1st DORNBIRN-GFC Asia 2021

Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 1st Dornbirn-GFC Aisa had to be postponed to March 2021. The conference will take place in the form of a hybrid event. Participation is also possible online for international visitors. Speakers and visitors from Korea will be present directly in Daegu.

More than 40 international speakers from industry, research institutes and universities will present the latest innovations and trends in the global fiber and textile industry. The speakers from Europe will participate online. The program will be similar to the Dornbirn-GFC Austria. Plenary lectures will open the Dornbirn-GFC ASIA conference on March 2, 2021.

The expert lectures on March 02 and 03 will focus on the following topics:

- Fiber Innovations
- Nonwovens and Technical Textiles
- Mobility and Automotive
- Smart Fabrics
- Sustainability and Recycling

Interactive discussions complete this exclusive conference.
Further information and ticket registration on:


Review Webinar Week 2020

Top lectures and panel discussions from fiber producers, equipment manufacturers, finished products providers as well as authorities and several experts.

The opening day was a successful start to the Dornbirn-GFC 2020 Webinar Week. The president of the Austrian Fibers Institute and Board Member of Lenzing Group, Robert van de Kerkhof impressed the visitors with his presentation: „Stand up! - It is five past twelve" – With this appeal towards sustainability he created a lot of attention of the global audience.

Motivating speeches and actions giving us the energy to manage the „way forward“ in terms of sustainability. Top discussions and lectures during the event provided a lot of confidence to manage this situation now and not at the expense future generations. The presentations and the panel discussion of the experts led to a very positive feedback from the worldwide audience - nevertheless, everyone is looking forward to meeting personally next year in Dornbirn at the 60. Dornbirn-GFC 2021 from 15 -17 September.

Facts:   24 lectures and 4 panel discussions
           Paul Schlack and Wilhelm Albrecht prize award
           Approx. 400 global participants attending


Cancellation of Dornbirn-GFC 2020

This decision was very difficult for us and we regret it very much. Due to the impact of COVID 19 there will be no possibility to conduct the congress in its usual form this year. The continuing travel restrictions and the extraordinary economic situation complicate the organisation of the event enormously. The health aspect and the safety of our visitors are in the foreground of our decision. 
The date for next year has already been fixed and the congress will take place in the usual quality: 60th Dornbirn-GFC: 15 – 17 September 2021. 


Dornbirn-GFC 2021, 15 - 17 September 2021

In next year the Dornbirn-GFC will take place from 15th till 17th of September 2021. We look forward to your participation.


1st DORNBIRN-GFC Asia, Korea, will take place in March 2021.

Cooperation of strong partners
The cooperation with the Korean Textile Federation KOFOTI and the well known Dyeing & Finishing Technology Institute DYETEC will create the 1st Dornbirn-GFC ASIA fiber innovation congress in Daegu/South Korea. This special event should improve the network activities with Asian companies.

Experinced Programme on 2 days
The programme design will be similar to the Dornbirn-GFC congress in Austria. Plenary speakers will open the Dornbirn-GFC ASIA congress in 2020. Around 30 expert lectures concentrate on the following key topics: 

Fiber Innovations
Nonwovens and Technical Textiles
Mobility – eg. Automotive interior & structural
Smart Fabrics
Sustainability & Circular Economy

Interactive discussions will round off this special fiber innovation congress.
From European side renowned university professors and board members or owners of top companies from the fiber and textile industry have already confirmed their participation.

Congress Location and services
The 1st Dornbirn-GFC ASIA congress will be held at the Samsung Creative Innovation Center in Daegu. All lectures will be given in English and will be translated to Korean language, even to other languages on demand. A delicate catering will be served.

For more Information please visit

Contact: Mrs. Sonja Spöcker, Austrian Fibers Institute

Tel.: +43 664 6216 703, E-Mail: officedornbirn-gfccom


Look our new Dornbirn-GFC Video!

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Call for Papers 2021

The programme committee plans following main themes for the 60. Dornbirn-GFC 2020:

Fiber Innovations / Circular Economy and Sustainability / Surface Modification and Additives / Nonwovens / Technical Textiles / Mobility / Apparel

To present furthermore the most important developments and findings, we kindly invite you to submit your lecture proposals for this year`s programme.

Please submit your proposals including a working title and abstract to officedornbirn-gfccom


Dornbirn-GFC 2019 was a great success!

About 700 participants from more than 30 nations took part on this year`s congress and made the event very successful. Within the 1st Dornbirn-GFC Startup Days more than 20 international startup entrepreneurs presented their textile innovations. Two interactive panel sessions on the topics „Circular Economy“ and „Digitalization“ gained high interest and exciting debates.



In a separate STARTUP tent at the congress area, we invite you to get in touch with around 25 Startups and use the atmosphere of the Global Fiber Congress for networking and knowledge transfer.

The Startups where selected around the world based on their unique technology, innovative products and services as well as their commitment to inspire the movement in the industry. The ambitious Startups varying from smart fabrics and textiles to sports and outdoor tech, wearables and sustainable clothing as well as recycling technologies.


With the Dornbirn-GFC TICKET you get free entry to the 1st Dornbirn-GFC STARTUPDAYS - enjoy a delicious catering and be invited to the great networking dinner with a unique fashion show.


New Programme 2019

The new main programme of the 58th Dornbirn-GFC enables a detailed overview of the roughly 100 expert papers to be presented the course of two-and-a-half days in parallel sessions held in three halls of the  Kulturhaus Dornbirn. Just simply download the programme folder!

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Why should you join the Dornbirn-GFC community?

See our new video statements from Robert Rosellen/Microsoft (AUT), Edwin Keh/HKRITA (HKG), Gunjan Sharma/Reliance (IND), Necat Altin/Zorlu (TUR) and Yogendra Dandapure/lululemon (CAN).

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New videos from 55. Dornbirn-MFC 2016

See the newest videos from the last congress! Videos from the CEO Panel on the opening day and from the Sports & Functional Panel are new to find. Also very interesting is the video CEO message by U. Gill (IVL Indorama Ventures Ltd., Thailand).

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