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16.02.2024

Lenzing updated its climate targets

The Lenzing Group has updated its climate targets to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit the human-induced global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has reviewed and confirmed this target improvement.

By 2030, Lenzing aims to reduce its direct emissions from the production of its fiber and pulp plants (scope 1) and its emissions from purchased energy (scope 2) by 42 percent and its indirect emissions along the value chain (scope 3) by 25 percent on the way to net zero, from 2021 baseline. This corresponds to an absolute reduction of 1,100,000 tons (instead of the previously targeted 700,000 tons).

The following targets were recognized and confirmed by the SBTi:

The Lenzing Group has updated its climate targets to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit the human-induced global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has reviewed and confirmed this target improvement.

By 2030, Lenzing aims to reduce its direct emissions from the production of its fiber and pulp plants (scope 1) and its emissions from purchased energy (scope 2) by 42 percent and its indirect emissions along the value chain (scope 3) by 25 percent on the way to net zero, from 2021 baseline. This corresponds to an absolute reduction of 1,100,000 tons (instead of the previously targeted 700,000 tons).

The following targets were recognized and confirmed by the SBTi:

  1. Overall net-zero target: Lenzing AG commits to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions along the entire value chain by 2050.
  2. Near-term targets: Lenzing AG commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent by 2030 from a base year 2021. Lenzing AG also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from purchased goods and services, fuels and energy-related activities as well as upstream transport and distribution by 25 percent within the same timeframe.
  3. Long-term targets: Lenzing AG commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent by 2050 from a base year 2021. Lenzing AG also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent within in the same timeframe.

These updated targets replace the old SBTi approved Lenzing Group’s climate target in 2019.

(c) RadiciGroup
17.03.2023

RadiciGroup: 100% naturally sourced yarn made from castor oil

RadiciGroup presented Biofeel® Eleven, a yarn of natural origin, at the Performance Days trade fair (from March 15-16 in Munich). Biofeel® Eleven is sourced from castor oil and is suitable for obtaining bio-polymer. It can be used for fabrics and fine garments in many sectors, from fashion to sports, from automotive to home textiles.

Today, 80% of the world's castor-oil plantations are in India, particularly in the Gujarat region, due to its favourable climatic conditions. In this area, local people can earn an additional income by cultivating semi-arid land that does not compete with food production, and by applying the skills they have acquired over time to this work. Over the years, thanks to research, development and innovation in the value chain, the seeds from which the oil is produced have been selected and certified to ensure the finest quality, also in terms of end uses.

Castor beans contain around 45% oil, rich in ricinolein, from which the bio-polymer polyamide 11 is derived. This is the polymer RadiciGroup uses for its Biofeel® Eleven yarn. What remains after the first pressing is a highly effective bio-fertiliser that is returned to the soil.

RadiciGroup presented Biofeel® Eleven, a yarn of natural origin, at the Performance Days trade fair (from March 15-16 in Munich). Biofeel® Eleven is sourced from castor oil and is suitable for obtaining bio-polymer. It can be used for fabrics and fine garments in many sectors, from fashion to sports, from automotive to home textiles.

Today, 80% of the world's castor-oil plantations are in India, particularly in the Gujarat region, due to its favourable climatic conditions. In this area, local people can earn an additional income by cultivating semi-arid land that does not compete with food production, and by applying the skills they have acquired over time to this work. Over the years, thanks to research, development and innovation in the value chain, the seeds from which the oil is produced have been selected and certified to ensure the finest quality, also in terms of end uses.

Castor beans contain around 45% oil, rich in ricinolein, from which the bio-polymer polyamide 11 is derived. This is the polymer RadiciGroup uses for its Biofeel® Eleven yarn. What remains after the first pressing is a highly effective bio-fertiliser that is returned to the soil.

Biofeel® Eleven can also be solution dyed, i.e. dyed at the yarn production stage, saving a great deal of water and energy and also providing greater colour stability.

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RadiciGroup

02.12.2022

Lenzing tops Canopy’s “Hot Button Ranking” 2022

  • Lenzing again recognized for sustainable sourcing, innovation and transparency
  • Lenzing achieves the highest category for the third time already

The Lenzing Group achieved first place in the “Hot Button Ranking” of the Canadian non-profit organization Canopy, thus confirming its leading role in the areas of sustainability and responsible wood and pulp sourcing. Lenzing can also once again celebrate a dark green shirt, synonymous with the highest category.

In this ranking, which receives a lot of attention in the textile and apparel industry, Canopy evaluates the world’s 34 largest producers of cellulosic fibers in terms of their sustainable wood and pulp sourcing, their efforts with regard to the use of alternative raw materials and their achievements in the protection of ancient and endangered forests. Resource preservation is a key element of Lenzing’s corporate strategy and at the core of its innovation agenda. The sustainable production of TENCEL™, VEOCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™branded specialty fibers is based on these principles.

  • Lenzing again recognized for sustainable sourcing, innovation and transparency
  • Lenzing achieves the highest category for the third time already

The Lenzing Group achieved first place in the “Hot Button Ranking” of the Canadian non-profit organization Canopy, thus confirming its leading role in the areas of sustainability and responsible wood and pulp sourcing. Lenzing can also once again celebrate a dark green shirt, synonymous with the highest category.

In this ranking, which receives a lot of attention in the textile and apparel industry, Canopy evaluates the world’s 34 largest producers of cellulosic fibers in terms of their sustainable wood and pulp sourcing, their efforts with regard to the use of alternative raw materials and their achievements in the protection of ancient and endangered forests. Resource preservation is a key element of Lenzing’s corporate strategy and at the core of its innovation agenda. The sustainable production of TENCEL™, VEOCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™branded specialty fibers is based on these principles.

Promoting the circular economy
With its REFIBRA™ and Eco Cycle technologies, Lenzing offers solutions for transforming the textile and nonwovens industries towards a circular economy. In line with its vision for the circular economy, “We give waste a new life. Every day.” Lenzing is driving the industry toward a full circular economy by striving to give waste a new life in all aspects of its core business and developing circular solutions together with potential partners inside and outside the current value chain. A milestone on this path is the cooperation with the Swedish pulp producer Södra. The two global market leaders, who have been proactively promoting the circular economy in the fashion industry for many years, are joining forces to give the topic a further boost and make a decisive contribution to solving the global textile waste problem by making fibers from post-consumer textiles.

