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Acordis mulls a 'Tencel' plant in Asia (1998)

Geoff Blackburn was at the Genesis launch as Viscose Europe's Sales Director in 1986 and here he is 12 years later as President Acordis Asia. 

TAIPEI (CNI)--The world's largest dedicated fibres company, Acordis, may set up a Tencel manufacturing facility in Asia to tap the growing demand for lyocell fibre in the region, CNI learned Thursday.

Here on a business visit, Acordis president for Asia, Geoff Blackburn, said the company will study the demand/supply outlook to determine its precise approach.

"Theoretically, having a facility in Asia would position us to better serve regional customers," he added. "But we'll need to do more groundwork first."
Blackburn said Taiwan is a market where demand for Tencel has grown by 30%/year to reach 1000 tonne in 1998. He is optimistic that demand here will increase by another 30% next year.
Acordis is the new company that combines Courtaulds and Akzo Nobel's fibres operations, following Akzo's acquisition of Courtaulds last July.

05 November 1998 04:59  [Source: ICIS news]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Odd that Viscose Sales expertise was not used in over 10 years of developing the lyocell market.