Lycra introduces upgraded fiber for personal care uses


The Lycra Co. unveiled the new T859 Lyrca HyFit fiber for diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene at a recent trade show.

The fiber from the company that was sold by Koch Industries’ Invista, is more environmentally friendly than predecessors by its use of lighter fiber that reducing shipping, warehousing and other costs.

A patent application has been filed for the T859 fiber, which is being manufactured in Waynesboro, VA before its global rollout.

“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.”

On January 31, 2019, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding purchased Invista’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business unit, which now operates as an independent subsidiary of one of the largest textile and apparel companies in China.

The company was converted to the Lycra name of its flagship product that was developed by DuPont Co.

DuPont later sold its nylon business, which included Lycra, to Invista.

Lycra is headquartered near Wilmington.

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