What’s “APPAREL” mean to Sojitz?
The Driving Force Behind
Japan’s Spinning Industry
In the past, most garments were produced from either cotton or silk. Nichimen, one of Sojitz’s founding companies, actually started as Japan Cotton Trading Co., Ltd., a company established to procure raw cotton from around the world. At the time Japan was known as the world’s leading exporter of textiles.
oday, Sojitz’s textile business handles synthetic fibers such as polyester, acrylic, and rayon among others. At our operations in Indonesia, we also manufacture methanol, a chemical with utilities including synthetic fibers and plastics.
Vertically Integrated Production Plant
It’s possible that the clothes you are wearing today were manufactured by Sojitz. In China, we produce apparel that includes everything from jeans and t-shirts to custom garments and even uniforms.
Sojitz’s textile production business in Japan includes Kumamoto Prefecture’s Arao City plant, which produces inner wear, pajamas, t-shirts, and other skin-soft garments. The Arao City plant is also Japan’s only vertically integrated production plant, where all stages of production from spinning, weaving, dyeing, and sewing occur concurrently in one location.
Clothes are not just things you wear, but fashion items to be enjoyed. Sojitz was quick to pick up on the potential of American brand, McGREGOR in the 1960s. T McGREGOR has store locations in both Yokohama Motomachi and Harajuki, and McGREGOR products can be found in department stores and shopping malls across Japan.