Cellulosic fibre maker Lenzing is constructing a "jumbo" Tencel production line at its plant in Lenzing, Austria, which will go into operation in 2014.

The state-of-the-art plant represents an investment of EUR130m (US$173m) and will result in "the most modern fibre production line in the world," the company says.

It will have an annual capacity of 64,000 tonnes and, in addition to Tencel, the facility will also produce Lenzing Modal and FR fibres. Tencel is currently produced at Lenzing sites in Heiligenkreuz (Austria), Grimsby (UK), and Mobile (US).

The capacity expansion comes in response to growing demand for Tencel in new textile and apparel applications, including jeans, sportswear and outerwear.