Fibers (including Industrial Materials)
Nylon, the world's first synthetic fiber, was first manufactured in large scale in Japan by Toray in 1951. Nylon offers many features such as excellent tensile strength, abrasion strength, and chemical-resistance, as well as good color development properties. Nylon applications for clothes include panty hose, swimwear, skiwear and undergarments; while its uses in industrial materials include tire cords, fishing nets, and carpets etc. Toray has the largest share of the nylon market in Japan.