Introducing 140 years of Toyobo history.Introducing 140 years of Toyobo history.Introducing 140 years of Toyobo history.

Company history

Company history

Product history

Product history

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1870

The era of the practical application of an electric bulb by Edison and the 1st modern Olympics in Athens

1879明治12年

Takeo Yamanobe Meets Eiichi Shibusawa

[L]Eiichi Shibusawa [R]Takeo Yamanobe

In 1851, Takeo Yamanobe was born in the Iwami region (present Shimane Prefecture). He was adopted by the Yamanobe family, and went to Tokyo to study English. In 1877, he travelled to England, and there he chose to study economics at the University of London.
In the spring of 1879, the then leader of the Japanese financial world, Eiichi Shibusawa, suggested that Yamanobe become a spinning engineer, to which he willingly agreed. It was this meeting that set our company into motion.

Shibusawa sent the sum of 1500 yen (a few tens of millions of yen in today's money) to Yamanobe as research funds.

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1882明治15年

One of the foundations of Toyobo, Osaka Boseki was born

Osaka Boseki was established on May 3rd, 1882, and started operation as Japan's first large-scale spinning mill in 1883.
When nighttime production started, the lighting inside the factory was switched from oil lamps to electric lighting. Lighting was supplied from an Edison-style DC generator from September 1886, and it was the first of its kind to be used in a private factory. At that time, the only other electric lights were in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, and in the Military Academy.

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1886明治19年

Establishment of Mie Boseki

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1900

The era of the commencement of world's first radio
broadcast and Lindbergh's successfully flight across
the Atlantic

1914大正3年

The start of Toyobo, merger between Mie Boseki and Osaka Boseki

On June 26th, 1914, Toyobo Co., Ltd. was established through a merger of Mie Boseki and Osaka Boseki. Instead of a purchase acquisition, both companies agreed that the merger should be an incorporation merger, and chose to establish a new company. The merger between the two companies was implemented under the mediation of Eiichi Shibusawa, who held the position of senior adviser in both companies.
As a result of the merger, Toyobo became a large company with an initial capitalization of 14.25 million yen, 440,000 spinning machines, 20,000 yarn twisters, and over 10,000 looms. Takeo Yamanobe from Osaka Boseki was appointed as president, and Denshichi Ito from Mie Boseki was appointed as vice-president.
Masatada Okamura, who was one of Yamanobe's closest associates from the very start of Osaka Boseki said, “Toyobo was named by Shibusawa, and contained his aspirations for “…Toyobo to become one of the largest textiles companies in Asia.””.

* ”Toyo” means the East, and “bo” is an abbreviation for “Boseki” that means spinning in Japanese.

In March 1931, Toyobo merged with Osaka Goudobo to create one of the largest spinning companies in the world.

When it was first established, Toyobo's Head Office was at the Yokkaichi Plant in Mie prefecture. Now our head office is in Osaka prefecture where is about 100km away from there.

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1930

The end of the Second World War
The era of commissioning of world's first passenger jet
and the launch of artificial satellite Sputnik 1

1931昭和6年

Merger with Osaka Godo Bosek to create one of the largest spinning companies in the world.

1951昭和26年

Establishment of Toyobo New York Office to strengthen overseas businesses

1953昭和28年

Establishment of the representative office by Shinko Sangyo, in Bangkok.

1955昭和30年

First to advancement into overseas markets in post-war Japan

Assistant director Ichiji Ootani (center) greeting plant staff the day after signing the contracts for Toyobo Brazil.

In 1955, Toyobo became the first Japanese company in the cotton industry to expand overseas by establishing Toyobo do Brasil Industria Textil Ltda.
At that time, Brazil was undergoing political change, but it had a stable social life, raw cotton could be procured locally, and the market was expanding.
Meanwhile, in the same year Kureha Boseki (which later merged with Toyobo) expanded into El Salvador and established IUSA (Industrias Unidas, S.A.). This was at a time when there was still no Japanese Embassy in El Salvador.

