• US-based fibre producer Invista has revealed its Apparel and Advanced Textiles business is to establish a new R&D centre in China.
  • The business - soon to be become part of one of the largest textile manufacturers in China, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding - has signed a memorandum with Foshan Nanhai Sanshan Scientific Innovation Park.
  • It will establish the new facility in Foshan later this year.

Invista Apparel and Advanced Textiles, owner of the Lycra, Coolmax and Thermolite brands, has inked a deal to construct a new textile innovation centre in China.

The business, which is currently owned by US-based fibre producer Invista but set to soon become part of one of the largest textile manufacturers in China, Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding, has signed a memorandum with Foshan Nanhai Sanshan Scientific Innovation Park to establish the new facility in Foshan later this year.

The innovation centre, with an area of more than 4,500 sq metres, will be equipped with modern textile processing equipment for knitting and weaving along with garment engineering, fabric certification and analytic testing. It will also include an innovation development area where customers and Invista R&D personnel can meet to develop and test fibre, fabric and garment innovations.

The business already has other textile R&D labs in the US, Italy and Taiwan.

"We are excited to attract R&D personnel to our new innovation centre as well as use this facility to network with the experienced experts from our other labs, while we work with customers to develop and commercialise new products," says Jack Yang, chief technology officer of east region, at Invista Apparel and Advanced Textiles. "The team will be committed to creating new textile solutions that are both functional and fashionable to meet the global apparel market needs, by conducting research programmes based on advanced fibres and textile-based fabric and garment innovations."

Julien Born, executive vice president of east region, adds the centre will also aim to better facilitate communications with the business' global brand and retail customers based in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region as well as local brands and retailers serving the China market.

Invista is one of the world's largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres. The company's advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products.

In October last year, the firm entered into a definitive agreement with Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding to sell its Apparel and Advanced Textiles business (A&AT) – including its Lycra brand.

The transaction will include Invista's portfolio of apparel-focused fibres and brands including the Lycra, Lycra HyFit, and Coolmax fibres, Thermolite fibre and insulation, Elaspan, Supplex and its Tactel fibre products.

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