Today, Lenzing offers lyocell fibers made from 30 percent recycled cotton waste. The company aims to launch lyocell, modal and viscose staple fibers with up to 50 percent recycled post-consumer content on a commercial scale by 2025 and to develop a new circular business model by closing the loops for post-consumer waste. By 2025, the company plans to enter into further partnerships with 25 key supply chain companies.

Source:

Lenzing AG

Photo: Freudenberg Performance Apparel
24.11.2022

Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel: Rooftop photovoltaic coverage at Nantong

Freudenberg recently completed the installation of 13,000m2 of photovoltaic cells on the roof of its new Nantong factory. With a total capacity of 1.6 MW, the new rooftop installation is projected to produce 1.5 million kWh of green electricity each year. In addition to reduced energy consumption from the grid, this new installation will lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1,200 tons/year.

Freudenberg recently completed the installation of 13,000m2 of photovoltaic cells on the roof of its new Nantong factory. With a total capacity of 1.6 MW, the new rooftop installation is projected to produce 1.5 million kWh of green electricity each year. In addition to reduced energy consumption from the grid, this new installation will lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1,200 tons/year.

Beyond the photovoltaic installation, Freudenberg has integrated sustainability into the Nantong factory’s design, with advances in energy conservation and emissions and loss reduction.
The factory uses valley voltage to cool water in its reservoir that is applied to A/C and machine temperature management during working hours. The new waste gas treatment technology enables hot water collected by heat exchangers to be directly reused in production, thereby reducing thermal energy waste. Furthermore, the factory applies a new multi-phase waste gas treatment technology to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. The factory has also incorporated new methods to improve the A-grade rates of bi-elastic interlinings and shirt interlinings, further reducing waste while improving garment quality.

As part of the Group’s sustainable development strategy, Freudenberg Apparel has also launched its House of Sustainability to minimize the impact of production processes on the environment and help customers achieve their sustainability goals, with responsible products across the seasons.

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Freudenberg Performance Apparel

27.09.2022

Lenzing awarded by EcoVadis for sustainability

  • Lenzing has been awarded the highest CSR rating from EcoVadis for the second consecutive time
  • Global rating standard evaluates 90,000 companies: Lenzing among top 1 percent of its industry
  • enzing joins the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative

Lenzing Group has been awarded platinum status in the CSR rating from EcoVadis. This comprehensive assessment covers the four key practices of corporate social responsibility: the environment, fair working conditions and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

This is the second time that EcoVadis, a leading international provider of sustainability ratings for businesses, has awarded platinum status to Lenzing for its sustainability performance. As a result, Lenzing ranks among the world’s top 1 percent of companies in its sector that are rated by EcoVadis.

  • Lenzing has been awarded the highest CSR rating from EcoVadis for the second consecutive time
  • Global rating standard evaluates 90,000 companies: Lenzing among top 1 percent of its industry
  • enzing joins the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative

Lenzing Group has been awarded platinum status in the CSR rating from EcoVadis. This comprehensive assessment covers the four key practices of corporate social responsibility: the environment, fair working conditions and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

This is the second time that EcoVadis, a leading international provider of sustainability ratings for businesses, has awarded platinum status to Lenzing for its sustainability performance. As a result, Lenzing ranks among the world’s top 1 percent of companies in its sector that are rated by EcoVadis.

In line with its “Naturally positive” sustainability strategy, the Lenzing Group has set ambitious targets in each of its core strategic areas, aimed at bolstering its capacity to move from a linear to a circular model. Lenzing reports the corresponding implementation measures and the progress it has made in its annual sustainability report. This high level of accountability and transparency was particularly praised in the assessment by EcoVadis. The rating provider also highlighted Lenzing’s comprehensive measures to reduce air pollution, wastewater and greenhouse gases, in addition to its provision of skills development training and health care programs for staff members.

Partnerships for systemic change
Lenzing forges strategic partnerships with various stakeholders to meet its ambitious climate and sustainability targets and drive forward systemic change in the textile and nonwoven industries. This is why Lenzing, as one of 15,000 companies worldwide, joined the United Nations Global Compact. As a member, Lenzing is committed to upholding human rights, respecting the rights of employees and their representatives, protecting the environment, enabling fair competition and combating corruption.

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Lenzing AG

09.09.2022

Lenzing invests in renewable energy expansion

  • Partnership with green power producer Enery and Energie Steiermark realizes construction of a photovoltaic plant with 5.5 MWpeak capacity
  • Strategic investments in renewables boost energy independence and reduce carbon footprint

The Lenzing Group has signed an electricity supply contract with green power producer Enery and Energie Steiermark to finance a photovoltaic plant in the Deutschlandsberg region (Styria). The electricity generated will supply the fiber and pulp plant at the Lenzing site after commissioning from the fourth quarter of 2023. The electricity supply contract is limited to 20 years.

The plant’s output will amount to 5.5 MWpeak. This corresponds to the average annual electricity demand of more than 1,700 households. Several photovoltaic systems are already being installed at the Lenzing site, including the largest ground-mounted plant in the province of Upper Austria, whose commissioning is imminent.

  • Partnership with green power producer Enery and Energie Steiermark realizes construction of a photovoltaic plant with 5.5 MWpeak capacity
  • Strategic investments in renewables boost energy independence and reduce carbon footprint

The Lenzing Group has signed an electricity supply contract with green power producer Enery and Energie Steiermark to finance a photovoltaic plant in the Deutschlandsberg region (Styria). The electricity generated will supply the fiber and pulp plant at the Lenzing site after commissioning from the fourth quarter of 2023. The electricity supply contract is limited to 20 years.

The plant’s output will amount to 5.5 MWpeak. This corresponds to the average annual electricity demand of more than 1,700 households. Several photovoltaic systems are already being installed at the Lenzing site, including the largest ground-mounted plant in the province of Upper Austria, whose commissioning is imminent.