Saburo Hirao (who later became vice-president of Toyobo) poured his heart and soul into, and also risked his life in expanding Kureha Boseki into El Salvador.
Hirao died suddenly in 1973 when returning to Japan via El Salvador from a business trip to Brazil. In praise of his outstanding achievements, Toyobo donated the construction costs to build the “Hirao Saburo Park”. You can often see many families enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the park.

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1955昭和30年

Establishment of INDUSTRIAS UNIDAS S.A.(Kureha Boseki)in Republic of El Salvador

1956昭和31年

Establishment of Japan Exlan Co., Ltd and synthetic fibers production starts

The heads of Toyobo and Goodyear after signing an agreement for the introduction of polyester technology. (Front right: President Toyosaburou Taniguchi)

Toyobo had been researching synthetic fibers since before WWII. However, our expansion into synthetic fibers started with the development of acrylic fibers in 1956 through Japan Exlan Co., Ltd., which was jointly managed with Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. This came from the idea that, “within the natural fibers, silk can be replaced with artificial silk or polyamide, and cotton can be replaced with staple fibers or vinylon. It is essential that an acrylic that has a similar texture to wool be introduced”, and technology was introduced from ACC company in the United States.

In September 1962, permission to use technologies from Goodyear was approved, and production at the Iwakuni plant started in May 1964.

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1960

The era of the successfully landing of Apollo 11 on the moon
and the approach of Halley's comet

1963昭和38年

Entry into the films business

1966昭和41年

Merger with Kureha Boseki - Toyobo became the largest-scale spinning company in Japan

The two company presidents shaking hands after signing the merger agreement (Left, President Kyouichi Ito, Kureha Boseki, and right, President Toyosaburou Taniguchi, Toyobo).

In April 1966, Toyobo and Kureha Boseki merged. Capital after the merger was 17.3 billion yen, and the workforce exceeded 30,000. The new company had the largest number of cotton spinning machines, cotton fiber looms, and wool spinning machines in Japan, with the addition of a polyamide plant. As a result, it achieved yearly sales of 130 billion yen.

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1970昭和45年

The Move from Textiles to Plastic Products

After WWII, Toyobo concentrated on becoming a giant synthetic fiber company. However, even as we followed that path, opportunities for new operations were being developed, principally in the plastics and biochemistry businesses.
Our plastics business was born from our accumulation of technologies related to high polymer chemistry that were developed within the synthetic fiber business

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1972昭和47年

Entry into the diagnostic pharmaceuticals and materials market as the biochemistry business (the current Bio business)area

"Uricolor400" uric acid measurement testing chemical

Our biochemistry business was born from our pulp business. In 1972, Toyobo developed the "Uricolor400" uric acid measurement testing chemical using the enzyme method. In 1975, a policy that placed the utmost importance on diagnostic pharmaceuticals and enzymes for diagnostic pharmaceuticals was established, and we further strengthened our research and development structure.

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1976昭和51年

Production of polyester nonwoven fabric production starts in Tsuruga plant

1976昭和51年

Integration of the Takatsuki Research Center with the Katata Research Center to establish the Research Center

1978昭和53年

Tsuruga Enzymes Plant (the current Tsuruga Biochemicals Plant) starts

1978昭和53年

Entry into the functional membrane business

1979昭和54年

Entry into the pharmaceutical business

1982昭和57年

Approaching the Toyobo Centennial

Head Office Building

On May 3rd, 1982, Toyobo marked 100 years since its predecessor organization was established in Sangen'ya village, Osaka. President Osamu Uno called upon the employees to, “protect what should be protected, discard what should be discarded, and start what should be started from everything we have accumulated over the past 100 years, and to move towards the realization of a new vision”. Toyobo established the “Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation”.

