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See how LYCRA® SPORT PCE certified fabrics can increase your speed to market

Published on Jul 10, 2018
Choosing the wrong fabric can be a costly mistake that wastes time, money and slows your time to market. Learn the advantages of LYCRA® SPORT technology and let us help you source the right fabrics!

Business challenge: Fabric selection is critical when creating performance activewear, but most brands don’t have in-house fabric scientists to help find the best fabric for a garment’s end use. How do you know a fabric’s performance benefits will survive the cut and sew and garment finishing process? How can you be sure the fabric you pick will perform as you think it will?

Turn-key solution: Manage risk, reduce waste, and increase your speed to market by choosing the right fabric for the right application right now.  

When brands choose  LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified fabrics  you know exactly how a fabric will perform because it has been rigorously tested in LYCRA® SPORT labs. The patented  PCE™ index  takes the guesswork out of fabric selection and enables you to make an informed decision. Each fabric comes with an easy to understand report that measures a fabric’s Power, Comfort and Energy on a 1-10 scale. This makes fabric selection faster and easier than ever before! Think about all the time, energy and money you can direct elsewhere! 

Why take chances? 

Finding the right fabric doesn’t need to be a gamble. Imagine two identical performance fabric swatches. One is LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified and the other hasn’t been tested at all. You have no idea how it will perform—it could be great or awful. Here are your odds of picking the right fabric:

  • 100% if you choose fabric made with LYCRA® SPORT technology. You’ll know the fabric will be optimized to enhance the wearer’s experience. But what if you decide to use the other fabric?
  • Around 10% is the probability that the untested compression fabrics swatch will have the right levels of power and comfort for high, medium and low compression applications. In other words, there is a very high chance that a randomly selected, even high quality, compression fabric will disappoint consumers by having inappropriate power or comfort in wear.

  • 1% is the probability that when you pick two untested fabrics at the same time that they would both meet LYCRA® SPORT technology standards.

  • 0,000000001% is the probability that when you select 10 different fabrics the 10 resulting garments would be fully optimized for the end-user needs.

So, the question remains, are you a risk taker, or do you want a sure thing? You’ll always know how PCE™ certified fabrics will perform because they have been tested and documented—something that no other performance fabric provides brands.


Source now on LYCRA ONE™ certified LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ fabrics from leading mills

The PCE™ Advantage 

The PCE™ index was developed with brands in mind because we understand that time to market is crucial in a highly competitive category. Since relaunching the LYCRA® SPORT technology platform in 2016, thousands of fabrics have been sent for testing, but only a few selections met our rigorous LYCRA® SPORT performance criteria. 

To source LYCRA® SPORT PCE™ certified fabrics with enhanced comfort regardless of power level, check out some of the latest approved fabrics from European mills below: 

*Source: 2017 Global Insights Study, IPSOS

LYCRA® and PCE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.


  • The LYCRA Company

    David Capdevila

    Product Marketing & Merchandising Manager - 西班牙

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