The growing customer demand for more comfortable clothes has forced garment designers to integrate stretchable yarns such as elastane in fabric construction. This market trend in combination with the lower purchasing prices of elastane has driven the yearly worldwide consumption of elastane up to 350’000 tons and further growth is to be expected.
The use of elastane in fabrics for rugged leisure and work wear, e.g. denim fabrics, is a relatively new field of application. The market success of stretch denims over the last years clearly shows that stretch denim is not only here to stay but could well completely substitute non-stretch denim in the near future.