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  • The Toyobo Story Continues

    Toyobo, a Japanese textile company, has a long history of providing innovative products across a variety of industries. They have developed a number of groundbreaking products, such as an ultra-strong fiber called Zylon that is used in bulletproof vests, and a breathable weatherproof fabric called Aerocool that is an excellent material for outdoor gear.

    In recent years, the company has focused on developing new products in the healthcare industry. They have created a line of functional fibers that can be used in medical devices, as well as a new non-woven fabric that is perfect for use as a surgical gown. These products are designed to help improve patient care and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

    Toyobo's commitment to innovation and quality has helped the company become a global leader in the textile industry. With its ongoing investment in research and development, Toyobo is sure to continue to provide innovative products that meet the needs of a wide range of industries.


1st modern Olympics 

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


Takeo Yamanobe Meets Eiichi Shibusawa

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.


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.


Establishment of Mie Boseki

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