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1 Man-made Fibers Congress Dornbirn Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress Jubilee brochure

2 Contents Anniversary Brochure Jubilee Brochure Foreword Editorial Greetings Looking back - A journey into the past Looking back - A journey into the past Visions - A journey into the future Visions - A journey into the future Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Manmade fibers conference in Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 03

3 Foreword / Editorial Friedrich Weninger President - Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute President - Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute Dear conference participants! Dear congress participants! We are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the man-made fiber conference in Dornbirn this year. Of course, this invites you to look back on good and difficult times, but first and foremost on many successes and highlights. Over the decades, Dornbirn has become an absolute fixed point in the calendar of our industry. Textiles, innovative approaches to finishing, cooperations and the great future topic of sustainability will therefore determine the lectures. I wish you a successful anniversary event and many new and future-oriented ideas and findings! This year we will celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Man-made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn with pride and pleasure. Naturally this occasion inspires us to take a look back at the good and difficult times, but above all at the many successes and milestones. Over the last few decades Dornbirn has emerged as a must-attend event on the annual calendar of our industry. developments, functional textiles, technical textiles, innovative approaches to fiber finishing, strategic partnerships and the big future issue of sustainability. I wish you all a successful anniversary event, and many new and promising forward-looking ideas and insights! The greatest achievement of the conference is certainly that Dornbirn is a center of communication and exchange for the European fiber industry. Especially in times when the European fiber industry was not doing so well, the man-made fibers conference was a place to concentrate on the strengths of the industry, a platform for technology and innovation, a motor for renewal. The opening to the outside world and the taking up of a lively exchange with our American and Asian colleagues were also groundbreaking. Sincerely, Friedrich Weninger President - Österreichisches Chemiefaser-Institut Without doubt the greatest achievement of the conference is that Dornbirn comprises a center of communication and exchange for the European fiber industry. Particularly in times when the European fiber industry was not doing so well, the Man-made Fibers Congress was a place to focus on the strengths of the industry, a platform for technology and innovation, a driving force of renewal. The opening of the congress to the rest of the world was a groundbreaking event, not to mention the lively exchange with our American and Asian colleagues. Sincerely yours, Friedrich Weninger President - Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute In the next 50 years visionary thinking and imagination will be in demand. New developments, functional textiles, technical visionary thinking and fantasy are required over the next 50 years. Accordingly, the lectures and presentations here will focus on new Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 05

4 Office of the Vorarlberg Provincial Government Herbert Sausgruber Provincial Governor Office of the Vorarlberg Provincial Government Landhaus 6901 Bregenz Austria Wolfgang Rümmele Mayor Office of the City of Dornbirn Rathausplatz Dornbirn Austria Office of the City of Dornbirn The industrial development of Vorarlberg began with the textile industry and Vorarlberg was able to expand in recent years from develop the textile industry into an internationally recognized, high-performance business location with a broad mix of industries and technologies. Due to the strong international ties and high export quotas, the country was badly affected by the effects of the economic crisis. Vorarlberg's economy is now on the upswing again and we need to strengthen our competitiveness over the long term. Innovation, qualification and cooperation are important success factors for the future. As a platform for technology and innovation, the man-made fiber conference offers over 700 participants from over 30 countries the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the man-made fiber industry and to discuss future trends. This exchange of information and experience is of great importance for strengthening the competitiveness of the man-made fiber industry and I wish the participants, speakers and organizers a successful anniversary conference! The industrial development of Vorarlberg is rooted in its textile industry, which has been essential in the last few years in making the province an internationally recognized, highly efficient business area with a broad range of industries and technologies. On account of its strong involvement in international trade and high export quotas the province was considerably affected by the economic crisis. Now that Vorarlberg s economy has picked up again it is particularly important to bolster its competitiveness. Innovation, qualification and cooperation are essential to its successful future. The Man-made Fibers Congress serves as a platform of technology and innovation for more than 700 participants representing more than 30 countries to learn about the most recent developments in the man-made fiber industry and to discuss future trends. This exchange of information and experience is of crucial importance to strengthening the competitiveness of this industry. I wish all participants, speakers and organizers a successful jubilee meeting. Welcome to Dornbirn! When in July 1962, at the time of the stormy upswing in man-made fibers and at a time of confrontation between East and West, the first man-made fibers conference was held in the auditorium of the Federal Textile School in Dornbirn, in neutral Austria, nobody suspected that it would soon be Man-made fibers conference in Europe and would still take place in Dornbirn 50 years later despite all competition. The names of its founding fathers, KR Rudolf Seidl, General Director of Lenzing AG, and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Albrecht, a universalist in the field of man-made fibers and textiles, and Prof. Jean-Louis Juvet, the long-standing director general of C.I.R.F.S. In the fiber and textile world of all industrialized countries, the city name DORNBIRN has long been synonymous with the International Man-Made Fibers Conference, which has developed from 130 visitors to a leading European / American event with around 750 participants from 30 nations. Dornbirn is pleased to be the communication platform for the international fiber world again this year. The traditional mayors' evening on the opening day, garnished with the always charmingly designed fashion show by the students of the Dornbirn textile school, should once again convey to all dear guests that they are very welcome here. Welcome to Dornbirn! When in July 1962 the first synthetic fiber congress took place in the auditorium of the Textile Technical College in Dornbirn, in the neutral Austria, at a time when man-made fibers became very popular and also at the time of confrontations between East and West, nobody anticipated this event to turn into Europe s most important synthetic fiber congress which is still held in Dornbirn 50 years later despite all competition. Inseparably associated with the progress of this congress are the names of the founders KR Rudolf Seidl, managing director of Lenzing AG, and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Albrecht, an all-rounder in the field of synthetic fibers and textiles, as well as Prof. Jean-Louis Juvet, managing director of the C.I.R.F.S. for many years. Everywhere in the world of fibers and textiles the name of the town DORNBIRN has been a synonym for the International Man-made Fibers Congress for quite some time. From 130 visitors at the very beginning it has turned into a European / American leading event with 750 participants from 30 nations. Dornbirn is looking forward to presenting again this year a communication platform for the international world of fibers. All our guests are welcome to the traditional Mayor s evening on the opening day with the charming fashion show staged by the students of the Technical Textile College Dornbirn Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 07

