Courtaulds has revealed improved technology which will increase output but reduce costs at Tencel plants producing the lyocell fibre. The technology will be used at the second Tencel line currently under construction at Courtauld's Mobile plant in Alabama, USA, and will be retro-incorporated into the first line. It will increase capacity by 30% to 55,000t. The technology will also be used at the company's site in Grimsby, UK, the first European full scale production plant for the fibre. The advantages of the lyocell fibre are discussed, together with its applications and production process. Its most outstanding properties are said to result from its ability to fibrillate when required during processing.
Anon., Nonwovens Rep. Int., no. 290, May 1995, pp 11-12