing of Next Gen MMCF over the next five years and how this will change the industry’s perception of itself as a forest products sector."

    Valerie LangerCanopy (CA)
  • “ShareTex presents its innovative process to recycle waste textiles which can tolerate any type of cellulosic fiber regardless of its properties, opening the possibility to expand textile recycling to regenerated cellulose fibers.”

    Miguel Sanchis-SebastiàShareTex (SE)
  • "HeiQ AeoniQ, a climate positive continuous cellulose filament yarn, is a versatile high performance substitute to polyester and nylon fibers, with properties particularly well suited for next-to-skin sports, outdoor and activewear apparel, providing a path for apparel brands to directly act to reduce carbon dioxide and synthetic microfiber impact."

    Carlo CentonzeHEIQ (CH)
  • "Improvements in textile industry despite several constraints but pre-pandemic level still seems a way to go."

    Andreas EngelhardtThe Fiber Year (CH)

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”

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 as well as online participants on the afternoon of 2 February at 18:10. Afterwards, the announcement of the winner will take place over a local beer. The evening gala dinner at the conference venue offers excellent networking opportunities. The award submission form is closed. The 6 nominees are published here!

Sponsoring and Exhibition Opportunities

Would you like to increase your visibility in public? You are very welcome as a sponsor of the conference!

Book your booth now. All information here.

Poster Exhibition

All posters will be displayed at booths 16 and 17 during both conference days. On the 2nd day of the conference during lunch break, there will be a poster session at these booths, during which the poster creators will be available to answer your questions.

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Mr. Dominik Vogt
Chemiepark Knapsack
Industriestraße 300
50354 Huerth / Germany
Phone: +49(0)2233-48-1449

Venue: Maternushaus, Cologne (Germany)