Building on last year’s success, the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres will again cover the entire value chain. The conference was initially scheduled as a hybrid event and will now take place as an online conference due to the ongoing pandemic.
Lignocellulosic feedstock, alternative feedstocks, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibres – such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell and new developments, innovative technologies, and a wide range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and non-wovens (wipes and technical applications) – all these sectors have significantly gained in dynamics over the last few years. Please find the final programme here: www.cellulose-fibres.eu/programme
The first conference on cellulose fibres was a great success and provided the growing industry with an ideal platform for exchange and networking. Based on the extremely positive feedback, for the second event, we are confident that we will be able to attract even more experts from the cellulose fibre industry. As sharing innovative and sustainable material solutions is more important than ever, we have chosen a very user-friendly software solution to host our unique conference online, offering many great features for networking and interaction. Find all information about the online event and registration here: www.cellulose-fibres.eu
Innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year”
For the first time, the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the cellulose fibre industry for the development of new technologies and applications. Producers and inventors along the entire value chain from raw material to end product entered the competition. From twelve creative and promising inventions, six were finally nominated. The selection was made by a jury consisting of nova-Institute employees and the experts of the conference advisory board. The audience will choose the three winners on the first day of the conference.
Here is our selection of innovative ideas:
Bast Fibre Tech (Canada): Compostable fibre products from agricultural hemp and flax waste
BFTi produces compostable fibre products out of agricultural waste from hemp and flax processing. Using biogenic waste from the production of fast-growing crops instead of using wood or fossil resources is environmentally and economically more sustainable. Applications for the obtained fibre with moisture absorbing properties are for example toilet paper and recyclable, thus flushable cleaning wipes.
More information: www.bastfibretech.com
Empa – Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Switzerland): Cellulose nanofiber assisted biomimetic aerogels for EMI shielding
Empa researchers combined cellulose-based aerogels with silver nanowires. The flexible composite blocks high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, which is traditionally achieved by using inflexible metal sheets or metallized foils. This ultra-light electromagnetic shielding material can be used to protect electronic components or the transmission of signals from electromagnetic fields caused by neighbouring electronic devices or motors.
More information: www.empa.ch/web/s604/cellulose-emi-shielding
Kelheim Fibres (Germany): Plastic-free absorbent hygiene products
Kelheim Fibres developed plant-based fibre solutions for absorbent hygiene products. These comprise speciality fibres for the single layers of AHP with different functionalities: a hydrophobized fibre for the top sheet, a trilobal fibre for the acquisition/distribution layer and a hollow fibre for the absorbent core. These biodegradable and sustainably manufactured fibres enable the replacement of plastic fibres without a loss of performance. The material has the potential to be used also for the production of textiles, such as reusable menstrual underwear. First commercial end-products using Kelheim’s fibre solutions are developed and intended to be launched in 2021.
More information: www.kelheim-fibres.com
Metsä Spring (Finland): Textile fibre based on paper grade pulp
The Metsä Group is developing a more energy-efficient process based on a new solvent family to produce Man-Made Cellulosic Fibre (MMCF). Using ionic liquids, the MMCF can be produced from paper-grade pulp, avoiding the use of energy-intensive dissolving pulp. MMCF, such as viscose, lyocell or modal, are important fibres for the textile industry.
More information: www.metsaspring.com/project/textile-fibre-from-paper-grade-pulp
OrganicDisposables (Poland): FibriTech – a porous and light material from cellulose for soilless farming
FibriTech is a new process for the production of porous and light material from cellulose and lignocellulose. A mixture of fibres can be used, including waste and recycled fibres. This extends the possible feedstock for usable materials and reduces waste. Desired properties are derived by the application of bio-additives. The resulting material can be used as a natural soilless substrate with favourable properties for both plants and soilless farming systems. Other possible applications are thermal and sound insulators and air filters.
More information: www.fibri.tech
Stora Enso (Sweden): Cellulose Foam by Stora Enso – a lightweight cellulose-based foam for packaging
“Cellulose Foam by Stora Enso” is a lightweight foam material made from cellulose. It is designed as an eco-friendly alternative for fossil-based packaging and cushioning materials such as expanded polystyrene or polyethylene. The foam has comparable shock-absorbing and insulating properties whilst being bio-based, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable in ordinary paper recycling.
More information: www.cellutech.se/cellulose-foam.html
Sponsors & Partners
Kelheim Fibres (DE), Lenzing (AT) are supporting the conference as Gold Sponsors. Bronze Sponsor is NC Partnering (FI). Levaco Chemicals (DE) is supporting the innovation award as Sponsor. Further information on our attractive sponsoring packages can be found at www.cellulose-fibres.eu/sponsoring.
nova-institute also wants to acknowledge the following associations and research institutions that actively participate as conference partners: BCNP Consultants (DE), C.A.R.M.E.N. (DE), CLIB – Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (DE), Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) (DE), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (DE), IBB – Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk (DE), ITA – RWTH Aachen (DE), Russian Textile Association (RU), Textile Exchange (DE/US), The Fiber Year (CH) and World BioEconomy Forum (FI).
Source: nova-Institut GmbH, 2021-01-08.