Are you looking for the next innovation for your apparel fabrics? Visit HeiQ at Intertextile Shanghai!

HeiQ is pleased to announce that we will be present at the Intertextile Shanghai Spring Edition to bring you our new cosmetic textile innovation HeiQ Skin Care. This 100% biobased technology for textiles helps to renew the skin’s natural balance for an improved healthy appearance thanks to active probiotics. 

 We are looking forward to meeting you at Hall 5.1 – Booth C47 from 6-8 March 2024. 

Besides HeiQ Skin Care, we will showcase HeiQ’s full range of biobased solutions for textiles, including the plant-based deodorizer HeiQ Mint. This biobased odor control textile technology provides effective and lasting freshness for clothing like sports apparel, underwear, linings, casual and business wear. HeiQ Mint is jointly developed with Patagonia to keep textiles fresh for longer and reduce the need for washing. 

 Our Brand Force Director Luke Xu will give a comprehensive presentation on HeiQ Mint, explaining how this odor control technology works, how it is tested and how it can be communicated to the end consumer at the Point-of-Sale. Join his presentation on 7 March from 10:30 – 11:20. 

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It will be our pleasure to meet you at the National Exhibition and Convention Center for Intertextile Shanghai 2024! 

HeiQ, a leader in textile innovation, proudly announces the appointment of Julien Born as Chief Executive Officer of HeiQ AeoniQ Holding, where he will champion the growth of HeiQ AeoniQ™, a game-changing cellulosic filament fiber.

HeiQ AeoniQ Holding, a subsidiary of HeiQ Group, is appointing Julien Born as its CEO, leveraging his extensive executive leadership and profound textile industry expertise cultivated in prestigious organizations such as DuPont, KOCH Industries, and The LYCRA Company, where he served as CEO since 2021.  

The awarded HeiQ AeoniQ™ technology is poised for commercial production at the inaugural manufacturing facility in Portugal by the close of 2025. The just concluded €5M acquisition of land and buildings, within a 2-year project total investment of €80M, marks a pivotal milestone for the 15,000m2 facility in Maia, Porto. Situated strategically in Portugal’s thriving textile hub and a mere 20 minutes from a major commercial port, this facility is poised to catalyze the scale-up phase of the business, going from pilot manufacture to mass production when it will be able to compete at full-scale on cost and performance with fossil fuel-based fibers.  

HeiQ intends to consolidate the Group’s current and future activities in Portugal at the newly acquired site. This includes Shared Service Center functions as well as the Innovation Hub for the HeiQ Textile & Flooring business unit. 

Advancing the scale-up of HeiQ AeoniQ™ to drive positive impact

HeiQ AeoniQ Holding, established as an independent subsidiary to attract new investors, value-chain partners, and brands, embarks on an ambitious multi-year scale-up strategy. This strategy involves integrating diverse sources of bio-derived feedstock and hyper-scaling cellulosic filament fiber production capacity over the next decade, targeting industries such as apparel, footwear, automotive, home textiles, and aeronautics.  

The recent addition of Julien Born to lead the charge follows the nomination of Robert van de Kerkhof to the HeiQ Board, a seasoned executive with extensive textile experience holding positions as CCO, CSO, Board member of Lenzing Plc, and Chairman of CIRFS, the European Man-Made Fibres Association. Robert will also serve as the Chairman of the HeiQ AeoniQ Holding Board.  

Expressing his enthusiasm, Julien Born stated, “I am excited to join HeiQ, a company with a meaningful purpose, a passion for innovation, and tremendous growth potential. Together with a talented team working with a great entrepreneurial spirit, we have an opportunity to build with our partners a unique ecosystem around the HeiQ AeoniQ™ technology that can truly change the game on sustainability in several industries.”  

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, commented on the appointment, saying, “We eagerly welcome Julien to steer HeiQ AeoniQ Holding. His wealth of experience in high-tech fibers and demonstrated leadership will be pivotal to hyper-scaling HeiQ AeoniQ™ and achieving our transformative vision for the textile industry.” 

