Dornbirn-GFC: GFC Startup Days

GFC Startup Days

Kirstin Toedtling

Circular Economy, digitalization, technical textiles, nonwovens and the 1st Startup days were the hot topics of the 58th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn GFC) in Dornbirn/Austria. With over 700 visitors from 30 countries, interest especially came from companies from Asia and Turkey.

Sustainable resource management has become a core element for our future. Plenary lecutres on the subject of sustainability were held by Robert van de Kerkhof (Lenzing AG) and Uday Gill (Indorama Ventures) from the perspective of the fiber industry.
How can software industry support sustainable industry? – This question was outlined by interesting examples from Robert Rosellen (Microsoft) and Stefan Achleitner (Palo Alto Networks).
From September 11-12, 2019 the 1st Dornbirn GFC Startup Days took place under the motto “Come and see where Startups meet Industry, Research and Brands”. Supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) about 20 international startups presented their innovations in the event tent. The 3 best projects were presented with the Startup Award.
Furthermore, there were over 100 expert lectures on the following subjects: fiber innovations, circular economy and sustainability, digitalization and smart textiles, surface modification and additives, sports and leisure wear, nonwovens and technical textiles.

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