LYCRA® fiber is the trademarked brand name of a class of synthetic elastic fibers known as spandex in the U.S., and eleastane in the rest of the world. Any company that produces generic, or non-brand name elastic fibers, refers to them as spandex or elastane. These terms are interchangeable and there is no difference between them, but only The LYCRA Company produces authentic LYCRA® brand fibers.
No, LYCRA® fiber is a premium, brand name fiber that belongs to a class of synthetic fibers known as spandex or elastane. There is only one LYCRA® brand, which is trademarked and owned by The LYCRA Company. LYCRA® brand fiber is renowned worldwide for its industry-leading innovations, as well as its quality and durability.