New life for fibres challenge

New life for fibres challenge

New Idea contest on dbt FIBRE and Desall invite you to suggest new applications for the semi-finished textile products, exploring fields other than yarn making or similar.

Company description

For over 80 years world leader in the utilisation of textile fibres, dbt FIBRE combines the most advanced textile technology with specially modified machinery to offer a wide range of carded sliver and combed tops for classic and fancy yarns. Carded slivers for neppy yarns, flamed slivers for Tweeds, natural fibre tops made from modified fibres such as flat section viscose are the core of our knowhow.

What we are looking for

The brief is available in the following languages:
– Italian 
– English 

Download the Material files

Start creating your inspiration wall using the Inspiration tab and get inspired by the hints of other creatives!

dbt FIBRE is looking for new business ideas, applications, contexts of use or product concepts for its own semi-finished textile products and invites you to explore industries other than yarn making or similar.


For the correct realisation of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:

Contest objective: you are invited to suggest new contexts of use and applications for the semi-finished textile products by dbt FIBRE, suggesting markets where the company has not yet entered, exploring industries other than textile, yarn-making or similar, taking into consideration the technical characteristics of the fibres and their processability.

Product typology: the semi-finished textile products by dbt FIBRE are tops consisting of mixed fibres, made of polyamideacrylicpolyesterviscose/rayon/lyocellacetatepolypropylenearamidwoollinen or cotton. Their aspect and characteristics may be altered by using a different mixture of the fibres (natural and synthetic, short-staple or long-staple). For more info, see Material files.

Characteristics of the tops: depending on the materials used in the fibre mixture, the tops will have different properties and characteristics, that might be transferred to the materials they are possibly combined with. For a better understanding of the tops, we invite you to take a look at the video and at the other contents included in the Material files.

Applications: beyond the textile industry, today the dbt FIBRE semi-finished textile products are employed in the decoration sector (i.e. decoration for Easter eggs, fake snow, etc.) or for some industrial products, where the fibres are combined with other materials to transfer – for example – their properties of channelling liquids (for ex. the filter of felt pens, air freshener, etc.).You are free to suggest other fields or applications for products where the semi-finished textile top is used at the current raw state or after additional processing. In order to make your project even more interesting and feasible, you are invited to suggest applications requiring the least number of post processes. You can find some examples in the Inspiration tab.

Deliverables: upload all the images and possible textual descriptions that better describe your projects (rendering, descriptions, etc.). If necessary, you may also attach slides or other information materials, to be included in a .ZIP archive.

Evaluation criteria: in the evaluation of your submissions dbt FIBRE will take into account the following criteria:
Technical feasibility (5/5)
Economic sustainability (5/5)
Degree of innovation (5/5)
Selling potential (4/5)
Project presentation (3/5)


1°: €4000
The selection of the winner by dbt FIBRE will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief presented.

Option right
For the duration of the option right, the Sponsor offers an extra chance to all participants setting a fee of Euro 2,000.00= (two-thousand/00) for the purchase of the license for the economical exploitation of the projects not-acknowledged as the winning proposals.

Deadline:- 12-09-2019

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