Key Improvements Required
Tangshan Sanyou relies on more than a dozen suppliers of wood pulp, distributed in more than ten countries and various continents such as Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Forest of origin information for all of Sanyou’s suppliers is currently lacking. Sanyou is expected to actively work to overcome this gap and to improve transparency of its raw material sourcing. This includes collecting forest of origin information including GIS coordinates and/or shape files which will allow for an overlay with the forthcoming Canopy ForestMapper of Ancient and Endangered Forests.
Sanyou is one of the founding member of the new alliance of viscose producers in China, called the Collaboration for Sustainable Viscose in China, the CV. Sanyou is encouraged to use its leadership within that group to ensure that the the CV roadmap aligns its raw material sourcing criteria with the leading commitments of Sanyou to avoid sourcing from ancient and endangered forests.
Given growth projections in the sector, Sanyou should proactively screen any future ventures and new supply against the ForestMapper and aggressively build next generation solutions into their fiber projections for the coming years.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
Sanyou is taking actions that indicate a high level of commitment to the CanopyStyle initiative. They are actively engaged in dialogue with Canopy and customer brands, are taking immediate actions to address the non-conformance identified in the audit, and are engaging their suppliers proactively.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
The Tangshan Sanyou Group Company Limited owns 2 viscose mills and is associated with one dissolving pulp mill.
• Tangshan Sanyou Yuanda Fiber Co Ltd.
• Tangshan Sanyou Xingda Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd.
Together these mills have a combined viscose capacity of 800 000 tonnes
• Tangshan Sanyou Group has 100% equity in the Dongguang Pulp Co. Ltd – a Chinese dissolving pulp mill which uses cotton linter as raw material. The capacity is 170 000 tonnes per year.
Man-made cellulosic fiber (MMCF) and nonwovens, dissolving pulp, standard viscose fibers, rayon and others including bamboo, modal, pearl, corn protein, dope-dyed, bamboo.
Tangshan Sanyou uses a diversity of tree species such as eucalyptus, birch, spruce, pine and others.