Courtaulds is to install a second production line for Tencel solvent spun cellulosic staple fibre at its plant in Alabama, USA, at a cost of $134m and may build a production facility in either the UK or Germany. The current line has capacity of 18,000tpy and this will be increased to 43,000tpy when started up in August 1995. Tencel is the most commercially successful of the lyocell fibres currently available and is most used in women's clothing, denim jeans and chambray shirts. It is produced by dissolving woodpulp in solvent, which is then recovered, and has high wet strength and excellent fibrillation possibilities when subjected to high energy water jets. This fibrillation capability means that spunlaced constructions may be formed by bonding with other fibres, which then have high strength and good filtration properties.
Anon, Nonwovens Rep. Int. no. 273, Dec. 1993, p. 3