Lenzing Group

Frequently Asked Questions


What are man-made cellulose fibers?

These are industrially produced fibers made from natural raw materials (for example wood).

What are Lenzing fibers made of?

The raw material for Lenzing fibers is wood.

Lenzing produces pulp at two sites: in Lenzing, Austria and in Paskov, Czech Republic. The Lenzing site uses pulp made from beech wood. Major competitive advantages arise from the fully integrated production at the Lenzing site. Subsequent process steps yield marketable co-products, such as acetic acid, furfural and xylose. Our efforts of recent years have increased the utilization rate of the raw substance to high-value products to over 50%. The remainder is used as the most important biogenic source of energy at the Lenzing site.

The fiber production facilities at the non-integrated sites are primarily provided with pulp on the basis of long-term supply contracts and to a lesser extent with pulp purchased on the free market. There are only a few producers of dissolving pulp in the world. The Lenzing Group receives its pulp from Europe, the Americas and South Africa.

On a long-term perspective Lenzing also intends to produce up to two-thirds of the pulp required as a raw material for fiber production by itself.

What is the importance of Lenzing for forestry?

About 1,000,000 solid cubic meters are delivered to Lenzing annually. About 40% of these originate in Austria, the remainder is imported from adjacent countries, such as Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany or Hungary. The wood is obtained exclusively from forests which are managed along the sustainabily regulations detailed in forestry legislation. Lenzing AG (location Austria) processes 95% of the native beech wood that accumulates during thinning (pre-utilization) and final utilization.

What are "nonwovens"?

Nonwovens are materials that are "not woven". Fleece fiber materials like these are used in sensitive areas, such as hygiene, medicine and cosmetics.

What is "integrated production“?

The complete production chain, from wood processing to fiber production, is concentrated in one location. The location Lenzing is the world's largest integrated pulp and viscose fiber production.

What are Lenzing's main fiber markets?

Fiber sale volume 2016

Source: Annual Report 2016

Who owns Lenzing?

Lenzing has been traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1985, and has been listed on the ATX index since 2011 (www.wienerborse.at/stocks/prime). Together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries, the B&C Private Foundation is the majority owner of Lenzing AG, with a share of over 60% of the voting rights. The B&C Private Foundation considers itself to be the long-term core shareholder of Lenzing AG, with the declared purpose of the foundation being the promotion of the Austrian economy. Oberbank holds 4% of the voting rights, with the remaining shares in free float.

Where are Lenzing shares traded?

Prime Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange (included in the ATX since 19th September 2011)


What is TENCEL® (Lyocell)?

A new type of cellulose fiber developed by Lenzing and produced in a very environmentally friendly solvent process. Lenzing markets these fibers under the brand name TENCEL®.

Their properties enable new and innovative products to be developed and produced.

What is Lenzing Modal®?

Lenzing Modal® is a viscose fiber refined under modified viscose production conditions and spinning conditions. It stands apart for its softness and is the preferred fiber for high-quality underwear and similar products.

The fibers have improved use characteristics such as tenacity, dimensional stability, and so forth. Lenzing markets these fibers under the brand name Lenzing Modal®.

What is Lenzing Viscose®?

Lenzing Viscose® is regenerated cellulose fiber produced with the viscose process. Natural cellulose is dissolved as a chemical derivative which is then regenerated, that means it is reconverted to cellulose during spinning.

Does Lenzing produce T-shirts or other garments and fabrics?

No, the Lenzing Group produces fibers. Spinners use these to produce yarn, which in turn is used to weave and knit fabrics. These fabrics are then used to produce clothes and other textile applications.

Is Lenzing an environmentally & socially aware company?

The principles of #sustainability (see Sustainability in the Lenzing Group) were incorporated into our company at an early stage.

Lenzing views #sustainability not just as a strategy for the short-term safeguarding of its interests, but as a long-term process with ecological, social and economic dimensions.

Utilization of the renewable resource wood, environmentally sound processes in production, economic effective productivity and job creation make Lenzing an exemplary #sustainability company.

Its high environmental standards make the Lenzing Group a global forerunner in the cellulose and Viscose fiber industry.