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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 awarded several times Internationalization (c) Lenzing AG
17.06.2021

Lenzing awarded several times Internationalization

  • First place in the Austria’s Leading Companies business competition
  • Winner of the Global Player Award for successful internationalization

Lenzing AG has two renowned national awards to celebrate. Austria’s Leading Companies (ALC), which was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, again recognized the country’s most successful companies. In a competition organized by PwC Austria, Die Presse newspaper and KSV1870, a credit protection firm and business platform, Lenzing won first prize in the “Climate protection” category.

At the ALC Awards, the company’s performance is what counts. Balance sheet figures and sales and earnings growth over the past three fiscal years, alongside a weighted system of key performance indicators, ensure that the results are objective. A carefully selected jury then decides on the final ranking across the various categories. “In these challenging times for the economy, the ALC Award offers valuable recognition and motivation for the future. In periods of crisis, innovation, moving with the times and a change of perspective are crucial”, added the organizers.

  • First place in the Austria’s Leading Companies business competition
  • Winner of the Global Player Award for successful internationalization

Lenzing AG has two renowned national awards to celebrate. Austria’s Leading Companies (ALC), which was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, again recognized the country’s most successful companies. In a competition organized by PwC Austria, Die Presse newspaper and KSV1870, a credit protection firm and business platform, Lenzing won first prize in the “Climate protection” category.

At the ALC Awards, the company’s performance is what counts. Balance sheet figures and sales and earnings growth over the past three fiscal years, alongside a weighted system of key performance indicators, ensure that the results are objective. A carefully selected jury then decides on the final ranking across the various categories. “In these challenging times for the economy, the ALC Award offers valuable recognition and motivation for the future. In periods of crisis, innovation, moving with the times and a change of perspective are crucial”, added the organizers.

Successful internationalization
For no less than the 26th time, this year saw the award of the Export Prize of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) to companies that have been highly successful in markets abroad. The jury chose Lenzing as the winner of the Global Player Award 2020.

The prize is awarded to companies that have built up a strong position on the global market over the past several years. The Global Player Award recognizes businesses that have established an efficient network outside of Austria and are actually considered to be pioneers in exporting goods or services within a particular country or sector.

Dominic Köfner M.A. / CIRO Vice President Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Lenzing Group (c) Lenzing AG/Marko Mestrovic
10.05.2021

Lenzing: Dominic Köfner, new head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

Among other things, Köfner will play a key role in shaping the internationalization of the Lenzing Group and contribute to the implementation of the corporate strategy sCore TEN.

Dominic Köfner (46) will take over as head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Lenzing AG at the beginning of May. As Vice President, he will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stefan Doboczky.

Dominic Köfner has gained national and international experience over the past two decades at renowned consulting firms, communications agencies and on the corporate side. Before joining the Lenzing Group, Mr. Köfner was Managing Director of the communications agency Serviceplan Austria and most recently Senior Consultant at the agency group Sports & Media in Munich. Before that, he was responsible for the agendas of the Zumtobel Group and the MOL Group, respectively as CMO and CCO. Before he was appointed as crisis communications manager by the Austrian Ministry of Finance to deal with the “Hypo Alpe Adria Bank” case, he managed numerous national and international mandates as a communications consultant for the Brunswick Group.

Among other things, Köfner will play a key role in shaping the internationalization of the Lenzing Group and contribute to the implementation of the corporate strategy sCore TEN.

Dominic Köfner (46) will take over as head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Lenzing AG at the beginning of May. As Vice President, he will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stefan Doboczky.

Dominic Köfner has gained national and international experience over the past two decades at renowned consulting firms, communications agencies and on the corporate side. Before joining the Lenzing Group, Mr. Köfner was Managing Director of the communications agency Serviceplan Austria and most recently Senior Consultant at the agency group Sports & Media in Munich. Before that, he was responsible for the agendas of the Zumtobel Group and the MOL Group, respectively as CMO and CCO. Before he was appointed as crisis communications manager by the Austrian Ministry of Finance to deal with the “Hypo Alpe Adria Bank” case, he managed numerous national and international mandates as a communications consultant for the Brunswick Group.

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Lenzing AG

05.05.2021

Lenzing Group with an excellent start into 2021

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group had a clearly positive revenue and earnings development in the first quarter of 2021. Growing optimism in the textile and apparel industry as a result of the vaccination progress and the continuing recovery in retail led to a significant increase in demand and higher prices in the global fiber market.

•    Significant increase in operating result: EBITDA at EUR 94.5 mn, cash flow from operating activities more than tripled
•    Major strategic projects continue fully on track – production start of the lyocell plant in Thailand expected in the fourth quarter 2021
•    Upper Austria’s largest photovoltaic plant at the Lenzing site
•    Lenzing exits Hygiene Austria joint venture
•    Guidance 2021: Lenzing expects operating result at least at pre-crisis level

Please read the attached document for more information.

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group had a clearly positive revenue and earnings development in the first quarter of 2021. Growing optimism in the textile and apparel industry as a result of the vaccination progress and the continuing recovery in retail led to a significant increase in demand and higher prices in the global fiber market.

•    Significant increase in operating result: EBITDA at EUR 94.5 mn, cash flow from operating activities more than tripled
•    Major strategic projects continue fully on track – production start of the lyocell plant in Thailand expected in the fourth quarter 2021
•    Upper Austria’s largest photovoltaic plant at the Lenzing site
•    Lenzing exits Hygiene Austria joint venture
•    Guidance 2021: Lenzing expects operating result at least at pre-crisis level

Please read the attached document for more information.

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Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

21.04.2021

Lenzing: Outlook for current financial year raised

The Lenzing Group got off to a better-than-expected start to the financial year 2021, with preliminary EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) rising by 36.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 94.5 mn in the first quarter of 2021.

Despite the continuing high degree of volatility in the textile sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Managing Board of the Lenzing Group raises its guidance for the 2021 financial year: The Lenzing Group expects the operating result to be at least at the level of the pre-crisis year 2019.

The results of the Lenzing Group for the 1st quarter of the current financial year will be published on Wednesday, May 05, 2021.

The Lenzing Group got off to a better-than-expected start to the financial year 2021, with preliminary EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) rising by 36.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 94.5 mn in the first quarter of 2021.

