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The Rupp Report: The Summit Of The Global MMF Industry

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

Class never goes out style. This very well-known saying is valid not only for fashion. In times of way too many exhibitions, seminars and other "not to be missed" events, the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn, Austria, is an exception. Since its inception, the conference has changed a lot.

Communicating The Textile Future

The 48th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Conference will take place September 16-18, 2009. Its main motto is "Communicating the Textile Future," and climate change is one of its main issues. Furthermore, despite the effects of the financial and energy crises on the economy and subsequent cost-saving measures, there is still a possibility of a positive future. According to organizers, the conference dedicates "the time to reflect and develop models for solutions: How to implement more quality-minded, innovative, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, resource-saving findings from industry and academic research into optimized manufacturing processes and multi-functional, market-suitable products."

Closer To Reality
In the beginning and for many years, the Dornbirn event was a get-together for chemists and physicists only. The papers were on a scientific level that was hardly understandable. This has changed in the last 20 years, and the change is the main reason for its ongoing success. The congress is the leading European/American man-made-fibers industry event and maintains access to the impressive potential of the industry and the scientific and technical potential of universities and institutes for the largest-possible audience of innovators, opinion leaders, developers, product managers and students.

The conference focuses on issues of current interest, not only for the papers but also for networking. Usually, more than 600 to 700 experts from all over the world come together in Dornbirn. Topics include: new developments in fibers; fibers for medical and hygiene applications; fibers for composites, transportation and professional wear; fibers used the context of climate change; and European Union research projects.

Climate Change Of Major Interest
Climate change is one of the main topics. Communication among the participants will be facilitated through lecture modules and - fortunately - a slight decrease in the total number of presentations. The plenary session on the first day will include among others a lecture by the Bavarian State Collection for Soology referring to the topic: "Climate Change - Biological View." The American Chemical Society will present a paper on "Green Chemistry." And the German Association of Composite Manufacturers will present market-development trends for composites. Last, but not least, the European man-made fiber association, The International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Committee, will discuss development strategies for the European man-made fibers industry.

According to the organizers, the event is keeping prices at last year's level but would like to link it with an appeal to all decision-makers and persons responsible for the budget to actively support its endeavors. Participants who register by May 31, 2009, will receive an early bird bonus

For more information, visit www.dornbirn-mfc.com.

February 24, 2009