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Mar 19, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. – The LYCRA Company announced today that it will be exhibiting at IDEA19, where it will unveil T859 LYCRA HyFit® fiber, its latest spandex/elastane innovation for the global personal care industry. Converting to T859 LYCRA HyFit® fiber offers manufacturers of diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products significant cost savings in addition to the following benefits:

LYCRA HyFit® Fiber Making Waves campaign
The LYCRA Company unveils new T859 LYCRA HyFit® fiber for diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products at IDEA19 in Miami Beach, Florida.


    • Cuts overall elastic consumption by approximately 20%

    • Delivers more meters per kilogram of fiber by replacing heavier decitex with lighter decitex which leads to fewer package-to-package transfers

    • Fewer package transfers should result in increased diaper line uptime

    • Decreases amount of product handling and warehouse space required

    • Produces a more environmentally-friendly product with a smaller carbon footprint

    • Reduces emissions and transportation costs through regional product sourcing

A patent application has been filed for T859 LYCRA HyFit® fiber, which is being manufactured in Waynesboro, Virginia before production rolls out to global facilities. Product samples will be available in each region so that customers may begin their own evaluation and qualification process. As with all LYCRA® brand fibers, this innovation is backed by unmatched technical support that helps diaper manufacturers keep their operations running efficiently.

“The LYCRA Company is committed to advancing the hygiene industry by innovating products that meet the consumer’s need for exceptional comfort and fit while also helping our customers achieve their goals,” said Scott Blackadar, president, personal care. “We developed T859 LYCRA HyFit® fiber to help manufacturers reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint without sacrificing a garment’s quality or performance, or the consumer’s wearing experience.”

The LYCRA HyFit® booth at IDEA19 will be a place to discover everything new about the hygiene industry’s leading stretch fiber brand—from its logo, website and “Making Waves” marketing campaign to the new company behind it all—The LYCRA Company. On January 31, 2019, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding purchased The LYCRA Company’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business unit, which now operates as an independent subsidiary of one of the leading textile and apparel companies in China.

To learn more about premium branded stretch fibers for the personal care industry, visit booth #2002 at IDEA19, or the brand’s new website:

IDEA19 is the preeminent trade show for nonwovens and engineered fabrics, and will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from March 25-28, 2019. For additional show information, visit the idea2019 site.

LYCRA® and LYCRA HyFit® are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.

About The LYCRA Company

The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and hygiene industries, as well as specialty chemicals used in the spandex and polyurethane value chains. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, L by LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, TACTEL®, and TERATHANE®. While The LYCRA Company’s name is new, its legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company is focused on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit and

About Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding is one of the largest textile manufacturers in China, ranks first among the top 500 textile and apparel companies in China, and ranks among the Top 100 Chinese multinational enterprises. Headquartered in Jining, Shandong, the hometown of Confucius and Mencius, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding operates 13 domestic industrial parks and boasts some of the largest production lines and advanced technologies in China. The company also has a significant distribution and retail network that services a global customer base spread across six continents. To learn more, visit


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