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Sateri, a business group of RGE, has signed an agreement to expand its Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) operations up to 1 million annual metric tonnes in Jiangxi, China. Including its existing operations, Sateri’s total investment in Jiangxi will surpass RMB 11 billion (USD 1.8 billion) when the expansion is fully implemented over four phases. Combined with its 200,000 annual metric tonnes VSF plant in Fujian, Sateri is poised to be the world’s top VSF manufacturer. The agreement was signed between RGE President, Tey Wei Lin, and County Magistrate of Hukou Jiangxi, Li Xiao Ping. The signing ceremony was held in Singapore on 17 June 2015, and witnessed by Party Secretary of Jiangxi Province Qiang Wei, Party Secretary of Jiujiang City Yin Mei Gen, and RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto.
Tey Wei Lin, RGE President, said “We are excited about this latest development for Sateri. Our new investment plans in Jiangxi will further strengthen Sateri’s position as the leading VSF producer. We would like to thank the government officials of Hukou, Jiujiang and Jiangxi for their strong support for our acquisition and expansion plans. Sateri is committed to bring economic and social benefits to the areas that we operate in, and we’re optimistic about the long-term sustainable growth for viscose.”
A Long-term Commitment
Sateri’s investments in Jiangxi province dates back to 2003, marking the first wholly foreign-owned manufacturer of VSF in China. VSF, made from wood, is a natural and renewable raw material and a key ingredient to everyday items such as textiles and baby wipes. Sateri’s VSF production facilities in Fujian and Jiangxi produces high fibre strength and non-woven fibre products for the high-end market, and it is one of the few such makers in China. At the China (Jiangxi)-Singapore Economic & Trade Cooperation Conference held in Singapore on 18 June 2015, RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto was invited to speak about his experience investing in Jiangxi. He recounted:
In 2002, then-provincial party secretary of Jiangxi Meng Jianzhu and governor Huang Zhiquan kindly invited me to establish operations in Jiujiang. This wasn’t the only offer Sateri was given at that time. We were pursued by other cities including Suzhou along with a number of favourable policies and support. Nevertheless, we were very impressed by the warmth and sincerity of the Jiangxi provincial leadership. We eventually decided to locate our business in Jiujiang City of Jiangxi Province….
The video of RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto’s speech is below: