First peeks into the program of the upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference 2024 available

Cellulose Fibres Response to the Growing Demand for Eco-fibres as a substitute for plastics in various applications; 13-14 March, 2024 in Cologne, Germany and online

To combat the problem of microplastics, the European Union has issued regulations such as the Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD). This regulation also targets several product groups that contain fibres – therefore it is a great opportunity for the cellulose fibre sector. In addition, Micro fibres represent a significant proportion of microplastics and have also been a focus issue to address in recent years. Accordingly, sustainable materials used as alternatives to plastics, especially in the disposable sector, are very often based on cellulose. At the Cellulose Fibres Conference 2024 nova-Institute will present the most successful solutions based on cellulose fibres that are currently available on the market.

The commercial production of man-made cellulose fibres currently relies on the use of dissolving-grade pulp from wood. Alternative feedstocks such as non-wood fibres, textile waste or even recycled paper such as bank notes provide new and alternative raw materials for related industries. However, a wider raw material base holds great potential to further improve the environmental sustainability of man-made cellulosic fibres.

In addition, the steadily increasing sectors of cellulose based non-wovens, packaging and hygiene products will offer insights beyond the horizon of the conventional application field of textiles. For the Cellulose Fibres Conference 2024 the advisory board has selected the first set of presentations. Currently confirmed speakers will cover the listed topics. Stay tuned – more will follow soon.

Stay tuned – more will follow soon. Call for abstracts is still open.

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We are looking forward to meeting you in person in Cologne or online!

Traditional and New Markets for Cellulose Fibres

  • Andreas Engelhardt, The Fibre Year (CH): Latest Market Trends in the Textile Industry
  • Łucja Wanicka AFRY Management Consulting (FI): Man-made Cellulosic Fibre Value Chains in Transition
  • Sascha Schriever, Institut für Textiltechnik RWTH Aachen (DE): Cellulose Fibers – a Versatile raw Material for Textile and Paper Industry

Cellulose Fibres at the Forefront of the Race to Replace Single-Use Plastic Products

  • Jo-Ann Innerlohinger, Lenzing (AG): Microfibres, Biodegradation and Learnings from SUPD
  • Julien Bley, Innofibre (CA): Cellulosic Foam for Packaging and Insulation Products

Circular Economy & Recyclability of Fibres

  • Elina Pesonen, Andritz (FI): New Opportunities in the Circular Textile Ecosystem
  • Edvin Bågenholm-Ruuth, Lund University (SE): A Solution to Textile Waste: Using an Inorganic Molten Salt Hydrate as a Cellulose Solvent for Textile Recycling
  • Inge Schlapp-Hackel, Aalto University (FI): Lyocell-type Fibres from Banknotes by Means of Ioncell® Technique
  • Heli Kangas, Valmet Technologies (FI): Towards Scale-up – Challenges and Opportunities for Industry in Cellulosic Textile Fibre Production and Recycling

Cellulose Fibre based Hygiene Products

  • Roland Kunkel, LIST Technology (CH): Processing Technology for BioSAP
  • Thomas Harter, Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology – Graz University of Technology (AT): Geometry Matters: Unveiling Tampon Absorption Mechanisms

Alternative Feedstocks and Supply Chains

  • Gerrit Schaper, Papiertechnische Stiftung PTS (DE): Acetosolv-pulp for Specialty Paper Applications
  • Roland Klein Fraunhofer LBF (DE): DuroBast – Durable and Resource-Saving Composite Structural Components, based on Innovatively Pretreated and Processed Bast Fibres

Ionic Liquids and New Technologies for Pulps, Fibres and Yarns

  • Antje Ota, German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) (DE): Natural based Dyes for Cellulose-based Filaments and their production
  • Michael Hummel, Aalto University (FI): Spun dyed Lyocell-type Fibres from Colored Textile Waste

The preliminary program is available under


The nova-Institute would like to thank Andritz (AT), Kemira (FI), List Technology (CH) for supporting the conference as Gold Sponsors, as well as Dienes Apparatebau GmbH (DE) and Kelheim Fibres (DE) who support the event as Bronze Sponsors. The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2024” is sponsored by GIG Karasek (AT).

Would you like to generate awareness? You are very welcome as a sponsor, too. Find all sponsoring options


Cellulose Fibres Conference, press release, 2023-10-30.


Aalto University
Centre d’innovation des produits cellulosiques-Innofibre
Dienes Apparatebau GmbH
DITF – Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf
Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF)
GIG Karasek GmbH
Graz University of Technology
Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) – RWTH Aachen
Kelheim Fibres GmbH
Kemira OYJ
Lenzing Gruppe
LIST Technology
Lund University (Sweden)
nova-Institut GmbH
Papiertechnische Stiftung
The Fibre Year Consulting


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