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Lycra opens Advanced Textile Innovation Centre in China

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Inauguration of Advanced Textile Innovation Centre in China. Pic: The Lycra Company
Inauguration of Advanced Textile Innovation Centre in China. Pic: The Lycra Company
Lycra, a provider of fibre and technology solutions for apparel and personal care industries, has opened its new Advanced Textile Innovation Centre (ATIC) in Nanhai, China on May 16, 2019. The new 4,500 square metres Research & Development (R&D) laboratory, which is the company’s fourth, represents a significant increase in its global R&D capabilities.

Scientists at the R&D centre will help mills, brands, and retailers throughout Asia, as well as Western-based companies with local sourcing offices, create innovative fabrics and garments using Lycra’s branded textile solutions, which include Lycra fibre, Lycra HyFit fibre, Coolmax fibre, and Thermolite fibre. The research team will also engage with customers in opportunity identification, as well as the development and commercialisation of new polymer, fibre, and textile technologies, the company said in a media statement.

ATIC is fully equipped with commercial equipment to simulate real world manufacturing processes including knitting, weaving, dyeing and finishing. This will enable Lycra to deliver unmatched technical support to its customers, ensuring consistent product quality and helping to reduce risk. In addition, the lab has garment engineering, fabric certification, and analytical testing tools to help customers achieve desired performance attributes for their fabrics or garments.

As part of the company’s virtual lab network, ATIC researchers will be able to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues in labs located across the globe to develop world-class innovations and apply best practices.

“Developing ground-breaking innovations and creating new garment categories are part of the company’s heritage and critical to our success going forward. 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,” Bob Kirkwood, chief technology officer at Lycra said.

“By integrating science with apparel market research, ATIC staff will help guide the development and commercialisation of innovative garment solutions designed to meet global apparel market needs. Co-locating ATIC and our South China sales office, will enable tighter integration between R&D and our commercial team and help our customers accelerate speed-to-market,” Julien Born, president, apparel, Lycra said. (GK)

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