Spandex Market

Global Spandex Research Report: By Fabric Type (Two-Way and Four Way), By Production Method (Solution Dry Spinning, Solution Wet Spinning), By Application (Apparels, Medical, Other Applications), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle-East and Africa) Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Analysis, Competitor Analysis and Forecast 2023-2031.

Chemical & Material | November 2023 | Report ID: EMR00287 | Pages: 317

Global spandex is predicted to reach approximately USD 19 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 7.63% from 2023 to 2031. The global spandex market refers to the market for elastic textile fibres made chiefly of polyurethane. Spandex is a synthetic material recognized for its flexibility. Spandex is stronger and more durable than natural rubber. It may stretch up to five times its length. Spandex is utilized in a wide variety of clothes, particularly skin-tight garments. Spandex fibres are unaffected by water, although they are temperature sensitive. This fabric can stretch to 5-8 times its regular size and is often used in form-fitting consumer garments. In most situations, pure spandex is not utilized in clothes; instead, modest amounts of this fabric are woven with other synthetic, semi-synthetic, or organic fibres. The market is driven by increasing use of spandex in sportswear products.



Global spandex report scope and segmentation

Report Attribute


Estimated Market Value (2022)

USD 9.2 billion

Projected Market Value (2031)

USD 19 billion

Base Year


Forecast Years

2023 – 2031

Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment- Based on By Fabric Type, By Product Method, By Application Type& Region.

Segments Covered

By Fabric Type, By Product Method, By Application & By Region.

Forecast Units

Value (USD Billion or Million), and Volume (Units)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2031.

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, GCC Countries, and South Africa, among others.

Report Coverage

Market growth drivers, restraints, opportunities, Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, value chain analysis, regulatory landscape, market attractiveness analysis by segments and region, company market share analysis.

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Global Spandex Market Dynamics

The market dynamics of spandex are influenced by several factors. The increasing use of spandex in sportswear products drives the market growth. However, the increasing use of substitutes such as natural rubber latex (NRL) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) act as restraints. Opportunities arise from the rising demand of eco-friendly and bio-based spandex. The nature of competition is highly intense, with various companies striving to gain a competitive edge through product differentiation, price and quality. As the market evolves and consumer demand continues to rise, the dynamics of the global spandex market are expected to remain dynamic and highly competitive.


Global spandex market drivers

  • The increasing use of spandex in sportswear

The global spandex market is being driven by the increasing use of spandex in sportswear. Spandex is a synthetic fibre known for its elasticity and stretch. Spandex is added to sportswear to improve the fit, comfort and performance of the garment. Spandex is used in a wide range of sportswear such as: Running shoes and clothing, yoga pants and leggings, swimsuits and sports bras. Thus, with the increasing popularity of fitness and athleisure wear the demand for spandex sportswear is driving the market of the global spandex market during the forecast period.



  • Increasing use of substitutes such as natural rubber latex (NRL) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

The global spandex market faces a restraint by the Increasing use of substitutes such as natural rubber latex (NRL) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). NRL and PBT are both synthetic fibres that offer similar properties to spandex, such as elasticity and stretch and are also less expensive. NRL is used in a wide range of applications such as medical devices, sportswear and apparel while PBT is used in automotive parts, electrical components and packaging. Thus, with the increasing use of NRL and PBT as substitutes for spandex is having a negative impact on the hindering the global spandex market growth during the forecast period.



  • Eco-friendly and bio-based spandex

The global spandex market presents significant opportunities driven by the rising demand for eco-friendly and bio-based spandex. Eco-friendly and bio-based spandex are made from sustainable materials such as recycled PET bottles or plant based materials. Eco-friendly and bio-based spandex have lower environmental impact as compared to traditional spandex and also cost-effective with improved performance such as moisture wicking and durability. The increasing awareness and consumer demand for sustainable products made from recycled materials, bio-based materials is driving the market growth. The government regulations to reduce the environmental impact of textile industry are also contributing the market growth.  Thus, with the growing demand for eco-friendly and bio-based spandex among the manufacturers creates a new opportunity in the global spandex market during the forecast period.


Segment Overview

By fabric type

The global spandex market is segmented based on fabric type into two categories: two-way and four-way. Four way spandex segments is dominating the market due to the increasing demand for active-wear and sportswear. Four-way stretch spandex is a spandex that can stretch in all four directions. It is commonly used in clothes that require a high degree of stretch, such as yoga trousers, dancewear, and compression garments. Two-way spandex is spandex that can stretch in only one direction. Leggings, sports bras, and swimsuits are examples of clothes that require comfort and form-fittingness. This segmentation allows consumers to choose the spandex fabric type best suits their specific needs, preferences, and budgetary constraints.