In 2019, Lenzing became the first fiber manufacturer to set a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and to be climate neutral by 2050. This carbon reduction target has been confirmed by the Science Based Targets Initiative. Lenzing is also currently investing in reducing carbon emissions at other sites worldwide. Only recently, the Lenzing Group announced that its Indonesian site will also be relying on green energy in the future.

Source:

Lenzing AG

Bild: Bremer Baumwollbörse
31.08.2022

Cotton Decoded: Status Quo Nachhaltigkeit

  • No Planet, no Fashion
  • Nachhaltigkeit braucht Transparenz
  • Ökobilanz: T-Shirts aus US-Baumwolle
  • Bekleidung aus Baumwoll-/Chemiefasermischungen im Waschprozess
  • Biologische Abbaubarkeit: Was passiert mit gefärbter Baumwolle?

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. laden gemeinsam am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird den Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein spannendes Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und lebhaften Diskussionsrunden geboten.
 
Für immer mehr Unternehmen gehören glaubhaft definierte Nachhaltigkeitskriterien bei der Beschaffung zum festen Bestandteil ihrer Unternehmenspolitik. So liegt es nahe, dass sich die internationale Baumwolltagung umfassend mit diesen Themenkomplex beschäftigt: Wie weit sind wir auf unserem Weg, was haben wir erreicht? Wie transparent ist Baumwolle heute? Wie findet sich die Naturfaser in den Nachhaltigkeitszielen der Vereinten Nationen (SDGs) wieder?

  • No Planet, no Fashion
  • Nachhaltigkeit braucht Transparenz
  • Ökobilanz: T-Shirts aus US-Baumwolle
  • Bekleidung aus Baumwoll-/Chemiefasermischungen im Waschprozess
  • Biologische Abbaubarkeit: Was passiert mit gefärbter Baumwolle?

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. laden gemeinsam am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird den Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein spannendes Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und lebhaften Diskussionsrunden geboten.
 
Für immer mehr Unternehmen gehören glaubhaft definierte Nachhaltigkeitskriterien bei der Beschaffung zum festen Bestandteil ihrer Unternehmenspolitik. So liegt es nahe, dass sich die internationale Baumwolltagung umfassend mit diesen Themenkomplex beschäftigt: Wie weit sind wir auf unserem Weg, was haben wir erreicht? Wie transparent ist Baumwolle heute? Wie findet sich die Naturfaser in den Nachhaltigkeitszielen der Vereinten Nationen (SDGs) wieder?

Am 29. und 30. September wird im Rahmen von zwei Sessions über Aspekte von Nachhaltigkeit aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln diskutiert:
 
No Planet, no Fashion
Für den international operierenden Modekonzern HUGO BOSS stehen Nachhaltigkeit und unternehmerisches Handeln in keiner Weise im Widerspruch zueinander. Sie sind unverzichtbar miteinander verzahnt. Andreas Streubig, Senior Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs, wird in seinem Vortrag deutlich machen, wie HUGO BOSS Nachhaltigkeit als wesentliches Leitprinzip seiner als „CLAIM 5“ definierten technologiegesteuerten Wachstumsstrategie implementiert hat. Den fünf Claims ‚Boost Brands‘, Product is King‘, Lead in Digital‘, Rebalance Omnichannel‘ und ‚Organize for Growth‘ liegt ein ganzheitliches und handlungsanweisendes Nachhaltigkeitsverständnis zugrunde. In diesem Sinne ist Nachhaltigkeit ein Zeichen für die Zukunftsfähigkeit des Unternehmens, verbunden mit intensiven Transformations- und Innovationsprozessen. Um gemeinsam entscheidende Verbesserungen zu erreichen, engagiert sich HUGO BOSS in unterschiedlichen Initiativen wie ZDHC, UNFCCC, FLA und beim Textilbündnis.
 
Nachhaltigkeit braucht Transparenz
Dr. Gary Adams ist Präsident und CEO des US-amerikanischen National Cotton Council. Seine Organisation vertritt die US-Baumwollindustrie in ihrer gesamten Bandbreite, bestehend aus Landwirten, Genossenschaften, Entkörnungsunternehmen, Dienstleistern sowie dem Handel. Nachhaltigkeitsaspekte spielen dabei eine wesentliche Rolle. In seinem Vortrag bietet Gary Adams einen Überblick über die von seiner Organisation mitinitiierte Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.
Ein wichtiges Ziel des Protocols besteht darin, eine kontinuierliche, messbare Verbesserung bedeutender Nachhaltigkeitskennzahlen zu erreichen. Diese Daten werden völlig transparent an Marken und Einzelhändler zur Information der Endkonsumenten weitergegeben. In der Präsentation werden der Gesamtumfang und die Struktur der Initiative sowie ein Überblick über die aggregierten Nachhaltigkeitsdaten der teilnehmenden Erzeuger vorgestellt.
 
Ökobilanz: T-Shirts aus US-Baumwolle
Roger Gilmartin ist Fachberater für Großbritannien im technischen Team von Cotton Council International (CCI). Er berichtet über die Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojektes, in dem es darum ging, eine Umweltbilanz für die Herstellung und Vermarktung von T-Shirts aufzustellen. Bisher veröffentlichte Ökobilanzen konzentrierten sich auf das Geschehen innerhalb der Landwirtschaft. Die von ihm vorgestellte aktuelle Studie schließt ergänzend dazu alle Prozesse mit ein, die in einer Textil- und Bekleidungsfabrik in Bangladesch ablaufen. Die Studie liefert fundierte Daten über den Beitrag der Fertigungsprozesse zur globalen Erwärmung, über die Gefahren einer Schädigung der Ozonschicht, zum Entstehungspotential von Sommersmog durch fotochemische Reaktionen, der Süßwasser-Ökotoxität, der Entstehung sauren Regens sowie der übermäßigen Anreicherung der Gewässer durch Rückstände z. B. ausgelöst durch übermäßigen Einsatz von Pestiziden oder Phosphor- und Stickstoffverbindungen.
 
