The first commercial Tencel production plant is near completion in Alabama, USA. The £47m plant, due to come on stream in summer in 1992, has been designed and built by Courtaulds Engineering Ltd in collaboration with Courtaulds Research in the UK. The extrusion line is based on a modular design to aid despatch and on-site construction. Interest is high in the nonwovens potential of the strong solvent spun cellulosic fibre, Tencel, due to reports of its performance on spunlace systems. When Tencel fibres are subjected to the high pressure jets of the spunlace process they fibrillate, increasing fabric strength and improving filtration properties.
Anon., Nonwovens Rep. Int. no. 246, Sept. 1991, p. 9