HeiQ’s bio-based textile technologies are set to show how they can change the sleep environment for the better while meeting an increasing demand for sustainable solutions that are in tune with nature. HeiQ Skin Care, HeiQ Allergen* Tech, HeiQ Cool, and HeiQ Mint are going to be showcased at the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt beginning of January.

HeiQ, a global leader in textile innovation, presents a complete set of tailored textile technologies that help improve the sleeping environment. “Unlocking Better Sleep” is the topic. Therefore, HeiQ introduces a range of innovative products designed to enhance the quality of a comfortable night’s rest through sustainable and bio-based solutions.

According to a recent study by the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), “individuals spend more than 50% of their time at home in the bedroom”. Another research from the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center (United States), concluded that sleep is critical to health and daytime functioning. For individuals to achieve optimal sleep, they must have access to a sleep environment that allows them to achieve quality sleep.” These are strong indicators that we should treat sleep with the highest importance that it deserves.

HeiQ’s commitment to providing an optimal sleep environment aligns with this understanding, ensuring individuals have access to quality sleep free of external disruptions, using biologically sourced ingredients that work with our nature and not against it.

What happens during sleep transforms the time we’re awake

Mike Abbott, Head of HeiQ Textiles & Flooring business unit, notes, “HeiQ has developed a way to turn textile technologies into sleep-enhancing elements through its innovative approach to biobased ingredients, incorporating their benefits into bedding and home textile items. We are proud to showcase them along with our brand partners at Heimtextil, the leading tradeshow in this field.”

The flagship products leading this positive change are the 100% biobased cosmetic technology HeiQ Skin Care, the plant-based deodorizer HeiQ Mint (botanical freshness), the dual action cooling solution HeiQ Cool, and HeiQ Allergen Tech that reduces exposure to inanimate allergens through active probiotics. These bio-based innovations are set to redefine the sleep experience and contribute to overall well-being.

HeiQ Skin Care is the most recent addition to HeiQ’s portfolio – a synbiotic textile finish promoting a balanced microbiome for glowing skin. Unlike conventional products, HeiQ Skin Care utilizes pre- and probiotics integrated into a biobased matrix, offering long-lasting cosmetic benefits. It is particularly suited for products that are in direct and long contact with skin, such as pillowcases, duvet covers or bed sheets, acting as a cosmetic care session during sleep.

Heimtextil 2024 visitors will be able to experience these technologies applied to products from HeiQ brand partners such as Marks & Spencer, showcasing a duvet powered by HeiQ Allergen Tech, John Lewis with a pillow improved using HeiQ Mint for longer freshness and American Textile Company, with a mattress pad enhanced with HeiQ Allergen Tech.

Visit HeiQ at Heimtextil 2024, 9-12 January, in Hall 11.0, Booth 60, Messe Frankfurt (Germany), to experience firsthand the future of the sleeping environment. Join HeiQ in unlocking better sleep through HeiQ’s innovative biobased technologies.

*Inanimate allergens only.

Robert joins HeiQ bringing in his extensive experience in the textile industry after serving as CSO and Board Member of Lenzing AG. 

 HeiQ, a leading company in materials innovation and hygiene technologies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert van de Kerkhof as Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 January 2024 to the board of HeiQ plc and as Chairman of the Environmental, Occupation, Health & Safety and Sustainability Committee. Robert will also be appointed to the board of HeiQ AeoniQ Holding AG (in Switzerland), a subsidiary of HeiQ plc.  

Robert van de Kerkhof has over 30 years of experience in general management and sustainability leadership and extensive knowledge of the textiles industry, including cellulosic fiber technology. He founded PEPPER-i2, an advisory company specializing in sustainability and circularity. Robert also serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer and as a Board Member of Lenzing AG, a position he has held since 2014. Robert will be leaving Lenzing and its Board on the 31st. December 2023. 