Nachhaltigkeit: Der technische Blick
Bekleidung aus Baumwoll-/Chemiefasermischungen im Waschprozess

Im Zusammenhang mit Mikroplastik textiler Herkunft befasst sich die wissenschaftliche Forschung hauptsächlich mit Produkten aus reinen Chemiefasern. Doch Baumwolle ist eine der am häufigsten verwendeten Naturfasern für Kleidungsstücke. Hinzukommen viele Mischgewebe. Im Mittelpunkt des Vortrags von Dr. Claudia Heller, ehemalige wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin, jetzt Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte BSH, stehen die Ergebnisse einer Waschstudie. Hierbei wurde ein Hemd und ein T-Shirt mit unterschiedlicher Materialzusammensetzung und Stoffkonstruktion nach einem bestimmten Standard haushaltsnah einem wiederholten Waschprozess ausgesetzt.
 
Die Ergebnisse zeigen die Veränderung der Fasereigenschaften durch Einfluss von Waschmittel, Schmutz und Kalk. Anhand der Analysemethode lässt sich zeigen, dass nur ein kleiner Teil der Filterrückstände bei der Kaskadenfiltration des Grauwassers der Waschmaschine Chemiefasern sind und welche Anteile an Baumwollfasern, Waschmittel und Schmutz im Haushaltswaschprozess vorkommen.
 
Biologische Abbaubarkeit: Was passiert mit gefärbter Baumwolle?
Die Verschmutzung der Umwelt durch Mikrofasern ist ein großes Problem mit vielen unkalkulierbaren Folgen. Fasern, die von Textilien abgeschieden werden, tragen zum Problem bei. In den letzten vier Jahren wurde viel unternommen, um den biologischen Abbau von Baumwollfasern in der natürlichen Umwelt zu untersuchen. Mary Ankeny, Vice President Product Development and Implementation bei Cotton Incorporated, USA informiert in ihrem Vortrag über die Ergebnisse der biologischen Abbaubarkeit von gefärbten und veredelten Baumwolltextilien in unterschiedlichen natürlichen Umgebungen. Insbesondere wurden die Abbauprodukte der Chemikalien untersucht, die verwendet werden, um Baumwollkleidung Farbe und spezielle Eigenschaften zu verleihen.

(c) Bremer Baumwollbörse
14.06.2022

Registrierung für die 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen gestartet

Vom 29. bis 30. September 2022 findet die 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen statt. Organisatoren der Tagung sind das Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. und die Bremer Baumwollbörse. Die International Cotton Conference ist eine der bekanntesten internationalen Fachtagungen rund um das Thema Baumwolle und die größte wissenschaftliche Baumwollkonferenz weltweit. Die Teilnahme an der Konferenz wird sowohl in Präsenz direkt in Bremen als auch online möglich sein. Die Registrierung ist ab jetzt möglich.
 
Die Internationale Baumwolltagung findet im Jubiläumsjahr der Bremer Baumwollbörse statt. Der Verband wurde 1872 gegründet wurde und feiert in diesem Jahr seinen 150. Geburtstag. Die Feierlichkeiten werden auch auf der Tagung Einzug halten, unter anderem mit einem großen Gala-Dinner und einer Ausstellungseröffnung in dem Bremer Übersee-Museum.

Höhepunkte der Tagungs- und Jubiläumswoche

Vom 29. bis 30. September 2022 findet die 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen statt. Organisatoren der Tagung sind das Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. und die Bremer Baumwollbörse. Die International Cotton Conference ist eine der bekanntesten internationalen Fachtagungen rund um das Thema Baumwolle und die größte wissenschaftliche Baumwollkonferenz weltweit. Die Teilnahme an der Konferenz wird sowohl in Präsenz direkt in Bremen als auch online möglich sein. Die Registrierung ist ab jetzt möglich.
 
Die Internationale Baumwolltagung findet im Jubiläumsjahr der Bremer Baumwollbörse statt. Der Verband wurde 1872 gegründet wurde und feiert in diesem Jahr seinen 150. Geburtstag. Die Feierlichkeiten werden auch auf der Tagung Einzug halten, unter anderem mit einem großen Gala-Dinner und einer Ausstellungseröffnung in dem Bremer Übersee-Museum.

Höhepunkte der Tagungs- und Jubiläumswoche

  • Erste Verbandstreffen und Arbeitsgruppen am 27. bis 28. September 2022 in der Bremer Baumwollbörse, im Faserinstitut und online
  • Offizielle Eröffnung der 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen am 29. September. Der Tagungsort ist diesmal die Handelskammer zu Bremen, direkt am Markplatz und in Nachbarschaft der Baumwollbörse. Die Handelskammer vertritt seit 1451 die Interessen des Bremer Handels.
  • Am gleichen Tag findet die Eröffnung einer Baumwollausstellung zur Kulturgeschichte des Rohstoffs in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft im Übersee-Museum Bremen statt.

 
Die Baumwolltagung:
Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz
Im Mittelpunkt des Programms der Internationalen Baumwolltagung Bremen stehen wesentliche Fragen der Nachhaltigkeit im Baumwollanbau, der Baumwollqualität aber auch der Verwendung von Baumwolle sowie ihrer Verarbeitung zu innovativen Textilien und anderen Produkten. Eine besondere Rolle spielen der Klimaschutz und die Fähigkeit der Baumwollpflanze, Kohlenstoff im Boden klimaneutral zu speichern. Zur Überprüfung der Bodengesundheit werden vermehrt digitale Verfahren eingesetzt.
 
Kreislaufwirtschaft, Transparenz und Rückverfolgbarkeit
Darüber hinaus beschäftigt sich die Tagung mit Prozessen der Kreislaufwirtschaft, bei denen moderne Methoden des Textilrecyclings im Mittelpunkt stehen. Auch die biologische Abbaubarkeit von Baumwolle wird erneut eine zentrale Rolle spielen. Last but not least greift die Tagung Fragen der Transparenz und Rückverfolgbarkeit innerhalb der Beschaffungskette auf und stellt effiziente, digital gesteuerte Kontrollmethoden vor.
 