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1982昭和57年

Establishment of Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation

1982昭和57年

Entry into the life science reagent market as the biochemistry business (the current biotechnology business) area

1985昭和60年

Construction of a new research building at the Research Center, further enhancing research and development facilities

1986昭和61年

Construction of a new research building at the Tsuruga Enzyme Plant, further enhancing research and development facilities

1989平成元年

One of the World's largest seawater desalination plant starts operation in Saudi Arabia using "HOLLOSEP®"

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1990

The era of the release of Windows 95 and
the outbreak of the Great East Japan Earthquake

1990平成2年

Establishment of Otsu Pharmaceuticals Plant

1990平成2年

TOYOBO DO BRASIL PARTICIPACOES LTDA. establishes a diagnostic enzyme plant and commense the business

1991平成3年

Entry into the high-performance fiber market

1992平成4年

Transforms Tsuruga Enzyme Plant into Tsuruga Biochemicals Plant and Tsuruga Institute of Biotechnology

1993平成5年

Entry into biopharmaceuticals CMO business

2000平成12年

Establishment of Research Center to transfer corporate research and research infrastructure sections

2001平成13年

Absorption-Type Merger with Nippon Magphane and establishment of Tsuruga Films plant

2002平成14年

Consolidated Sales from Non-Fiber Operations Exceed Sales from Fiber Operations

Consolidated net sales in the fiscal year ending in March 2003 were 376.4 billion yen, of which 183 billion yen was generated by fiber operations, and 193.4 billion yen was generated by non-fiber operations. Non-fiber operations include such businesses as films, engineering plastics and electrical materials, many of which continue to be Toyobo's main businesses.

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2003平成15年

Establishment of TOYOBO (SHANGHAI) BIOTECH CO., LTD. as Chinese base for the bioscience business

2005平成17年

Establishment of Toyobo China Office in Sganghai

2006平成18年

Participation in planting activities (Toyobo Future Forest) in Wakayama Prefecture

2006平成18年

Merges Tsuruga Textile Plant into Tsuruga Functional Materials Plant.
Renames Iwakuni Textile Plant as Iwakuni Functional Materials Plant

2008平成20年

Establishment of Europe office in Dusseldorf, Germany

2008平成20年

Establishment of Toyobo STC Co., Ltd.

In April 2008, Toyobo STC Co., Ltd. was established through the integration of Toyobo's development and sales departments in its textiles business with the high-function products division and textile division of Shinko Sangyo Co., Ltd., a Toyobo group trading company. As a development-oriented global trading company, its core activities are the development of overseas markets, and the strengthening and expansion of specialty business such as films and functional polymers, industrial materials and life science.

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2008平成20年

Establishment of Toyobo Group CSR Charter

2009平成21年

Entry into the cosmetic ingredient market as the bioscience business

2010平成22年

Merger with Toyo Kasei Kogyo Co., Ltd. to strengthen specialty business

This merger represents one measure to expand the scope of Toyobo's Specialty businesses for the future. The integration of these businesses will align and fuse Toyo Kasei products, such as modified polyolefin and pharmaceutical intermediates, with Toyobo's specialty products, such as films & functional polymers and life science products.
Toyobo is seeking further growth by utilizing the management resources of both companies including core technologies, R&D, and human resources under a more agile management structure.

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2010平成22年

Establishment of Arabian Japanese Membrane Company, LLC, a joint venture for manufacturing and selling RO membrane elements in Saudi Arabia

2011平成23年

Constructs a second incubation plant inTsuruga Biochemicals Plant

2011平成23年

Establishment of Toyobo Automotive Textiles (CHANGSHU) Co., Ltd.
for airbag fabrics manufacturing and sales in China

2012平成24年

Approaching the Toyobo 130th
Change in corporate name to TOYOBO CO., LTD.
Introducing our new corporate slogan: Ideas & Chemistry

2012平成24年

Establishment of TOYOBO CHEMICALS(Thailand)Co.,Ltd., JV corporation with Mitsubishi Corporation

2013平成25年

Acquisition of Spain's Spinreact S.A., a Global Manufacturer and Marketer of Diagnostic Reagents and Instruments

2014平成26年

Acquires airbag yarn manufacturer PHP Fibers GmbH jointly with Indorama

2014平成26年

Establishment of TOYOBO MEXICO, S.A.DE C.V.

