Toray to Sell Recycled Fiber Products Developed from Fishing Nets

Beginning in March, Toray Industries Inc., will begin selling nylon 6 chemically recycled fiber (N6CR) yarns, textiles, and other products in Japan. 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 looks for N6CR product sales to rise from around 800 million yen in the year ending March 31, 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. This setup comprises a raw materials input facility for recycled fishing net-derived resin and recycled lactam storage tanks. It will recycle nylon 6 fiber products, accelerate efforts to develop an advanced fiber-to-fiber recycling business and contribute to a circular economy.

The world is increasingly interested in sustainable development goals and environmental, social and governance issues. Demand is growing for eco-friendly materials and products for apparel. In industrial applications, demand is surging for switching away from petrochemical feedstocks and for conserving resources.

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

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

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

One goal of the Toray Group Sustainability Vision is to help the world manage resources sustainably by 2050. Toray will keep pursuing that vision to help eliminate resource depletion and marine pollution from large amounts of waste, cut carbon dioxide emissions and tackle other issues to materialize a circular economy.