Innovative Produkte aus Baumwolle
Des Weiteren soll die Diskussion über neue und innovative Verarbeitungsmöglichkeiten von Baumwolle Zeichen setzen und das Interesse an diesem biologisch abbaubaren und nachwachsenden Rohstoff steigern.
 
Keynotes auf dem Punkt
Wie immer dürfen auch die Keynotes mit Spannung erwartet werden, bei denen Branchenpersönlichkeiten Herausforderungen innerhalb der Weltwirtschaft und der Politik kritisch thematisieren.

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Bremer Baumwollbörse

03.03.2022

Lenzing opens lyocell plant in Thailand

  • Project delivered on schedule and at budget after two and a half years of construction despite challenges arising from a global pandemic
  • New state-of-the-art lyocell plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons will help serve the growing demand for sustainably produced fibers
  • Important milestone towards a carbon-free future has been set

The Lenzing Group is pleased to announce the completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand. The new plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tons per year, started production on schedule and will help to even better meet the increasing customer demand for TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers. For Lenzing, the project also represents an important step towards strengthening its leadership position in the specialty fiber market and into a carbon-free future.

  • Project delivered on schedule and at budget after two and a half years of construction despite challenges arising from a global pandemic
  • New state-of-the-art lyocell plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons will help serve the growing demand for sustainably produced fibers
  • Important milestone towards a carbon-free future has been set

The Lenzing Group is pleased to announce the completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand. The new plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tons per year, started production on schedule and will help to even better meet the increasing customer demand for TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers. For Lenzing, the project also represents an important step towards strengthening its leadership position in the specialty fiber market and into a carbon-free future.

The construction of the plant located at Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi, around 150 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, started in the second half of 2019 and proceeded largely according to plan, despite the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruiting and onboarding of new employees has been successful. Investments (CAPEX) amounted to approx. EUR 400 mn.

“The demand for our wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibers under the TENCEL™, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and VEOCEL™ brands is growing very well. In Asia in particular, we see huge growth potential for our brands based on sustainable innovation. With the production start of the lyocell plant in Thailand, Lenzing reached an important milestone in its growth journey, supporting our ambitious goal to make the textile and nonwoven industries more sustainable”, said Robert van de Kerkhof, Member of the Managing Board.

In 2019, Lenzing made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 50 percent by 2030. The target is to be climate-neutral by 2050. Due to the established infrastructure, the site in Thailand can be supplied with sustainable biogenic energy and contribute significantly to climate protection.

Together with the key project in Brazil and the substantial investments at the existing sites in Asia, Lenzing is currently implementing the largest investment program in its corporate history (with more than approx. EUR 1.5 bn). Lenzing will continue to drive the execution of its strategic projects, which are to make a significant contri-bution to earnings from 2022.

Source:

Lenzing AG

(c) nova-Institut GmbH
25.02.2022

Winner of the Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year

The annual highlight of the industry is the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres in Cologne, where the latest innovations were showcased: new cellulose fibre technologies for various feedstocks and a wide range of hygiene and textile products as well as alternatives to plastics and carbon fibre for lightweight constructions.

This year, for the first time, there were 230 participants from 27 countries. About 60 were able to attend on site – with strict Corona safety measures – while the others were able to attend online and participate in questions and discussions.

The conference gave deep insights into the promising future of cellulose fibres, which fit perfectly into the current trends of circular economy, recycling and sustainable carbon cycles.

The annual highlight of the industry is the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres in Cologne, where the latest innovations were showcased: new cellulose fibre technologies for various feedstocks and a wide range of hygiene and textile products as well as alternatives to plastics and carbon fibre for lightweight constructions.

This year, for the first time, there were 230 participants from 27 countries. About 60 were able to attend on site – with strict Corona safety measures – while the others were able to attend online and participate in questions and discussions.

The conference gave deep insights into the promising future of cellulose fibres, which fit perfectly into the current trends of circular economy, recycling and sustainable carbon cycles.

An important focus at the conference was alternative sources of cellulose. The increasing demand for cellulose fibres cannot be met in the long run with wood and used textiles alone. At the conference, a variety of agricultural by-products and biogenic waste were presented in presentations and panel discussions, such as orange and banana peels, grain and hemp straw. Much of this is high-volume and has not been put to high-value use so far. Exciting opportunities for the future cellulose fibre industry.

Innovation Award
Live at the conference, host nova-Institute and award sponsor GIG Karasek GmbH granted the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” award to one of six highly interesting products.

  • First Winner: Carbon Fibres from Wood – German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (Germany)
  • Second Winner: Fibers365, Truly Carbon-Negative Virgin Fibres from Straw - Fibers365 (Germany)
  • Third Winner: Sustainable Menstruation Panties: Application-driven Fibre Functionalisation – Kelheim Fibres (Germany)
STFI lädt ein zum Bautextilien-Symposium mit den Schwerpunkten Ressourcenscho-nung und Nachhaltigkeit (online) (c) STFI
bautex

STFI lädt zum Bautextilien-Symposium ein

  • Textiler Dauerlauf oder wie Geokunststoffe durch eine hohe Nutzungsdauer nachhaltig werden
  • STFI lädt ein zum Bautextilien-Symposium mit den Schwerpunkten Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit (online)

Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit – Verzicht oder Wachstumschance? Diese Frage begegnet uns immer häufiger, auch beim Thema Bauen mit Textil. Auswirkungen und Konsequenzen einer Entscheidung für mehr Nachhaltigkeit müssen wir dabei jedoch immer hinterfragen. Denken wir beispielsweise an die zweifelsfrei notwendige Infrastruktur, auf die eine moderne, industriell geprägte Gesellschaft angewiesen ist, müssen hier andere Lösungen als bloßer Verzicht gefunden werden.

Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit durch Geokunststoffe - Unter diesem Leitthema lädt das Sächsische Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. zusammen mit seinen Mitveranstaltern ein zum 15. Symposium „BAUTEX – Bauen mit Textilien“ am 26. und 27. Januar 2022.