2014平成26年

Establishment of CAST FILM JAPAN CO., LTD. jointly with DIC Corporation

2015平成27年

Constructs the new facility for enzyme refining in Tsuruga Research and Production Center to double the productive capacity

2016平成28年

Establishment of PT.TOYOBO MANUFACTURING INDONESIA to manufacture knitting fabrics

2016平成28年

Withdraws the business of TOYOBO (HONG KONG) CO., LIMITED

2016平成28年

Terminates textile operations of TOYOBO DO BRASIL LTDA.

2016平成28年

Announcement of ¥10 billion investment plan in airbag business to built new fabric-production company

2017平成29年

Establishment of TOYOBO SAHA SAFETY WEAVE CO.,LTD. In Thailand (JV company  of the fabric production for airbags with Saha group)

2017平成29年

Establishment of TOYOBO INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED in India for engineering plastic business

2017平成29年

Establishment of JV company with PT. Trias Sentosa, Tbk in Indonesia to produce packaging film

2017平成29年

Toyobo Europe transfers Breathair® operations in Europe to Toyobo Joint Venture PHP Fibers

2017平成29年

Establishment of Toyobo Chemicals Europe GmbH (TEU) in Germany to market films and specialty chemical products

2017平成29年

Establishment of TOYOBO PHOTO CHEMICALS CO., LTD. for manufacture and sales of photopolymers

2017平成29年

Reorganization of the Chinese subsidiary.
Transfers the business of TOYOBO CHINA CO., LTD. to TOYOBO (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.

2017平成29年

Announcement of new facility plan of mold releasing film for MLCC in Tsuruga plant

2018平成30年

Sets up a nursery school in the Research Center (Otsu,Shiga)

2018平成30年

Reaches Settlement with United States Department of Justice in Zylon® Fiber Bullet Resistant Vests Damages Lawsuit

2018平成30年

Founded Xenomax - Japan Co., Ltd. to produce and sell heat-resistant polyimide film XENOMAX®

2018平成30年

A fire broke out at Tsuruga Research and Production Center Ⅱ.
Declares "Toyobo Group state of emergency" and designates September 6th, the day when the fire broke out, as "Toyobo Group Disaster Prevention Day".

2018平成30年

PHP Fibers, a Toyobo Group Joint Venture Company, acquires UTT Technische Textilien GmbH & Co. KG, German airbag fabrics maker

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Exhibit TOYOBO's concept car Manipularer® for the first time

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Structured "TOYOBO PVVs", Corporate Philosophy System

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Joins European venture fund CSCF to accelerate growth in “sustainable chemistry” field

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Joins European consortium CEFLEX to help develop a circular economy for flexible packaging

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Stock acquisitions of Teijin Film Solutions Limited (TFS) and P.T. Indonesia Teijin Film Solutions (ITFS)

2019平成31年・
令和元年

Exhibit at IDTechEx Show!: Highlights include XENOMAX®, COCOMI™ and Zylon® products

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2020

The era of the spread of COVID-19 and
the 5th Generation Mobile Communication System

2020令和2年

Signs UN Global Compact

2020令和2年

Joins TCFD consortium

2020令和2年

Joins Petcore Europe to help achieve sustainable growth of PET as packaging material

2020令和2年

Toyobo and 11 other companies jointly launch R Plus Japan, Ltd. to recycle used plastics

2020令和2年

Commercial production of COSMOSHINE SRF® (Super retarder film polarizer)
begins at the new facilities in Inuyama Plant

2020令和2年

A fire broke out at Inuyama Plant on September 27th, resulting in the loss of two employees and one injury.
It was the repeated fire accident following the fore in Tsuruga Research and Production Center Ⅱ in Sep. 2018, Toyobo Group focuses "Safety", "Disaster Prevention" as a top priority issue.

