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Toray and Soramitsu to Trial Jointly Developed Blockchain-Based Traceability System

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Jan. 27, 2022

Toray Industries, Inc.
Soramitsu Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan, January 27, 2022 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it will collaborate with blockchain technology solutions firm Soramitsu Co., Ltd., to initiate a proof-of-concept trial during the year ending March 2023 for a blockchain-based traceability system.

One key goal of the Toray Group Sustainability Vision is to help the world manage resources sustainably by 2050. The company seeks to integrate proprietary recycling, biomass and other sustainable technologies that can contribute to a closed-loop economy. It also looks to integrate its product supply chain with Soramitsu’s blockchain technologies to enhance traceability in product collection, reuse, and other processes. Such an approach would help engage all supply chain stakeholders in achieving a closed-loop economy.

In 2019, Toray launched “&+”, a sustainable brand that supports efforts to use recycled plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate as raw fiber materials and make such resources traceable. The trial will focus on this brand, with Toray collaborating with companies in its supply chain in organizing to build a basic system that allows anyone, anywhere to verify traceability.
Envisaged blockchain-based traceability system

Toray will encourage consumers to actively engage in the recycling process by providing visualization and verification of the closed loop cycle, where consumers can trace the full process from material collection to the production of the end product.
It will also verify frameworks that make it easier for its business partners to integrate information from this system into their own traceability systems.

The company will validate how much energy is used during the recycling process and present information that shows consumers the environmental impact of each product.

Toray will draw on trial findings to sort out issues and substantiate prospects for broadening applications for the traceability system. The company aims to deploy this setup for all the core polymers, including fibers, resins, and films. 
Toray will establish a blockchain-based supply chain to deliver total traceability from manufacturing through final product distribution, collection and reusage.

Toray will empower consumers and other stakeholders to participate in a closed-loop economy by enabling them to confirm that the resources sustainably, thus helping to realize a society that readily embraces resource sustainability and closed loop cycles.

Profile of Toray Industries, Inc.
Principal businesses :Manufacturing, processing, and selling fibers and textiles, functional chemicals, carbon fiber composites, environment and engineering, life sciences, and other offerings
Headquarters :Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Establishment :January 1926
Representative :Akihiro Nikkaku, President and Representative Director
Website  :https://www.toray.co.jp/
Profile of Soramitsu Co., Ltd.
Principal businesses  :Developing blockchain technology and developing and supplying digital asset management, identity, and traceability solutions
Headquarters :Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Establishment :2016
Representative :Kazumasa Miyazawa, CEO
Website :https://soramitsu.co.jp/ja

Toray Group sustainability portal https://www.toray.com/global/sustainability/
&+ https://www.andplus.toray/en/