  • Textiler Dauerlauf oder wie Geokunststoffe durch eine hohe Nutzungsdauer nachhaltig werden
  • STFI lädt ein zum Bautextilien-Symposium mit den Schwerpunkten Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit (online)

Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit – Verzicht oder Wachstumschance? Diese Frage begegnet uns immer häufiger, auch beim Thema Bauen mit Textil. Auswirkungen und Konsequenzen einer Entscheidung für mehr Nachhaltigkeit müssen wir dabei jedoch immer hinterfragen. Denken wir beispielsweise an die zweifelsfrei notwendige Infrastruktur, auf die eine moderne, industriell geprägte Gesellschaft angewiesen ist, müssen hier andere Lösungen als bloßer Verzicht gefunden werden.

Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit durch Geokunststoffe - Unter diesem Leitthema lädt das Sächsische Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. zusammen mit seinen Mitveranstaltern ein zum 15. Symposium „BAUTEX – Bauen mit Textilien“ am 26. und 27. Januar 2022.

Marian Hierhammer, Leiter der Prüfstelle am STFI, sagt dazu: „Geokunststoffe, die unsichtbaren Arbeiter im Untergrund, haben sich über die letzten Jahrzehnte zu einem bedeutenden Element bei innovativen Bauweisen im Erd- und Grundbau entwickelt. Dies ist nicht nur in den vielen Funktionen wie z. B. Filtern, Bewehren, Trennen, Dichten begründet, die sie bei den unterschiedlichsten Anwendungen übernehmen. Positive Praxiserfahrungen beim Einsatz von Geokunststoffen, ihre stetige Weiterentwicklung und ‚Ausstattung‘ mit neuen Funktionen tragen ebenso dazu bei. Mit dem Nachweis einer hohen Dauerhaftigkeit und damit verbundenen längeren Nutzungsdauer bieten die Geokunststoffe im Grunde ein perfektes Beispiel für Ressourcenschonung und Nachhaltigkeit.“

Das Symposium richtet sich an Akteure aus Industrie, Forschung und Bildung, aber auch an Vertreter aus Verwaltung und regelsetzenden Bereichen. Die BAUTEX wird – anders als zunächst geplant – als Onlineveranstaltung durchgeführt.

09.12.2021

Lenzing recognized as one of the most sustainable companies worldwide

The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based specialty fibers, has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit organization CDP, securing a place on its prestigious “A List” for tackling climate change as well as acting to protect water security and forests. Lenzing is one of 14 companies worldwide that were recognized with an outstanding triple “A” for environmental leadership in climate change, water security and forests. Through significant demonstrable action on climate, water security risks and deforestation, Lenzing is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide.

The world’s economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest and most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city action. In 2021, over 590 investors with over USD 110 trillion in assets and 200 major purchasers with USD 5.5 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. 13,000 companies responded.

The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based specialty fibers, has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit organization CDP, securing a place on its prestigious “A List” for tackling climate change as well as acting to protect water security and forests. Lenzing is one of 14 companies worldwide that were recognized with an outstanding triple “A” for environmental leadership in climate change, water security and forests. Through significant demonstrable action on climate, water security risks and deforestation, Lenzing is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide.

The world’s economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest and most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city action. In 2021, over 590 investors with over USD 110 trillion in assets and 200 major purchasers with USD 5.5 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. 13,000 companies responded.

Source:

Lenzing AG

07.10.2021

Lenzing rated “sustainability champion” by MSCI ESG

The Lenzing Group, leading supplier of wood-based specialty fibers, has received further recognition of its performance in sustainability. The prestigious rating agency MSCI has upgraded its rating for the Lenzing Group from “A” to “AA” as at September 2021. As a result, Lenzing ranks among the top 6 percent of companies rated in its peer group.

The upgrade to the MSCI ESG rating will also lead to a reduction in Lenzing’s interest expense. Lenzing placed a bonded loan worth EUR 500 mn in November 2019, which is linked to its sustainability performance. In accordance with its commitment under the bonded loan placement, the company will donate the full amount of the interest expense saved thanks to the rating revision to a project it supports.

The rating agency MSCI, whose rating determines the interest rate for the bonded loan, cited the company's ambitious climate targets, its approach to promoting a circular economy and exceptionally good governance structure as the main reasons for the upgrade.

The Lenzing Group, leading supplier of wood-based specialty fibers, has received further recognition of its performance in sustainability. The prestigious rating agency MSCI has upgraded its rating for the Lenzing Group from “A” to “AA” as at September 2021. As a result, Lenzing ranks among the top 6 percent of companies rated in its peer group.

The upgrade to the MSCI ESG rating will also lead to a reduction in Lenzing’s interest expense. Lenzing placed a bonded loan worth EUR 500 mn in November 2019, which is linked to its sustainability performance. In accordance with its commitment under the bonded loan placement, the company will donate the full amount of the interest expense saved thanks to the rating revision to a project it supports.

The rating agency MSCI, whose rating determines the interest rate for the bonded loan, cited the company's ambitious climate targets, its approach to promoting a circular economy and exceptionally good governance structure as the main reasons for the upgrade.

More information:
Lenzing Sustainability
Source:

Lenzing AG

CU Bau: Klimaschonendes Sanieren und Bauen (c) IMA Dresden
Faserverbundwerkstoffe im Hochbau
07.10.2021

CU Bau: Klimaschonendes Sanieren und Bauen

Stark steigende Baustoffpreise, immer knapper werdende Rohstoffe sowie steigende Preise für CO2-Zertifkate und Strom erhöhen den Druck, klimafreundliche und doch wettbewerbsfähige Produkte zu verwenden und innovative Produkte, Verfahren und Prozesse dafür zu entwickeln.

Für diese Herausforderungen im Bauwesen bietet der Leichtbau mit Faserverbundwerkstoffen neue Lösungen und ein enormes Anwendungspotential. Bisher sind diese Werkstoffe im Bauwesen noch nicht in ausreichendem Umfang etabliert und bei vielen Entscheidern noch nicht Teil der Lösung. Deshalb treibt das Fachnetzwerk CU Bau des Composites United e.V. (CU) als nationale und internationale Plattform dieses Thema für seine Mitglieder aus Industrie und Wissenschaft voran.