Despite the continuing high degree of volatility in the textile sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Managing Board of the Lenzing Group raises its guidance for the 2021 financial year: The Lenzing Group expects the operating result to be at least at the level of the pre-crisis year 2019.

The results of the Lenzing Group for the 1st quarter of the current financial year will be published on Wednesday, May 05, 2021.

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Lenzing AG

19.01.2021

Lenzing plans Upper Austria's largest ground-mounted photovoltaic plant

With the industrial use of solar energy, Lenzing sets new standards regarding decarbonization in the fiber industry.

The Lenzing Group plans Upper Austria’s largest ground-mounted photovoltaic plant on an area of around 55,000 m². The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in summer 2021. After the expected commissioning in the second half of 2021, the plant's output will amount to 5.5 MWpeak. With approximately 16,000 modules, the plant will generate nearly 5,500 megawatt hours per year. This corresponds to the average annual electricity demand of more than 1,700 households and is unique in Upper Austria on this scale.

The photovoltaic plant is an important symbolic milestone for Lenzing on its way to becoming a CO2-neutral manufacturing site. This project is part of Lenzing’s global energy concept, which aims to provide electricity from 100 percent renewable sources in order to reduce CO2 intensity by 50 percent already in 2030 and to be globally climate neutral in 2050.

With the industrial use of solar energy, Lenzing sets new standards regarding decarbonization in the fiber industry.

The Lenzing Group plans Upper Austria’s largest ground-mounted photovoltaic plant on an area of around 55,000 m². The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in summer 2021. After the expected commissioning in the second half of 2021, the plant's output will amount to 5.5 MWpeak. With approximately 16,000 modules, the plant will generate nearly 5,500 megawatt hours per year. This corresponds to the average annual electricity demand of more than 1,700 households and is unique in Upper Austria on this scale.

The photovoltaic plant is an important symbolic milestone for Lenzing on its way to becoming a CO2-neutral manufacturing site. This project is part of Lenzing’s global energy concept, which aims to provide electricity from 100 percent renewable sources in order to reduce CO2 intensity by 50 percent already in 2030 and to be globally climate neutral in 2050.

"The great challenges of our time need answers. As a leading company in innovation and sustainability, we are proactively contributing to the achievement of climate targets and setting new standards for our industry," explains Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group. “In addition to ongoing major investments in CO2 neutral sites such as Thailand and Brazil, innovative projects at existing sites are bringing us one step closer to climate neutrality.”

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Lenzing AG

Lenzing introduces blockchainenabled traceability platform (c) Lenzing
06.11.2020

Lenzing introduces blockchainenabled traceability platform

  • New level of transparency in the textile industry
  • Building on several successful pilot projects with TextileGenesis™, the digital platform for the traceability across the textile supply chain has now been introduced.

The Lenzing Group, a leading company in the area of wood-based specialty fibers, celebrates another milestone on the way to making the textile and apparel industry more sustainable and transparent. Since 2019, Lenzing has been using the blockchain technology powered by the Hong Kong start-up TextileGenesis™ to ensure the traceability of textiles from fiber to production and distribution. After several successful pilot projects, the digital platform was launched on 5 November for TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers. The platform provides customers and partners as well as consumers with an overview across the entire textile supply chain.

  • New level of transparency in the textile industry
  • Building on several successful pilot projects with TextileGenesis™, the digital platform for the traceability across the textile supply chain has now been introduced.

The Lenzing Group, a leading company in the area of wood-based specialty fibers, celebrates another milestone on the way to making the textile and apparel industry more sustainable and transparent. Since 2019, Lenzing has been using the blockchain technology powered by the Hong Kong start-up TextileGenesis™ to ensure the traceability of textiles from fiber to production and distribution. After several successful pilot projects, the digital platform was launched on 5 November for TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers. The platform provides customers and partners as well as consumers with an overview across the entire textile supply chain.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, more changes have been brought to the already transforming fashion and textile industries. To date, supply chain traceability has become a top priority for apparel and home brands. With the blockchain-enabled supply chain traceability platform powered by TextileGenesis™, Lenzing supports the entire supply chain in meeting the increasing demand for transparency and sustainability.

Phased onboarding and new digital certificates

A follow-up of a 12-month pilot program and field trials with four leading sustainable brands (H&M, ArmedAngels, Mara Hoffman and Chicks) and supply chain players from 10 countries in three regions, the global roll-out of Lenzing’s blockchain-enabled supply chain traceability platform will be conducted in phases. During the first phase, Lenzing’s supply chain partners based in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) will complete the onboarding process within Q4 2020. An estimated 300+ supply chain partners in China and Turkey will also join the program in Q1 2021. It is estimated that by Q2 2021,  most eligible Lenzing supply chain partners will be onboarded into the platform, ensuring full supply chain traceability.

One of the core components of the platform powered by TextileGenesis™ is integration with the Lenzing EBranding fabric certification system, which allows brands and retailers not only to access the full supply chain traceability for TENCELTM and LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM branded fibers but also to view the results of forensic (physical) verification of fabric samples via the digitally signed Lenzing E-Branding fabric certificates. “

Over the past year, during the pilot program and field trials we have been receiving very positive feedback from brands and supply chain partners. Our brand partners have also been encouraging us to accelerate the global roll-out for traceability of Lenzing fibers. With this new system and the integration with Lenzing E-Branding fabric certificates, the entire Lenzing ecosystem will create an unprecedented level of transparency. This will provide consumers with the most sustainable and climate-friendly clothing and home textile products that are made of TENCEL™ or LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers”, says Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Board at Lenzing.

“With increasing compliance and reputational risks, CEOs and Boards of top 100 fashion brands have committed to using 100% sustainable and traceable fibers over the next 5 years, with transparency being a core part of business priorities. Sustainability and traceability are two sides of the same coin, and it’s great to see Lenzing paving the way for the entire fashion industry to follow. Our supply chain traceability platform will create digital accounting for Lenzing’s innovative and sustainable fibers across the entire supply chain using Fibercoins™ traceability technology”, says Amit Gautam, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TextileGenesis™.

Fibercoin™ technology to ensure traceability across supply chain

Through using the innovative Fibercoin™ technology of the TextileGenesis™ platform, Lenzing and other brand
partners are now able to issue digital tokens (blockchain assets) in direct proportion to the physical shipments of TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers. These digital tokens provide a unique “fingerprint” and authentication mechanism, preventing adulteration, providing a more secure, trustworthy, digital chain-of custody across the entire textile supply chain, and most importantly, ensuring the materials are sustainably produced.

Lenzing Logo (c) Lenzing Gruppe
29.09.2020

Lenzing ist Gründungspartner der Renewable Carbon Initiative

Elf führende Unternehmen aus sechs Ländern haben im September 2020 unter der Leitung des nova-Instituts (Deutschland) die Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) gegründet. Ziel der Initiative ist es, den Übergang von fossilen Rohstoffen wie Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle zu erneuerbarem Kohlenstoff für alle organischen Chemikalien und Materialien zu unterstützen und zu beschleunigen.

Neben Lenzing sind diese zehn Unternehmen Gründungsmitglieder der RCI und bilden auch den Kernbeirat: Beiersdorf (Deutschland), Cosun Beet Company (Niederlande), Covestro (Deutschland), Henkel (Deutschland), LanzaTech (USA), NESTE (Finnland), SHV Energy (Niederlande), Stahl (Niederlande), Unilever (Großbritannien) und UPM (Finnland).

Elf führende Unternehmen aus sechs Ländern haben im September 2020 unter der Leitung des nova-Instituts (Deutschland) die Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) gegründet. Ziel der Initiative ist es, den Übergang von fossilen Rohstoffen wie Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle zu erneuerbarem Kohlenstoff für alle organischen Chemikalien und Materialien zu unterstützen und zu beschleunigen.

Neben Lenzing sind diese zehn Unternehmen Gründungsmitglieder der RCI und bilden auch den Kernbeirat: Beiersdorf (Deutschland), Cosun Beet Company (Niederlande), Covestro (Deutschland), Henkel (Deutschland), LanzaTech (USA), NESTE (Finnland), SHV Energy (Niederlande), Stahl (Niederlande), Unilever (Großbritannien) und UPM (Finnland).

Die Renewable Carbon Initiative befasst sich mit dem Kernproblem des Klimawandels, der Gewinnung und Nutzung von fossilem Kohlenstoff. Die Vision ist klar formuliert: Bis 2050 soll fossiler Kohlenstoff vollständig durch erneuerbaren Kohlenstoff aus alternativen Quellen ersetzt werden: Biomasse, direkte CO2-Nutzung und Recycling. Die Gründer sind überzeugt, dass die organische Chemie- und Materialindustrie nur so nachhaltig, klimafreundlich und Teil der Kreislaufwirtschaft – sprich Teil der Zukunft – werden kann.

Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer der Lenzing Gruppe: „Wir bei Lenzing glauben, dass wir systemischen Wandel nur durch strategische Partnerschaften erreichen können. Daher unterstützen wir die Renewable Carbon Initiative. Es ist der richtige Schritt und voll und ganz im Einklang mit unserer Unternehmensstrategie. Deshalb sind wir von Anfang an Teil der RCI und ihrer Verpflichtung, sofort zu handeln.“ Michael Carus, CEO des nova-Instituts und Leiter der Renewable Carbon Initiative: „Hier geht es um eine grundlegende Veränderung in der chemischen Industrie. So wie die Energiewirtschaft auf erneuerbare Energien umgestellt wird, wird erneuerbarer Kohlenstoff das neue Fundament der zukünftigen Chemie- und Materialindustrie. Die Initiative beginnt heute und wird von nun an sichtbar präsent sein. Wir wollen den Wandel beschleunigen.“

Die RCI will vorwiegend über drei Wege Veränderungen bewirken: Sie zielt zum einen darauf ab, branchenübergreifende Plattformen zu schaffen, die die Machbarkeit von erneuerbarem Kohlenstoff bei konkreten Aktivitäten demonstrieren. Zweitens wird ein Hauptziel darin bestehen, sich für Gesetzes-, Steuer- und Regulierungsänderungen einzusetzen, um für erneuerbaren Kohlenstoff gleiche wirtschaftliche Wettbewerbsbedingungen zu schaffen. Der dritte Weg wird schließlich darin bestehen, durch die Schärfung des Bewusstseins und des Verständnisses für erneuerbaren Kohlenstoff in der Geschäftswelt und der breiten Öffentlichkeit eine größere Anziehungskraft für nachhaltige Alternativen zu schaffen.

Mit insgesamt elf internationalen Mitgliedsunternehmen und der persönlichen Unterstützung von mehr als 100 Branchenexperten legte die RCI einen starken Start hin. Die Initiative hofft, in den kommenden Monaten viele weitere Mitglieder und Unterstützer zu gewinnen, um die starke Dynamik der Initiative aufrechtzuerhalten. Gemeinsam wird die RCI den Übergang von fossilem zu erneuerbarem Kohlenstoff für alle organischen Chemikalien und Materialien unterstützen und beschleunigen.

Letztendlich ist das Ziel ebenso komplex wie einfach: erneuerbare Energien und erneuerbarer Kohlenstoff für eine nachhaltige Zukunft. Im Rahmen der RCI wird sich Lenzing insbesondere auf die weitere Ökologisierung der Textil- und Vliesstoffbranchen konzentrieren. Lenzing wird dieses Konzept fördern und ihre Partner ermutigen, Teil dieser Vision zu werden.

Mehr Informationen zur Renewable Carbon Initiative finden Sie unter www.renewable-carbon-initiative.com.

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Lenzing Gruppe

21.09.2020

Lenzing Group further improves sustainability rating

The Lenzing Group was raised to “B-” by the sustainability rating agency ISS ESG and awarded “Prime Status”.  

In its latest report, ISS ESG, one of the most recognized rating agencies in the field of sustainability, raised the Lenzing Group’s sustainability rating from “C+” to “B-”, the highest rating in the category “Paper & Forest Products“, positioning the Lenzing Group among the top 10 percent of rated companies. The “Prime Status” of the Lenzing Group has also been confirmed.

ISS ESG is one of the leading agencies for sustainability ratings internationally and currently covers more than 8,000 issuers worldwide. The assessment of sustainability performance is based on more than 800 individual indicators in the areas of environmental, social and governance (so-called ESG criteria) performance. 40 companies from all over the world are rated in the “Paper & Forest Products” category. The best rating in this category is “B-“.

The Lenzing Group was raised to “B-” by the sustainability rating agency ISS ESG and awarded “Prime Status”.  

In its latest report, ISS ESG, one of the most recognized rating agencies in the field of sustainability, raised the Lenzing Group’s sustainability rating from “C+” to “B-”, the highest rating in the category “Paper & Forest Products“, positioning the Lenzing Group among the top 10 percent of rated companies. The “Prime Status” of the Lenzing Group has also been confirmed.

ISS ESG is one of the leading agencies for sustainability ratings internationally and currently covers more than 8,000 issuers worldwide. The assessment of sustainability performance is based on more than 800 individual indicators in the areas of environmental, social and governance (so-called ESG criteria) performance. 40 companies from all over the world are rated in the “Paper & Forest Products” category. The best rating in this category is “B-“.


 An essential part of the Lenzing Group’s strategy are its ambitious climate goals. In 2019, Lenzing was the first fiber manufacturer in the world to make a strategic commitment to climate-neutral production. This vision is to be put into practice by 2050. By 2030, the company is aiming for the interim goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent per ton of product compared to 2017.

The Science Based Targets Initiative, an organization in the field of climate-relevant target setting, has scientifically confirmed the climate targets of the Lenzing

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Lenzing AG

06.02.2020

Zweite Pilotanlage für TENCEL™ Luxe Filamente fertiggestellt

Die Lenzing Gruppe hat die im Mai 2018 angekündigte zweite Pilot-Fertigungslinie für ihr innovatives Filamentgarn TENCEL™ Luxe fertiggestellt. Der Bau der Anlage, für den am Standort Lenzing EUR 30 Mio. investiert wurden, konnte nach 20 Monaten intensiver Arbeit innerhalb des geplanten Zeit- und Budgetrahmens abgeschlossen werden. Mit der neuen Pilot-Fertigungslinie, die Mitte Dezember den Betrieb aufnahm, sind nun ausreichend Kapazitäten für kommerzielle Programme und weitere Applikationsentwicklungen verfügbar.

Innovation im Eco-Couture-Segment
Mit TENCEL™ Luxe verankert Lenzing das Thema Nachhaltigkeit, kombiniert mit besonderer Ästhetik, im Premium-Luxusmarkt. Die Eigenschaften des feinen Filamentgarns sind wegen des luftigen Tragegefühls und matten Schimmers am besten mit denen von Seide vergleichbar. Gleichzeitig besticht TENCEL™ Luxe durch eine besondere Festigkeit und eine hohe Umweltverträglichkeit.
„TENCEL™ Luxe eröffnet für Lenzing neue Märkte und trägt damit zur erfolgreichen Umsetzung ihrer Unternehmensstrategie sCore TEN bei.

Die Lenzing Gruppe hat die im Mai 2018 angekündigte zweite Pilot-Fertigungslinie für ihr innovatives Filamentgarn TENCEL™ Luxe fertiggestellt. Der Bau der Anlage, für den am Standort Lenzing EUR 30 Mio. investiert wurden, konnte nach 20 Monaten intensiver Arbeit innerhalb des geplanten Zeit- und Budgetrahmens abgeschlossen werden. Mit der neuen Pilot-Fertigungslinie, die Mitte Dezember den Betrieb aufnahm, sind nun ausreichend Kapazitäten für kommerzielle Programme und weitere Applikationsentwicklungen verfügbar.

Innovation im Eco-Couture-Segment
Mit TENCEL™ Luxe verankert Lenzing das Thema Nachhaltigkeit, kombiniert mit besonderer Ästhetik, im Premium-Luxusmarkt. Die Eigenschaften des feinen Filamentgarns sind wegen des luftigen Tragegefühls und matten Schimmers am besten mit denen von Seide vergleichbar. Gleichzeitig besticht TENCEL™ Luxe durch eine besondere Festigkeit und eine hohe Umweltverträglichkeit.
„TENCEL™ Luxe eröffnet für Lenzing neue Märkte und trägt damit zur erfolgreichen Umsetzung ihrer Unternehmensstrategie sCore TEN bei.

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(c) Lenzig Gruppe

06.11.2019

Lenzing solid in a very difficult market environment

  • Continued positive development of the specialty fiber business with a share in revenue of 49.8 percent
  • Focus on expanding specialty fiber and dissolving wood pulp capacities in line with the sCore TEN strategy
  • Growing trade conflicts put the textile value chain under pressure – standard viscose prices at a historic low
  • Investments of EUR 100 mn to achieve ambitious climate targets

The Lenzing Group continued its solid business development in the third quarter of 2019 despite a significantly more challenging market environment. The consistent implementation of the sCore TEN strategy and the focus on specialty fibers again had a positive impact. As a result, the decline in revenue and earnings in the first three quarters of 2019 due to the historically low standard viscose prices was mitigated.

 

  • Continued positive development of the specialty fiber business with a share in revenue of 49.8 percent
  • Focus on expanding specialty fiber and dissolving wood pulp capacities in line with the sCore TEN strategy
  • Growing trade conflicts put the textile value chain under pressure – standard viscose prices at a historic low
  • Investments of EUR 100 mn to achieve ambitious climate targets

The Lenzing Group continued its solid business development in the third quarter of 2019 despite a significantly more challenging market environment. The consistent implementation of the sCore TEN strategy and the focus on specialty fibers again had a positive impact. As a result, the decline in revenue and earnings in the first three quarters of 2019 due to the historically low standard viscose prices was mitigated.

 

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Lenzing AG

12.07.2019

LENZING™ fibers help to improve the quality of life for butterfly children

  • Undergarments, pajamas and bed linens tested for months
  • Moisture management of fibers reduce sweating and hence itching
  • Soft and smooth fibers lead to fewer skin injuries

The Lenzing Group has been providing both financial support and textiles made of its fibers to DEBRA Austria, the patient organization for “butterfly children”. The TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers which are being used are particularly soft and smooth and therefore very skin-friendly. In turn, they help to improve the quality of life for the “butterfly children”.

  • Undergarments, pajamas and bed linens tested for months
  • Moisture management of fibers reduce sweating and hence itching
  • Soft and smooth fibers lead to fewer skin injuries

The Lenzing Group has been providing both financial support and textiles made of its fibers to DEBRA Austria, the patient organization for “butterfly children”. The TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers which are being used are particularly soft and smooth and therefore very skin-friendly. In turn, they help to improve the quality of life for the “butterfly children”.

In recent months, several patients with the skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) have tested leggings, undergarments, pajamas, leggings, quilts and bed linens made of TENCEL™ fibers and have found them to be comfortable and skin-friendly. The skin of EB patients is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. For this reason, coarse fibers, scratching seams, buttons, zippers and fibers which hardly or do not at all absorb sweat frequently lead to additional blisters and sores and increased itching. In contrast, TENCEL™ fibers feature particularly good moisture management and thus support the nature temperature-regulating properties of the body.

 

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Lenzing AG

(c) Covestro
10.05.2019

Covestro: Nachhaltiges Kunstleder für die Schuhindustrie

Covestro und die österreichische Lenzing Gruppe haben ein besonders umweltverträgliches Kunstleder für die Schuhindustrie entwickelt. Die Kompetenzen beider Partner ergänzen sich hier perfekt: Covestro bringt seine Expertise als Rohstoff-Spezialist für Polyurethan (PU)-Textilbeschichtungen ein, die auf der wässrigen INSQIN® Technologie basiert. Lenzing verfügt über ein einzigartiges Know-how in der Produktion von Fasern, die auf dem erneuerbaren und natürlichen Material Holz basieren.

Die Umweltverträglichkeit von beschichteten Textilien hängt von einer ganzen Reihe von Faktoren ab. Bedeutsam sind etwa die Herkunft der Rohstoffe, die Verwendung von organischen Lösemitteln, der Energie- und Wasserverbrauch. Das Treibhauspotential von wässrigen PU-Beschichtungen der INSQIN® Technologie ist deutlich niedriger als das von lösemittelbasierten Systemen. Die TENCEL™ Lyocell Faser von Lenzing reduziert den ökologischen Fußabdruck von Kunstleder ebenfalls erheblich, unter anderem, weil sie ressourcenschonend mittels eines innovativen Kreislaufverfahrens hergestellt wird.

 

Covestro und die österreichische Lenzing Gruppe haben ein besonders umweltverträgliches Kunstleder für die Schuhindustrie entwickelt. Die Kompetenzen beider Partner ergänzen sich hier perfekt: Covestro bringt seine Expertise als Rohstoff-Spezialist für Polyurethan (PU)-Textilbeschichtungen ein, die auf der wässrigen INSQIN® Technologie basiert. Lenzing verfügt über ein einzigartiges Know-how in der Produktion von Fasern, die auf dem erneuerbaren und natürlichen Material Holz basieren.

Die Umweltverträglichkeit von beschichteten Textilien hängt von einer ganzen Reihe von Faktoren ab. Bedeutsam sind etwa die Herkunft der Rohstoffe, die Verwendung von organischen Lösemitteln, der Energie- und Wasserverbrauch. Das Treibhauspotential von wässrigen PU-Beschichtungen der INSQIN® Technologie ist deutlich niedriger als das von lösemittelbasierten Systemen. Die TENCEL™ Lyocell Faser von Lenzing reduziert den ökologischen Fußabdruck von Kunstleder ebenfalls erheblich, unter anderem, weil sie ressourcenschonend mittels eines innovativen Kreislaufverfahrens hergestellt wird.

 

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14.03.2019

Lenzing Gruppe mit viertbestem Geschäftsjahr der Unternehmensgeschichte

  • Schwieriges Marktumfeld aufgrund niedriger Preise für Standardviscose, ungünstiger Währungsrelationen sowie gestiegener Preise für Schlüsselrohstoffe und Energie
  • Sehr positive Entwicklung des Spezialfasergeschäftes mit einem Umsatzanteil von mehr als 45 Prozent
  • Dividendenvorschlag von EUR 3,00 plus EUR 2,00 Sonderdividende pro Aktie
  • Ergebnis für 2019 trotz des deutlich angespannteren Marktumfeldes in etwa auf dem Niveau von 2018 erwartet

Die Lenzing Gruppe verzeichnete im Geschäftsjahr 2018 eine erfolgreiche Geschäftsentwicklung. Das deutlich schwierigere Marktumfeld führte – verglichen mit den Rekordergebnissen des Vorjahres – zu einer rückläufigen Umsatz- und Ergebnisentwicklung. Ursächlich dafür waren insbesondere niedrigere Verkaufspreise bei Standardviscose, Wechselkurseffekte sowie gestiegene Rohstoff- und Energiekosten.

  • Schwieriges Marktumfeld aufgrund niedriger Preise für Standardviscose, ungünstiger Währungsrelationen sowie gestiegener Preise für Schlüsselrohstoffe und Energie
  • Sehr positive Entwicklung des Spezialfasergeschäftes mit einem Umsatzanteil von mehr als 45 Prozent
  • Dividendenvorschlag von EUR 3,00 plus EUR 2,00 Sonderdividende pro Aktie
  • Ergebnis für 2019 trotz des deutlich angespannteren Marktumfeldes in etwa auf dem Niveau von 2018 erwartet

Die Lenzing Gruppe verzeichnete im Geschäftsjahr 2018 eine erfolgreiche Geschäftsentwicklung. Das deutlich schwierigere Marktumfeld führte – verglichen mit den Rekordergebnissen des Vorjahres – zu einer rückläufigen Umsatz- und Ergebnisentwicklung. Ursächlich dafür waren insbesondere niedrigere Verkaufspreise bei Standardviscose, Wechselkurseffekte sowie gestiegene Rohstoff- und Energiekosten.

Die Umsatzerlöse der Lenzing Gruppe gingen im Vorjahresvergleich um 3,7 Prozent auf EUR 2,18 Mrd. zurück. Hauptursachen dafür waren das erwartet herausfordernde Marktumfeld für Standardviscose, ungünstigere Währungsrelationen und ein leichter Rückgang der Absatzmenge. Das Betriebsergebnis vor Abschreibungen (EBITDA) reduzierte sich aufgrund von Preissteigerungen bei Schlüsselrohstoffen sowie gestiegener Energie- und Personalkosten um 24 Prozent auf EUR 382 Mio. Die EBITDA-Marge sank von 22,2 Prozent im Geschäftsjahr 2017 auf 17,6 Prozent im Berichtsjahr. Das Betriebsergebnis (EBIT) ging um 36 Prozent auf EUR 237,6 Mio. zurück, was zu einer niedrigeren EBIT-Marge von 10,9 Prozent (2017: 16,4 Prozent) führte. Der Jahresüberschuss nach Einmaleffekten lag mit EUR 148,2 Mio. um 47,4 Prozent unter dem Vorjahreswert von EUR 281,7 Mio. Das Ergebnis je Aktie belief sich auf EUR 5,61 (2017: EUR 10,47).

Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat schlagen der Hauptversammlung die Zahlung einer stabilen Dividende von EUR 3,00 und einer Sonderdividende von EUR 2,00 je Aktie vor. In Summe soll die Dividende EUR 5,00 je Aktie betragen. Das entspricht einer Ausschüttung an die Aktionäre von rund EUR 133 Mio.

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04.02.2019

Lenzing partners with TaFF to open design space for fashion leaders

  • Strategic collaboration in a prominent location on Orchard Road
  • TENCEL™ Studio will host showroom featuring fashion from TENCEL™ fibers
  • Cooperation underpins new branding strategy to reach out to consumers
  • Chain of innovation and application centers in Asia completed

Lenzing/Singapore – The Lenzing Group, world market leader in specialty fibers from wood, will partner with the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFF) to offer Singapore’s designers a hub to present themselves and make the TENCEL™ brand more accessible to consumers. The collaboration was announced last week at the opening ceremony of Design Orchard attended by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore.

  • Strategic collaboration in a prominent location on Orchard Road
  • TENCEL™ Studio will host showroom featuring fashion from TENCEL™ fibers
  • Cooperation underpins new branding strategy to reach out to consumers
  • Chain of innovation and application centers in Asia completed

Lenzing/Singapore – The Lenzing Group, world market leader in specialty fibers from wood, will partner with the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFF) to offer Singapore’s designers a hub to present themselves and make the TENCEL™ brand more accessible to consumers. The collaboration was announced last week at the opening ceremony of Design Orchard attended by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore.

“Lenzing is excited to work with TaFF on The Cocoon Space and its programs. Our cooperation with fashion designers is an important element in showcasing the sustainability promise of our flagship brand TENCEL™ to consumers. It comprises an integral part of Lenzing’s commitment to green-up the fashion industry”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “Singapore is a strategic hub for Lenzing in Asia, and we are proud to contribute towards taking Singapore’s fashion scene to greater heights.”

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24.10.2018

Lenzing Gruppe beabsichtigt den verbleibenden 30-Prozent-Anteil ihres chinesischen Joint Ventures zu erwerben

Die Lenzing Gruppe beabsichtigt, die verbleibenden 30 Prozent des staatlichen Joint-Venture-Partners NCFC an ihrer chinesischen Tochtergesellschaft Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co. Ltd. (LNF) zu übernehmen. Nach Abschluss der Transaktion wird Lenzing die LNF zur Gänze kontrollieren. Der Joint-Venture-Partner leitete den strukturierten Verkaufsprozess in einem staatlich kontrollierten Bieterprozess ein. Heute erhielt die Lenzing Gruppe den Entwurf des Anteilskaufvertrages. Der Abschluss der Transaktionsdokumente wird für Ende Oktober erwartet. Die Übernahme wird sich mit ca. EUR 21 Mio. negativ auf das Ergebnis der Lenzing Gruppe für das Geschäftsjahr 2018 auswirken.

Die Übernahme der Anteile unterstützt das strategische Wachstum von Lenzing als Hersteller von Spezialfasern aus dem nachwachsenden Rohstoff Holz in China und weltweit. Sie ebnet den Weg für weitere Produktionslinien für Spezialfasern. Lenzing will LNF im Lauf der Zeit in einen Spezialfaser-Hub umrüsten.

Die Lenzing Gruppe beabsichtigt, die verbleibenden 30 Prozent des staatlichen Joint-Venture-Partners NCFC an ihrer chinesischen Tochtergesellschaft Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co. Ltd. (LNF) zu übernehmen. Nach Abschluss der Transaktion wird Lenzing die LNF zur Gänze kontrollieren. Der Joint-Venture-Partner leitete den strukturierten Verkaufsprozess in einem staatlich kontrollierten Bieterprozess ein. Heute erhielt die Lenzing Gruppe den Entwurf des Anteilskaufvertrages. Der Abschluss der Transaktionsdokumente wird für Ende Oktober erwartet. Die Übernahme wird sich mit ca. EUR 21 Mio. negativ auf das Ergebnis der Lenzing Gruppe für das Geschäftsjahr 2018 auswirken.

Die Übernahme der Anteile unterstützt das strategische Wachstum von Lenzing als Hersteller von Spezialfasern aus dem nachwachsenden Rohstoff Holz in China und weltweit. Sie ebnet den Weg für weitere Produktionslinien für Spezialfasern. Lenzing will LNF im Lauf der Zeit in einen Spezialfaser-Hub umrüsten.

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26.09.2018

Lenzing temporarily mothballs lyocell expansion project in Mobile, Alabama

  • Trade tensions among major economies elevate project risk
  • Buoyant US labor market increases threat of substantial project cost overrun
  • Lenzing will reassess this decision on an ongoing basis
  • Intensified focus on lyocell expansion project in Prachinburi (Thailand)

Lenzing’s Managing Board concluded today to temporarily mothball the lyocell expansion project in Mobile, Alabama (USA). The rising likelihood of increasing trade tariffs, paired with the potential surge in construction costs due to the buoyant US labor market, have increased the risk profile of this project. Consequently, Lenzing will put all its effort to readjust the execution of its growth plan to meet strong market demand of its lyocell fibers. This includes an increased focus on the lyocell expansion project in Prachinburi (Thailand). Lenzing will reassess this decision on a regular basis but no substantial additional lyocell volumes, over and above the successful 25.000 tons expansion in Heiligenkreuz (Austria), will be added to the market in 2019 and 2020 by Lenzing.

  • Trade tensions among major economies elevate project risk
  • Buoyant US labor market increases threat of substantial project cost overrun
  • Lenzing will reassess this decision on an ongoing basis
  • Intensified focus on lyocell expansion project in Prachinburi (Thailand)

Lenzing’s Managing Board concluded today to temporarily mothball the lyocell expansion project in Mobile, Alabama (USA). The rising likelihood of increasing trade tariffs, paired with the potential surge in construction costs due to the buoyant US labor market, have increased the risk profile of this project. Consequently, Lenzing will put all its effort to readjust the execution of its growth plan to meet strong market demand of its lyocell fibers. This includes an increased focus on the lyocell expansion project in Prachinburi (Thailand). Lenzing will reassess this decision on a regular basis but no substantial additional lyocell volumes, over and above the successful 25.000 tons expansion in Heiligenkreuz (Austria), will be added to the market in 2019 and 2020 by Lenzing.

Lenzing continues to be fully committed to implement its sCore TEN strategy and remains on track for the specialty expansions such as TENCEL™ Luxe filaments and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibers, however this decision will slow down the implementation of the lyocell specialty staple fiber growth.

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08.08.2018

Lenzing Group reports solid results in a demanding market environment

  • Decline in revenue due to volatile standard viscose prices and currencies
  • Prices for key raw materials still high
  • New production line in Heiligenkreuz in start-up phase
  • Backward integration into dissolving wood pulp to be strengthened via joint venture in Brazil

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group generated solid results in a challenging market environment in the first half of 2018. The decline in revenue and earnings compared with the first half of the previous year, which was the best half-year in the company’s history, was based on a mix of volatile prices for standard viscose and price increases for key raw materials, coupled with currency effects. The Lenzing Group’s strategic orientation with a focus on specialty fibers had a positive impact in this environment and is increasingly bearing fruit. The corporate strategy sCore TEN is being implemented with great discipline in order to expand the company’s offering of specialty fibers and even more extensively support customers and business partners.

  • Decline in revenue due to volatile standard viscose prices and currencies
  • Prices for key raw materials still high
  • New production line in Heiligenkreuz in start-up phase
  • Backward integration into dissolving wood pulp to be strengthened via joint venture in Brazil

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group generated solid results in a challenging market environment in the first half of 2018. The decline in revenue and earnings compared with the first half of the previous year, which was the best half-year in the company’s history, was based on a mix of volatile prices for standard viscose and price increases for key raw materials, coupled with currency effects. The Lenzing Group’s strategic orientation with a focus on specialty fibers had a positive impact in this environment and is increasingly bearing fruit. The corporate strategy sCore TEN is being implemented with great discipline in order to expand the company’s offering of specialty fibers and even more extensively support customers and business partners.

Revenue declined by 6.4 percent compared with the first half of the previous year to EUR 1,075.4 mn. This decrease is primarily attributable to less favorable currency exchange rates. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) decreased by 28.1 percent to EUR 194.8 mn, especially due to price increases for key raw materials and higher energy prices. The EBITDA margin fell from 23.6 percent in the first half of 2017 to 18.1 percent in the first half of 2018. EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) declined by 37 percent to EUR 128.7 mn, leading to a lower EBIT margin of 12 percent (H1 2017: 17.8 percent). The net profit for the period dropped by 39.3 percent from EUR 150.3 mn in the previous year to EUR 91.3 mn. Earnings per share equaled EUR 3.44 (H1 2017: EUR 5.55).

“So far, the financial year 2018 proved to be as challenging as expected, and market headwinds were clearly noticeable. In this market environment, we are satisfied with the solid results we report. We are proud that with our corporate strategy sCore TEN and the focus on growth with specialty fibers we show big steps in the right direction. The recently announced joint venture with Duratex is another important step in executing this corporate strategy,” says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “We will continue to implement our strategy with great discipline and are convinced that this will steadily improve the long-term profitability of Lenzing,” Doboczky adds.

Largest dissolving wood pulp line worldwide

In June, the Lenzing Group and Duratex, the largest producer of industrialized wood panels of the southern hemisphere, announced that they had agreed on the terms and conditions to form a joint venture to investigate building the largest dissolving wood pulp plant (single line concept) in the state of Minas Gerais, (Brazil). This decision supports the self-supply with dissolving wood pulp and the growth in specialty fibers, defined in Lenzing’s sCore TEN strategy. The joint venture will investigate the construction of a 450,000 t dissolving wood pulp plant, which is expected to become the largest and most competitive single line dissolving wood pulp plant in the world. The final investment decision to build the dissolving wood pulp plant is subject to the outcome of the basic engineering studies and the approval by the respective supervisory boards.

Even stronger focus on sustainable products

As a pioneer in sustainable fiber solutions, the Lenzing Group is committed to higher standards in the textile and nonwoven sectors. More than EUR 100 mn will be invested in sustainable manufacturing technologies and production facilities by 2022 in order to realize this vision. In line with the Group’s specialty strategy, another two milestones were set in the first half of 2018: Lenzing announced an investment of up to EUR 30 mn in another pilot line for the production of TENCEL™ Luxe filaments at the Lenzing site. In addition, the company also introduced the environmentally friendly process for the production of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibers at its Chinese site. Both decisions contribute to better meeting the strong demand for environmentally compatible products.

Expansion of capacities

CAPEX (investments in intangible assets and property, plant and equipment) rose by 60.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 117.2 mn in the first half of 2018. This is primarily attributable to the capacity expansions in Heiligenkreuz (Austria) and Mobile, Alabama (USA) and the expansion of the existing dissolving wood pulp plant in Lenzing. The company is pressing ahead with these projects as well as with planning work on the construction of the next state-of-the-art lyocell production facility in Prachinburi (Thailand).

New brand identity

With the new positioning of its master brand and its product brands, the Lenzing Group started a new phase of branding and brand communication in the first half of 2018. Lenzing decided to carry out a new brand strategy in order to sharpen its company and product profile as a sustainable innovation leader for customers and partners along the value chain as well as for consumers. The most important pillar of this new brand strategy is a brand architecture with a focus on fewer brands and a strong message to consumers. With the TENCEL™ brand as an umbrella brand for all specialty products in the textile segment and the VEOCEL™ brand as the umbrella brand for all specialty fibers in the nonwoven segment as well as the new master brand, which was presented in March, Lenzing showcases its strengths in a targeted manner.

Outlook

The International Monetary Fund expects a further acceleration in global economic growth to 3.9 percent for 2018. However, growing protectionist tendencies in the political arena represent a source of uncertainty. Export-oriented companies in the Eurozone are faced with additional challenges from the currency environment.

Developments on the fiber markets should remain positive, but with continuing volatility. The rising demand for cotton should support prices despite the increase in production. Polyester fiber prices have stabilized after the increase in previous years.

The wood-based cellulosic fiber segment, which is relevant for Lenzing, should see further strong demand. After years of moderate capacity expansion in the viscose sector, significant additional volumes will enter the market in 2018 and 2019. As a result, standard viscose prices will remain under pressure. The Lenzing Group is very well positioned in this market environment with its corporate strategy sCore TEN and will continue its consistent focus on growth with specialty fibers.

