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Lenzing Invests $27.5M in State-of-the-Art Wastewater Plant

The Lenzing Group, a global provider of wood-based specialty fibers for the textile and nonwoven industries, is investing 23.3 million euros ($27.50 million) to build a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant co-located with a site in the United Kingdom.

The investment at its site in Grimsby is part of the company’s plans to reduce wastewater emissions by 2022. Once it has implemented this project, Lenzing will have biological wastewater treatment plants that meet the best available techniques (BAT) quality standard at all its production sites. The plant design, which will employ a new technology developed as part of a research project, is fully aligned with U.K. regulations and supported by the local authorities.

“This is a huge step forward in delivering the overall Lenzing strategic goals and a milestone in our long-term plan to give the Grimsby site a solid platform for sustainable growth,” Phil Munson, director of operations for Lyocell Grimsby at Lenzing, said.

The site’s current wastewater processes fully comply with the EU Water Framework Directive, as well as all local laws and regulations. The investment has been approved by the Supervisory Board, ensuring that construction can start this year. This will be the largest investment since opening this lyocell site, which manufactures premium products for technical and innovative market segments.

After modernizing the wastewater treatment plant at the company’s Purwakarta site in Indonesia, the construction of the new plant in Grimsby marks another big step toward reducing Lenzing’s wastewater emissions 20 percent by 2022, against a 2014 baseline, the company said. Responsible water use is one of the core elements of Lenzing’s “Naturally Positive” sustainability strategy and is largely executed by using water efficiently in manufacturing and employing state-of-the-art water treatment technologies.

“Lenzing has set itself concrete sustainability targets for the most important challenges in every one of its strategic core areas, and we are pursuing them in a very disciplined fashion,” Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group, added. “Lenzing has demonstrated quite impressively with this project that financial performance and corporate citizenship are not mutually exclusive but unlock synergies instead.”