2020令和2年

Establishment of Toyobo Indorama Advanced Fibers Co., Ltd., JV with Indorama Ventures to build new plant for automobile airbag yarns in Thailand

2020令和2年

Revision of TOYOBO Group Charter of Corporate Behavior

2020令和2年

Compiled the Toyobo Group's Human Rights Policy

2021令和3年

Designated as a "Company with Excellent Health Management 2021" for the first time

2021令和3年

The absorption-type merger of Toyobo Film Solutions Limited and inauguration of Utsunomiya Plant

2021令和3年

Listed as "FTSE Blossom Japan Index", ESG investment index for the first time

2021令和3年

Announcement of planned new plant of CTA Dialyzer jointly with NIPRO CORPORATION

2022令和4年

Introduction of the Internal Carbon Pricing system

2022令和4年

Selected as a Supplier Engagement Leader for first time by CDP

2022令和4年

Conclusion of contract to establish new joint venture in functional materials with Mitsubishi Corporation

2022令和4年

Divides textile business from Toyobo STC Co., Ltd. and establishes TOYOBO TEXTILE CO., LTD.

2022令和4年

Approaching the Toyobo 140th
Renewal of company logo
Introduction of the new corporate slogan: Beyond Horizons
Head office relocation from Dojimahama to Umeda(both located in Osaka City)

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1927

Rayon production starts, entered into chemical fibers business

1931

Establishment of Chemical Research Center in the Katata Plant

1948

Research and start of pulp fluid waste disposal at the Toyobo Inuyama Plant as an environmental measure

Research and start of pulp fluid waste disposal at the Toyobo Inuyama Plant as an environmental measure

Pulp operations were started in 1941 with the aim of providing our own pulp, used in the production of rayon, which we have been manufacturing since before WWII. Our pulp business was temporarily suspended due to the war, but was restarted in 1948. As part of our counter-measures against environmental pollution, we focused our attention on the use of yeast to break down and remove polysaccharides found in fluid waste, and started research into cultivating yeast for pulp fluid waste disposal. This was the start of our advancement into the biochemical field.

Yeast fermentation equipment in the early days.

1963

Development of "ESPA®" spandex

1963

Production of polypropylene film "PYLEN®" starts

1966

Establishment of the Toyobo Melt Spinning Theory

1966

Sale of "VYLON®" copolymerized polyester starts

1972

Development of the "Uricolor400" uric acid measurement testing chemical using the enzyme method

1972

Development of the flame-retardant PET fiber "HEIM®"

1975

Development of VOC Recovery Apparatus "K-FILTER®"

1976

Sale of "PELPRENE®" polyester elastomer starts

Sale of "PELPRENE®" polyester elastomer starts

1977

Development of the "Printight®" water-wash photo-sensitive printing plate

Development of the "Printight®" water-wash photo-sensitive printing plate

1979

Developed the world's first RO membrane modules for single-pass seawater desalination

Developed the world's first RO membrane modules for single-pass seawater desalination

Toyobo manufactures reverse osmosis (RO) membrane modules for seawater desalination plants. These modules are employed in water production by seawater desalination plants around the world.

In 1979, Toyobo began the world's first production and sales of RO membrane modules for single-pass seawater desalination. The widespread use of Toyobo modules has earned us a reputation for reliability.

Toyobo's desalination membranes are made of cellulose triacetate (CTA), which has superior resistance to chlorine. This helps prevent bio-fouling of the membrane, the biggest problem during the desalination process. Toyobo's membranes are highly regarded, and are being used to produce high-quality drinking water even in the Middle East, where the warm temperature and high salinity of seawater presents particular problems.
Toyobo membranes have also been in use at Japan's largest seawater desalination plant, in Fukuoka Prefecture, since 2005.

