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Meet Coverer of the Month: LEDERER Elastic Yarns

Dec 08, 2016

LEDERER Elastic Yarns has built a successful business by being flexible. The firm specializes in creating yarn designs tailor-made to meet a customer’s requirements. Whether its covered, air-interlaced, Hamel Elasto-Twist, air-jet or core-spun yarns, LEDERER can develop and produce a wide variety of yarn types for every imaginable application. There is one thing they are not flexible about, and that is quality. They only use high-quality materials and have stringent quality control standards throughout the manufacturing process. That is why they use LYCRA® fiber to create yarns for many of the top brands around the world. We recently interviewed Klaus Sutter, LEDERER’s Managing Director, to learn more about the company.

Klaus Sutter, LEDERER’s Managing Director - © LEDERER Elastic Yarns
1.Briefly tell us about your company.
Lederer Elastic Yarns  exclusively makes covered elastic yarns for well-known manufacturers across Europe. This has been our focus since our founding by Jörg Lederer, in Amstetten (Baden-Württemberg), Germany in 1948. Our yarns are used in a wide variety of applications ranging from fashionable legwear (hosiery/socks), to fabrics and medical products (compression products). 
We use high-quality materials and the latest technologies to produce our yarns, and we provide each and every customer with the greatest possible support. Thanks to our expertise developed throughout decades of real world experience, we are a reliable partner for making yarns.

2.Which LYCRA® fibre products do you use in your yarns?

More than half a century after we first started processing at our company, we still believe that the LYCRA® 178C fibre  is the most important development for fashionable hosiery. It enables the manufacture of high-quality, transparent hosiery garments that feel soft and are very comfortable to wear. 
For medical products that feature compression we use LYCRA® 902C fibre  as an inlaid thread. Its elasticity and very low hysteresis make it the ideal fibre to use in applications requiring constant compression, while still offering high functionality and fantastic comfort. 

3.How did your use of LYCRA® fibre come about?
Back in the 1950s, not long after our company was founded, there was already a constant and growing demand for elastic yarns. We needed to find a supplier that shared our passion for quality. When DuPont invented LYCRA® fibre in 1958, we knew we found our answer. We have been using LYCRA® fibre with great success for decades now. The LYCRA® brand was, and still is, synonymous with high quality, and we have enjoyed outstanding technical support since the beginning. We are proud to be an early adopter of this important innovation. 

4.Customers have increasingly high demands today, how do you meet them?
We have moved away from standardization and towards creating  individual, customer-specific innovations that enable them to create high-quality products. When it comes to hosiery and medical products, we offer the greatest possible support in Germany and throughout Europe. 
In order to control costs, we source our raw materials almost exclusively from European suppliers and, something we are deeply proud of, we still manufacture in Germany. The shorter distances result in lower transportation costs and faster delivery times. This saves a huge amount of time, which we can pass onto our customers as a lower price. 

5.How do you ensure consistently high quality?

Our research & development department is indispensable. Each day our staff performs technical analyses and quality control tests in order to ensure our products are meeting our exacting standards. That's how we guarantee we are delivering the best yarns to our customers.

6.What are you doing to prepare Lederer for the future?
For us, the future means bringing together tradition and innovation. Because new innovations won't happen unless they are built on a firm foundation of experience.
The future means…acting with competence and retaining our customer focus. We really know our way around the textiles industry and will work to meet individual needs.

The future means… keeping our eyes open. We’ll look beyond borders and watch what is happening around the world. We are open to discovering yarn innovations that result in improvements to our products and our customers' products.

The future demands openness. We are prepared to invest in new technologies and manpower. Because we believe in ourselves and our employees in Germany.

LYCRA® is a trademark of INVISTA.


The LYCRA Company Dr. Oliver Oess Area Manager – North and Central Europe - Medical hosiery Segment Manager +49 69 305 85573 Germany