Austria’s Lenzing Group, a leading supplier of wood-based specialty fibers, has just announced the successful completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand. The new plant, the largest of its kind in the world with a capacity of 100,000 tons per year, has started production and will help to meet the increasing customer demand for lyocell fibers.
The construction of the plant located at Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi, around 150 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, started in the second half of 2019. In Asia, the group sees enormous growth potential for its brands based on sustainable innovation. The lyocell production process is considered to be one of the most modern methods for producing fibers from wood. The Thai investment already includes general infrastructure that would benefit future expansion, and Lenzing announced that it would continue to look for opportunities to expand lyocell production.
In 2019, Lenzing made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 50% by 2030, and the target is to be climate-neutral by 2050. The site in Thailand can be supplied with sustainable biogenic energy and contribute significantly to climate protection.
Lenzing is currently implementing the largest expansion program in its corporate history with more than EUR 1.5 billion in investments.
(Source: Lenzing Group)