nova Institute : Finalist of Innovation Award...
nova Institute

Finalist of Innovation Award announced

(Source: nova Institute)
(Source: nova Institute)

Innovative cellulosic fiber solutions ranging from hygiene products and textiles as well as nonwovens to alternatives for carbon fibers for lightweight applications were submitted for the Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022 Award. All proposals offer promising sustainable solutions in the field of cellulose fiber value chain.
For the 2nd time, nova-Institute, Hürth/Germany, grants the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” within the framework of the “International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022” on February 2-3, 2022. The advisory board of the conference nominated 6 interesting products, ranging from cellulose made of orange- and wood pulp to a novel technology for cellulose fiber production:

•    Carbon fibers from wood – German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany
•    Fibers365, truly carbon-negative virgin fibers from straw – Fibers365, Lenningen/Germany
•    Iroony, hemp- und flax cellulose – RBX Créations, Neuillac/France
•    Spinnova, sustainable textile fiber without harmful chemicals – Spinnova Oy, Jyväskylä/Finland
•    Sustainable menstruation panties: application-driven fiber functionalization – Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim
•    Tencel branded Lyocell fiber of orange- and wood pulp – Orange Fiber Srl, Catania/Italien

The presentations, election of the winner by the conference audience and the award ceremony will take place on the first day of the conference. Cellulosic fibers are the fastest growing fiber group in the textile industry and the largest investment sector in the global bioeconomy. The challenge now is to achieve a balance between the ongoing capacity expansion and the growing demand, to avoid overcapacity while still meeting rising demand from the major brands. These high growth rates are driven by an increasing demand for alternatives for fossil-based fibers and bottlenecks in cotton production, the microplastic issues, and bans on plastics in disposable applications.

The conference will provide a detailed overview of the prospects for cellulosic fibers through an assessment of the policy framework, a session on sustainability, recycling and alternative raw materials, and information on new developments in cellulose pulp, cellulosic fibers and yarns. This includes applications such as nonwovens, packaging and composites.

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