5 Klaus Lingg Managing Director Robert H. Barker Vice President Kulturhaus Dornbirn, Tourismus Dornbirn Kulturhaus Dornbirn Tourismus Dornbirn Rathausplatz Dornbirn Austria American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. Wilson Boulevard; Suite 690 Arlington, VA USA American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. Nothing is impossible! With this year's conference we can look back on a long and exciting partnership. The cultural center in Dornbirn and the man-made fiber conference are inextricably linked. The requirements of the conference were even taken into account in the planning of the house and our team has also grown with the technical innovations of the last decades. We always strive to meet all of our customers' wishes to the fullest satisfaction. The joint offer of Kulturhaus Dornbirn and Dornbirn Tourismus covers all the requirements of conference visitors and we look forward to every year when we start setting up the conference in September. We would like to thank all partners who supported us in holding the conference and the trust of the Austrian Chemical Fibers Institute. We look forward to continued good cooperation and congratulate you on the anniversary. Nothing is impossible! With this year s congress we can look back at a long and exciting partnership. The Kulturhaus Dornbirn and the Man-made Fibers Congress are inseparably associated. Even the conference requirements were taken into consideration when the building was planned and also our team has developed with the technical innovations of the last decades. We always endeavor to fulfill all the wishes of our clients to the utmost satisfaction. The combined offer from the Kulturhaus Dornbirn and Dornbirn Tourism covers all requirements of the conference attendees and every September we look forward to starting the preparation for the congress. We would like to thank all our partners, who have supported us during the staging of this event and for the trust of the Austrian Synthetic Fiber Institute. We look forward to a good cooperation in the future and would like to congratulate on this jubilee. On behalf of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association and our member companies, we would like to thank the organizers of the CHEMIEFASERTAGUNG DORNBIRN for 50 years of exceptional service to international fiber producers. The MFC has long been seen as the premier technical conference for the industry. It is the selected meeting point for the presentation of new technologies for the production, modification and application of man-made fibers. The MFC is an incubator for innovation and progress in our industry, as it is a unique opportunity for industry experts to be a meeting point to exchange ideas on a wide variety of technical issues. We congratulate MFC on 50 highly successful years and convey our best wishes for even greater success in the future. On behalf of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association and our member companies, I want to thank the organizers of the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress for fifty years of exceptional service to the internationally manufactured fiber industry. The MFC has long been viewed as the industry s pre-eminent technical conference. It is the venue of choice for introducing new technologies for production, modification and application of manufactured fibers. The MFC serves as an incubator for innovation and progress in our industry as it provides industry experts with a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas on a wide variety of technical issues. We congratulate the MFC on fifty highly successful years and extend our best wishes for even greater success in the future Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 09

6 CIRFS European Man-Made Fibers Association Frédéric Van Houte Director General CIRFS European Man-Made Fibers Association 6, avenenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 1160 Brussels Belgium Hans Peter Schlegelmilch Management imat-uve gmbh Krefelder Str Mönchengladbach imat-uve gmbh On the occasion of the 50th At the International Manmade Fibers Congress in Dornbirn, the CIRFS and its members would like to convey their sincere congratulations to the organizers. When this congress took place for the first time in 1962, it was a response to the urgent need in the chemical fiber and textile industries for an exchange of ideas in the field of technology and innovation. Despite numerous economic downturns in the early 1970s, 1980s and the most recent economic crisis, and despite the fundamental structural changes in the industry over the past two decades and the disappearance of a number of players, Dornbirn is more popular today than ever before. The steadily growing number of participants, company managers and experts from an ever increasing number of countries from around the world is the best proof of the success story. In our constantly changing, globalized markets, innovation is the real key to success. An impressive number of new fibers are constantly being developed and existing generic and conventional fibers are constantly being improved. Innovation in the fiber sector is critical to the success of the textile chain. New areas of application for fibers can be found both in traditional textiles, but also in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens. Other applications have emerged in the transportation and renewable energy sectors. Great advances have also been made in manufacturing methods and processes, which now allow higher, improved, and more efficient production. In the face of cost savings and sustainability, the economical use of resources, recycling and the reduction of energy consumption and pollutant emissions are of crucial importance today. Industry will only be able to maintain its competitiveness if it successfully meets all of these challenges. Dornbirn has developed into a forum where experts can discuss new fibers and the latest developments in the production sector and where an intensive international and future-oriented exchange of ideas takes place. This combination of research, development and practical application has contributed significantly to the increasing success of this congress. We would like to thank all those who have organized the International Man-Made Fibers Congress over the past 50 years and wish the current organizers every success for a promising future in the next 50 years and beyond that, Man-made Fibers Conference Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) On the occasion of this 50 th anniversary of the International Man-made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn, CIRFS, the European Man-Made Fibers Association and its members would like to express sincere congratulations to its organizers. When the congress was first convened in 1962, it replied to an urgent need of the man-made fibers and textile industry for a technical exchange on innovation. Despite numerous unfavorable economic periods in the early 1970s, 1980s and the recent economic crisis as well as profound structural changes in the industry in the last two decades with the disappearance of a number of actors, Dornbirn has become even more popular. The constantly rising number of participants in company managers as well as experts from a growing number of countries around the world is the best proof of this rising success. Indeed, in an ever-changing and globalized world, innovation has been the key for success. An impressive number of new fibers has been developed and existing, generic and traditional fibers have been renewed and improved. Fiber innovation lies at the heart of the success of the textile chain. New fiber applications could be found in traditional but also in technical textiles and non-wovens. Other fiber applications have emerged and are developing in the transport and the renewable energy sectors. Developments have also taken place in production techniques and processes, allowing to produce more, better and more efficiently. Indeed, with increasing constraints in terms of cost and sustainability, using less resources and recycling, cutting energy consumption and plant emissions have become vital. Further meeting this challenge will be fundamental for the industry s future competitiveness. In this framework, Dornbirn has become the forum where experts discuss about new fibers and the latest production / process technologies and where an extensive international and future-oriented scientific exchange takes place. This combination of research and development and practical applications has led to its continued and ever-growing success. We would like to thank all those having organized the International Man-made Fibers Congress in the last 50 years and wish the current organizers every success for a bright and promising future in the coming 50 years and beyond. Man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn - a source of inspiration and innovation The man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn has certainly developed into the most important specialist conference for fiber and yarn developers and producers in five decades. This is not solely due to the backdrop that Dornbirn and its region undoubtedly offer; what counts is the extremely professional preparation and implementation of all those who offer a positive framework with their skills. This is necessary so that lectures in conversations, conversations in inspirations and inspirations in turn become innovations. In this sense, the man-made fiber conference has developed into much more than the title might suggest.Today, the event is backed by a worldwide community that is based on more than just one textile sub-discipline. As a development and engineering service provider for the automotive and sports sectors, we at imat-uve are living proof of this. For example, we take care of textile applications in the visible and invisible areas, e.g. in the form of service life improvements. We are also interested in the fact that the man-made fiber conference in Dornbirn is the technical bracket for the textile requirements in the mobility industry. We look forward to new technical impulses and the resulting innovations in the future. We wish the organizers continued good luck and success. Man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn Source of inspiration and innovation The man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn has emerged itself to the most important symposium for fiber and yarn manufacturers in the period of five decades. Therefore, not only the setting of Dornbirn s region is accountable for the excellent image of the congress but also in fact the exceeding professional preparation and accomplishment of all the responsible and adroit persons. This well organized framework is essential for allowing lectures to evolve into conversation, conversation into inspiration and inspiration into innovation in turn. In this spirit the man-made fibers congress has emerged to much more than the headline could promise. Nowadays this event is known for a worldwide spread community which covers much more than just textile issues. We at imat-uve are a vital proof of the diversity of this congress while operating as a development and engineering service provider for branches like automotives and sport. For example, we concern ourselves with textile applications in the visual and non visual area e.g. in terms of improvement of durability. It is in our interest that the man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn will be recognized as a professional brace to textile requirements in the field of mobility. We are looking forward to further professional impulses and innovations as a result of this. For the future, we wish the organizers good luck and success. 50 th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 11

