Sateri becomes China’s First Lyocell Producer to be Oeko-Tex STeP Certified

Sateri’s Lyocell facility in Rizhao,  Shandong  Province,  has  been awarded  the  Sustainable  Textile  Production  (STeP)  certification  for  responsible  production, making  it  the  first  Lyocell  producer  in  China  to  be  certified  to  the  rigorous  standards  set  by independent  Swiss-based  certification  organisation  OEKO-TEX®.  Sateri’s Lyocell facility has also obtained the highest ranking of level three in the certification assessment scoring for exemplary implementation of best manufacturing practices.

Together  with  its  earlier  achievement  of  the  STANDARD  100  by  OEKO-TEX®  certification  that confirms  its  Lyocell  fibre  is  free  from  any  harmful  substances  and  complies  with  European standards,  Sateri’s lyocell  products  are  qualified  to  carry  the  MADE  IN  GREEN  by  OEKO-TEX® product  label.  This  label  not  only  attests  to  Sateri’s Lyocell fibre as  safe  and  manufactured  in environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and safe facility, but also the Group’s commitment to higher levels of transparency and accountability through the product traceability feature of the label.

The  STeP  by  OEKO-TEX®  certification  comprises  three  levels  describing  the  extent  to  which  a company has achieved sustainable production and working conditions of factories in the textile industry. The areas of assessment include chemicals management, environmental performance, environmental management,  social responsibility, quality management,  as well as occupational health and safety.

Allen Zhang, President of Sateri, said: ” In addition to having all our (five) viscose mills OEKO-TEX® STeP certified as well as compliant with the emission limits set out  in the European Union Best Available  Techniques  Reference  Document  (EU-BAT  BREF)  on  Polymers,  we  now  have  our  first Lyocell facility awarded with this certification. This not only reflects Sateri’s relentless pursuit for responsible  manufacturing  excellence,  but  marks  an  important  step  towards  sustainable  value chain  management.  Sateri  will  continue  to  work  with  upstream  and  downstream  partners  to realise the sustainable development of our entire industrial chain.”

Sateri’s Lyocell fiber factory in Rizhao commenced operation in May 2020, with an annual output of 20000 tonnes of Lyocell fiber. The same site houses a 5000 tonne Lyocell pilot production line dedicated  for  the  development  of  Lyocell  application  technology.  In  March  2021,  the  Group announced plans to expand its Lyocell annual production capacity in China up to 500000 tonnes by 2025.

A natural and biodegradable fibre, 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 utilising an organic solvent that can be almost fully (99.7 %) recovered and recycled.

Sateri’s Lyocell is  used to produce  high  quality textiles  and  personal  hygiene materials.  Using  a unique  high  technology  manufacturing  process,  it  has  outstanding  dry  and  wet  strength,  high uniformity and consistency, and superior quality. It blends well with various textile fibres to create different fabric styles and characteristics for wide downstream applications.

Sateri is the world’s largest producer of viscose fibre, a natural biodegradable raw material found in everyday items like textiles, wet wipes and other personal hygiene products. Our five mills in China collectively produce about 1.5 million tonnes of viscose fibre yearly. Our range of high quality viscose products, branded EcoCosy®, is independently verified as safe, sustainable, and responsibly produced. We also produce textile yarn, spunlace non-woven fabric, Lyocell, and FINEX™, a recycled textile fibre. Headquartered in Shanghai, we have a sales, marketing and customer service network covering Asia, Europe and the Americas.Sateri is committed to the fundamental principles of sustainable development; our business practices are underpinned by strict adherence to our Sustainability Policy, Pulp Sourcing Policy and universally accepted environmental and social standards.