Lenzing announced Tuesday the investment in a new fiber plant with production capacity of 90,000 tons in Mobile, Alabama, to begin operations in the first quarter of 2019.
The news of the Alabama plant’s opening comes after expansion plans for Austria and Great Britain. The new fiber plant aims to increase the share of specialty fibers as a percentage revenue to 50 percent by 2020.
Currently, Lenzing has a worldwide production capacity of 222,000 tons per year of Tencel fibers. With the addition of the Mobile plant Lenzing will be able to increase capacity by 50 percent. Some deciding factors in the investment of the new plant are the positive energy costs as well as the setup of the plant.
“This investment represents another major milestone in the implementation of our corporate strategy Score Ten. It will bring us a big step further to reach our target of 50 percent revenue from specialty fibers by 2020“, said Lenzing CEO, Stefan Doboczky. “This expansion also underscores our commitment to all our Tencel fiber customers, who continue to make their products even more sustainable using TENCEL® fiber, the world’s most sustainable botanic fiber.”
Lenzing also created a new position, Chief Technology Officer, to further their technological efforts for the new plant, and appointed Heiko Arnold to the role.
“We are pleased to welcome Heiko Arnold, a further expert with broad international experience, to Lenzing’s Management Board team,” said Hanno Bästlein, Lenzing supervisory board chairman. “Lenzing is on a successful, dynamic growth course with the development and implementation of the new Score Ten corporate strategy, and that makes an increase in the Management Board to four persons a reasonable step.”