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Lycra innovations at Dornbirn GFC

Experts will present two lectures at the scientific conference on man-made fibres.

13th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE, USA

Industrial, Clothing/​Footwear

Two Lycra Company employees will be presenting at the 61st Annual Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC), which takes place later this week from September 14-16 at Kulturhaus in Dornbirn, Austria.

‘Lycra Anti-Slip fibre for High-Performance Wovens’ is being presented in Hall A on September 14 at 2:20 p.m. CEST by Nicholas Kurland, senior R&D scientist, at The Lycra Company. Seam slippage can affect garment quality and aesthetics and is one of the biggest technical problems in stretch denim. It can also lead to consumer dissatisfaction and product returns.

“In our ongoing efforts to help improve denim quality and solve pain points, we developed Lycra Anti-Slip fibre to reduce the puckering caused by seam slippage - especially after washing,” said Kurland. “At the heart of this patent-pending solution is a unique filament structure and proprietary chemical composition that is engineered to increase the adhesive and frictional force between the surrounding fibre and Lycra fibre.”

The Lycra Company’s sustainability director, Jean Hegedus, is presenting a lecture on ‘Scaling Recycled Fibers from Textile Waste’. Jean will discuss developing and commercializing two ground-breaking specialty polyester fibres launched in 2021: Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade technologies made from 100% textile waste. The presentation is part of a panel that will be moderated by Dr. Alberto Ceria, senior applications development professional for The Lycra Company. It will take place in Hall B on September 15 at 11:20 a.m.

“Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade technologies are made from 100% pre-consumer textile waste collected from cutting room floors,” said Hegedus. “These cooling and warming fibres help address the issue of textile waste, significantly reduce environmental impact, and help set the stage for circularity in the future.”

After being virtual for two years, the Dornbirn GFC scientific conference is being held in person in Dornbirn, Austria, with over 400 attendees representing more than 200 companies and institutes worldwide. One hundred expert-led lectures and panels run in parallel in three lecture halls. These events will be recorded and available for two weeks after the GFC for anyone unable to attend in person.

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