The Producer Is Addressing the Pollution Originated by the Chemical Substances Used During the MMCF Production Process. It Has Joined a Credible Initiative That Advances Solutions on Chemical Management.
The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.
ZDHC Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines (evaluated in 2020, worth 3 points) ZDHC Air Emissions Guidelines.
Key Improvements Required
- The company has not yet developed and adopted a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy commitment. The immediate next step for Aoyang Technology is to develop a strong sourcing policy.
- Once this is accomplished, the next action required for its implementation will be to share sourcing data and to obtain third party verification through the CanopyStyle Audit process.
- Use ForestMapper to ensure future expansion plans and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Following the audit, the company will be expected to address any controversial sourcing issues that are identified and progress on remaining sustainability steps, such as supporting conservation solutions and driving the use of new alternative fibres.
- Procure higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs increasing volumes coming from virgin sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management on the ground.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
No significant leadership shown to date. The company attended CanopyStyle’s 2019 Shanghai Summit with brands, innovators and producers, and Canopy encourages Aoyang to re-engage.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
In May 2021, Funing Aoyang Technology, one of the largest viscose staple fibre producers in China, was sold by its parent company (Jiangsu Aoyang Health Industry Co., Ltd), to Sateri, part of the RGE group of companies. All sources of raw materials and associated risk levels will become the responsibility of Sateri. However, the completion of the acquisition is subject to procedural approvals by regulatory authorities. For this reason, further evaluation of this company will be temporarily suspended, and assessment from the Hot Button Report in 2020 remains.
Aoyang Technology, owns two viscose mills in China with a combined production maximum capacity of 320 000 tonnes per year.
Current production volumes are:
Manasi Aoyang – 90 000 tonnes of viscose.
Funing Aoyang – 170 000 tonnes of viscose.
Aoyang produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres and rayon.
The company has not provided updated information for 2021.