7 Wilhelm Rauch Managing Director Marko Gustke Technology Department Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.v. (IVC) Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.v. (IVC) Mainzer Landstrasse Frankfurt am Main Association of the Automotive Industry e.v. (VDA) Behrenstraße Berlin Association of the Automotive Industry e.v. (VDA) Dornbirn has become synonymous with the annual global gathering of the man-made fiber industry. The integrative character of the conference is expressed not only in the wide variety of the topics presented that are related to man-made fibers, but also in the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world. The choice of location was already carefully considered in this regard, because it was not only the textile industry in Vorarlberg that made Dornbirn the conference venue of choice, but at the time of the political division in Europe also the opening of the possibility of participation for those colleagues behind the Iron Curtain were innovative in the field of man-made fibers and were allowed to travel to neutral Austria, at least when accompanied. Especially in today's globalized world with new supraregional economic centers, the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference plays an even more comprehensive role than before. The upcoming social challenges, especially in the energy sector, will not be manageable without man-made fibers. They are essential for the construction of wind power plants and for future electromobility. The man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn will be all the more important for our industry in the future. As an international communication level, it presents concrete innovations in the man-made fiber sector today that will be needed in everyday life tomorrow. Dornbirn has become a synonym for the global annual congress of the whole Man-made Fibers industry. Not only the great variety of those man-made fibers specific topics presented, but also the possibility to meet colleagues from all over the world, show the integrative character of this conference. In this regard the choice of the venue was well-considered. During the political division of Europe there were two important aspects which made Dornbirn to the place to be: the existing textile industry in Vorarlberg and the possible participation of those colleagues who were innovative in the field of Manmade Fibers behind the Iron Curtain, as they were Allowed travel to the neutral Austria at least with an accompanying person. Especially today, within our globalized world including new cross-regional economic centers, the Dornbirn conference is assigned a more comprehensive role as before. The upcoming social challenges particularly in the field of energy cannot be handled without the use of man-made fibers, as they are essentially needed when it comes to building windmills and implementing electric mobility. Therefore the Man-made Fibers congress in Dornbirn will become even more important for our industry in future. As an international communication platform it already shows concrete innovations concerning Man-made Fibers, which already will be needed tomorrow in our everyday life. The automotive industry is working with high priority on the sustainable reduction of CO 2 emissions from vehicles. In addition to the development of drive technologies, the use of innovative materials and composite material systems is also the focus of development in order to achieve a weight reduction in vehicles while maintaining today's level of safety and comfort. When developing and selecting materials, not only the weight but also an optimal design of all properties in terms of the application requirements in the vehicle as well as the ecological and economic boundary conditions in production are necessary. As in the previous events, the 50th Man-Made Fibers Conference will be a platform for technical contributions and technical discussions and thus make a contribution to meeting the complex requirements for the development, manufacture and use of products made from man-made fibers. Congratulations on the 50th anniversary! Reducing the CO 2 emission of vehicles sustainably is a high priority for the automobile industry. The development of drive train technologies and also the application of innovative materials and material compound systems are in the focus of development to reduce the weight of vehicles while maintaining today's safety and comfort standards. The development and choice of the materials requires a reduction of the weight as well as an optimum technical construction of all characteristics in the sense of the application requirements of the vehicle and the ecological and economic basic conditions. Like the preceding events the 50 th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress will function as a platform for professional contributions and discussion. Thus the conference will make a contribution towards obtaining the multi-layered requirements concerning the development, the production and the application of products from chemical fibers. Congratulations on the 50 th anniversary! Man-made Fibers Congress Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 13

