Austrian fiber firm Lenzing and South Korean manufacturer Hyosung said they will jointly present a collaborative sustainable fabric collection at the upcoming ISPO Munich 2019 show. The event will take place Feb. 3 to 6 in Munich.

In pursuit of underscoring “sustainability in activewear,” Lenzing blended its Tencel Modal with Hyosung’s Creora elastane, a material often used for performance fabrics. The collections include Lenzing’s Ecovero with Creora, which creates a soft hand, whiter whites and minimizes heat settings for reduced energy consumption; Tencel Modal and Creora PowerFit, which the company describes as a “smooth, natural feel” with “shaping and compression technologies,” and Tencel Modal and Creora Black, a soft, breathable, deeper black “with no grin through,” all according to the firms. Its collections “combine enhanced sustainability credentials and improved performance,” the companies said.

And Hyosung, the largest spandex/elastane producer in the world, noted that its “product story” at ISPO Munich will be centered on four trends that feature Creora elastane, Mipan nylon and polyester fibers under its SS2020 themes: Protect the Body; Help Save the Earth; Fast Fashion, and Lenzing and Hyosung Collection. Simon Whitmarsh-Knight, EMEA marketing director, performance textiles business, at Hyosung, said the company is “delighted to partner with Lenzing with this innovative fabric collection to deliver enhanced performance with products that use less energy and water and improved environmental care that today’s informed consumers demand.” Whitmarsh-Knight added, that “Collaboration is the way forward as the textile industry seeks creative and performance solutions throughout the value chain and to meet changing market dynamics. This is just the start of our cooperation with our friends at Lenzing.”

Andreas Guertler, head of active and outdoor global business development for Lenzing AG, said, “This Lenzing and Hyosung collaboration fits perfectly under the slogan ‘Better Together.’ The combination of natural softness, comfort and performance from Tencel and the power, fit and recovery of Creora elastane allows us to offer customers new products for sports and leisure clothing with unrivaled sustainable credentials.”

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