The Sateri Jiangsu and Sateri China mills were the latest to receive EU-BAT compliance from independent consultant Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS), a division of BluWin Limited (UK). 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. 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 utilisation efficiency,” says Allen Zhang, president of Sateri.

“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, adds 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,” he notes.

Dr Siva Pariti, senior technical marketing officer of STS, BluWin Limited commended Sateri on its achievement, particularly in the quick environmental sustainability turnaround of its mill in Jiangsu, which was acquired only two years ago.

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“The achievement sets a benchmark for the industry, and is a testament to Sateri’s position as a leading viscose producer.”

Sateri is a member of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), group of companies, which has global operations spanning Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada. Sateri’s other three mills, Sateri Fujian, Sateri Jiujiang and Sateri China (Jiangxi), had attained EU-BAT compliance in 2020.

The company announced in May it is to acquire the viscose fibre business of Funing Aoyang Technology, in a move that will bring Sateri’s total number of viscose mills in China to six and boost its annual production capacity to more than 1.8m tonnes.

Just Style spoke with Allen Zhang last year about starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic: Why Sateri sees Covid-19 as an industry wake-up call – Interview.