8 Giuseppe Gherzi Francesco Gherzi and the whole Gherzi team Clubtex Karine Wallois International Business Manager Clubtex 40 rue Eugène Jacquet Marcq-en-Baroeul France Giuseppe Gherzi Francesco Gherzi and the whole Gherzi team Gherzi Textil Organization Gessnerallee Zürich Switzerland Gherzi Textil Organization Dear partners for technical Textiles, dear participants in the DORNBIRN-MFC, CLUBTEX would like to thank you all for making the conference a great success year after year, bringing together high-ranking entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and personalities from all over the world. The high-quality lectures bring ideas and suggestions to our companies and institutes; the needs of industry, explained by leading companies, help us all to develop new markets and products; international personalities open up new, fascinating perspectives for us. It is a great honor for us to be involved and offers many opportunities. We would like more French-speaking companies and institutes to take part and give lectures and will focus our work in our institution and with our partners on this. Our synthetic fiber conference has built up the best international network in 50 years and we wish you at least another 50 years of success for this great event. Special thanks go to the President of the Program Committee, Mr. Kmonicek, the committed host and organizer! All the best for the 50th conference and the next 50 years. We look forward to meeting you all in Dornbirn. Dear Technical Textiles Partners, dear Participants to the Congress, CLUBTEX would like to thank you all very much for making this Congress the great success it keeps on being year after year, bringing together high-ranking entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and personalities from all over the world. The high-quality lectures give ideas and incentives to our companies and institutes; the industrial needs exposed by key account companies help all of us to develop new markets and products; international personalities open our minds to new exciting perspectives. Being a part of it is a great honor and a great opportunity. We especially wish more and more French-speaking companies and institutes to attend and give lectures in this Congress and we will go on working on this in our association and with our partners. Our Man-made Fibers Congress has been building the best international network for 50 years and we wish at least another 50 years of success to this great event! A special thank to our Program Committee President, Mr. Kmonicek, the most passionate host and organizer! Our best wishes to this 50th Congress and the next 50 ones. Looking forward to meeting you in Dornbirn. Our congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the International Man-Made Fibers Conference in Dornbirn, an internationally unique, high-level meeting place. Gherzi is proud to be accompanying the golden MFC anniversary. We wish the MFC many more successful years in which the complex and promising world of man-made fibers is illuminated. Our congratulation to the 50 th anniversary of the International Man-made Fibers Congress, a unique international high-level rendez-vous. Gherzi is proud to be associated with the MFC Golden Jubilee. We wish the MFC many further successful years highlighting the complex and promising world of man-made fibers Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 15

9 FV of the Textile, Clothing, Shoe and Leather Industry Reinhard Backhausen President of the Association of the Textile, Clothing, Shoe and Leather Industry (TBSL) Wiedner Hauptstraße Vienna Austria Rudolf Haug Dean of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences Webschulstraße Mönchengladbach Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences I am pleased especially to congratulate the synthetic fibers conference on the 50th anniversary. For the Austrian textile industry, companies in the chemical fiber industry are particularly important partners. Nowhere is the importance of viscose fibers for the processing industry as great as in Austria. The man-made fiber conference is a unique opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about new developments in the fiber sector and innovative application possibilities. A stronger cooperation between the professional association of the textile, clothing, shoe and leather industry and the man-made fiber institute is intended to further improve the dialogue between man-made fibers and the textile and clothing industry. Mutual suggestions, the development of new ideas and joint events should lead to new products. This year there will again be a chronological interleaving between the annual conference of the professional association and the man-made fiber conference. For me it is important that these two major events are used more intensively for entrepreneurs from our areas to meet. This should support a positive development in both sectors for the coming years in the best possible way. The Austrian The synthetic fiber institute and its conference play a very important role. We look forward to an increased and positive cooperation! It is a great pleasure for me to congratulate the Man-made Fibers Congress on its 50 years anniversary. For the Austrian textile industry, companies of the man made fibers industry are extremely important partners. The significance of the viscose sector for the processing industry is more important in Austria than in any other country. The Man-made Fibers Congress is an outstanding opportunity to gather information about new developments of the fiber sector and new, innovative applications. A closer cooperation of the Association of the Textile, Apparel, Shoe and Leather Industry with the Man-made Fibers Institute should further improve the dialogue between the man made fiber industry and our industries. Interactive motivation, development of new ideas and joint events should lead to new products. This year again, the annual conference of the TBSL association is interconnected to the Man-made Fibers Congress. For me it is important that industrialists of our sectors use these two big events in greater numbers for the exchange of experiences. This should encourage at its best a positive development of both sectors in the future. The Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute plays an important role in this field. We look forward to an intensified and positive cooperation! The 50th anniversary of the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn is a good occasion to take stock, but also to look to the future. Fifty years of exchanging ideas and scientific knowledge in Dornbirn are clearly a success story. Especially since the founding fathers of this conference recognized very early on what importance a regular exchange of experience and development in the field of synthetic fibers would have for the players in the fiber, textile and clothing industries for the present, but especially for the future . It is not without reason that up to 800 conference participants gather in Dornbirn every year. Simultaneous translation into Mandarin was offered for the first time last year, as over 30 high-level participants from China attended the meeting. Clear evidence of the international importance of the event in Dornbirn. Experts from industry and research, as well as university students, discuss with one another here. For most of the participants, the days in Dornbirn are almost like a family get-together, a meeting of the textile family. Here you can meet business partners and fellow students and hear interesting lectures about the latest developments. Networking is just as important: here you can exchange ideas with other participants on the fringes of the conference. In the last fifty years, the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn has made a special mark in showing developments, trends or even visions in the field of synthetic fibers and their applications. The organizing committee knows how to set up current and interesting topics every year. For the teachers, but also for the students of the textile and clothing technology department at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, the conference in Dornbirn will continue to be a fixed date in the annual calendar in the future. We wish the organizers of this conference continued good luck in selecting the main topics and speakers. We are sure that the success story of the man-made fiber conference in Dornbirn will continue in the next 50 years. The 50 th anniversary of the man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn is a good cause to draw an interim result but also to take a look into the future. Fifty years of exchange of ideas and scientific results in Dornbirn reveal a clear story of success. Especially because the founding fathers of this congress recognized very early the importance of an exchange of experience and development in the area of ​​man-made fibers for the major players in the fiber, the textile and the garment industry for the present and most notably for the future. Due to this good reason year after year up to 800 congress participants gather here in Dornbirn. Last year, there even had been a simultaneous translation into the language Mandarin with regards to the over 30 high ranked participants from China. This is a clear evidence of the international importance of this event. Experts from industry, research and development as well as students of universities will have a vivid discussion with each other. For many participants, these days in Dornbirn are quite similar to a family meeting a meeting of the textile family. Here meet business partners and fellow students and are listening to interesting presentations of the latest developments. Networking is equally important: You will surely experience diversified chats with other participants alongside the congress. In the last fifty years the man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn had excelled to a special degree to reveal developments, trends or even visions in the area of ​​man-made fibers and its applications. It goes without saying that the organizing committee prepares every year a new interesting thematic topics. For the teaching staff as well as for the students of the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology of Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Science this congress in Dornbirn is also in the future a fixed date in the annual calendar. We wish the organizers of this congress all the best for the future and further on a lucky hand with the selection of the topics as well as with the speakers. We are sure that the success story of the man-made fibers congress in Dornbirn will still be written further on during the next 50 years Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 17

