The projects will include expansion of its pulp supply and an increase in the Modal production capacity in
The company says the investment comes on the heels of new applications for its specialty fibers, including children's, sports and professional clothing.
This is partly due to what Dieter Eichinger, the head of the Textile Fibers business unit, describes as the ‘Cellulosic Gap.’
“Due to the world’s population explosion, areas of land used for cotton cultivation are directly competing with land used to cultivate foodstuffs,” he explains. “This fact will lead to a further rise in cellulose fibers since fibers based on crude oil will not be able to satisfy the demand for skin-friendly fibers. As a result, we expect moisture-managing cellulose fibers to be increasingly in demand in the future.”
Lenzing’s fiber innovations include three man-made cellulose fibers: