MANUFACTURING: Vinyon

The world's No. 1 rayon maker, vast, British-owned American Viscose Corp., this week admitted what the trade had recently rumored: its new synthetic fiber—Vinyon—is now being produced in small quantities, already being sold in a few forms. Union Carbide & Carbon Corp. makes the raw resin powder and Viscose turns it into yarn. This year's probable production: 2-3,000,000 lbs.

New textile fibers take time to demonstrate which parts of the mammoth fiber market properly belong to them. Unlike Du Pont's nylon, which is mostly aimed at silk hosiery trade, Vinyon appears to be...

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