10 Herbert Hug Hohenstein Institute Stefan Mecheels Managing Director Hohenstein Institute Schlosssteige Bönnigheim Director HTL Dornbirn Höhere Technische Bundes- Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Höchsterstraße Dornbirn Austria HTL Dornbirn We thank the organizers of the Austrian Chemical Fibers Institute for 50 informative and future-oriented conferences. These have made a decisive contribution to the fact that today millions of items of clothing, home textiles, medical textiles and technical textiles are used, the quality and properties of which have been significantly improved.Today, man-made fibers have become an indispensable part of everyday life and the annual conference in Dornbirn is an established industry institution. We are proud to have accompanied us on this path and look forward to future-oriented lectures and exciting discussions on the fringes of the conference this year as well. We would like to thank the organizers of the Österreichisches Chemiefaser-Institut (Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute) for 50 informative and forward-looking conferences. These conferences have made a decisive contribution to significantly improving the quality and the utilization properties of millions of articles of clothing, home textiles, medical textiles and technical textiles which are used today. Today we cannot imagine daily life without man-made fibers and the annual conference in Dornbirn is an established institution of the industry. We are proud to have been part of this and we are also looking forward this year to future-oriented lectures and exciting discussions held at fringe meetings at the conference. On the occasion of the 50th man-made fiber conference in Dornbirn, a beech was planted on the grounds of the HTL Dornbirn. This tree symbolizes the 50 years of cooperation between our school and the Austrian Chemical Fiber Institute and spans a symbolic arc from the first conference in 1962 to the present day. For the HTL Dornbirn, the cooperation with the Austrian Chemical Fiber Institute is an important part of the textile and chemical industry Training concept. During the conference, both pupils and teachers have the opportunity to attend lectures and find out about the latest developments. The opportunity to talk to representatives from industry, research institutions, universities and technical colleges during the conference is unique. Through the active participation of the HTL Dornbirn in the organization and the design of the traditional fashion show at the mayor's reception, our school can make a contribution to the success of the conference. On behalf of HTL Dornbirn, I would like to thank the President of the Austrian Chemical Fibers Institute, Mr. DI Friedrich Weninger, the Managing Director, Mr. Heinz Kmonicek, and his assistant, Ms. Brigitte Wolf, for the excellent cooperation. I wish the 50th Man-Made Fibers Conference in Dornbirn every success and combine this wish with the hope of further long-term cooperation. In honor of the 50 th DORNBIRN MAN-MADE FIBERS CONGRESS a beech tree has been planted on the premises of the HTL Dornbirn. This tree symbolizes the 50 years of successful cooperation between our school and the AUSTRIAN MAN-MADE FIBERS INSTITUTE and draws a figurative line from the first conference in 1962 up to this conference in For the HTL Dornbirn the cooperation with the AUSTRIAN MAN-MADE FIBERS INSTITUTE constitutes an important part within the textile and chemistry educational concept. In the course of the conference not only pupils but also teachers have the opportunity to attend lectures and talks. They all can catch up on new state-of-the-art developments. Moreover, they get the chance to talk to representatives of industry, research institutes, universities and advanced technical colleges which is unique. Providing assistance with the organization and presentation of the traditional fashion show at the mayor s reception our school can actively contribute to the successful outcome of this conference. On behalf of the HTL Dornbirn I would particularly like to thank the Chairman of the AUSTRIAN MAN-MADE FIBERS INSTITUTE, Mr. DI Friedrich Weninger, the General Manager, Mr. Heinz Kmonicek and his assistant Mrs. Brigitte Wolf for the brilliant cooperation. Finally, I wish the best of luck to the 50 th DORNBIRN MAN-MADE FIBERS CONGRESS and I dare combine this wish with the hope to bring in its wake many years of further cooperation Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50 th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 19