Robert joins HEIQ AeoniQ™ with the firm belief that the novel HEIQ AeoniQ™ man-made cellulosic fibers (MMCF) are one of the most promising solutions to transform the textile industry, now the second-most polluting in the world, into one of the most sustainable, by rendering fossil fuel-based fibers like polyester obsolete.  

Robert has also held senior positions as President of the Austrian Fiber Institute, President and Board Member of CIRFS – the European Man-made Fibres Association, and Chairman of the ReHubs Business Council for Euratex, which is the voice of the European Apparel and Textile Industry. These roles further demonstrate his strong leadership experience and expertise within the textiles industry.  

Esther Dale-Kolb, Non-Executive Director and Chair of HeiQ plc, commented: “I would like to welcome Robert to the HeiQ board as Non-Executive Director. His extensive experience and proven track record in leadership, sustainability, and innovation align well with HeiQ’s vision for the future.” 

Robert van de Kerkhof, HeiQ plc Non-Executive Director (effective 1st. January 2024), commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of HeiQ. I am confident that the Company is on the right course, and I look forward to helping it advance its commitment to delivering innovative textile solutions that positively impact the industry. In particular, I firmly believe the Company’s novel HeiQ AeoniQ™ MMCF fibers are one of the most promising solutions to decarbonizing the textiles industry and achieving a path to net zero for brands.” 

 

Photo credits: Karl Michalski

HeiQ introduces a 100% biobased and long-lasting cosmetic finishing technology for textiles to the market. The newest addition to the HeiQ portfolio harnesses the power of active probiotics and selected prebiotics to enhance the skin microbiome, turning the human’s largest organ into the best-looking one.

HeiQ, a global leader in textile innovation, is proud to announce the launch of HeiQ Skin Care technology for next-to-skin apparel and home textiles. This revolutionary proprietary technology, 100% biobased and meticulously designed, marks a significant advancement in textile innovation.

HeiQ Skin Care is a synbiotic textile finish aimed at providing a balanced microbiome for glowing skin, even after repeated use and washing of textiles. Unlike conventional products, HeiQ Skin Care utilizes slow-release prebiotics and probiotics seamlessly integrated into a biobased textile matrix, enriching the skin’s microbiome diversity, and offering long-lasting cosmetic benefits.

The synergistic combination of prebiotics and probiotics, known as synbiotics, delivers a soothing cosmetic skin treatment while we relax, work, or sleep. Probiotics not only restore and improve the skin’s natural balance but also enhance its self-repair capabilities. Synbiotics promote skin renewal, rebalancing, and improved appearance, reducing the signs of aging and establishing a favorable environment for the skin’s natural repair mechanisms.

“HeiQ Skin Care represents a leap forward in textile innovation, combining the power of probiotics and prebiotics to enhance skin microbiome and overall skin appearance. It is another way of delivering our promise of improving the lives of billions, which is at the core of everything we do at HeiQ”, says Mike Abbott, Head of HeiQ Textiles & Flooring Business Unit. “Our technology is a testament to HeiQ’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what textiles can achieve, and we are excited to showcase it at ISPO Munich 2023.”

A second skin that takes care of the first

Our skin, the largest organ in human body, is home to a diverse community of microorganisms called the skin microbiome. It plays a crucial role in maintaining good skin condition, acting as a protective barrier against harmful agents. However, various factors, such as hormones, diet, smoking, environmental exposures, and excessive UV radiation, can disrupt its balance, leading to skin conditions like rashes, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, skin irritation, redness, eczema, and odor. Maintaining a balanced skin microbiome is essential for preserving skin integrity.

HeiQ Skin Care is suitable for all textile fibers, both natural and synthetic, and can be applied to all textile items that come in direct contact with the skin. This versatility makes it an ideal choice for daily use- at work, during sports, leisure activities, or as bedding items like bed sheets and pillows.

Intensive wear trials conducted during the development stage have proven the consistent release of synbiotics (prebiotics and probiotics) onto the skin, creating conditions to foster a well-balanced microbiome.

