8 September, Austrian fibre producer Lenzing''s joint venture in China inaugurated
a new viscose fibre production plant in Nanjing, after several months of trial
operation. The venture, Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co. Ltd., is jointly owned by
Nanjing Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd. and Lenzing, with the Chinese company holding
70 per cent of the equity and Lenzing the rest.
€65 million plant, with an annual capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre
was completed in less than two years. It employs 540 people. Technology for the
plant came from Lenzing Technik, the systems engineering subsidiary of the Lenzing
Nanjing is a central element of our strategy of expansion and globalisation"
Thomas Fahnemann, chairman of the Lenzing management board, said at the inaugural
ceremony. According to Fahnemann, China, given the above-average growth of its
viscose fibre industry over the past five years, has become the largest producer
as well as biggest consumer of viscose fibre. The Austrian group is already considering
the prospects of capacity in the near future.
Nanjing is the Austrian group''s sixth cellulose fibre plant and its second in
Asia. The new plant has increased the group''s annual production capacity to 560,000
tons, giving it a strong in the global market for cellulose fibres for the textile
and non-wovens industries.
now Lenzing supplied the Chinese market through its trading company in Shanghai.
It met Chinese orders for standard viscose fibre from its Indonesian plant and
supplied specialty fibres from its European production facilities, mainly from
its plant at Lenzing in Austria.
Nanjing location was chosen for its superior infrastructure. It also helped that
partner Chemical Fibre Co. was already in the process of putting up a viscose
filament plant there. The joint utilisation of energy supply and waste water treatment
facilities has meant a substantial saving in costs.
to Lenzing, as many as 600 workers were employed on the project construction site
during peak time. While Lenzing Technik provided key equipment, the larger share
of the investment was spent locally. The company now plans to use this mix of
European high-tech and local value addition to build its first Indian viscose
will supply Lenzing Nanjing with pulp used to produce viscose fibre, which it
procures through long-term contracts with suppliers. All other important chemicals
and auxiliary materials will be purchased locally.
management says Lenzing Nanjing is one of the most modern viscose fibre plants
in Asia. Its features include closed production cycles, a waste gas purification
plant (unusual in the Chinese scenario), and efficient energy management
all of which result in low emission levels and attractive production costs.