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Lenzing lays foundation stone for largest lyocell plant

New production plant is designed to satisfy high demand in Asia for lyocell fibres.

19th November 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Prachinburi

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Prachinburi – Lyocell plant. © Lenzing AG

Within the context of the foundation stone laying ceremony held on 15 November 2019, the Lenzing Group officially launched construction work in Thailand right on schedule to build the world’s largest lyocell production plant.

Following the approval granted to the project in June 2019 and the successful signing of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) contract with Wood PLC in August 2019, construction work was formally commenced on the new manufacturing facility located at Industrial Park 304 in Tatoom, Srimahapoj in Prachinburi province.

Laying of the foundation stone. Pictured: Christian Dressler, VP Global Engineering. © Lenzing AG

Laying of the foundation stone. Pictured: Christian Dressler, VP Global Engineering. © Lenzing AG

The ceremony was attended by Prachinburi Governor Piboon Hattakitkosol, Eva Hager, Austrian Ambassador to Thailand, Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General of the Thailand Board of Investment, and more than 100 guests from society and politics.

The new plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons per year will be the largest lyocell facility in the world. It will help Lenzing to meet the strong demand for lyocell fibres and simultaneously strengthen the company’s market leadership position for specialty fibres.

Laying of the foundation stone. © Lenzing AG

Laying of the foundation stone. © Lenzing AG

The investment volume for a first production line amounts to EUR 400 million. Up to three additional production lines can be built and operated on the site. The project is of great importance to Lenzing as it is the first step in bringing lyocell production to Asia, home to the largest markets, the most important customers and the most extensive growth potential in specialty fibre production.

The new manufacturing facility is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, with production of the first fibres already expected for the fourth quarter of the same year.

Further reading

Lenzing to build world’s largest lyocell fibre plant

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