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Bayer Outfits Runners Presents Hosiery Technology

The Fibers Group of Pittsburgh-based Bayer Polymers LLC has outfitted three Bayer Polymers-sponsored participants in the Trans-Europe run. The race is staged over 64 days, and covers 3,117 miles from Lisbon, Portugal, to Moscow.

The Bayer-sponsored Trans-Europe team (left to right): Helmut Schieke, Manfred Leisman and Wolfgang SchwerkThe Bayer Polymers competitors are wearing Gonso® T-shirts and seamless running pants made with the companys Dorlastan® elastic fiber.In other company news, Bayer has launched several hosiery technology innovations incorporating Dorlastan. New hosiery waistband technology that uses state-of-the-art yarn feeders allows Dorlastan to be run directly from the spinning supply package, eliminating the rewinding process. Yarn on the package, already elongated 12 percent, requires less force to elongate during knitting, thereby reducing problems associated with high waistband yarn tension.Low-Finish Dorlastan, used in fibers ranging from 140 to 1,680 denier, provides enhanced performance and environmental benefits. It requires less lubricant, making fabric preparation easier and machine operation cleaner. The amount of detergent for prescouring can also be halved, depending on washing unit and process used.

June 2003