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Helical crimp the key to new Lycra FiT400

Meeting demands for advanced performance in knitted fabrics.

16th November 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

Lycra FiT400 is a new bicomponent fibre engineered to optimise the performance and comfort of knitted fabrics by delivering a durable soft hand-feel, low shrinkage and high uniformity.

The Lycra Company’s latest EcoMade offering, it is made from 60% recycled PET and 14.4% from bio-derived resources and is GRS certified.

The fibre exploits two different polyester polymers which together create a helical crimp, providing permanent stretch and recovery properties, as well as breathability, cooling and chlorine resistance to fabrics.

In controlled tests under specific conditions, Lycra FiT400 has been recycled back into new polyester fibre.

“We developed Lycra FiT400 to deliver in-demand performance benefits and an enhanced soft hand to the knit fabric category,” said Steve Stewart, chief brand and innovation officer for The Lycra Company. “This innovation also meets customer and consumer expectations for more sustainable solutions since it is partially made with recycled and bio-derived materials.”

Fabrics and garments powered by Lycra FiT400 fibre are eligible for Lycra Xtra Life or Coolmax EcoMade brand hangtags if they meet specific brand quality standards. Both brands enjoy a high levels of consumer brand awareness worldwide.

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