Unitika is just over twenty years old. The company was formed in 1970 through the merging of Nichibo, a fiber producer founded in 1889, and Nippon Rayo, a fiber and plastics producer founded in 1926. The current research and development center in Uji was opened in 1939 (Nichibo). Current business in Unitika is divided into eleven divisional lines:

The research philosophy at Unitika is to maintain current business and extend into new areas that are considered viable long-term opportunities. Biodegradable polymers, particularly for fibers, are seen as such an opportunity. This opportunity is being exploited in the Fine Chemicals, Nonwovens, Plastics, and Synthetic Fibers divisions.


Published: March 1995; WTEC Hyper-Librarian