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Lenzing holds foundation stone ceremony for world’s largest lyocell fiber plant

In Thailand, Austria-headed cellulose fiber major Lenzing AG (Lenzing Group) has held a foundation stone laying ceremony in Tatoom, Srimahapoj in Prachinburi province marking the formal construction start of the world's largest lyocell fiber production plant.

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On November 15, 2019, Lenzing Group held a foundation stone laying ceremony in Prachinburi, Thailand officially marking the start of construction work to build the world’s largest lyocell production plant. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Prachinburi Governor Piboon Hattakitkosol, Eva Hager, Austrian Ambassador to Thailand, Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary-General of the Thailand Board of Investment and more than 100 invited guests (photo courtesy Lenzing AG).

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

Promising project for Lenzing

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

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

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