Cellulosic fiber producer Sateri said in a recent press release that it had successfully begun production of lyocell fibre in China in a collaboration with Asia Symbol, the country’s leading producer of pulp and packaging board.
Sateri is the world’s largest producer of viscose fiber, a natural and sustainable raw material found in everyday items like textiles, baby wipes and personal hygiene products. Its five mills in China collectively produce about 1.4 million metric tonnes of viscose fiber yearly. They also operate a yarn spinning mill.
The newly-installed 20,000 ton per annum production line in the city of Rizhao, Shandong Province, broadens Sateri’s portfolio of fiber products and bolsters lyocell supply to the textile and non-woven markets.
Industry associations such as the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) welcome the news. Duan Xiaoping, Deputy President of CNTAC and President of the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA), said, “Lyocell is not only a higher value product but also an eco-friendly fiber that is bio-based and minimizes chemical use and emissions. Sateri’s investment in Lyocell is very much aligned with the aim for technical and product upgrading for China’s textile industry.”
A natural and biodegradable fiber, Sateri’s Lyocell is made from wood pulp sourced from 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, the release mentioned.
Lyocell is used to produce high-quality textiles and personal hygiene materials. Textiles made from Lyocell possess high tenacity and bright lustre and share similar qualities with textiles made from viscose – soft and silky with good drape, breath-ability, and absorption.
Allen Zhang, President of Sateri, said, “The in-house development of Lyocell is part of Sateri’s pursuit of innovation. We have worked intensively on developing this in recent years. While we may be the world’s largest viscose producer, we are not wedded to any single technology or process for fiber production. We are steadfast in our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement even in the face of global health and economic challenges currently confronting us.”
Sateri is part of the RGE group of companies that has committed to investing USD200 million to advance next-generation textile fiber innovation and technology. In March this year, Sateri achieved a breakthrough in commercial production of viscose using recycled textile waste.