SPV adds fourth line

Lenzing’s Indonesian subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose (SPV) is running trials on its fourth production line, with full production expected to commence in the second quarter of 2009.
The new line will produce viscose fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. PTV spinningmachine Production is intended for the domestic Indonesian market as well as for export.
A $150 million investment makes construction of the fourth SPV line Lenzing’s biggest individual project in recent years. So far more than $500 million has been invested in SPV.
The project took 18 months to complete, with key components supplied by Lenzing’s subsidiary, Lenzing Technik. The additional 60,000 tons of nominal annual capacity of this jumbo line boosts total SPV capacity to 220,000 tons of viscose fibres per year, maintaining the company’s position as the leading Asian, and the world’s second biggest viscose fibre production site after Lenzing in Austria.
SPV’s sales are expected to exceed $400 million per annum in the coming years. The overall production capacity of the Lenzing Group, with fibre productions sites in Austria, Indonesia, China, Great Britain and the US, will be about 670,000 tons of cellulose fibres.
Due to the strong demand for Lenzing fibres, a further debottlenecking programme will begin alongside start-up of regular production. This will increase SPV’s total annual capacity by a further 18,000 tons to 238,000 tons in 2010.  Source nonwovenslive.com

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