Fibre manufacturer Lenzing has opened a new research and development facility in Indonesia, bringing its state-of-the-art fibre testing and full fibre-to-fashion innovation capabilities to Asia.
Its close proximity to Asian customers and partners also allows the new Lenzing Center of Excellence (LCOE) to react more quickly to trends, says the company behind the wood-based Tencel cellulose fibre. It adds the new facility will intensify cooperation with its partners along the value chain, and enable it to look into the development of new yarns and conduct testing on existing fibres and yarns.
“The LCOE is already running full speed and draws a lot of interest from customers and partners. It is an important step to implementing our corporate strategy ‘sCore Ten’,” explains Robert van de Kerkhof, chief commercial officer of the Lenzing Group.
“The proximity to important Asian customers and partners creates a new dimension in our service offering. We can react more quickly to current trends and handle a broad spectrum of aspects on location relating to the application with our full range of fibres as well as unique fibre blends in collaboration with our supply chain partners.”
The facility commenced operations at the end of 2018, and follows the opening of the company’s Application and Innovation Center in Hong Kong last autumn.
“The Indonesian LCOE is another defined step to further strengthen Lenzing’s partnership with its customer,” adds Vineet Singhal, senior vice president AMEA. “LCOE captures activities and innovation capabilities in the area of fibre to yarn. The Hong Kong Center focuses on yarn to fashion. With this, we have brought full fibre to fashion innovation capabilities to Asia. I hope that this centre becomes truly an example of excellence both in conversion technology and partnership with customers.”