By production method

The global spandex market is categorized based on product types into solution dry spinning, solution wet spinning. Solution dry spinning segment is dominating the market segment due to its relatively simple and cost-effective production method. Solution dry spinning is the most popular spandex production method, accounting for more than 90% of the global market share. It is a relatively basic process that includes dissolving a pre-polymer in a solvent and then spinning it through a spinneret to form fibres. The fibres are then dried and cured to make spandex yarn. Solution wet spinning is a more difficult production method than solution dry spinning, but it generates spandex fibres with superior quality qualities, such as greater strength and flexibility. Solution wet spinning entails dissolving a pre-polymer in a solvent and then spinning it through a spinneret into a coagulating bath. The fibres are then washed, dried, and cured to make spandex yarn. This segmentation allows consumers to choose the type of production method that aligns with their specific needs and preferences.


By application

The global spandex market is segmented based on application into apparels, medical, other applications. Apparels segment is dominating the market segment due to its increasing demand for active-wear and sportswear. Spandex is commonly seen in apparels such as sportswear, active-wear, and swimwear. It is also found in underwear, lingerie, and other form-fitting clothing. Spandex is found in many medical goods, including bandages, compression garments, and surgical hoses. It's also found in diapers and other incontinence items. Spandex is also utilized in a range of other products, including toys, furniture, and car interiors. It's also used in industrial products like conveyor belts and hoses. This market segmentation enables tailored solutions for various application types, catering to requirements and preferences.


Global spandex market overview by region

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific currently dominates the global spandex market, and this dominance is expected to continue in the future. The region's large population, growing urbanization, and the growing demand for spandex in the apparel, medical and other applications are driving the demand for spandex. As the demand for spandex continues to rise, Asia Pacific is projected to maintain its leading position in the market in the coming years.


North America

North America is experiencing significant growth in the global spandex market, with a significant Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). The North America region growth is driven by the increasing demand for comfortable and form-fitting garments, as well as the growing popularity of active-wear and sportswear. With the increasing demand for spandex in sportswear, North America is expected to witness a substantial CAGR in the coming years.


Global spandex market competitive landscape

The competitive landscape of the global spandex market is marked by a wide array of players competing for market dominance. Several key players have introduced new and improved spandex products with improved quality and technological innovation. Additionally, various other manufacturers are actively contributing to the market with their unique offerings. The competition is fierce, with companies continually striving to gain an edge through technological innovations, customer-centric features, and expanding their product ranges. As consumer demand for spandex continues to grow, the global spandex market is anticipated to witness even more intense competition among these players. The major players in the market are, INVISTA, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Hyosung Corporation, Zhejiang Huafon Spandex Co. Ltd., Yantai Tayho Advanced Materials Co. Ltd., Indorama Industries Ltd, TK Chemical Corp., Taekwang Industrial Co., Ltd, Jiangsu Shaungliang Spandex Co., Ltd., and Xiamen Lilong Spandex Co. Ltd.


Global spandex market recent developments

April 2023,

Lianyungang LDZ New Aoshen Spandex Co., Ltd. has launched two innovative spandex products: spandex with temperature-sensitive shape memory properties and spandex with odor-neutralizing capabilities.

October 2023,

The Lycra Company has unveiled its latest innovations for the apparel industry, which are set to debut in 2025. Among the new offerings are Lycra Adaptive and Lycra Xfit, both of which are sustainable fibers and technologies. Additionally, the company plans to introduce Qira, a ground-breaking bio-derived spandex, by the close of 2024.


Scope of Global Spandex Market Report

Global Spandex Market Report Segmentation



By Fabric Type

  • Two-way
  • Four-way

By Production Method

  • Solution Dry Spinning
  • Solution Wet Spinning

By Application

  • Apparels
  • Medical
  • Other Applications

By Geography

  • North America (USA, and Canada)
  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

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Objectives of the Study

The objectives of the study are summarized in 4 stages. They are as mentioned below:

  • Global spandex market size and forecast:

To identify and estimate the market size for global spandex market it is segmented by fabric type, by production method, by application and by region. Also to understand the consumption/demand created by consumers between 2023 and 2031.

  • Market landscape and trends:

To identify and infer the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges for global Spandex

  • Market influencing factors:

To find out the factors which are affecting the market of global spandex among consumers

  • Company Profiling:

To provide a detailed insight into the major companies that is operating in the market. The profiling will include the financial health of the company's past 2-3 years with segmental and regional revenue breakup, product offering, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and key strategies.

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In the bottom-up approach, we arrived at the country market size by identifying the revenues and market shares of the key market players. The country market sizes then were added up to arrive at regional market size of the decorated apparel, which eventually added up to arrive at global market size.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Global spandex market forecast period is 2023 - 2031.
According to global spandex market research, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~7.63% over the next eight years.
The possible segments in global spandex market are based on by fabric type, by production method, by application & by region.
The market size for global spandex market is USD 9.2 billion in 2022.
The major players in the market are, INVISTA, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Hyosung Corporation, Zhejiang Huafon Spandex Co. Ltd., Yantai Tayho Advanced Materials Co. Ltd., Indorama Industries Ltd, TK Chemical Corp., Taekwang Industrial Co., Ltd, Jiangsu Shaungliang Spandex Co., Ltd., and Xiamen Lilong Spandex Co. Ltd.

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