Friday, February 15, 2013

New Lenzing TENCEL®-Jumboline (2013)

New TENCEL® Jumboline
New TENCEL® Jumboline
This is a repeat of the news, recorded under the Aims tag above, which prompted the development of this blog in July last year.  The capital costs are now down to $2700/annual tonne compared with the over $4000/annual tonne being projected by Courtaulds for their 4th (Asian) factory in 1999.  All the savings from the Lenzing infrastructure on the old viscose site and the locally grown and pulped wood will be coming into play. This operation will get close to the original Courtaulds Research vision for Tencel in the 1980's.  

It's interesting also to see the Courtaulds Tencel 1990's launch market (denim) getting a mention again and hopefully this now means the more predictable mass-market denim rather than the "Armani" denim market on which so many unrealistic expectations were built in the mid 90's.

Lenzing is constructing a jumbo TENCEL® production line at the plant in Lenzing. It will go into operation in 2014.
The most modern fiber plant worldwide
The most modern fiber production line in the world is currently being built in Lenzing, Austria. The combined expertise and technologies of the Lenzing and the Tencel Group, which were recently merged, are being applied for the first time in the construction of the state-of-the-art TENCEL® plant. The new plant marks an exciting new chapter in TENCEL® technology.
“TENCEL® represents the greatest technological innovation in the man-made cellulose fiber industry since the invention of the Viscose fiber around 100 years ago,” explains Dieter Eichinger, Vice President Business Unit Textile
Fibers, Lenzing AG. “The developments of the last twenty years are just the beginning of a success story which will continue for many decades to come. TENCEL® uniquely answers the demands for competitive production costs relative to other fibers with the demands for sustainable production. TENCEL® represents a breakthrough technology and I am proud that the Lenzing group leads the industry with TENCEL®.”
Fiber of the future - TENCEL® 
The capacity expansion supports growing demand for TENCEL® in many new textile and apparel applications. Denim designers are particularly excited about TENCEL®. Jeans with TENCEL® are attractive, durable, and become immediate favorites due to their enhanced comfort. TENCEL®’s smooth fiber surface and perfect moisture management turn jeans into articles of clothing which enhance physical well-being. Due to its high tenacity, TENCEL® stands up to the mechanical stresses of the denim production process like no other man-made fiber. Depending on the percentage of TENCEL® in the blend, authentic denims through to softer denims can be created.
New applications are constantly being developed. The optimal moisture management of TENCEL® fibers makes them attractive for use in high quality home textiles such as bed covers and linens as well as in sportswear, outerwear, and technical textiles.
For questions please contact:
Christina Kreuzwieser
Head of Global Marketing Communication
Business Unit Textile Fibers
Telefon: +43 (0) 7672 701-2331
An investment of EUR 130 million and a 24 month construction time frame have been planned for the TENCEL® plant. The new Lenzing fiber plant will have a capacity of 64,000 tonnes p.a. In addition to the specialty fibers Lenzing Modal® and Lenzing FR®, TENCEL® will also be produced at the new site in Lenzing. TENCEL® is currently only produced at the Lenzing sites in Heiligenkreuz (Austria), Grimsby (UK), and Mobile (USA). As a result of erecting the TENCEL® plant in Lenzing, the site will be expanded to become the central location for the Lenzing group’s specialty fibers. The attractive energy costs that result from the onsite energy generation, the skilled workforce, and proximity to Lenzing’s central research facilities including the TENCEL® pilot plant were all critical factors for expanding strategic operations in Lenzing.

Wednesday, 13. February 2013

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