Japan's biggest textile maker Toray says it is to review the scale of its global production and expand its overseas apparel business.

Speaking at a press conference Toray's president, Sadayuki Sakakibara said it would take time to recover after global decrease in demand, and that the company will focus on a new business strategy to overcome the recession.

To make up for huge losses at home and abroad Sakakibara said Toray's overseas apparel business would be expanded.

Sales in its apparel business amounted to JPY165bn (JPY1.7bn) in 2008, of which the domestic market accounted for 90%.

By Michael Fitzpatrick.