Dornbirn GFC : GFC Startup Days
Dornbirn GFC

GFC Startup Days


Sustainability/circular economy, digitalization, technical textiles, nonwovens and the 1st Startup Days are the hot topics at the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC) in Dornbirn/Austria. More than 100 international experts will present their latest innovations of the textile industry.

Sustainable resource management has become a key element for our future. The Dornbirn-GFC offers its platform of sustainability and circular economy. The internationally renowned marine research center Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California/USA will present new research results and solutions to the topic “Microplastics – a challenge of the 21st century”.

The lecture held by Microsoft discusses the question, if the technology from the software industry makes a positive contribution to recycling management and sustainability.

Palo Alto Networks Inc., Santa Clara, California/USA, will provide insights into “Cyber Security - what does the actual landscape look like?”.

The 1st Dornbirn-GFC Startup Days take place on September 11/12, in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and are designed to provide a networking platform for young companies. Startups in the areas of Smart Fibers, Smart Applications, Smart SportsTech & Outdoor as well as Smart Sustainability & Circular Economy will be present at the congress.

Plenary lectures on the opening day concern e.g. the topics „Man-made fibers in Europe: new as well as existing challenges in a politically changing environment” and “Challenges of sustainability of synthetic fibers as well as cellulosic fibers”.

Another main topic at the GFC will be digitalization in Europe. Specialists from PwC, Palo Alto Networks, Oerlikon, Microsoft and Henn will debate about the current situation and the question, if Europe can compete with “Silicon Valley” in terms of innovation environment, or if it is already time for a “Silicon Valley & beyond.” 

Furthermore, more than 100 expert lectures on key topics as Fiber innovations, Circular economy and Sustainability, Digitalization and Smart textiles, Surface modification and Additives, Sports and leisure wear as well as Nonwovens and Technical textiles will be held.

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