Royal Golden Eagle, formerly known as Raja Garuda Mas, is the parent company of multiple successful companies. One of the most-renowned is Sateri, RGE’s primary producer of viscose rayon.
Sateri was founded in 2002 by Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto, who also founded Royal Golden Eagle, and was established in China. In that same year, construction of the company’s viscose staple fibre mill began in Jiujiang.
Today, with an annual capacity of 1.1 million metric tonnes of viscose fibre produced from four viscose mills, Sateri is the largest viscose fibre manufacturer in the world. On top of all that, Sateri is committed to environmental protection, sustainability, and responsible production throughout the production process.
Its mills use European technology to produce viscose from 100% dissolving wood pulp for better quality and purity. The end product is a sustainable fibre that has a variety of uses from fashion fabrics to home textiles, beauty masks, and baby wipes.
Sateri’s mills are state-of-the-art and qualified. All of them have achieved the STeP by OEKO-TEX® and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certifications. Moreover, they have achieved the Chain of Custody (CoC) certification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification™ (PEFC™), and are certified under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Sateri is also among the first to have its viscose mills complete the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) assessment, and the first viscose-producing company to carry the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label. This label independently verifies the company’s viscose products as responsibly produced and safe.
What is Viscose?
The key facets of viscose are that it is natural, biodegradable, comfortable, renewable, and sustainable.
Viscose is incredibly versatile. It is used to make everyday products like clothing, home fabrics, and hygiene products. Viscose fibre is made from wood cellulose, and looks and feels a lot like cotton. It also shares other distinct properties of cotton, such as absorbency, breathability, and comfort.
When it comes to manufacturing clothing, viscose is easy to dye, and can be knitted or woven to make baby clothes, dresses, underwear, shirts, and skirts.
Viscose is a high-end material for home fabrics, such as bed sheets, curtains, drapes, furniture covers, tablecloths, towels, and napkins.
Sateri’s viscose is made from cellulose pulp taken from sustainably managed plantations of acacia and eucalyptus. That makes it a more natural, biodegradable, and sustainable alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fabrics like acrylic, nylon, and polyester. What’s more, commercial demand for viscose rayon has been on the rise.
Producing Viscose Fibre
The production of viscose fibre starts in Sateri’s renewable tree plantations. Wood logs are stripped of bark, cut into wood chips, and processed in large digesters to remove the lignin that binds the fibres together. A few rounds of cleaning and filtering later, the end result is dissolvable wood pulp.
The pulp is then further dissolved to form a viscous liquid that is later crystallised as regenerated cellulose threads. These are the viscose fibres that will be used to make Sateri’s diverse inventory of viscose products.
For absorbent, soft, and silky pieces of clothing, the viscose fibres are spun into yarns in a process called spinning. The newly formed yarns will then be knitted or woven into a suitable fabric for making clothing.
To produce hygiene products like facial masks and wet wipes, the viscose fibres are bonded together by a non-woven technology that entangles the fibres thermally and mechanically.
he list of products from Sateri include:
- Ecocosy textile fibres
- Ecocosy non-woven fibres
- Viscose yarn
Ecocosy Textile Fibres
Sateri’s main product in this category is viscose. The superfine fibres of this material make it soft, breathable, and light. The fibres also occupy a relatively large surface area, making them more conducive to dye, and further aid colour radiance and saturation.
Sateri’s main applications of viscose are for producing knitted fabrics (e.g. dresses, T-shirts, and high-end knitted wear), woven fabrics (e.g. shirts, denims, and casual clothing), and home textiles (e.g. bedding sheets, decorative fabrics, high-end towels, napkins, and tablecloths).
Ecocosy Non-Woven Fibres
Sateri recognises that purity is an essential aspect of products that are applied on the skin. Hence, the company only uses 100% cellulose fibre that is not only soft and absorbent, but also free from harmful substances.
The numerous hygiene products they produce from non-woven fibres have a wide range of applications from hygiene and skin care to medical dressings. The naturally derived purity of the fibres also makes them fully biodegradable and minimises pollution to the environment.
In 2016, Sateri purchased a spinning mill in China from Austrian company, Linz Textil, to further expand its capabilities in viscose production.
Today, Linz (Nanjing) Viscose Yarn Co. Ltd. delivers high quality open-end products made from viscose yarn, giving Sateri a strong foothold in the spinning industry. Sateri also hopes to add more spinning machines and other technologies to expand its product inventory as well as develop new products.
Since its establishment in 2002, Sateri has grown steadily while also making a few notable leaps forward.
Established in 2004 in Jiujiang, Sateri (Jiangxi) Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd. was Sateri’s first mill in China. Its location close to the Yangtze river gives it good connectivity for shipping operations.
Following the addition of two new production lines in 2010, the mill now has a capacity of 160,000 tons.
Following an investment of $500 million, Sateri (Fujian) Fibre Co. Ltd. opened in 2013 as one of the newest and best-designed manufacturing plants in the world. it produces two main types of fibres, regular and specialty, for use in microdenier and high-end non-woven products.
Sateri (Jiujiang) Fibre Co. Ltd., formerly owned by Jiangxi Longda, was acquired by Sateri in 2015. Like Sateri Jiangxi, this mill is also located close to the Yangtze river for convenient access and connectivity. Sateri has significant expansion plans for its current three lines and 105,000 ton capacity.
Located in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, Sateri (Jiangsu) Fiber Co. Ltd. was acquired from Jiangsu Xiangsheng Viscose Fiber Co. Ltd. earlier this year. It is one of Sateri’s larger mills with six production lines and a capacity of 250,000 tons and a crucial asset for bringing Sateri closers to its partners downstream and more customers, particularly in the northern China market.