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Corporate History

1882
One of the foundations of Toyobo, Osaka Boseki was born
1886
Establishment of Mie Boseki
1914
The start of Toyobo, merger between Mie Boseki and Osaka Boseki
1931
Merger with Osaka Goudoboseki to create one of the largest spinning companies in the world
1956
Entry into the synthetic fibers business
1963
Entry into the films business
1966
Merger with Kureha Boseki - Toyobo became the largest-scale spinning company in Japan
1970
Entry into the plastics business
1972
Entry into the bio products business
1979
Developed the world's first RO membrane modules for single-pass seawater desalination
1982
Approaching the Toyobo Centennial
Establishment of Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation
2002
Consolidated sales from non-fiber operations exceed sales from fiber operations
Development of "Toyobo GS Catalyst®" world's first aluminum (heavy metal-free) polyester catalyst
2010
Establishment of a joint venture for manufacturing and selling RO membrane elements in Saudi Arabia
2012
Approaching the Toyobo 130th anniversary
Establishment of our new corporate slogan - Ideas & Chemistry
2013
Acquisition of Spain's Spinreact S.A., a Global Manufacturer and Marketer of Diagnostic Reagents and Instruments
Development of COSMOSHINE®SRF (a polyester-based super retarder film) to Eliminate Coloration (Rainbow Mura) due to Birefringence

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