Major Accomplishments of KIST Over Its 40-Year History. Since its foundation over 40 years ago, KIST has remained faithful to its role as a comprehensive research institute supporting Korea's interests and has made active contributions to the growth of the nation's industrial base through advancements in science and technology. A review of its major accomplishments through the years offer a peek into the most significant events in its history.

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Project Name Development of a new renewable natural fiber, Lyocel
Year 2000 Director
Artificial silk is widely used in various clothing lines thanks to its smooth natural touch and beautiful colors. Its manufacturing process, however, is known to cause pollution and occupational diseases and requires a huge amount of energy. Thus, the development of a process to replace the existing one was seen as urgent. In 1989 KIST initiated research to look for a new process to produce artificial silk (led by Hwa Seop LEE). After discovering a basic design in 2001 (by Byung Seong AHN), a regular plant was built to produce 7.5 tons of prototypes in Ilsan, the first such plant in Asia. The new material is expected to replace viscose artificial silk whose market produces 2 million tons and sells about 6 billion dollars a year. In the future, demand for artificial silk is expected to expand significantly in the fashion and industrial tire cord business.

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