New Producers Complete First-Ever CanopyStyle Audits in 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2022 — Today, environmental not-for-profit Canopy, with independent third-party auditors Preferred by Nature and SCS Global Services, as well as six man-made cellulosic (MMCF) producers and one dissolving pulp supplier have publicly released new CanopyStyle Audits.
The companies publishing audits include Jilin Chemical Fiber (viscose staple fibre, viscose filament yarn), Xinxiang Chemical Fiber/Bailu (viscose filament yarn), ENKA (viscose filament yarn), Kara Fiber (lyocell staple fibre), PT. Rayon Utama Makmur (RUM Indonesia) (viscose staple fibre), Kelheim (viscose staple fibre), as well as Cosmo Speciality Fibers (dissolving pulp). Three of these companies — Kara Fiber, RUM Indonesia, and Cosmo — are new participants in the CanopyStyle initiative.
“Canopy is very pleased to see more and more producers join the CanopyStyle initiative and follow through to get audited,” said Amanda Carr, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Canopy. “Canopy’s doors are wide open to all global producers of man-made cellulosic fibre who want to collaborate to forward Ancient and Endangered Forest conservation, as well as the scaling up of low-impact Next Generation fibre solutions.”
The audits, conducted for MMCF producers based around the world, found a variety of results: Jilin Chemical Fiber, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber, Kara Fiber, ENKA, Kelheim Fibres, and Cosmo Specialty Fibers were found to be at low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources. RUM Indonesia, which has just recently begun its participation in the CanopyStyle initiative, have shifted to sourcing a higher proportion of FSC certified fibre, and require more information from their suppliers to properly assess risk.
The results for each audit, along with recommendations and corporate descriptions can be found below:
Jilin Chemical Fiber Stock Co., Ltd. is a holding subsidiary of Jilin Chemical Fiber Stock Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 1960 and put into operation on August 1, 1964. The company is a listed company specializing in the production of viscose fibre. Its main products are viscose filament and viscose staple yarn. The designed production capacity for filament fibre is 80,000 tons and for the staple fibre is 125,000 tons. The company is one of the top ten enterprises in China’s chemical fibre industry.
Xinxiang Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd. was established in March 1993 and is a subsidiary of the Xinxiang Bailu Investment Group Co., Ltd. The company has two mills with 200,000 tons of production capacity, 80,000 tons of which is man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and the rest spandex.
Kara Fiber is a new lyocell production facility based in Gaziantep, Turkey, and part of Kara Holding, which focuses on production of nonwoven textiles, yarn, plastics, and man-made cellulosic fibre. Kara Fiber started production of Lyocell (brand name Ecocell) in October 2021 and is still in the testing phase while already selling lyocell fibre.
ENKA manufactures endless viscose yarns (multi-filament yarns) from pure cellulose under the trademark ENKA® Viscose. Located in Industriecenter, Obernburg since 1924, it’s the largest chemical fibre manufacturing site in Western Europe. An additional textile treatment plant is located in Gorzow, Poland. ENKA is a daughter company of International Chemical Investors Group.
PT. Rayon Utama Makmur also known as RUM Indonesia is a rayon or viscose staple fibre manufacturer located in Sukoharjo, Central Java, Indonesia and part of PT. Sri RejekiIsman, Tbk, a textile manufacturer in Indonesia. PT. Rayon Utama Makmur produces viscose staple fibre (VSF) for the textile industry by using dissolving pulp as input material and has 80,000 tons capacity in a year.
Kelheim Fibres GmbH, headquartered in Kelheim, Germany, is a producer of viscose speciality fibres. Established in 1935 as Süddeutsche Spinnfaser AG, incorporated into the Hoechst Group in the late 1960s, and subsequently taken over by EQUI-Fibres GmbH and renamed as Kelheim Fibres GmbH in 2004. Its fibres under GALAXY®, DANUFIL®, VISETA® and VILOFT® trademarks, are used to produce textiles, hygiene, and medical products, speciality papers as well as technical and household products.
Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. (Cosmo) is a dissolving pulp manufacturer located in Cosmopolis, Washington. Cosmo is an affiliate of The Gores Group and was established to restore, restart and operate the former Weyerhaeuser Specialty Cellulose Mill. Cosmo Specialty Fibers produces lyocell, viscose, acetate, ethers, MCC, and nitrocellulose dissolving pulp. Products are made from Pacific Northwest U.S.A. softwoods, primarily Douglas Fir and western hemlock.
About Preferred by Nature
Preferred by Nature (formerly known as NEPCon) is an international, non-profit organisation that delivers sustainability services and engages in innovation projects to facilitate the transformation of business practices to promote the responsible use of natural resources in 100+ countries. More than 4000 companies and organisations benefit from our nearly 30 years of experience providing sustainability services to various sectors. We focus on forest, agriculture and climate impact commodities, and related sectors such as tourism and conservation.
Through a well-developed network of regional representatives and contractors, Preferred by Nature offers timely and cost-effective certification services around the world. For more information, visit: https://preferredbynature.org.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability veriﬁcation, certiﬁcation, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in climate mitigation, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, consumer products, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies, and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Beneﬁt Corporation, reﬂecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit: scsglobalservices.com.
Canopy is a global, not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species, and climate. Canopy has collaborated with more than 900 companies to develop cutting-edge environmental policies that transform unsustainable supply chains, spark innovative solutions, and protect our world’s remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests. www.canopyplanet.org
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Laura Repas, Canopy