Lenzing subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) opens fourth production line

SPV secures its position as Asia's leading viscose fiber producer

(PresseBox) (Lenzing, ) Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line at the beginning of April. A total of about USD 150 mill. made the production line the Group's biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual nominal production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibers for textile and nonwovens applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and makes it Asia's biggest viscose fiber production site and the world's secondbiggest producer, after the parent plant at Lenzing with 255,000 tons per year.

Peter Untersperger, chairman of the Lenzing management board, at the inauguration in Purwakarta: "Indonesia and the whole of Asia are Lenzing's single most important sales market. The extension of PT. South Pacific Viscose is another milestone for the Lenzing Group. It again marks our commitment to our customers in this part of the world. And it is, moreover, an essential part of our corporate strategy. With the completion of all current investment projects in 2012, about half of the Group's fiber production capacity of then 378,000 tons will be located in Asia. It is our goal to reach the millionton production mark by successive expansion steps and more than half of our total cellulose fiber production will then be generated in Asia."

Fritz Weninger, the member of the Lenzing management board responsible for fibers, at the ceremony emphasized: "For the next years we expect aboveaverage demand for viscose fibers produced by SPV. We offer our customers innovative applications, top quality, delivery dependability and the best technical support possible: Processors who use Lenzing fibers realize corresponding added market value".

The new jumbo line took two years to complete and required the extension of existing industrial infrastructure, including a stateoftheart 21 megawatt power station with multifuel fluidized boiler and attached steam turbine, a sulfuric acid plant with a daily capacity of 300 tons, a CS2 recovery plant, as well as process and waste water facilities. SPV consequently conforms to the latest environmental standards.

All in all, a total of about USD 500 mill. were invested in SPV. A debottlenecking program will be started along with the regular operation of line four in order to raise total production capacity by another 18,000 tons to 238,000 tons per year.

Lenzing has been involved in SPV since 1983 and has been holding the industrial management since the start of production. The company raised its initial minority interest in successive steps to currently 90.56 percent. The remainder is being held by Indonesian shareholders Production capacity has been increased more than tenfold in successive stages from initially 20,000 tons per year. SPV is an important supplier to the Indonesian textile industry, the one of biggest industrial segment of Indonesia. The site's staff of 1,656 makes the company one of the biggest employers in the region and a major contributor to its rise over the past 30 years. SPV, moreover, finances numerous community projects such as schools and child and health care centers in Purwakarta.

Lenzing AG

The Lenzing Group is an international group of companies with its headquarters in Austria, production sites in all major markets and a global network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing provides the global textile and nonwovens industry with highquality cellulose fibers. The company is the leading supplier in many businesstobusiness markets - from cellulose fibers to special plastic polymer products.

Lenzing quality and Lenzing innovative power set standards for manmade cellulose fibers worldwide. Seventy years of fiber production expertise make us the only producer worldwide of all three manmade cellulose fiber generations, from classic viscose to modal and lyocell. Lenzing's unique combination of consistent customer orientation with leadership in quality, innovation and technology is the foundation of our success.

Lenzing is committed to the principles of sustainable management and very high environmental standards.

Lenzing's core business fibers and plastics are complemented by our activities in business field engineering.

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