The LYCRA Company exhibited its latest products at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.
The LYCRA Company exhibited its latest products at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.
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The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel industry, exhibited its latest products designed to meet consumer needs at Intertextile Shanghai, which took place on September 23-25.

Themed “RENEW, REDEFINE, REINFORCE”, the presence at the show allowed visitors to learn about the new LYCRA Anti-Slip fiber technology. Other technologies such as LYCRA FitSense technology, LYCRA MyFit fiber, COOLMAX freshFX technology, as well as the new SUPPLEX EcoMade and TACTEL EcoMade fibers were also showcased.

“Every industry is facing unprecedented challenges this year and the apparel industry is no exception. We have been pleased to see that, despite market uncertainties, there is still a strong appetite for innovation as Brands look to keep an edge and offer better value to consumers,” said Julien Born, President, Apparel, The LYCRA Company.

“Asia is set to be the key driver for The LYCRA Company’s global growth.  As such, we will continue our innovation journey by launching new technologies, such as the ones we are showcasing at Intertextile,” said Steve Stewart, Apparel Vice President, Asia, The LYCRA Company.

LYCRA Anti-Slip fiber is an exceptional denim seam slippage solution for applications in single core spandex fabrics that require durable stretch and good recovery power. Designed to help prevent seam slippage and improve garment quality and yield, this patent pending fiber helps maintain garment appearance wash after wash and wear after wear.

It is a versatile fiber that makes possible for a multitude of fabric developments and constructions, including open structures and use of PES/Viscose blends and cotton blends achieving a soft touch and authentic appearance.

By using LYCRA Anti-Slip fiber in the core of LYCRA dualFX technology yarn, the anti-slippage performance will be further enhanced. It is based on several patented technologies from The LYCRA Company related to both dual core and bi-component yarns.

By combining LYCRA Anti-Slip fiber and LYCRA T400 fiber together in one fabric, the high stretch of LYCRA fiber with exceptional slippage solution and recovery power of LYCRA T400 fiber are provided.

LYCRA FitSense technology is a patented water-based dispersion that features the same molecules as LYCRA fiber, but in liquid form. This revolutionary innovation is screen printed onto fabric containing LYCRA fiber to provide lightweight, targeted support across a range of garment types.

This solution helps streamline garment manufacturing through the potential elimination of double-layers and extra seams and offers more design possibilities for brands and retailers.

LYCRA MyFit fiber is a patent-pending fiber technology engineered with a new polymer designed to deliver improved comfort and fit. The result is greater shape tolerance and a customized fit experience for a differing range of body shapes. Ultimately, it gives brands and retailers the potential to higher customer satisfaction, minimize returns, reduce SKU and costs by undercutting patterns.

LYCRA FitSense technology and LYCRA MyFit fiber have been well received by both international and domestic brands since its launch to the market.  The two innovations have found wide applications in various apparel categories from underwear and activewear to seamless garments as well as swimwear.

COOLMAX freshFXTM technology actively suppresses the growth of bacteria which are the root cause of body odour and related smells and therefore is perfectly adapted for applications such as sportswear and underwear to offer freshness. The active ingredient in COOLMAX freshFX qualifying fibers is a durable, non-migratory silver-based antimicrobial additive.

The active ingredient is spun directly into the yarn, rather than being topically applied, and an inorganic cage matrix protects it. Therefore, it can be expected to remain effective for the life of the garment even after repeated laundering.

LYCRA FUSION technology helps make hosiery resistant to runs, which can improve the wear life of the garment. LYCRA SOFT COMFORT technology imparts a soft and comfortable stretch to sock tops and knee-high tops. The technology is based on soft-stretch LYCRA fibers that combine high elongation with low hysteresis.

As part of its long-term commitment to sustainability and with a focus on the company's Planet Agenda platform, The LYCRA Company and Far Eastern Fibertech Company (FEFC) are collaborating to bring new recycled options to the market.

FEFC is offering pre-consumer recycled nylon 6,6 under The LYCRA Company’s SUPPLEX EcoMade and TACTEL EcoMade brands.  Fabrics with SUPPLEX EcoMade fiber combine cottony soft aesthetics with the durability of nylon, while those with TACTEL EcoMade fiber are smooth, breathable and lightweight.

Both of these nylon options are composed of more than 90% pre-consumer recycled materials and can be combined with LYCRA EcoMade fiber to create sustainable fabrics with recycled content and excellent performance.  All three EcoMade fibers are GRS certified.

“The beginning of 2020 may have taken us by surprise, yet I am excited to see the speedy recovery across Asia-Pacific, particularly in China. Technology and innovation are now the oxygen of every business,” said Jack Yang, R&D Director, The LYCRA Company.