11 Institute for Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University Thomas Gries Head of Institute and Chair of Institute for Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University Otto-Blumenthal-Straße Aachen Michael R. Buchmeiser CEO of DITF Denkendorf Director of ITCF Denkendorf ITCF Denkendorf Körschtalstr Denkendorf ITCF Institute for textile chemical and man-made fibers Denkendorf Happy birthday to the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn! Since 1962, when the man-made fiber conference first took place, great changes have taken place in the man-made fiber industry. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Congress was an important forum for the exchange of information between East and West. In the five decades of its existence it has been a constant factor and always the highlight of the year. The Paul Schlack Man-Made Fiber Prize, which is awarded in memory of the inventor of polyamide 6 / Perlon, has also encouraged many young researchers in their work. We would like to wish the man-made fibers conference all the best for the years to come. Age doesn't matter, except with cheese. John Paul Getty Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.Thomas Gries Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Gunnar Silk For the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH University Aachen Happy Birthday Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress! Since 1962 when Dornbirn MFC took place for the first time there were many changes in the man-made fiber industry. In the years before the fall of the wall in 1989 the MFC was an important platform for expert discussions between East and West. The MFC in Dornbirn was a constant factor over the last five decades and always a highlight of the year. The Paul Schlack Man-Made Fiber Prize in remembrance of the inventor of polyamide 6 / Perlon has already encouraged many young researchers. We wish the MFC all the best for the years to come. Age doesn't matter unless you re cheese. John Paul Getty Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.Thomas Gries Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.Gunnar Silk For the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University International research and knowledge transfer at its best. We warmly congratulate the international man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn on its 50th anniversary. We have been closely associated with the conference since the beginning. At the first event in July 1962, researchers from Denkendorf took part in the program with a lecture and actively worked on the design and organization of the international industry get-together. The thematic orientation of the conference to the broad specialist field of the production and processing of man-made fibers, as it was called in the first program for the 1962 conference, still ideally addresses the core topics of our research work. We are happy to use the international man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn every year as a communication platform. It is give and take in the best sense of the word, effective knowledge transfer and intensive dialogue in the best possible way. We appreciate the internationality and the excellent selection of topics and articles. Every year we welcome this special opportunity for science and business to exchange ideas. The annual award of the PAUL SCHLACK CHEMICAL FIBER PRIZE as part of the conference also underlines our close connection to Dornbirn. Paul Schlack, inventor of Perlon, took over the man-made fibers department at the Technical University of Stuttgart in 1962, i.e. at the same time as the first man-made fiber conference in Dornbirn, and his name stands for the successful development of man-made fiber research in Denkendorf. International research and knowledge transfer at its best. We congratulate Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress on its 50 th anniversary! From the very beginning, we have been closely connected with this congress. Even at the very first congress, in July 1962, Denkendorf researchers contributed to the program and actively participated in the planning and organization of this international industry event. The congress focus on the broad field of production and processing of manmade fibers as it said in the first program of this congress in 1962 ideally pictures the core issue of our research work until today. With pleasure, we use the Dornbirn international Man-made Fibers Congress as a communication platform year after year. It is a matter of give and take at its best effective knowledge transfer and intense dialog. We appreciate its internationality and the excellent choice of topics and contributions. Year after year, we embrace this special opportunity for exchanging ideas between research and industry. The annual presentation of the PAUL SCHLACK MAN-MADE FIBER AWARD at the congress emphasizes our close connection with Dornbirn as well. Paul Schlack, the inventor of nylon, took over the man-made fiber department at Stuttgart technical university in 1962 at the time of the first Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress. And his name stands for the successful development of man-made fiber research in Denkendorf Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50 th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 21

12 Heinrich Planck Board of Directors DITF Denkendorf Director ITV Denkendorf Institute for Textile and Process Engineering Denkendorf Institute for Textile and Process Technology Denkendorf Körschtalstr Denkendorf Jutta Knels Management Foundation OEKO-TEX GmbH Kaiserstraße Frankfurt am Main Foundation OEKO-TEX GmbH Reliable partner in research transfer. Reliable partner for research transfer. Sustainability is one of the key issues of the new millennium. Sustainability is one of the key topics of the new millennium. For half a century now, the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference has been a permanent fixture in the diary of every textile manufacturer year after year, and rightly so! No other conference reflects the relevant research results and technological progress in the field of man-made fiber production and fiber processing as reliably as Dornbirn and is therefore an important interface between industry and research. ITV Denkendorf is proud to have regularly contributed to this success story with current articles. The topics dealt with in Dornbirn will continue to gain in importance in times of scarcity of textile raw materials and globalized processing and sales structures. It is all the more important to have an established location and date like Dornbirn in order to illuminate and process the resulting technological and economic challenges from a European perspective. Dornbirn has become indispensable for securing and expanding the domestic textile and fiber industry. We congratulate the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn on its anniversary and are happy to be companions for the next 50 years and beyond. For half a century the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress has had a permanent place each year in the calendar of each textile expert and quite rightly so. No other congress reliably reflects the relevant research results and the technological progress in the area of ​​manmade fibers production and fiber processing better than Dornbirn, thus being an important interface between industry and research. The ITV Denkendorf is proud to have contributed to this success story by regularly providing topical articles. The topics treated at Dornbirn will become more and more important in times of the shortage of raw materials and globalized processing and sales structures. This makes it even more important to have an established place such as Dornbirn for illuminating and processing the technological and economical challenge resulting thereof from a European perspective. Dornbirn has become indispensable for the securing and expansion of the local textile and fiber industry. We congratulate the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress on its jubilee and would like to be companions for the following 50 years and even more. It is certainly also thanks to the man-made fibers conference that man-made fibers have been subjected to a re-evaluation in comparison to natural fibers, in which, in addition to the functional advantages and their different areas of application, the lower demand for natural resources and the secondary use for energy generation have been taken into account. This differentiated view of the term ecology has also been reflected in the basic concept of the OEKO-TEX standard since 1992. With more than 10,000 certificates issued, the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is the best-known and internationally most widespread textile label in the world, among others. because it is not limited to natural fibers alone, but also man-made fibers were included from the start. It is certainly also a credit to the man-made fibers conference that man-made fibers, in comparison with natural fibers, have been subject to a re-evaluation which, in addition to their functional advantages and different application areas, has incorporated the lower Demand for natural resources as well as their secondary use to generate energy. This differentiated view of the term ecology has been reflected since 1992 even in the basic concept of the OEKO-TEX standard. With more than 100,000 certificates issued, the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is the most well known and internationally the most widespread textile label in the world one reason because it is not restricted to just natural fibers, but has also included man-made fibers from the outset Man-made Fibers Congress Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 23

