Lenzing has been looking beyond fiber. With wood as their natural resource, it provides high-quality cellulose fibers to the global textile and nonwovens industry worldwide. They are the leading supplier in many business-to-business markets – from special cellulose fibers to high-tech plastics polymers. The company has 80 years of fiber production expertise, from viscose to lyocell and modal.
On 10 May Lenzing organized a symposium at Le Meridien Hotel in Dhaka to show its latest innovations where Avinash Mane, Commercial Head South Asia Region AMEA, presented those innovations.
Avinash Mane said, ‘’Lenzing will build a new plant, once completed, it will be the largest tencel fiber plant in the world. The facility is scheduled to start production in 2019.’’
“Lenzing offers fully biodegradable wood-based cellulose fibers in compost, landfill, water, and seawater. By 2020 Lenzing plans to generate 50 percent of its revenue with eco-friendly specialty fibers like TENCEL™ and VEOCEL™ and with other LENZING™ specialty fibers. Following the decision in favor of a further plant in Mobile (USA) and the securing of land in Prachinburi (Thailand) for the construction of a state-of-the-art lyocell fiber production plant. The further expansion of Lenzing’s production capacity for LENZING™ lyocell fibers will be based on market requirements,” he added.
Avinash showed in his presentation that, “Lenzing’s current global tencel capacity is 222,000 tons per year. The new plant in Mobile will increase total tencel fiber capacity by more than 50 percent by 2019.”
He ensures to the guests that, “As Lenzing is driving the circular economy in the textile industry, so the company will reduce sulfur emissions (CS2, H2S) by 50 percent by 2022 and specific wastewater emissions (COD) by 20 percent by 2022. This will also contribute to achieving EU Ecolabel standard at all Lenzing Group sites.’’
“Global fiber consumption in 2017 by type of fiber was 6.2% for wood-based cellulose fibers, 24.1% for cotton, 1.1% for wool, 64.2% for synthetic fibers and 4.4% for others natural fibers. It is a huge gap between the percentage of using wood-based cellulose fibers and cotton fibers, so we want to fill up this gap and wood base fibers has a huge demand in South-Asia market,” he continued.
Avinash also said, ‘’EcoVera and Refibra fibers are our new innovations. Refibra™ fibers are reinventing TENCEL™ fibers. Based on the technology of TENCEL™ fibers, Refibra™ fibers are an exceptional innovation and probably the most sustainable fibers from natural raw materials. Refibra™ fibers unite two innovations. These fibers are made based on the technology of TENCEL™ fibers. The TENCEL™ fibers won the EU prize for the most eco-friendly production. Wood as a renewable raw material from sustainable forest plantations is another important aspect when it comes to the sustainability of TENCEL™ fibers. Refibra™ fibers now combine both advantages – the recycling of cotton scraps and the most sustainable of fiber technologies.”
“LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers generate up to 50 percent lowers emissions and water pollution. With these fibers, Lenzing can offer its customers, partners, and ecologically minded end consumers viscose fibers with a low environmental impact,” he continued.
Bhargavi Rao, BD Marketing & Branding SA Region AMEA, and Gunasekaran Muthusamy, Technical Customer Service SA Region AMEA talked about the registration process. Manish Gupta, Director, Kaizen International (Pvt.) Ltd. and Rifat Shahidul, Senior Manager, Marketing Region South Asia, Bangladesh were also present at the symposium.