The Lenzing Group still sees challenging market conditions for the second half of 2018. In addition to the price pressure on standard viscose, the prices of some key raw materials such as caustic soda are still at a very high level and exchange rates continue to be volatile. Our specialty fibers are expected to continue their very positive development. In this context, the Lenzing Group is satisfied with the earnings development to date, but underlines its estimate that the results for the year 2018 will be lower than the outstanding results in the last two years.

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08.05.2018

Lenzing Group generates solid results in a more demanding market environment

•    Revenue down 6.1 percent to EUR 550.3 mn primarily due to currency effects
•    EBITDA decline of 24.8 percent to EUR 101.6 mn mainly due to softening prices for commodity viscose and increasing costs for key raw materials
•    Company is intensively pushing ahead with expansion of production capacities for specialty fibers
•    Strong message to consumers – new master brand and new product brands presented

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group started the 2018 financial year with solid business results. Revenue and earnings decreased compared to the first quarter of the previous year against the backdrop of a challenging market environment for standard viscose combined with changes in currency exchange rates. The corporate strategy sCore TEN is being implemented with great discipline in order to expand the company’s offering of specialty fibers and even more extensively support customers and business partners.

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•    Revenue down 6.1 percent to EUR 550.3 mn primarily due to currency effects
•    EBITDA decline of 24.8 percent to EUR 101.6 mn mainly due to softening prices for commodity viscose and increasing costs for key raw materials
•    Company is intensively pushing ahead with expansion of production capacities for specialty fibers
•    Strong message to consumers – new master brand and new product brands presented

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group started the 2018 financial year with solid business results. Revenue and earnings decreased compared to the first quarter of the previous year against the backdrop of a challenging market environment for standard viscose combined with changes in currency exchange rates. The corporate strategy sCore TEN is being implemented with great discipline in order to expand the company’s offering of specialty fibers and even more extensively support customers and business partners.

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Lenzing Hauptversammlung beschließt Anhebung der Sonderdividende auf EUR 2,00 je Aktie
12.04.2018

Lenzing Hauptversammlung beschließt Anhebung der Sonderdividende auf EUR 2,00 je Aktie

Die diesjährige Hauptversammlung der Lenzing AG hat heute, Donnerstag, 12. April 2018, die Zahlung einer Dividende von EUR 3,00 je Aktie plus einer Sonderdividende von EUR 2,00 je Aktie beschlossen. In Summe werden für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 somit EUR 5,00 je Stückaktie ausbezahlt (nach EUR 4,20 je Aktie im Vorjahr). Als Valutatag wurde der 18. April 2018 festgelegt, der Tag für den Dividendenabschlag ist der 16. April 2018.

Weiters wurde den Mitgliedern des Vorstandes und des Aufsichtsrates in der heutigen Hauptversammlung für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 die Entlastung erteilt und die Festsetzung der Vergütung an die Mitglieder des Aufsichtsrates für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 beschlossen. Zum Abschlussprüfer für den Jahresabschluss und den Konzernabschluss für das Geschäftsjahr 2018 wurde die KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- u. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft bestellt.

Die diesjährige Hauptversammlung der Lenzing AG hat heute, Donnerstag, 12. April 2018, die Zahlung einer Dividende von EUR 3,00 je Aktie plus einer Sonderdividende von EUR 2,00 je Aktie beschlossen. In Summe werden für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 somit EUR 5,00 je Stückaktie ausbezahlt (nach EUR 4,20 je Aktie im Vorjahr). Als Valutatag wurde der 18. April 2018 festgelegt, der Tag für den Dividendenabschlag ist der 16. April 2018.

Weiters wurde den Mitgliedern des Vorstandes und des Aufsichtsrates in der heutigen Hauptversammlung für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 die Entlastung erteilt und die Festsetzung der Vergütung an die Mitglieder des Aufsichtsrates für das Geschäftsjahr 2017 beschlossen. Zum Abschlussprüfer für den Jahresabschluss und den Konzernabschluss für das Geschäftsjahr 2018 wurde die KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- u. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft bestellt.

Mit Ablauf der Hauptversammlung schieden Dr. Felix Strohbichler und Dr. Josef Krenner auf eigenen Wunsch aus dem Aufsichtsrat aus. Dr. Felix Strohbichler und Dr. Josef Krenner waren 3 bzw. 9 Jahre im Aufsichtsrat und in verschiedenen Ausschüssen der Lenzing AG tätig. Die Lenzing AG bedankt sich bei den ausgeschiedenen Aufsichtsratsmitgliedern für ihre langjährige konstruktive Zusammenarbeit.

Neu wurden in der Hauptversammlung Dr. Christoph Kollatz, Hauptgeschäftsführer der B&C Industrieholding, Dr. Felix Fremerey, Technik-Geschäftsführer der B&C Industrieholding, und der erfahrene Industriefachmann Dipl.-Bw. Peter Edelmann, ebenfalls B&C Industrieholding, in den Aufsichtsrat gewählt. Das Aufsichtsratsmandat von Dr. Veit Sorger wurde bis zur ordentlichen Hauptversammlung, die über das Geschäftsjahr 2020, das Aufsichtsratsmandat von Dr. Astrid Skala-Kuhmann bis zur ordentlichen Hauptversammlung, die über das Geschäftsjahr 2021 beschließt, verlängert.

Der Aufsichtsrat der Lenzing AG setzt sich damit wie folgt zusammen: Dr. Hanno M. Bästlein (Vorsitzender), Dr. Astrid Skala-Kuhmann, Mag. Helmut Bernkopf, Dipl.-Bw. Peter Edelmann, Dr. Felix Fremerey, Dr. Franz Gasselsberger MBA, Dr. Christoph Kollatz, Mag. Patrick Prügger sowie Dr. Veit Sorger. Vom Betriebsrat wurden Johann Schernberger, Ing. Daniela Födinger, Helmut Kirchmair und Georg Liftinger, in den Aufsichtsrat delegiert.

In der an die Hauptversammlung anschließenden konstituierenden Aufsichtsratssitzung wurde Dr. Hanno Bästlein zum Vorsitzenden, Dr. Christoph Kollatz und Dr. Veit Sorger zu Stellvertretern des Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden gewählt.

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