The Lycra Company, formerly the apparel and advanced textiles unit of Invista, has announced the opening of a new Advanced Textile Innovation Centre (ATIC) in Nanhai, China.
This research and development laboratory is the company’s fourth globally. Scientists working there will support mills, brands and retailers throughout Asia, as well as Western companies with sourcing offices in the region. They will help these partners to create innovative fabrics and garments using the textile solutions that form part of The Lycra Company. The research team will also help develop and commercialise new polymer, fibre and textile technologies.
“Developing groundbreaking innovations and creating new garment categories are part of our company’s heritage and critical to our success going forward,” said Bob Kirkwood, the group’s chief technology officer. “Our investment in ATIC not only enhances our global R&D capabilities, but also demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional service to our customers based in Asia.”
The Nanhai ATIC is equipped with the necessary technology to simulate real-world manufacturing processes including knitting, weaving, dyeing and finishing. It also has garment engineering, fabric certification and analytical testing tools to help partners achieve their desired performance attributes in fabrics and garments.
Chinese industrial group Shandong Ruyi completed the acquisition of Invista’s apparel and advanced textiles unit in February, renaming it The Lycra Company. As well as the Lycra fibre brand, it also contains the Coolmax and Thermolite brands.
Image credit: The Lycra Company.