We are pleased to announce that the second Preferred ManMade Cellulosic fibres Round Table will take place in Milan on 22nd October 2018, prior to Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference. 
A lot has happened since over 60 industry experts came together in 2017 in Washington DC for the first MMC Round Table. Businesses, initiatives, NGOs and governments have all been putting a more concrete focus on this fiber, which is the second most important cellulosic fiber group after cotton.

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    09:00-13:30, 22nd October 2018

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    Milano Congressi, Milan, Italy

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In Milan, Textile Exchange will bring together all stakeholder groups to hear the latest news, learn, act collectively, and incubate new ideas as we see a huge potential for more sustainable – or preferred – ManMade Cellulosics to gain a higher market share. Presentations from experts, interactive sessions and a Q&A will cover issues including:

  • What are the key market trends?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • What are the market opportunities and innovations?
  • What are end of life options and opportunities?

Speakers will include representatives from Canopy, Fashion For Good, FSC, H&M, Lenzing, Stella McCartney, UNECE/FAO and ZDHC, among others. 
Keep an eye on this page for the full Round Table agenda, coming soon!


Team work and collaboration are key in bringing initiatives like this to their full potential. We are currently looking for partners for the 2018 PFM Round Tables, and you can explore the available collaboration opportunities using the link below. Please contact if you would like to discuss these opportunities further.

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in partnering one of this year’s Round Table meetings, please contact and we will be happy to send you some more information on the opportunities available.

Why a preferred MMC round table?

Manmade Cellulosic (MMC) fibers such as Viscose/Rayon, Lyocell and Modal are the second most important group of cellulosic fibers after cotton, with an average demand of 5-6 million tons annually. MMC, usually made of wood or bamboo, are produced mostly in Asia (over 80%), with the highest percentage produced in China (over 60%).

MMC volumes are expected to increase rapidly in the next 15 years possibly reaching 10 million tons annually. There is huge potential for sustainable – or preferred – MMC to gain a higher market share: according to the 2015 Report, the regenerated fiber segment is projected to account for the largest share within the eco fiber market by 2020. Growth is estimated at 5-6% per annum, ahead of synthetics at 4-5%, and cotton at 1-2%.

The management of resources and inputs as well as the efficiency and control of the manufacturing process can make MMC products a preferred fiber choice. Recently there has been progress on recycling of cellulosics and blending as well.

A preferred MMC is one that is sourced from producers and verified as low risk of being sourced from ancient and endangered forests, including certified feedstock or alternative feedstock, and one that is manufactured more sustainably. This means fewer toxic chemicals are used and/or the manufacturing technologies aim for high recovery rates where water and chemicals are re-gained.

Textile Exchange has selected preferred MMCs as a lead fiber, with our reports showing tremendous growth and our current e-learning series attracting several hundred industry stakeholders, with topics covering feedstocks, fiber manufacturing, transparency, certification, and industry engagement.

There is more to do to reach economies of scale. Challenges are still to be overcome in the forest, the factory, and the marketplace. This Round Table aims to transform business – move from linear to circular, and to find solutions to technical, societal, and commercial barriers to growth.

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