Stark steigende Baustoffpreise, immer knapper werdende Rohstoffe sowie steigende Preise für CO2-Zertifkate und Strom erhöhen den Druck, klimafreundliche und doch wettbewerbsfähige Produkte zu verwenden und innovative Produkte, Verfahren und Prozesse dafür zu entwickeln.

Für diese Herausforderungen im Bauwesen bietet der Leichtbau mit Faserverbundwerkstoffen neue Lösungen und ein enormes Anwendungspotential. Bisher sind diese Werkstoffe im Bauwesen noch nicht in ausreichendem Umfang etabliert und bei vielen Entscheidern noch nicht Teil der Lösung. Deshalb treibt das Fachnetzwerk CU Bau des Composites United e.V. (CU) als nationale und internationale Plattform dieses Thema für seine Mitglieder aus Industrie und Wissenschaft voran.

Hybride Bauweisen
Roy Thyroff, im Netzwerk Composites United e.V. Geschäftsführer CU Bau: „Unser Ziel ist, dass die gesamte Bauwirtschaft – Architekten, Planer, Bauingenieure, Zulassungsstellen sowie Bauunternehmen – Bauprodukte mit faserverstärkter Beton- und Polymermatrix mit entsprechenden Zulassungen einsetzen kann.“ Dabei geht es nicht nur um Bauweisen mit faserverstärkten Kunststoffen und textilbewehrtem Beton, sondern darüber hinaus auch um hybride Bauweisen, wie z.B. Hybridbauwerke aus Holz und Carbonbeton. Denn faserbasierter, hybrider Leichtbau führt die besten Eigenschaften verschiedener Materialien klimafreundlich zusammen, bietet somit gegenüber herkömmlichen Baustoffen große Vorteile für den Klimaschutz und ermöglicht völlig neue Bauweisen.

Vorteile von Faserverbundwerkstoffen
Faserverbundwerkstoffe sind sowohl im Neubau als auch in der Sanierung dank ihrer umwelt- und ressourcenschonenden Eigenschaften im Vorteil. Neben der CO2-Reduktion liegen die wesentlichen Vorteil:

  • in der Geschwindigkeit der Ausführung,
  • dem geringeren Materialeinsatz,
  • der Kostenreduktion,
  • der Leistungsfähigkeit wie hoher Druck- und Biegezugfestigkeit,
  • dem einfacheren Handling
  • den geringeren Transportlasten,
  • der Beständigkeit gegen Korrosion,
  • der Flexibilität bei unterschiedlichen Schädigungsgraden eines Sanierungsfalls und
  • der deutlich verlängerten Nutzungsdauer.
Source:

Composites United e.V. (CU) / bm CONSULTING

22.07.2021

Lenzing awarded platinum status for sustainability by EcoVadis

The Lenzing Group has been awarded Platinum status in EcoVadis’ CSR rating. The assessment comprehensively covers the four main CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practices: the environment, fair working conditions and human rights, as well as ethics and sustainable procurement.

In the previous three years, Lenzing had already received outstanding ratings in all categories, and was awarded Gold status in 2018, 2019 and 2020. “We are very proud to have now achieved the step up to the Platinum level after several Gold ratings in the past few years. At Lenzing, we always think beyond fibres and take responsibility for our children and grandchildren – for whom we do our best in order to constantly improve ourselves. This attitude forms part of our strategic principles and we will continue to work hard to make a sustainable contribution to the environment and to society”, notes Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

The Lenzing Group has been awarded Platinum status in EcoVadis’ CSR rating. The assessment comprehensively covers the four main CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practices: the environment, fair working conditions and human rights, as well as ethics and sustainable procurement.

In the previous three years, Lenzing had already received outstanding ratings in all categories, and was awarded Gold status in 2018, 2019 and 2020. “We are very proud to have now achieved the step up to the Platinum level after several Gold ratings in the past few years. At Lenzing, we always think beyond fibres and take responsibility for our children and grandchildren – for whom we do our best in order to constantly improve ourselves. This attitude forms part of our strategic principles and we will continue to work hard to make a sustainable contribution to the environment and to society”, notes Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

The Lenzing Group’s ambitious climate targets form an essential part of its strategy and responsibility to future generations. In 2019, Lenzing became one of the world’s first fiber manufacturers to commit to reducing CO2 emissions per ton of product by 50 percent by 2030, and even becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The Science Based Targets Initiative, a recognised organisation in the area of climate-relevant target-setting, has scientifically validated Lenzing’s climate targets.

This scientific validation also forms one of the essential criteria that EcoVadis highlights in its rating. In addition, the responsible procurement of raw materials – according to social and ecological aspects – was also highlighted as a further core element in the company’s sustainability strategy, as well as support for external environmental initiatives (Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action) and initiatives on labour and human rights issues (Sustainable Apparel Coalition).

Lenzing supports school competition on circular economy and climate protection (c) Lenzing
VCÖ BRG SolarCity Linz Gruppenfoto
22.06.2021

Lenzing supports school competition on circular economy and climate protection

  • Excellent project to encourage ingenuity among young students
  • Experiment on biodegradability of textiles and nonwovens produces impressive results
  • EUR 30,000 in prize money for a total of 209 participating schools in and outside Austria
  • Lenzing views supporting these kinds of projects as part of its sustainability mission

Lenzing – The Association of Chemistry Teachers in Austria – known by its German abbreviation, VCÖ – has been holding project competitions that thrill students and take them beyond the traditional syllabus for 30 years. Every two years, it highlights a key topic for ninth- and tenth-graders to explore by conducting special experiments and learning from their observations and conclusions.

