Monday, October 9, 2017

Lenzing offering continuous filament Tencel

At an exclusive event in Paris, the Lenzing Group launched a new product: TENCEL™ Luxe. The TENCEL™ Luxe randed lyocell filament is another key milestone in the implementation of the company’s sCore TEN strategy and the first time that Lenzing enters the filament market. It will further support Lenzing’s shift to become a true speciality player in the botanic materials market derived from sustainable wood sources. TENCEL™ Luxe: The new player of eco-couture fabrics TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments are the new player for sustainable high-end cellulose textiles by offering superior aesthetics, performance and comfort level that allow them to be the perfect partner with other noble fibers such as silk, cashmere or wool. The smooth surface of the TENCEL™ branded Luxe filament gives fabrics a silky smooth feel and liquid-like drape for the most sensual silhouettes. Moreover, TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments are naturally breathable due to their wood-based origin and offer outstanding color fastness, enabling designers to express bold color palettes where creativity knows no boundaries. 

TENCEL™ Luxe  eco-botanic lyocell filaments are made from wood pulp, which is sourced from sustainable wood in line with Lenzing’s strict Wood and Pulp Policy. They are produced using Lenzing’s pioneering closed-loop lyocell production process, which has received the “European Award for the Environment” from the European Union. This process ensures minimal environmental impact due to low process water and energy use and raw materials consumption.

“We are committed to setting industry standards in order to enhance the protection of our environment while making filaments for fabrics that are 
TENCEL™ Luxe is a further sign of our ongoing commitment towards innovation and sustainability”, explains Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “The expansion plan represents the next consistent step in the implementation of our sCore TEN strategy and is a commitment of Lenzing as a hub for research & development and engineering.” TENCEL™ Luxe is another proof of Lenzing’s innovation strength*. It will open new markets for the
company and for its customers and partners and will allow the company to participate in the premium segment of the fabrics market. With the help of TENCEL™ Luxe enzing will support the luxury apparel industry to redraw the borders between responsibility and high-end luxury fashion, and is part of Lenzing’s ongoing commitment towards sustainability-driven innovation. TENCEL™ Luxe will be produced at the Lenzing site in Austria. Lenzing plans to expand the capacity at this site over the coming years and has started the basic engineering for a large scale commercial line for filaments. To optimize a new plant design and start up, this Lenzing site was chosen as the future manufacturing hub for TENCEL™ Luxe.

“The decision for the Lenzing site in Austria as a hub for 
TENCEL™ Luxe helps to build up a strong knowledge base for this new technology at the headquarters of the company”, says Heiko Arnold, Chief Technology Officer of the Lenzing Group. “Here we can fully leverage the proximity between operations, research & development, customer service and the engineering organization to accelerate the development of this technology for the production of TENCEL™ Luxe on a bigger industrial scale.”

The decision about a new plant for the production of
TENCEL™ Luxe on a bigger industrial scale will be made in the third quarter of 2018.™

*Editor's note: Akzo North America developed a lyocell filament process in the late 1980's, and Courtaulds UK, having been the leading producer of both staple and filament viscose, considered filament as well as staple as the launch market for Tencel. The staple route allowed faster scale-up and filament was neglected until the technology settlement with Akzo Nobel (see below). The Akzo pilot-line mentioned below produced Newcell textile filament for Asahi to test market in Japan and tyre-yarn filament for the European market.  It was acquired by Lenzing when they bought the Tencel operation from CVC in 2004.

Courtaulds/Akzo JV: NEWCELL continuous filament lyocell (1995) Akzo Nobel Fibres' sales and operating income improved in 1994 largely as a result of increased productivity. The company shed about 10% of its workforce and has rationalised its fibres activities into 5 business units of industrial fibres, textile fibres, aramid products, nonwovens and Membrana which produces speciality medical membranes. In Europe the company is withdrawing from staple polyester production and is concentrating textile filament production into Kuagtextil, a joint venture with Textilwerke Deggendorf. Akzo Nobel has also commissioned a pilot plant for Newcell solvent-spun filament based on lyocell and has a development agreement with Courtaulds for joint venture production. There are also production capacity expansions planned for Twaron aramid in the Netherlands, Colback nonwoven textiles in the US and tyre yarn facilities in the US and Brazil. 

Anon., Eur. Chem. News, vol. 63, no. 1662, 10-16 Apr. 1995, p. 18

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