Lubrizol presents „Innovation Alliance“ at ISPO 2018

The Lubrizol Corporation has announced the unveiling of its Innovation Alliance network, which occurred as the recent ISPO 2018 held in Munich, Germany. This Innovation Alliance is focused on driving growth of X4zol-J, the company’s elastomeric fiber into the performance apparel market.

The Innovation Alliance includes the following companies, who are specialists in fabric innovation and garment development:

  • Ruey Tay – Circular/warp knits
  • Schoeller – Circular/warp knits and woven fabrics
  • Olah, Inc. – Cotton-rich woven fabrics (including denim)
  • Tefron – Seamless and bodysize garments
  • ChangYuan Elastan – Spinning development partner (Asia)
  • Stretchline – Narrow elastics
  • Premiere Fibers – Spinning development partner (N. America)
  • Hornwood Inc. – Circular/warp knits
  • Filix Creative Solutions
  • MAS Innovations

“Being an Innovation Alliance Partner aligns with the core principles of Premiere Fibers,” said John Amirtharaj, president, Premiere Fibers, Inc. “We believe that collaborative development throughout the supply chain creates unique solutions, results in improved speed to market and transforms conventional vendor/client relationships into trusted partnerships.”

“ISPO was the perfect venue to showcase our Innovation Alliance network as it allowed us to solidify our position as a global resource to existing customers, while exposing many new brands to a very powerful manufacturing model that drives innovation and value,” noted Wesley Horne, president, Hornwood Inc.

Rob Richardson, global business director, Performance Apparel/Fibers at Lubrizol added: “As part of our core strategy, Lubrizol collaborates with key brands, designers and industry experts to provide differentiated apparel solutions. ISPO was an ideal venue for promoting our apparel technology solutions, and the perfect platform to unveil our Innovation Alliance network. This network is the result of many years of hard work, identifying key supply chain partners that fit our vision and mission for X4zol-J, namely fabric and apparel innovation. We’re proud to serve this fast-moving market alongside such a distinguished and select group of fabric, narrow elastic and garment experts that collectively can provide rapid innovation and comprehensive solutions from polymer to fiber to fabric and finally to garment.”

X4zol-J is made from a proprietary TPU resin that provides 360-degree stretch and breathability for good apparel fit and comfort. X4zol-J is available from Lubrizol and its Innovation Alliance network, supporting circular, warp knit and denim fabrics, and seamless garments.