  • Excellent project to encourage ingenuity among young students
  • Experiment on biodegradability of textiles and nonwovens produces impressive results
  • EUR 30,000 in prize money for a total of 209 participating schools in and outside Austria
  • Lenzing views supporting these kinds of projects as part of its sustainability mission

Lenzing – The Association of Chemistry Teachers in Austria – known by its German abbreviation, VCÖ – has been holding project competitions that thrill students and take them beyond the traditional syllabus for 30 years. Every two years, it highlights a key topic for ninth- and tenth-graders to explore by conducting special experiments and learning from their observations and conclusions.

This year, the 16th installment of the competition is called, “Achieving a cleaner climate and a circular economy with chemistry”. These topics are also near and dear to the heart of globally active fiber manufacturer Lenzing. That’s why the company promptly announced that it was prepared to support this project competition in several different ways. First, Lenzing made a contribution toward the sponsorship fund totaling EUR 30,000. Second, it initiated a special prize on biodegradability – a topic of growing importance given the huge challenges involved in reducing plastic waste. Finally, Lenzing placed a recognized expert at the students’ disposal to provide assistance and answer questions: Michaela Kogler, Project Manager Nonwovens & Technical Products.

Teaming up with rainworms

Two teams were tasked with biodegrading different fibers – just like those used to produce textiles and nonwovens – with the active participation of worms. Students at BRG solarCity in Linz buried fiber nonwovens, a basic material used in wet wipes and other products, in soil that was populated with numerous rainworms, while students at Vöcklabruck Junior High School for Sports and Integration layered textiles into a vermicomposting bin. Both experiments intended to determine the extent to which certain materials would biodegrade quickly. As it turned out, both projects showed that wood-based fibers, like those that Lenzing manufactures for the textile and nonwoven industry, break down very rapidly into natural constituents that swiftly pass into the soil. In contrast, fossil-based plastics such as polyester or polyethylene cannot be decomposed by worms or bacteria but remain in the soil, sometimes for hundreds of years.

The prizes for this year’s competition were awarded on June 11. The competition attracted entries from no fewer than 209 schools, including 11 from outside Austria. For more information on the projects and the winners, visit www.vcoe.or.at.

Lenzing is on the path to climate-neutral production (c) Lenzing AG
27.05.2021

Lenzing is on the path to climate-neutral production

  • New air purification and sulfur recovery plant up and running at the Lenzing facility
  • Another step closer to meeting sustainability and climate targets
  • Self-sufficiency in raw materials further enhanced

Lenzing Group is continuing to make great strides toward achieving carbon neutrality across the Group. The successful completion and commissioning of an air purification and sulfur recovery plant at the Lenzing facility marks another milestone in the Group’s ambitious strategy. Lenzing has invested some EUR 40 mn in this project since construction began in 2019.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the plant will enable carbon emissions to be reduced by 15,000 metric tons at the Lenzing facility. This will also make the group more self-sufficient in securing vital raw materials for processing, which will bolster the site’s competitive standing in terms of sustainability.

  • New air purification and sulfur recovery plant up and running at the Lenzing facility
  • Another step closer to meeting sustainability and climate targets
  • Self-sufficiency in raw materials further enhanced

Lenzing Group is continuing to make great strides toward achieving carbon neutrality across the Group. The successful completion and commissioning of an air purification and sulfur recovery plant at the Lenzing facility marks another milestone in the Group’s ambitious strategy. Lenzing has invested some EUR 40 mn in this project since construction began in 2019.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the plant will enable carbon emissions to be reduced by 15,000 metric tons at the Lenzing facility. This will also make the group more self-sufficient in securing vital raw materials for processing, which will bolster the site’s competitive standing in terms of sustainability.

“As a result of this investment, Lenzing has made further progress towards implementing its climate targets, while achieving much greater autonomy with regard to one of its core raw materials”, says Christian Skilich, Member of the Managing Board at Lenzing Group.

In 2019, Lenzing set the strategic target of halving its group-wide greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 2030. Its goal for 2050 is to achieve climate neutrality.

Source:

Lenzing AG

ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China (c) ANDRITZ
High-speed TT card combined with the JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit in operation at Kingsafe
18.05.2021

New Order for ANDRITZ

  • ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, to supply a complete new neXline spunlace line. The line is scheduled for installation and start-up during the second quarter of 2022.

This high-capacity spunlace eXcelle line will process either 100% biodegradable fibers or blends of polyester and viscose. It is dedicated to the production of hygiene and medical fabrics. The final products will have fabric weights ranging from 30 to 100 gsm, and the annual production capacity will be up to 18,000 tons.

ANDRITZ will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying, also integrating two high-speed TT cards, the well-known JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit and the neXdry through-air dryer equipped with a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving. This combination is becoming the market benchmark for the production of lightweight spunlace fabrics dedicated to the hygiene market.

  • ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, to supply a complete new neXline spunlace line. The line is scheduled for installation and start-up during the second quarter of 2022.

This high-capacity spunlace eXcelle line will process either 100% biodegradable fibers or blends of polyester and viscose. It is dedicated to the production of hygiene and medical fabrics. The final products will have fabric weights ranging from 30 to 100 gsm, and the annual production capacity will be up to 18,000 tons.

ANDRITZ will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying, also integrating two high-speed TT cards, the well-known JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit and the neXdry through-air dryer equipped with a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving. This combination is becoming the market benchmark for the production of lightweight spunlace fabrics dedicated to the hygiene market.

“We are proud to operate ANDRITZ nonwoven lines, which are very reliable and efficient. It helps us a lot in producing top-of-the-range, nonwoven roll goods, thus enabling us to be recognized as a key player among nonwovens producers worldwide,” says Kingsafe’s president, Mr. Huarong Yan.

Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd., founded in 1987, is one of the largest companies in China producing spunlace and spunbond nonwoven roll goods, with several spunlace lines already in operation. The final products are exported all over the world and used in many fields, such as the medical sector, health care, high-tech agriculture, and high-quality consumer and household products.

The new line is now the ninth spunlace line supplied by ANDRITZ and the third with high-speed TT cards, thus confirming the successful, long-term partnership between ANDRITZ and Zhejiang Kingsafe. The order also proves that the solution provided by ANDRITZ is recognized as the benchmark for production of premium spunlace roll goods and contains the perfect combination for wipes converting machines.