If the company sticks to its schedule, next year will mark industrial giant DuPont’s exit from the synthetic-fibers business, an industry it created when it introduced nylon at the 1939 World’s Fair and enlarged in the following decades with the invention of polyester and acrylic.

After years of paring back the fibers components of its various divisions, the 200-year-old DuPont said in February it had decided to merge all its fiber operations into one unit, DuPont Textiles & Interiors. The plan is to spin off DTI from its Wilmington, Del.-based parent next year through an initial public offering, if possible.

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