Sateri said its five viscose mills in China are now fully compliant with the emission limits set out in the European Union Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) reference document on polymers, following recent verification of the Sateri Jiangsu and Sateri China mills.
Verified by independent consultant Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS), a division of BluWin Limited (U.K.), the parameters assessed included resource utility efficiency, wastewater discharge and air emission.
“Sateri Jiangsu was established in 2019 following an acquisition, while Sateri China was built in the same year,” Allen Zhang, president of Sateri, said. “We had aimed to have both mills meet EU-BAT’s recommended emission levels by 2023. To achieve this two years ahead of schedule underscores our continuous efforts in process improvement and control of pollutant emissions and resource utilization efficiency. We will continue to pursue manufacturing excellence and invest in best-in-class technologies for all our mills–existing, acquired and newly constructed ones–as part of our Vision 2030 commitment towards closed-loop and cleaner production.”
Chen Xinwei, chairman of China Chemical Fiber Industry Association, said China’s regenerated cellulose fiber industry has been progressing steadily in recent years.
“As a major viscose manufacturer, Sateri has demonstrated leadership in benchmarking itself against advanced domestic and international standards, focusing on low-carbon development, energy-saving and emission-reduction technology, and cleaner production to advance sustainable development, as well as enhance the company’s competitiveness. All other players in the industry should be encouraged to follow suit.”
Dr. Siva Pariti, senior technical marketing officer of STS, BluWin Limited, called Sateri’s achieving EU-BAT compliance for all its viscose mills “a commendable feat,” especially in the quick environmental sustainability turnaround of its mill in Jiangsu, which was an old mill acquired only two years ago.
“The achievement sets a benchmark for the industry and is a testament to Sateri’s position as a leading viscose producer,” Pariti said.
Sateri is a member of the RGE group of companies. Sateri’s other three mills–Sateri Fujian, Sateri Jiujiang and Sateri China (Jiangxi)–had attained EU-BAT compliance in 2020.
Sateri is the world’s largest producer of viscose fiber, a natural biodegradable raw material found in everyday items like textiles, wet wipes and other personal hygiene products. Its five mills in China collectively produce about 1.5 million tons of viscose fiber yearly. Its range of high quality viscose products, branded EcoCosy, is independently verified as safe, sustainable and responsibly produced.
The company also produces textile yarn, spun-lace non-woven fabric, lyocell, and FINEX, a recycled textile fiber. Headquartered in Shanghai, Sateri has a sales, marketing and customer service network covering Asia, Europe and the Americas.