Sustainable fibre specialist, the Lenzing Group, has announced the launch of its new technology platform, LENZING Web Technology, with a focus on sustainable nonwoven products which will open up new market opportunities for the industry.
Following an investment of €26 million and several years of research and development, Lenzing completed the commissioning phase for a one-metre-wide pilot facility located at its headquarters in Austria.
With Lenzing Web Technology, absorbent nonwoven fabrics with botanic origin will be manufactured using environmentally responsible production process. The nonwoven fabrics produced in 15gsm to 80gsm basis weights with a wide range of surface textures and drapeability properties will also be certified biodegradable, clean and safe.
The new Lenzing Web Technology is a nonwoven web formation process that starts with botanic wood pulp and produces a nonwoven fabric made of 100% continuous Lyocell filament. This web can be integrated with standard non-thermal based nonwoven bonding technologies, such as hydroentangling and needle-punching. In addition, the technology enables a self-bonding mechanism where filaments bond into a fabric during the laydown process. This mechanism enables a product range with a much wider variety of surface textures, drapeability and dimensional stability than other nonwoven technologies using 100% cellulosic fibres.