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Toray to sell N6CR products in Japan

Japanese fibre producer will domestically sell chemical recycled fibre products derived from fishing nets.

7th December 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Tokyo, Japan

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Toray Industries will begin selling nylon 6 chemically recycled fibre (N6CR) yarns, textiles, and other products in Japan from March 2023. The offerings will apply Toray’s depolymerization and repolymerization technology to recycled plastics and other materials that Refineverse Group, Inc., makes from recovered fishing nets.

Toray is aiming for N6CR product sales to rise from around 800 million yen in the year ending 31st March 2023, to 1.2 billion yen two years later.

This year, Toray set up a new production system at its Nagoya Plant that identifies virgin raw materials from fossil sources, which comprises a raw materials input facility for recycled fishing net-derived resin and recycled lactam storage tanks. The facility will recycle nylon 6 fibre products, accelerate efforts to develop an advanced fibre to fibre recycling business, and contribute to the circular economy.

Toray’s new N6CR facility will enable it to overcome technical challenges and reinforce its range of high-performance, high-value-added nylon fibres for apparel. The company looks particularly to expand sales of lightweight, eco-friendly fabrics for sports and outdoor wear, innerwear, and legwear.

Common applications for industrial nylon fibre are automotive parts, ropes, fishing nets, carpets, and other general industrial materials. Toray’s endeavour will help cut environmental impacts across an array of industrial fields and drive uptakes of sustainable resources.

Toray will expand its advanced fibre to fibre recycling business by collaborating with customers in initiatives to sell products incorporating its N6CR materials. Such endeavours will be in keeping with the company’s commitment to innovating ideas, technologies, and products that deliver new value.

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