1981

Development of hollow fiber membranes for artificial kidneys

Development of hollow fiber membranes for artificial kidneys

1982

Technological developments in clothes design with "Microclimate within clothing"

1982

Sale of restriction enzymes for life science reagent starts

1983

Enhanced development of electronic materials

1987

Development of "GEENA®", a polyester fiber with a new feel to it

1988

Development of "Dyneema®"(the current ”Izanas”), an ultra high-strength polyethylene fiber

Development of "Dyneema®"(the current ”Izanas”), an ultra high-strength polyethylene fiber

1988

Development of "PROCON®" PPS fibers for bag filters

Development of "PROCON®" PPS fibers for bag filters

1989

Development of the "TOM®-Ⅲ" sweating mannequin for comfort evaluation technology

1989

Sale of PCR enzyme(Tth DNA polymerase)starts

1990

Sale of enzyme for blood glucose sensors starts

1990

Production of polyester nonwoven fabric production starts in Iwakuni plant(Tsuruga & iwakuni, multi point prodcution system starts)

1991

Full-scale production of "Dyneema®" (the current "Izanas") , an ultra-high-strength polyethylene fiberstarts

1991

Development of "Crisper®" polyester synthetic paper

Development of "Crisper®" polyester synthetic paper

1991

Development of t-PA formulation "PLASMINAR" (Our first pharmaceutical product)

1992

"K-FILTER®" Solvent Adsorption Treatment equipment becomes our first product to be awarded the Eco Mark

1993

Development of "SPACECLEAN®" shrinkable polyester film

Development of "SPACECLEAN®" shrinkable polyester film

1993

Development of non-coated fabric for airbags

Development of non-coated fabric for airbags

1993

Development of "Toyobo Miracle Care" shape memory shirt

1995

Development of "[eks]®" moisture absorption and heat generating fiber

1995

Sale of PCR enzyme(KOD® DNA polymerase)starts

1996

Development of "BREATHAIR®" three-dimensional cushion material

Development of "BREATHAIR®" three-dimensional cushion material

1998

Development of "ECOSYAL®" transparent vapor-deposited film

Development of "ECOSYAL®" transparent vapor-deposited film

1998

Development of "ECOSYAR®" transparent vapor-deposited film

1998

Full-scale production of "ZYLON®" PBO fiber starts

Full-scale production of "ZYLON®" PBO fiber starts

1998

Sale of "Echorclub®" recycled polyester fibers for use in textiles starts

1998

"ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM®" brand launches

2000

Reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination"HOLLOSEP®" used in Japan's largest seawater desalination plant in Fukuoka Prefecture

2001

Sale of "USCANNER®" Urine cell analyzer starts

2002

Development of "Cosmolight®" a water-washable photosensitive flexo CTP plate

Development of "Cosmolight®" a water-washable photosensitive flexo CTP plate

2002

Development of "SAM", a new type of sweating mannequin for comfort evaluation technology

2002

Development of "TOYOBO GS Catalyst®" world's first aluminum (heavy metal-free) polyester catalyst

2006

Development of wine filtration membrane

2006

Development of the fiber product group "MENTALBALANCE®" by applying "psychological and physiological state measurement technology"

2007

Spanbond OEM starts in China

2008

Development of "Tsunooga®" high strength polyethylene fiber

Development of "Tsunooga®" high strength polyethylene fiber

2008

Sale of "DURASEP®" water purification UF membrane modules starts

2009

Sale of "SurfMellow®"(the current "CERAMELA®"), "AminoPGALE®" and "PHYTOPOLYAMINE®" natural cosmetic ingredients starts

Sale of "SurfMellow®"(the current "CERAMELA®"), "AminoPGALE®" and "PHYTOPOLYAMINE®" natural cosmetic ingredients starts

2009

Sale of "POCube®" compact chemiluminescent autoanalyzer starts

2009

Development of glass fiber-strengthened nylon resin that has the highest level of strength, rigidity, and impact resistance in the world

2009

Development of a recyclable coated fabric for airbags without separating the coating agent

2010

Sale of "GENECUBE®" fully automatic gene analyzing system starts

2010

Development of "SHINEBEAM®" hydrolysis-resistant polyester film for solar cell backsheets

