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Textile Outlook International
Issue 91:
January 2001

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Editorial: Southern Africa: Ramatex Hopes to Be the Early Bird That Catches the Worm
World Markets for Elastane (Spandex) Yarns
Profiles of Hualon and Apacinti
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, January-February 2001
Profile of Ramatex: A Malaysian Group with Investments in China and South Africa
Europe's Main Corporatewear Markets: Forecasts to 2010

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World Markets for Elastane (Spandex) Yarns
published in Issue 91, January 2001  


Elastane or spandex yarns have remarkable stretch and recovery properties. They enable manufacturers to produce garments which are smooth, close-fitting, comfortable, durable and easy to care for. The first elastane yarns, introduced in 1958 by DuPont under the Lycra brand name, were used in women’s hosiery. This is still the largest single market for elastane yarns. However, further development has taken elastane into underwear, swimwear, leisurewear and sportswear and, most recently, outerwear.

Growth has been spectacular since the early 1970s, and expansion is forecast to continue over the next few years at 12-13% per annum. Worldwide, 48 plants produce elastane fibres, of which ten are controlled by DuPont - either directly or via joint ventures. Growth has been especially strong in South Korea, which is now the biggest elastane yarn producer in Asia. Nonetheless, world production remains small. Elastane fibres are still regarded as specialities, and are able to command high prices, at 15 times those of polyester and 12 times those of polyamide. However, they could face future competition from polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), which has been introduced by Shell Chemicals under the Corterra brand name.

DuPont is still the biggest player and offers extensive marketing and technical support to the supply chain. However, it recognises that there is a major market for unbranded elastane and intends to enter the generic market through a series of joint ventures, starting in Asia.

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