In a celebration of Innovation and Swiss identity three of Switzerland’s innovative brands have joined forces to create a jacket that is not only extraordinary in its ability to keep the wearer warm but also proudly Swiss. Nespresso, Mammut, and HeiQ have collaborated to design the Extraordinary Jacket, a unique garment in the outdoor apparel industry.

The Extraordinary Jacket is a testament to Swiss design and innovation. Mammut’s super-light Ajungilak® insulation now incorporates HeiQ XReflex technology powered by Xefco, which contains part of the aluminum from recycled Nespresso capsules.

Being up in the mountains comes with significant temperature drops. Mammut, HeiQ and Nespresso have cocreated this high-performance insulation jacket that delivers superior heat retention while being perfectly breathable, so one can enjoy more time above the tree line.

What makes the Extraordinary Jacket genuinely extraordinary is its ability to retain 20% more heat than a conventional insulation jacket of similar thickness. The innovative HeiQ XReflex 3D aluminized scrim layer reflects the body’s heat radiation within the insulation layers, so the wearer doesn’t have to produce more energy to stay warm, resulting in effortless comfort even in harsh and demanding conditions.

The jacket is now available on Mammut.com and selected Mammut stores in EMEA, North America, China, and Japan. You can also find it on Nespresso’s Swiss e-commerce website.

Resource-Efficient Innovation: Could this idea be any more Swiss?

Nespresso’s Switzerland Head of Marketing and Sustainability, Irene Balascas is excited about the collaboration. “We are proud to contribute to this innovative project and bring another product highlighting the resource-efficiency of aluminum capsules once again as we already did in previous collaborations with equally renowned brands.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of this unique three-party collaboration that celebrates all-Swiss innovation,” said Nic Brandenberger, CMO of Mammut. “By using aluminum from used Nespresso capsules into Mammut outerwear, using HeiQ XReflex technology, we are providing our customers with superior temperature regulation-performance with less weight/volume.”

For Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, “the Extraordinary Jacket is a symbol of HeiQ’s promise to deliver “Swiss Tech Inside”. Suddenly, the aluminum from recycled capsules becomes raw material for HeiQ XReflex, to power up a new outdoor jacket made by Mammut, as proof that the same coffee can make you warm more than once. We hope you enjoy the result of this project as much as we do.”

And the result is what happens when three of Switzerland’s innovative brands unite with a common purpose. The outcome is nothing short of Extraordinary.

 

About Mammut
Mammut is a Swiss outdoor company founded in 1862 that offers mountain sports enthusiasts worldwide high-quality products and unique brand experiences. For over 160 years, the world’s leading premium brand has stood for safety and pioneering innovation. Mammut products combine functionality and performance with contemporary design. With its combination of hard goods, footwear, and clothing, Mammut is one the leading head-to-toe suppliers in the outdoor market. Mammut Sports Group AG is active in around 40 countries and employs approx. 800 people. More info on www.mammut.com

About Nestlé Nespresso S.A.
Nestlé Nespresso S.A. is the pioneer and reference for high-quality portioned coffee.  The company works with more than 150,000 farmers in 18 countries through its AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and their surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with the NGO Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high-quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities.
In 2022, Nespresso achieved B Corp™ certification – joining an international movement of over 7’300 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp’s high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency.
Since 1991, Nespresso has been implementing a robust recycling system. In Switzerland, used Nespresso aluminum capsules can be returned to more than 3,700 municipal collection points, Nespresso boutiques and Nespresso business partners. Nespresso also offers a free “Recycling at Home” service in collaboration with the Swiss Post – which allows customers to put their used Nespresso capsules in a specially-designed recycling bag and deposit them in the mailbox so that they can be picked up free of charge by the mail courier on their next tour. In Switzerland, more than half (72% – B2C) of Nespresso’s capsules are recycled.
Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 83 markets and has over 14,000 employees. In 2022, it operated a global retail network of 791 boutiques. For more information, visit Nespresso’s corporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com

Robert Liu brings in his extensive experience in the chemical and textile industries in China and overseas.

