Lenzing AG

Lenzing, Austria


Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

A&E promotion

Public Collaborative Leadership

Influences Decision Makers

Legislated protection


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments

Scaling to commercial products

Targets & timelines

Aggressively increasing commercial scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

Track & trace system in place

Public sharing of supplier list

Forest of origin is public and mapped

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

Producer Is Proactive

FSC preference

Forest Mapper support

Associated with High Risk of Sourcing from Ancient & Endangered Forests and other Controversial Sources

Risk is known and no action is taken


Initial action taken to adress risk


Sourcing risk has been resolved


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Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Lenzing is one of the first viscose producers to complete and publicly release the results of its CanopyStyle audit, which confirmed that the risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources was low.

Building on this achievement and recognizing that the audits create opportunities for ongoing improvements and only capture a snapshot in time, the company’s second CanopyStyle audit is currently in progress. Surprise (short-notice) site visits are taking place as part of the audit process.

Key Improvements Required

Lenzing is encouraged to continue to progress on their sustainability practices including:

  • The continued growth in the production of REFIBRA™ and the development of additional next generation products.
    To prioritize the development of products that meet or surpass the current market expectation for cellulosic fibres containing at least 50% Next Generation raw material input.
  • Continue to use ForestMapper to ensure future expansion plans and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests. We recommend that the company move quickly to have 80-100% of new production capacity originate from Next Generation Solution feedstock.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Lenzing has shown continuous leadership over the last number of years, as they have:

  • Been first to market with a lyocell fibre containing 30% recycled content based cotton waste, with 10% post-consumer.
  • Launched a new vision formulating their intention to make textile waste recycling as common as paper recycling, and have set a target to reach 50 % recycled content from post-consumer waste by 2024.
  • Used their influence to help advance conservation legacy in three of Canopy’s Landscapes of Hope (Broadback Forest in Canada’s Boreal, Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia, and Temperate Rainforests of Vancouver Island) and drives a reforestation project in Albania.
  • For the first time in 2019 has publicly disclosed of their list of suppliers for dissolving pulp.
  • Inspired their peers by being one of the first producers to join the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme as a contributor.
  • Engaged with Canopy in a process to proactively avoid risk as they look to expand their business operations.
  • Proactively supports tracking and traceability with its fibre identification system, fabric certification system and its cooperation with TextileGenesis (implementing blockchain technology for supply chain transparency).

Canopy expects that the company will continue to maintain a leadership position by prioritizing competitive lines that uses higher percentages of innovative raw materials.

Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes

The company owns nine mills in total. Three viscose mills, four lyocell mills and two dissolving pulp mills. In June 2018, Lenzing also announced it is investigating an expansion project to build a new dissolving pulp plant in Brazil, jointly with Duratex.                                                                                                    

• Purwakarta  PT. South Pacific Viscose, Indonesia. Capacity of 323 000 tonnes of viscose fiber.

(The largest viscose fibre plant operated by the Lenzing Group.)

• Lenzing Nanjing (100% ownership), China. Capacity of 178 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.

• Lenzing, Austria. Capacity of 276 000 tonnes of viscose and modal.

• Lenzing, Austria. Capacity of 71 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).

• Heiligenkreuz, Austria. Capacity 65 000 tons of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).

• Grimsby, UK. Capacity of 45 000 tons of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).

• Mobile, Alabama, USA. Capacity of 51 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).

• Paskov, Czech republic. Capacity of 270 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.    

• Lenzing Austria. Capacity of 300 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.

• A joint venture with Duratex, Brazil will investigate the construction of a dissolving pulp mill.  Projected capacity of 450 000 tonnes.

Lenzing produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF), dissolving pulp, standard viscose fibres (rayon)and specialty cellulose fibres such as lyocell and modal.


Lenzing uses a variety of tree species including beech, spruce, eucalyptus, fir, acacia, maple, alder, birch, ash, pine and poplar.