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Lenzing makes first foray into filament market

Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has announced the launch of a new lyocell filament which it hopes will “herald a new era of sustainable cellulose fabrics for the premium luxury market.”

The Tencel Luxe filament was unveiled at an exclusive event in Paris. It is the first time that Lenzing will enter the filament market and marks the latest stage of the sCore Ten business strategy that it launched at the end of 2015. 

Lenzing has said that Tencel Luxe branded filaments offer superior aesthetics, performance and comfort level, describing them as “the perfect partner” for other fibres like silk, cashmere or wool. 

It added that the smooth surface of these filaments means that fabrics created using them have “a silky-smooth feel and liquid-like drape”. They are also naturally breathable due to their wood-based origin and offer good colour fastness. 

“We are committed to setting industry standards in order to enhance the protection of our environment while making filaments for fabrics that are designed to appeal to the most sophisticated consumers,” explained Stefan Doboczky, CEO of Lenzing. “The launch of Tencel Luxe is a further sign of our ongoing commitment towards innovation and sustainability.”

Mr Doboczky said Lenzing expects this development to open up new markets for the company and allow it to make an impact on the premium segment of the fabrics market. 

Tencel Luxe will be produced at Lenzing’s manufacturing facility in Austria. The company plans to expand capacity at this site in the next few years and has already started the basic engineering for large-scale commercial filament production. 

It will make a decision about a new plant for the production of Tencel Luxe on a larger industrial scale in the third quarter of 2018.

Image courtesy of Lenzing.

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