Celebrating 30 years of sustainable fiber innovation with TENCEL Launched in 1992, TENCEL™ is the flagship brand under the Lenzing Group that covers textile fiber offerings are derived from renewable wood sources. Since then, TENCEL™ has been driving the evolution of fiber solutions for the apparel and home textile segments through a number of industry-first innovations, environmentally responsible production processes, and close collaboration with brands and industry stakeholders. TENCEL™ branded fibers are known to be soft to the skin, smooth to the touch, and contribute to breathability, offering specialty fiber solutions across all segments through TENCEL™ General, TENCEL™ Active, TENCEL™ Denim, TENCEL™ Intimate, TENCEL™ Footwear, TENCEL™ Luxe, and TENCEL™ Home. Looking forward, TENCEL™ will continue to build on its achievement and success over the past 30 years as it continues striving towards a sustainable future, ultimately achieving a carbon-neutral textile industry.
1992 – TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers first began production in Alabama, U.S.
1997 – Lenzing launched the first full-scale lyocell production plant in Heiligenkreuz, Austria
2004 – Lenzing acquired the TENCEL™ brand and its production sites in the U.S. and the U.K., tripling its lyocell capacity
2011 – Lenzing further expanded its lyocell fiber production and started building the first lyocell fiber plant in Lenzing, Austria
2017 – Lenzing launched TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology, utilizing a mixture of wood from sustainable sources and cotton waste from garment production
2017 – TENCEL™ Luxe Lyocell filament yarn was introduced to offer high-end fashion sustainable fiber materials
2018 – Lenzing redefined TENCEL™ as the flagship brand that covers textile specialty product fiber offerings to enhance product brand offerings and drive consumer demand; TENCEL™ brand offering extended to cover TENCEL™ Modal fibers
2019 – Industry breakthrough for Lenzing’s pioneering REFIBRA™ technology with the successful production of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers using post-consumer cotton waste
2020 – Launched carbon zero TENCEL™ fibers to reinforce Lenzing’s commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative and reduce overall carbon emissions
2021 – Launched matte TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers for the denim industry; Launched TENCEL™ Limited Edition, Introduced world’s first TENCEL™ Lyocell fiber made of orange pulp and wood with Orange Fiber
2022 – Opening one of the world’s largest Lyocell production facilities in Thailand to drive ambitious growth plan for TENCEL™ branded fibers Pioneering technology innovations
The 1990s – Microtechnology ensures TENCEL™ branded fibers are extra fine and delicate, to produce lightweight fabrics
1999 – Cross-linking fibers enhance comfort in knitwear applications
2010 – Eco Color technology guarantees long-lasting colorfastness and versatility in textiles produced using TENCEL™ Modal fibers
2017 – Eco filament technology supports TENCEL™ Luxe filament yarn production
2018 – Launched Lenzing E-branding platform to enable producers, retailers, and brand owners to showcase their use of sustainable TENCEL™ fibers; Eco Soft technology provides exquisite softness for TENCEL™ Modal fibers
2020 – Eco Clean technology provides total chlorine-free-bleached TENCEL™ Modal fibers
2020 – Collaboration with TextileGenesis™ delivers Blockchain-enabled supply chain traceability for TENCEL™ fibers
2021 – Indigo Color technology manufactures TENCEL™ Modal fibers for the denim segment Key collaboration achievements. Following the rebranding of the TENCEL™ brand in 2018, a number of consumer-centric initiatives have been launched to support the shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The TENCEL™ eShop, launched in 2020, is the industry’s first e-commerce platform managed by a fiber manufacturer.
To date, TENCEL™ has worked with over 300 co-branding partners globally on customer-oriented campaigns such as Make It Feel Right, TENCEL ™ X, and True Carbon Zero. Such collaborations helped to encourage consumers to make informed purchases and push for the adoption of sustainable practices across the fashion industry.