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Meet Coverer of the Month: LEDERER Elastic Yarns

Sep 16, 2019

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.

LEDERER Elastic Yarns, Amstetten (Baden-Württemberg), Germany

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.

© LEDERER Elastic Yarns

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.

© LEDERER Elastic Yarns

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 yarn

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… 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.

Klaus Sutter, Managing Director, JÖRG LEDERER GMBH, ELASTIC YARNS

LYCRA® is a trademark of The LYCRA Company.