2010

Development of "VYLOAMIDE®" biomass polyamide resin

2011

Sale of plant-derived PET products starts

2012

Development of "SEC ONE COAT®" antithrombogenic polymer with advanced safety features

Development of "SEC ONE COAT®" antithrombogenic polymer with advanced safety features

2012

Development of "Nerbridge®" nerve regeneration conduit

Development of "Nerbridge®" nerve regeneration conduit

2012

Development of "BREATHLEATHER®" non-sticky and air permeable synthetic leather

2013

Development of COSMOSHINE SRF® (Super retarder film polarizer) to Eliminate Coloration (Rainbow Mura) due to Birefringence

Development of COSMOSHINE SRF® (Super retarder film polarizer) to Eliminate Coloration (Rainbow Mura) due to Birefringence

2013

Development of the virus-removing hollow fiber membrane

2013

Production of "BREATHAIR®" three-dimensional cushion material starts in Europe

2013

Production of "VYLON®" copolymerized polyester starts in TOYOBO CHEMICALS(Thailand)Co.,Ltd.

2014

Marketing approval of PI Catheter kit Ⅱ

2014

Operation of additional facilities for production of desalination membranes in Saudi Arabia starts

2014

Sale of nitrogen desorption type VOC recovery apparatus starts

2015

Development of "KAMISHINE®" PET based synthetic paper for labels

Development of "KAMISHINE®" PET based synthetic paper for labels

2015

Entry to the biological information analysis wear market with COCOMI® stretchable conductive film

2015

Sales of the new in-vitro diagnostics system for the detection of tuberculosis pathogenic factors starts

2015

Marketing approval of PICC kit Ⅱ

2015

Development of "Bonarc®" bone regeneration inducing materials

2016

Marketing approval of Brad Access Catheter Ⅱ

2016

Development of "RESHINE®" film of recycled PET resin

2016

Agrees tie-up with Dutch bio venture company
Avantium to produce 100% biobased resin

2017

Polymerization technology licensing contract with world's largest PET producer, Indorama Ventures Pcl

2017

Contracted to manufacture DuPont™ APEXA® biodegradable polymers by using aluminum-based TOYOBO GS Catalyst®

2018

Toyobo's hollow fiber forward osmosis membrane adopted at Danish osmotic power plant

Toyobo's hollow fiber forward osmosis membrane adopted at Danish osmotic power plant

2019

Develops BIOPRANA® ONY, the industry's first plant-based packaging nylon film

Develops BIOPRANA® ONY, the industry's first plant-based packaging nylon film

2019

Obtains government approval to produce and sell bone regeneration inducing material Bonarc®

2019

Develops TOYOBO ESTER® GS, an eco-friendly packaging film

2019

Signs sales contract with TERPHANE, a transparent vapor-deposited high gas barrier film to market ECOSYAR® in Americas

2019

Toyobo and SWCC sign MOU on joint pilot test aimed at accelerating use of new membrane technology for reusing concentrated brine

2019

Accelerating development of material for OPV through a joint effort with the French government research institute CEA

2020

Expand film product line made with recycled resin from PET beverage bottles under the Beverage Bottles to Film - BB2F™

Expand film product line made with recycled resin from PET beverage bottles under the Beverage Bottles to Film - BB2F™

2020

Agrees to exclusively supply PBO staple fiber to DuPont Specialty Products for firefighter clothing

2020

Sale of PCR test research reagents and in vitro diagnostic reagents for COVID-19 starts

2021

Transforms Tsuruga Bio Research Center into Biotechnology Center and establishes of Katata suboffice in Research Center

2021

Development of new functional OPP barrier film to promote mono-material packaging, plastic recycling

2021

Development of environmentally friendly water treatment system equipped with an FO membrane jointly with SWPC and AJMC

2021

Sale of in vitro diagnostic reagents for the antigen testing for COVID-19 starts

2021

Succeeds in the polymerization of 100% bio resin

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