Germany will host a new international conference on cellulose fibres next year, organised by the Nova-Institute research group.

The first 'International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (CCF) – Technologies, Applications and Sustainability in Textiles,' will take place on 11-12 February 2020 in Cologne. It will cover the entire value chain of cellulose fibres from lignocellulosic feedstock, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibres (such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell and new developments) to a wide range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and non-wovens (wipes and technical applications), as well as micro- and nanocellulose for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. 

Cellulose fibres are a success story within the textiles market with a cumulated annual growth rate (CAGR) of at least 10% over the last ten years. This makes them the fastest growing fibre group in the textile industry, according to Nova-Institute, and also the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy worldwide. The high growth rates are driven by the demand for natural fibres (and bottlenecks in cotton), the microplastic problem, and possible bans for plastic fibres. All three drivers will continue to play a significant role in the future development of the sector.

"With regard to the importance of cellulose fibres, it is more than surprising that there is no established conference with this focus yet in Europe," says Michael Carus, CEO of Nova-Institute and initiator of the conference. "We are now closing this gap: For the first time, we will invite and gather all developers, producers and players in the value chain of modern cellulose fibres. We expect great international interest in this new conference."

Founded in 1994, Nova-Institute is German private and independent research institute whose work covers the entire value chain from biomass production to final product. Click here for more information on the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres.