After weeks of confusion over allegations against Hygiene Austria, Austrian fiber producer Lenzing has now announced it will divest its shares and transfer them to partner Palmers Textil “to ensure the sound and continuing existence” of the company. Hygiene Austria, a producer of protective masks launched as a joint venture by the two companies last spring, had made negative headlines over suspicions that masks produced in China were mislabeled and sold as Austrian-made products. In an attempt to clarify the allegations, Lenzing initially blamed Palmers for blocking a clarification. However, Lenzing now announced that it had been working intensively with Palmers Textil over the past four weeks. Lenzing had now come to the conclusion that immediate action must be taken, if only because of the image created in the public eye. Lenzing also announced that the quality of the masks has since been verified by a new audit. Both the FFP2 masks manufactured in Austria and those purchased in China were technically flawless in every respect and the CE marking was assured. Effective April 2, two experienced, external executives, namely Claudia Witzemann and Michael Schleiss, have been appointed to serve as the new managing directors of Hygiene Austria.