Categorie : Production Process

World’s Largest TENCEL® Factory Opens its Doors

FB_Lenzing Press Conference_Paris_16.09The new TENCEL® factory, the most modern fiber plant in the world, went into operation after just 24 months of construction work, demonstrating Lenzings´ innovative strength on an industrial scale.

With investment costs totaling € 150 million, the construction of the plant in Lenzing, Austria went according to plan both financially and in terms of the time. The plant is fully operational and running at full capacity.

In terms of ecology and innovative strength, TENCEL® represents a milestone. A plethora of textile applications has been derived from the new generation of fibers, from Activewear to denim and shirting. “This season in particular we are very excited about knitwear developments. Until now woven products of TENCEL® were chiefly promoted. However, new finishing processes and special TENCEL® fibers for knitwear applications lead us to perceive tremendous potential in the fashion knitwear segment. Here too TENCEL® can provide an added value when it comes to the quality. Thanks to its bright colors and more attractive appearance, TENCEL® will set a new standard in this sector,” Robert van de Kerkhof, CCO at Lenzing, explains.


Can Bamboo or Hemp be Used for the Raw Material?

So far a question we received today (and we promised to answer this question right away here and on Facebook): Using pulp from bamboo to our knowledge should be feasible. With regard to hemp, we unfortunately would have to consult our “experts”. However, Lenzing uses the pulp from eucalyptus trees as the basic resource for TENCEL® – for some good reasons: As Lenzing takes care of sustainable and environmentally responsible farming, the eucalyptus tree-farms used for our fibers suit the best. Not only because our technical experience works the best with pulp from eucalyptus trees, but also because through our long cooperation with the selected eucalyptus-tree farms we can be sure our principles of an eco-friendly handling without exploiting the soil or the eucalyptus trees are followed. Besides, feel welcome to find more information on:

New TENCEL® Jumboline Plant

Lenzing is currently building its new TENCEL® Jumboline plant on location in Lenzing. The new plant will be opened in 2014. The plant will be the world´s most modern fiber technology plant. Inventions and technologies from two companies are being used for the first time in this construction. Merged with Know how and Lenzing´s and TENCEL®´s expertise, it will help to open a new chapter in TENCEL® technology.

TENCEL® Celebrates 20th Birthday!

1992 marked the start of the first big production plant for Lyocell fibers in Mobile/Alabama/USA. Today Lenzing produces TENCEL® in three locations in Mobile, Alabama, Grimsby, UK and Heiligenkreuz, Austria. A fourth plant is currently being built in Lenzing´s main location in Lenzing, Austria, which will be the first TENCEL® production plant of the second technology-generation. During the celebration-ceremony, Lenzing´s chairman of the executive board, Peter Untersperger, emphasized the significance of TENCEL® as the „biggest technological step in man-made cellulose-fiber-industry since the development of Viscose fibers 100 years ago.“

„Creating Jobs from Innovation“

Lenzing is the winner of the Upper Austrian initiative „Jobs through Innovation“ for the development of the TENCEL® fiber. Johann Kalliauer, President of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Commerce and FFG-CEO Klaus Pseiner awarded Lenzing on location. The competition awards companies which demonstrate extraordinary growth in their company structure and job situation due to research and development. Further essential criteria are high-grade working conditions which allow innovative research results. Lenzing was able to win the jury over with its development of the TENCEL® fiber which is considered to be a milestone in this branch.



Students of the HTL Dornbirn Create Fashion-Collection from TENCEL® SUN

Students of the Austrian HTL Dornbirn / college have created a fashion collection from TENCEL® SUN. In this Lenzing supported them in the field of yarn sourcing – an extra excursion through the Lenzing plant was organized for them by Lenzing staff-member Hans Leitner to impart profound knowledge to the students about the fiber they had selected for their project. The students also produced a video showing them working on this project.


Lenzing Group Receives the Energy Globe Award Upper Austria 2012

Second rank at the Energy Globe Award Upper Austria 2012 in the category „Earth“ – that´s the reward for Lenzing for its careful and sustainable way of working with this planet´s resources. „Optimizing the ecological footprint of our products is a crucial element of our company´s philosophy“ says Lenzing board-member Peter Untersperger. In particular Lenzing was able to convince the jury with its project „Lenzing Modal® Edelweiss“. The fiber, produced at location in Lenzing, fulfills the highest ecological requirements speaking in terms of sustainibility.

Lenzing Builds new Fiber-Production Site

Last Friday Lenzing celebrated its new production plant in Lenzing. The construction work started in June and the site will be up and running within 24 months. From 2014 on, 67,000 tons of TENCEL® fibers will be produced at this new site and 110 new jobs will be created. “This means the return of the fiber-technology of the future to its parent location” Member of the Board, Friedrich Weninger, comments.

TENCEL® – Loeffler Starts “new era” with TENCEL®

In close cooperation with TENCEL®, Austrian Sportswear-producer Loeffler has created a new segment in their production line. Since cotton is becoming more and more expensive and rare and planting methods more and more questionable, Loeffler with TENCEL® has found a perfect basic fiber for, as they call it, “a milestone for sustainable sports fashion combined with the highest functionality. The universal TENCEL®-Coolmax fiber, knitted with a very special structure, is their new basic material for sports apparel with fantastic characteristics such as a comfortable feeling on the skin, breathability, excellent moisture management and more.


Finnish Scientist at Lenzing

Dr. Mikhail Iakovlev from Aalto University in Helsinki just spent a week at Lenzing to learn specific methods in the field of timber chemistry. The search for new methods for the pulping of wood for an optimized biorefinery has become more and more important over the last years. Intensive research into this field of science has also been carried out in Scandinavia.