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Sateri, a leading global producer of viscose staple fibre with an annual production capacity of 800,000 tons, has joined nine other major viscose producers and two trade associations in China to form the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV). This industry-led initiative seeks to address sustainability challenges and drive market transformation.
Launched in March 2018 in Shanghai, China, CV requires its members to adopt and implement a time-bound framework to address environmental and social issues through the adoption of industry best practices and international certification standards.
The collaboration laid out a three-year CV Roadmap that seeks to address issues throughout the viscose supply chain. The roadmap calls upon members to responsibly source materials from sustainably managed plantations, optimise manufacturing process for energy & resource efficiency, and protect the human and labour rights of workers, among others.
The CV launch was attended by several industry stakeholders including viscose producers, yarn spinners, textile manufacturers, supply chain experts and clothing brands such as H&M. A fashion show side event was also held to showcase the versatility of viscose as a desirable material for apparel.
Speaking at the launch, Duan Xiaoping, Deputy President of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and President of China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA), said “CV is an entirely industry-led initiative which aims to provide a technical platform with clear objectives for industry players to share clean and green manufacturing best practices and technology. It is hoped that CV, with its current members making up more than 50% of the world’s viscose production, can make a positive impact not only at the local industry level in China, but in the global textile and apparel sector as well.”
While the viscose market only makes up 6 – 7% of the materials used in the global textile market, interest from the industry is rapidly growing. Regarded as a natural, comfortable and biodegradable alternative to other petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, viscose is woven and knitted to make underwear, baby clothing, skirts, shirts and dresses.
Feng Xin, Sateri’s Vice President of Downstream Business & Corporate Development, said “Viscose staple fibre has many highly desirable product attributes that are ideal for making quality textile and non-woven products. With rapid demand growth and rising scrutiny over the sustainability performance of sourcing and production of viscose, CV is set up with a strong mission to help the industry bring viscose to the next level and become the market’s fibre of choice through the adoption of responsible sourcing and best manufacturing management practices.”
Already the biggest producer of viscose in China, Sateri seeks to be the global leader in viscose staple fibre production with a target of producing 3 million tons of viscose staple fibre per annum by 2025.
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