The German Thuringian Textile and Plastic Research Institute has developed a lyocell item known as Alceru which can be produced as a round cross-section, bright staple fibre or filament. A pilot-plant is to be commissioned during 1995 and large scale production is expected in 2 years time. Courtaulds is to build its first European lyocell staple fibre plant in the UK. When this plant comes onstream in 1997 Courtaulds will have a total global production capacity of 75,000tpy of lyocell fibre. The fibre is brandnamed Tencel in the fashion sector and Courtaulds Lyocell for nonwovens and industrial uses. The potential nonwoven applications for lyocell fibre include wipes, feminine hygiene products, medical dressings, coverstock, filters and battery separators. Lenzing are also to build a lyocell staple fibre facility to produce Lenzing Lyocell.
Anon, Nonwovens Rep. Int., no. 287, Feb. 1995, p. 2