WILMINGTON, Del., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Pacific aims to stand out at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Salt Lake City when it debuts one of the first lines of commercially available LYCRA® SPORT Power-Comfort-Energy (PCE™) index-certified fabrics on the market.
The new fabrics leverage the recovery performance of INVISTA's LYCRA® SPORT technology and Best Pacific's unique, high-gauge, double knitting construction, to deliver an outstanding stretch modulus. They are tailor-made for the lucrative, high-growth active-sportswear industry sectors.
According to Kevin Zan, general manager of Best Pacific's sports division, the LYCRA® SPORT Power-Comfort-Energy index (PCE™), which was launched last year, has been a real game changer when it comes to designing, producing, differentiating and selling performance fabrics.
"Fabric mills everywhere, especially those in the knitted textile sector, have typically focused on physical performance to differentiate their offerings and protect margins. However, until recently, there was no scientific way to measure that performance, or for customers to easily compare one fabric with another," said Zan.
"Now, with INVISTA's LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ index, we can technically document and explain to customers precisely how a new fabric actually performs. That makes all the difference. It enables us to outflank competitors and win business by developing new, application-specific fabrics that allow brands to tailor products and target the most rewarding, highest-growth sectors like sportswear," Zan added.
As one of the world's biggest and most innovative integrated producers of polymers and fiber, INVISTA focuses on two key factors – developing innovative new products and contributing to the success of customers across the entire industrial value chain.
"Strong branding and a differentiated product portfolio are a winning strategy when it comes to achieving success in an increasingly competitive market. Through innovations such as LYCRA® SPORT technology, and initiatives like the PCE™ index, we are simultaneously building up our own and our customers' capabilities to create outstanding value," said Huw Williams, INVISTA's global segment director, activewear and outdoor.
Best Pacific has been working with INVISTA since the mill's inception in 2003, and INVISTA is becoming an increasingly important partner. In recent years, there are more and more collaborations between Best Pacific and INVISTA on fabric innovations which are being accepted widely among the world's well known sportswear brands.
"For many of our customers, including some of the world's best-known men's and women's performance sportswear brands – INVISTA's LYCRA® SPORT technology is a must-have ingredient. Some of our most important customers are now incorporating fabrics designed to specific PCE™ parameters in their newest products," said Zan.
Best Pacific has certainly picked a winner with LYCRA® SPORT technology. Research by Euromonitor International, the market intelligence organization, predicts that sportswear will continue to drive growth in the industry between now and 2021, with a CAGR of 4% – or double the overall industry growth rate. The biggest markets will be the US, China and India, accounting for 61% of global sportswear growth, in both the performance and sports-inspired categories. "We are working closely with INVISTA and our customers to roll out more PCE™ certified commercial fabrics based on LYCRA® SPORT technology, to take full advantage of these opportunities," said Zan.
To find out more about LYCRA® SPORT technology and other cutting-edge innovations, visit connect.LYCRA.com and Best Pacific's booth (No. 255-107) at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show, being held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 26-29, 2017.
With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world's largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company's advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com, Facebook.com/INVISTAglobal and Twitter.com/INVISTA.
About Best Pacific International Holdings Limited
Best Pacific International Holdings Limited is a leading one-stop solutions provider of lingerie materials by sales revenue. Being one of the few lingerie one-stop solutions providers, Best Pacific supplies the lingerie brand owners with a comprehensive product range of lingerie materials, comprising of elastic fabric, elastic webbing and lace. The Company sustained satisfactory business growth by leveraging on its high product quality and with strong innovative and research and development capability, Best Pacific has continued to reinforce its long-term and close collaborations with leading lingerie brands including ^Aimer, Chantelle, Embry Form, Maniform, Marks & Spencer, Spanx, Triumph, Victoria's Secret and Wacoal. In 2012, the Company further expanded into the sportswear materials market segment. The Group continued to deepen its partnership with the world's leading sportswear brands including ^Lululemon, Under Armour, sportswear series of Victoria's Secret, PINK and Victoria Sports, as well as other international sportswear brands.
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LYCRA® and PCE™ are trademarks of INVISTA.
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