The world-wide athletic apparel market grew significantly between 2009 and 2020. This market is further estimated to grow due to peoples’ growing awareness on sport and exercise in daily life, that will bring in US$ 207 billion in sales by 2025 (Source: https://www.statista.com). In the last decade, many new synthetic fabric manufactures have set up and increased their production capacity.
These growth statistics of athleisure products are encouraging knit processors to consider expansions and diversifications to meet the needs of this segment including new players from India and Bangladesh. Many investments are therefore being planned to tap the huge potential presented by this segment.
Garment properties like protection, insulation, moisture permeability, stretch, shape retention, optimum heat and moisture regulation, rapid drying, dimensional stability even when wet, durable, easy care, light weight, soft touch, etc., are intrinsic to activewear garments. However, these properties are not readily achievable in 100% cotton, circular knitted fabrics. Hence the need for synthetic circular or warp knitted fabric production and processing becomes inevitable for addressing the opportunities in the activewear segment.
The very first step in synthetic activewear processing or spandex processing is spun oil washing (refer to diagram 1). Goller is a major international player in this segment and a major supplier in wet finishing lines for high end synthetic fabric manufacturers worldwide.