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Sateri to Expand Lyocell Production in China to 500K Tons

Sateri, a major producer of viscose fiber, said it plans to expand its lyocell production in China that would lead to annual capacity of up to 500,000 tons by 2025.

The first phase of this expansion kicked off recently with groundbreaking on a new 100,000-ton facility in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. Another 100,000-ton plant will be built in Nantong, Jiangsu province, later this year.  The Changzhou lyocell facility is expected to commence production in the third quarter of 2022 and will create more than 800 jobs, the company noted.

Sateri’s first foray into China’s lyocell market came last May when its 20,000-ton lyocell production line in Rizhao, Shandong province, commenced production. The same site houses a 5,000-ton lyocell pilot production line dedicated to the development of lyocell technology.

“Sateri’s continued investment in lyocell not only responds to the changing needs of the market and the textile industry, but also supports China’s green development plans,” Allen Zhang, president of Sateri, said. “It is also very much a part of Sateri’s 2030 Vision commitment to sustainable development, where we actively seek to adopt a circular economy model through clean and closed-loop production technology and innovation.”

A natural and biodegradable fiber, Sateri’s lyocell is made from wood pulp sourced from certified and sustainable plantations. It is manufactured using closed-loop technology, requiring minimal chemical input during the production process and utilizing an organic solvent that can be almost fully recovered and recycled.

“Customer-centricity is Sateri’s promise,” Tom Liu, Sateri’s vice president and general manager of lyocell and nonwovens business, said. “The new expansion plans will enable us to extend our domestic and international market reach and provide our customers with high quality and comprehensive fiber products. At the same time, we will invest in technology improvement, application development and brand collaboration to bolster the industry.”

Sateri’s five mills in China collectively produce about 1.5 million tons of viscose fiber yearly. The company also manufactures yarn and spun-lace nonwoven fabric. Headquartered in Shanghai, Sateri has a sales, marketing and customer service network covering Asia, Europe and the Americas.