Key Improvements Required
The company is encouraged to make progress in the areas identified for improvement within the audit report. This includes collecting forest of origin information including GIS coordinates and/or shape files from its dissolving pulp suppliers, which will allow for an overlay with the forthcoming Canopy ForestMapper of Ancient and Endangered Forests.
Given growth projections in the sector, the Fulida Group 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.
As mentioned above, the Fulida Group has a significant conservation opportunity in Vancouver Island rainforests. Key next steps are a moratorium on key high carbon and high conservation value areas within its land base and initiation of a conservation planning process.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
Fulida is actively engaged in dialogue with Canopy and customer brands. The Fulida Group has used its influence with decision makers to contribute to conservation solutions in key landscapes of hope such as Canada’s Broadback forest, and is showing interest to actively contribute to conservation solution on Vancouver Island’s Temperate Rainforest.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
The Fulida Group owns one viscose mill and one dissolving pulp mill.
• Zhejiang Fulida mill, capacity of 180 000 tonnes
• Neucel Specialty Cellulose Dissolving Pulp Mill, located in Port Alice, British Columbia, Canada, acquired in 2011
• In past years, the Fulida Goup transferred all its share of Xinjiang Fulida to Zhongtai
Chem Ltd, a viscose mill with productivity of 400 000 tonnes.
• The Fulida group is also known to be selling viscose made from other viscose producers.
The Fulida Group produces man-made cellulosic fiber (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibers and rayon.
Fulida uses a diversity of tree species such as birch, aspen, maple, Beech, Oak, Poplar, ash, spruce, pine and others.