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Sateri is poised to become the largest viscose staple fibre producer in the world with a production capacity of over 1.6 million tonnes by 2020.
Larger production capacity with new machineries
On Aug 8, 2016, Sateri confirmed orders for machineries to expand its viscose staple fibre production capacity by one million tonnes. Sateri’s three PEFC Chain-of-Custory certified mills in Fujian and Jiangxi presently have an annual production capacity exceeding 500,000 metric tonnes.
The total investment in the expansion is expected to exceed USD 1.5 billion (10 billion yuan). The new capacity will be incrementally phased in from 2018 to 2020, depending on market conditions.
Expanding ahead of demand
Viscose staple fibre is a natural raw material and key ingredient to everyday items such as baby wipes and personal hygiene products. CEO Tey Wei Lin believes viscose staple fibre will be seen as the superior fibre for textiles and non-woven fabric and that the company has “been making preparations for expansion.”