Faster time-to-market, better quality and lower cost are the drivers behind the latest developments unveiled at last week's Texprocess and Techtextil trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany. Here, just-style presents a snapshot of some of the innovations on show for apparel makers.
Lululemon Athletica is still investigating how a line of sheerer than expected black Luon products made it into stores.
Demand for elastane fibres - known as spandex in the US and parts of Asia - is set to grow considerably according to a new report, fuelled by rising sales of sportswear garments in China, Brazil and India.
The use of polyurethane in performance swimwear is credited with securing 235 world records over the past two years. But a ban on the use of the material in competitions from 1 January 2010 is set to give textile fabrics a boost.
Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.
Fibre producer Invista joined forces with Turkish denim specialist Calik Denim last week to challenge industry standards at Denim Premiere Vision in Barcelona.
Fibre producer Invista has developed two technologies under its Thermolite brand that offer new warming and insulating properties for jeans worn in colder climates.
US fibre producer Invista has unveiled a collection of knit denim garments, which incorporates technology that combines the comfort and flexibility of a knit with the authentic aesthetics and performance of a woven, and uses environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices.
US fibre producer Invista has launched a raft of new hosiery innovations, including a new technology that would help reduce water and energy consumption.
US fibre maker Invista has launched a new technology under its Thermolite Pro fabric and insulation brand that warms up on exposure to sun or artificial light sources.
Invista's Cordura brand is gearing up to expand its durable product portfolio in Japan with the launch of tailor-made fabric offerings for the active, outdoor, and urban lifestyle segments.
US fibre maker Invista is gearing up to reposition its Coolmax and Thermolite brands next year, including the launch of a new technology that warms up through exposure to sunlight.
A "transformative" patent-pending technology for knit denim fabrics that combine the comfort and flexibility of a knit with the authentic aesthetics and performance of a woven is being revealed this week by Invista, owner of the Lycra brand.
The first garments manufactured using US fibre maker Invista's new Lycra Beauty Cooling technology have been unveiled in New York.
Italian fibre company Aquafil has joined forces with swimwear brand Speedo USA on what they claim to be the swimwear sector's first fabric take-back programme, which will see leftover fabric scraps upcycled into raw nylon for new "revolutionary" swimsuits.
US fibre maker Invista has expanded its Lycra Beauty brand fabrics - which are already used in intimate apparel, swimwear and legwear - into denim products.
US fibre maker Invista and Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group have collaborated for a second time on a denim project.
Israel-based nylon producer Nilit has acquired Invista's Americana, Brazil manufacturing site - adding its nylon 6.6 operations to the company's existing facilities in the US, China and Israel.
Fibre maker Invista has teamed up with Garmon Chemicals and fabric producer Candiani Denim to develop a range of jeans using low impact finishing treatments specifically designed for elastomeric fabrics.
Burlington, a division of International Textile Group, has introduced a collection of season-less performance merino fabrics designed for outdoor apparel.
Invista has settled a lawsuit in China related to the alleged theft and infringement by a local engineer of trade secrets related to its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) technology.
Ongoing efforts by fibre producers Invista and Lenzing to bring improved performance to stretch denim have been embraced by a number of mills who have developed new fabrics for autumn/winter 2015/16.
Invista has developed a new Lycra fibre produced with a renewable bio-based raw material derived from corn.
Fibre maker Invista has renewed its joint venture agreement with Solvay to manufacture adiponitrile (ADN), which is used to produce nylon 6,6 intermediates.
Fibre business and Lycra owner Invista is teaming up with Tencel developer Lenzing to bring improved performance to stretch denim fabrics.
Fibre makers Invista and Lenzing are working together to offer cellulosic denim fabrics with what they describe as "significantly improved" shape retention.
Polymer and fibre producer Invista is teaming up with industrial biotechnology company Ingenza to develop new bio-derived processes that can be used to produce industrial chemicals.
Denim sourcing show Kingpins is planning its first-ever European event next year in Amsterdam.
Fibre producer Invista has acquired German competitor Advansa's assets relating to speciality polyester products.
Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.
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