Lenzing Invests EUR 100 Million to Upgrade Indonesian Site for Sustainable Specialty Fiber Production

Lenzing Invests EUR 100 Million to Upgrade Indonesian Site for Sustainable Specialty Fiber Production

(IN BRIEF) The Lenzing Group, a leading provider of specialty fibers for textiles and nonwovens, has invested over EUR 100 million since 2021 to upgrade its Purwakarta site in Indonesia. The company aims to convert existing production capacity to specialty viscose fibers to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly fibers. The investment includes technical enhancements to achieve better sustainability, reduction of emissions, adoption of renewable grid electricity, and a shift towards biomass use. Lenzing is working towards certification under the EU Ecolabel standard, offering LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers for textiles and VEOCEL™ fibers for nonwovens. The initiative aligns with Lenzing’s goals of reducing carbon emissions and achieving carbon-neutral production.

(PRESS RELEASE) LENZING, 1-Sep-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Lenzing is striving for certification according to the standard of the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel[1]. The product portfolio would thus include LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers for textiles and VEOCEL™ branded fibers for nonwoven applications. In the course of these substantial investments, Lenzing has set the goal of significantly reducing emissions at the site. Moreover, the site started to obtain renewable grid electricity and promotes a changeover to biomass in line with Lenzing’s goals of reducing carbon emissions per ton of product by 50 percent by 2030 and achieving carbon-neutral production by 2050.

“Demand for specialty fibers with low environmental impacts continues to grow structurally. We see enormous growth potential in Asia in particular. Through our investments in Indonesia and also at other Lenzing sites worldwide, we are in a better position to serve this growing demand. At the same time, we continue working tirelessly to make the industries in which we operate even more sustainable and to drive the transformation of the textile business model from linear to circular,” says Stephan Sielaff, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group.

Boosting growth in specialty fibers

Anthropogenic climate change is one of the most pressing problems of our time, with both the global textile and the nonwoven industry being among the major contributors. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibers (for textiles) and VEOCEL™ specialty viscose (for nonwovens) demonstrably cause significantly less greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution than generic viscose.

[1] The EU Ecolabel is recognized in all member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. The voluntary label, introduced by an EU regulation in 1992 (Regulation EEC 880/92), has gradually become a reference point for consumers who want to help reduce pollution by purchasing more environmentally-friendly products and services.

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