Speciality cellulosic fibres maker Acordis is to link its Tencel and Acordis viscose staple fibres operations. The new business will be headed by Tencel's CEO, Mark Lejman. The company says that important synergies between the two Acordis companies and the introduction of new product variants in the coming months are expected to establish the new cellulosics grouping as a leading player in both textiles and nonwovens. The focus will be on value-added cellulosic fibres through investment in research and technology in both fibre production and downstream processing.