13 Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research e.v. Ralf-Uwe Bauer Managing Director Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research e.v. Breitscheidstraße Rudolstadt Uwe Möhring Managing Director Textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland e.v. (TITV) Zeulenrodaer Straße Greiz Textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland e. V. (titv) 50 years of man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn this is an anniversary that the Austrian man-made fiber institute can be proud of. For half a century now, the event has been an important and recognized forum for our industry, not only in Europe but worldwide, and in an area that is developing rapidly. The Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference not only wants to make existing trends visible, but also to initiate new developments as an information and communication platform and to build a bridge between science, industry and users. Chemists, process engineers, material scientists, fiber manufacturers, textile and nonwovens producers provide information in specialist lectures and an accompanying exhibition about the latest trends and developments as well as innovative products on the topics of new developments in fibers, functional textiles, sustainability, fibers for technical textiles and finishing. TITK congratulates you on your wonderful anniversary and wishes you the success you deserve, the natural recognition of your work and that the man-made fibers conference will continue to be a meeting point for the fiber industry in the future. I wish you, dear participants, scientists, developers, users; Institute and industry representatives at the anniversary conference alike, a stimulating exchange of ideas and information, new contacts and thus new perspectives for the fiber industry of the future. 50 years Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress the Austrian Man-made Fibers Institute can be proud of this anniversary. Since half a century this event has been an important and famous forum for our industrial sector, not only in Europe, but all over the world and this in a sector showing a fast development. The Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress is not only visualizing existing trends but does initiate new developments as an information and communication platform and is bridging between science, industry and users. Chemists, engineers, material scientists, producers of fibers, textiles and nonwovens all they use the conference and the accompanying exhibition to get information about the latest trends and developments as well as about innovative products in the fields New fiber developments, Functional textiles, Sustainability, Fibers for technical textiles and finishing. The TITK congratulates you cordially on this great anniversary and wishes you the deserved success, appreciation of the work performed and that the MFC continues to be a meeting place for the fiber industry in the future. Ladies and gentlemen, participants of this congress, scientists, developers, users, delegates from institutes and industry, I wish you all inspiring discussions, gain in useful information, new contacts and with this new prospects for the fiber industry of the future. The TITV Greiz congratulates the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn on its 50th anniversary! Internationality and scientifically determined openness has been the credo of the man-made fibers conference since the beginning. As participants from research institutions from the new federal states, we feel particularly connected to the Austrian conference. What everyone takes for granted today meant that before 1989 we had the rare opportunity to discuss the latest research results in an international context. Since its inception, the man-made fiber conference has developed into a fixed date and a good tradition for scientific exchange and a popular meeting place for specialists in the textile industry. The great response to the wide range of offers at the Dornbirn conference is evident from the high number of participants. Even in difficult economic times, Dornbirn could count on a lively participation. Dornbirn offers the institutes in particular the space to regularly present the latest project results and visions to a broad specialist audience in lectures and exhibitions. Against this background, the TITV Greiz would like to thank you very much and wishes the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn continued success! We look forward to the next exciting conferences with interesting lectures and discussions as well as a pleasant stay in Dornbirn. The TITV Greiz congratulates the Man-made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn on their 50 th anniversary! Internationality and scientific openness these two ideas have been crucial to the congress from its beginning. We as one of the former East German research institutes are particularly grateful to Dornbirn, as it enabled us to discuss the latest research results on an international scale. Before 1989, this was extraordinary. Over the past 50 years, Dornbirn has become a constant on the yearly agenda. Nowadays, it is a popular meeting place for experts of the entire textile industry. Dornbirn and its versatile range of topics is always a center of attraction even in economically tough times.Especially the institutes use Dornbirn as a display for their latest results and visions in speeches and exhibitions for a broad expert audience. The TITV Greiz thanks the Man-made Fibers Congress and wishes its organizers all the best for the future! We are looking forward to the next interesting congresses, full of new insights, valuable speeches and discussions and pleasant days in Dornbirn Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50 th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 25

