Lenzing Group celebrated the key milestone of production of 300,000 tons of Lenzing Ecovero branded viscose fibers since the brand’s inception in 2017 and said it plans to double production capacity in 2023 to meet the rising demand from leading brands across the world.
“As we celebrate our milestone of over 300,000 tons produced, we look forward to achieving even higher capacity in 2023 with the addition of a new site for Lenzing Ecovero fiber production,” said Caroline Ledl, head of product management textiles at Lenzing. “With the increase in Lenzing Ecovero capacity, our value chain partners and brands can benefit from better fiber availability to support their sustainability targets at a very competitive cost. Through efficient supply chains and the support of our teams around the world, brands can keep the additional cost for transitioning from conventional viscose to eco-responsible viscose within a very small range.”
Lenzing uses sustainably managed wood sources and renewable electricity to produce Lenzing Ecovero fibers. With production capacity in Austria, China and soon in Indonesia, Lenzing Ecovero is expanding its footprint across the world. This increase in production capacity comes at a timely moment as demand for eco-responsible fibers continues to rise, driven by the growing preference for sustainability from consumers and brands, the company noted.
This year, more than 500 brands have certified their products with Lenzing. Brands including Orta and Farm Rio have communicated their sustainability commitments by highlighting their use of Lenzing Ecovero fibers in promotion campaigns. Other brands that have used Lenzing Ecovero in their collections include European fashion firms Massimo Dutti, Lacoste, ba&sh, Zara, Mango, Tom Tailor and Lindex; denim brands American Eagle, Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger; retailers Kmart Australia, Target Australia and Marks & Spencer, and labels such as Guess, Forever New, Shona Joy, Myntra, Calzedonia, Trenery, Arnhem, ELK, Mambo Australia and Mambo Surf De Luxe.
“When we first launched the Lenzing Ecovero brand, there were only a few suppliers and brands who started their sustainable viscose journey with us,” Harold Weghorst, vice president of global marketing and branding at Lenzing, said. “Five years later, Lenzing Ecovero fibers are now available through hundreds of yarn spinners in all major textile markets and have found their way into countless brand collections. More and more brands choose Lenzing Ecovero not only for its strong sustainability credentials, but for the traceability and transparency we stand for. As concerns about greenwashing across the value chain continue to grow, it is increasingly important for brands to be able to confidently make their good choices visible.”
Lenzing’s innovative Fiber Identification technology enables Lenzing Ecovero fibers to be identifiable in the fabric and in the final product, providing brands with full traceability and protection from counterfeiting. New initiatives to make the technology more accessible and impactful will be rolled out in 2023.