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Lenzing begins expansion of Tencel plant

Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has secured the required approvals and permits to start the expansion of capacity at its Heiligenkreuz factory in Burgenland, Austria, which produces Tencel speciality fibres.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place on March 21, with the attendance of Lenzing CEO Stefan Doboczky, company directors and representatives from the local government. 

“We will invest about €70 million over the coming twelve-month period to expand production capacities for our high-quality botanic specialty fibres”, Mr Doboczky said. “With this investment, we are responding to strong global demand for new types of Tencel premium fibres.”

Among these is the Refibra fibre, which uses the cotton scraps from the manufacturing of cotton garments and woods. The fibre was launched in February 2017. 

Annual production capacity at the facility will be increased to around 25,000 tonnes as a result of the investment. The fibres will be available to customers at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

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