14 Aachen Dresden International Textile Conference Martin Möller DWI at the RWTH Aachen ev Aachen Chokri Cherif ITM of the TU Dresden Dresden Aachen Dresden International Textile Conference On behalf of the textile research facilities of the regions Aachen and Dresden On behalf of the textile research facilities regions Aachen and Dresden Paul Kiekens board member of the Institute for Textiles Ghent University Department of Textiles Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde Ghent (Zwijnaarde) Belgium Ghent University Aachen-Dresden greets Dornbirn. The organizers of the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference warmly congratulate the organizers of the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn on their 50th anniversary! Dornbirn has become synonymous with the world's most important man-made fiber conference. Dornbirn is a constant and a must for everyone from research and industry who are involved in the manufacture, processing and use of synthetic fibers. The conference is an international platform and a popular meeting place for everyone involved in the industry. The heads and employees of the textile research institutions in the region around Aachen and Dresden are happy with their Austrian colleagues about the success and the anniversary of the man-made fiber conference. The man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn and the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference are the two major international textile conferences that provide impetus for the entire textile chain and range of textile products. With their respective focus on man-made fibers in Dornbirn and machines & processes as well as materials, chemistry & finishing in Aachen and Dresden, they complement each other. We very much appreciate the friendly and collegial cooperation of both conferences and pay our respects and appreciation to the man-made fiber conference. We wish the organizers of the Manmade Fibers Conference Dornbirn continued good luck and lots of success for the future! Aachen-Dresden greets Dornbirn. The organizers of the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference cordially congratulate the organizers of the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress to the 50 th anniversary! Dornbirn became synonymous with the internationally most important man-made fibers congress. Dornbirn is a fixed date and must for all those from research and industry involved in production, processing and use of synthetic fibers. The congress is an international platform and popular meeting point for the man-made fiber s society. The directors and co-workers of the textile research institutes of the Aachen and Dresden areas are happy for their Austrian colleagues about the success and the jubilee of the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress. The Dornbirn-MFC and the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference are the two big international textile meetings providing stimuli for the entire textile chain and the whole spectrum of textile products. With their respective focus on man-made fibers in Dornbirn and textile machinery / textile manufacturing and textile chemistry / textile finishing in Aachen and Dresden, both conferences complement one another. We very much appreciate the friendly and loyal cooperation of both meetings and pay tribute to the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress. For the future, we wish all the best to the organizers of the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress! Man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn 50 years! The annual conference in Dornbirn is a monument in the textile community. Half a century old, but younger than ever! On behalf of the Institute for Textiles at Ghent University / Universiteit Gent (Belgium), congratulations to the organizers for doing a great job so far. Success cannot be taken for granted. Based on the experiences of the past, the future will be another significant period of achievements that will mark the Dornbirn event. 50 years Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress! The annual conference in Dornbirn is a monument in the Textiles Community. Half a century old, but younger than ever! On behalf of the Department of Textiles of Ghent University / Universiteit Gent (Belgium), congratulations are offered to the organizers having done a wonderful job so far. Success cannot be taken for granted. Based on the experience of the past however, the future will be another great period of achievements characterizing the Dornbirn event Chemiefasertagung Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 27

15 Heinz Meierkord Managing Director Advansa Marketing GmbH Advansa Marketing GmbH Frielinghauser Straße Hamm Manfred Kern Managing Director Borckenstein GmbH 8292 Neudau 34 Austria Borckenstein GmbH On behalf of ADVANSA, it is a special pleasure and honor for me to congratulate the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference on its 50th anniversary. Against the background of a rapidly changing chemical fiber industry worldwide, this anniversary is undoubtedly an extraordinary event. In fact, for decades, Dornbirn has developed into THE meeting place for experts from the international fiber and textile world and has also maintained its position. For ADVANSA, whose history is based on DuPont's long polyester fiber tradition, Dornbirn has always been an important forum for the exchange of ideas, both with universities and research institutes and with colleagues along the entire value chain. It is necessary and quite pleasant to indulge in beautiful memories, but this 50th anniversary in particular should serve to direct our gaze forward. For ADVANSA, as a polyester fiber producer based in Europe, investments in R&D will continue to be an essential cornerstone in order to maintain competitive advantages. I am also firmly convinced that an essential element for the future success of the man-made fiber conference will be the exchange of ideas on the latest developments in our industry and that this will continue to encourage many international visitors to come to Dornbirn. I wish all participants a successful anniversary event and the best for the future of the man-made fibers conference in Dornbirn. On behalf of ADVANSA it is my personal pleasure and honor to congratulate the Man-made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn on its 50th anniversary. Undoubtedly, this is a truly remarkable achievement especially in light of an extremely fast changing man-made fibers industry globally. In fact, Dornbirn has become synonymous for being THE annual meeting point for innovation and networking with the experts in the international fibers and textiles community. For ADVANSA, building on the long heritage of DuPont in polyester fibers, Dornbirn has always been an important forum of idea exchange not only with universities and research institutes but also with the colleagues of the whole supply chain. While it is necessary and pleasant to reflect on good memories, this anniversary should even more serve as a starting point to look ahead. ADVANSA as a Europe-based polyester fiber company will continue to invest into R&D as a cornerstone of competitive advantage and it is my strong belief that the future success for Dornbirn will be centered around sharing the latest innovations in our sector and this in turn will continue to attract participants from around the globe. I wish all the participants a very successful anniversary event and the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress furthermore all the best for many years to come. End consumers on the international textile market develop an ecological awareness, intelligent consumers focus on sustainable issues at the same time great importance is attached to the quality of textiles and their raw materials. Growing emerging markets in the field of textile production indicate that there will be additional demand over the next few years, the demand of which cannot be met without chemical fibers. It is therefore the responsibility of companies such as Borckenstein GmbH, which have been active in the textile development process for over 200 years, as well as their partners, to set global initiatives in the field of sustainability. On the one hand, this happens through new machinery and production processes, but it is of paramount importance to invest time and energy in the development and research of cellulose fibers. Our original development spirit, the need to continuously improve things, allows us to go to work here with great pleasure. It fulfills us to be part of these developments up close and we welcome the fact that the research results in projects not only lead to a direct benefit for end users, but also make a significant contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation. Good luck and success in a common future. End-users on the international textile market are developing an ecological consciousness; intelligent consumers are counting on sustainable topics. At the same time, great emphasis is placed on the quality of textile production and its raw materials. The rapidly growing emerging markets in the textile production sector prognosticate an increased demand, which cannot be fulfilled without chemical fibers. It is therefore the responsibility of such companies as Borckenstein GmbH as well as its partners to take initiatives in the sustainability arena. This will be achieved on one hand through new machine parks and production methods; However it is of prime importance to invest time and energy in the research and development of the cellulose fibers as well. Our initial enterprising spirit and will of the continual improvements of our work, gives us great pleasure to work. We are pride to take part in these researches. We welcome the fact that the research results lead not only to the direct use of final consumers but also make a substantial contribution to the environmental protection and resource conservation. A lot of luck and success in a common future Man-made Fibers Conference Dornbirn (Dornbirn-MFC) 50th Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) 29

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