The Federal Trade Commission of the USA has proposed Lyocell as an alternative generic name for cellulose-based fibres. Courtaulds Fibres of the USA has been selling the lyocell fibre under the brandname Tencel since 1990 and wanted the name Lyocell added to the list of approved generic names. The solvent-spun cellulosic staple fibre is used for clothing, home furnishings and technical fabrics and has been sold in Europe under the Lyocell name. Courtaulds has expanded its facility in Axis at a cost of $134m and startup is scheduled for February 1996.
Anon., Nonwovens Ind., vol. 27, no. 1, Jan. 1996, p. 16