HeiQ, a global leader in textile and materials innovation, announces that Robert Liu is the newly appointed General Manager of HeiQ China, and will now be leading the company’s business operations in a key market for HeiQ.

Robert Liu has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Science with over 25 years of experience in the international textile and paper chemical industry. Robert held regional and global roles in Thailand, Switzerland, and Singapore, having also served as Head of Archroma Chemicals (China) and legal representative of the company.

Robert Liu says: “I’m excited to join HeiQ, which has a great reputation for tremendous technology and commitment to sustainability. I hope my experience and expertise can grow the team here in HeiQ China and let more consumers be able to benefit from HeiQ’s technology.”

According to Andreas Fedtke, Chief Commercial Officer of HeiQ, “the appointment of Robert Liu comes in a crucial time for the company, to open up new business areas and accelerate and expand the growth of HeiQ China.”

Robert Liu replaces Celine Huang who led HeiQ China since 2019, building a strong platform for the growth and relevance of HeiQ in the Chinese market.

Team Jumbo-Visma’s triumphant victories in Europe’s three Grand Tours of cycling, including the recent Vuelta a España, were supported by AGU’s outstanding cycling kits that are powered by the innovative HeiQ Smart Temp thermoregulation technology.

HeiQ, a pioneer in textile technology, celebrates its successful collaboration with AGU, a high-performance sports gear manufacturer. Together, the companies integrated HeiQ Smart Temp technology into the jerseys of Jumbo-Visma, the triumphant team whose outstanding cyclists Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic, and Sepp Kuss won Europe’s three Grand Tours; the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España.

HeiQ Smart Temp, an innovative thermoregulation solution, dynamically responds to body heat and moisture, providing cyclists with a cooling effect when they need it most. This technology enhances comfort and performance, making it ideal for next-to-skin apparel, sportswear, and activewear.

Every degree Celsius counts

AGU’s product developers harnessed the power of HeiQ Smart Temp to create jerseys with exceptional cooling properties. The Jumbo-Visma team’s lightest-weight jersey, weighing 25% less than their regular aero shirt, keeps athletes up to 2.5°C cooler than other performance fabrics.

Cyclists generate immense heat during a race. Efficient heat dissipation is crucial for peak performance, especially on scorching summer days in the mountains. HeiQ Smart Temp provides the competitive edge needed to excel in harsh conditions.

Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard even added: “Thanks for the best clothing in the world, AGU.”

Over the years, HeiQ Smart Temp has earned the trust of global brands, catering not only to athletes but also to individuals facing daily challenges at work or during leisure activities.

 

About AGU
AGU has been encouraging everyone to cycle more for over 50 years. It’s what we at AGU work on every day. We are a brand with solid Dutch roots, which means cycling is in our blood. Through an extensive line of cycling clothing, accessories, rainwear, panniers and teamwear, we want to provide all cyclists with the means to enjoy being in the saddle all year round. At any distance, in any conditions, on any roads and on any bike. Starring all those heroes for whom we are there; cyclists.

HeiQ, a leading provider of innovative synbiotic cleaning solutions, is proud to announce the exclusive partnership with Biowet Drwalew, a specialist in animal health and cleaning products in Poland. This strategic collaboration is set to transform Poland’s animal housing maintenance by promoting stronger livestock, reducing the need for antibiotics, and enabling cost-effective farming whilst reducing agricultural pollution of air and water ways.

Biowet Drwalew is a reputable producer and distributor of animal health and cleaning products in Poland. Their dedication to quality and excellence has earned them the exclusive rights to distribute HeiQ Chrisal’s synbiotic animal housing products in Poland, under the Bioval brand name. Bioval products will be available to veterinarians and farmers in Polish agriculture, further advancing the standards of animal care and helping to reduce the need for antibiotics.

HeiQ Chrisal, a subsidiary of HeiQ Group, has a mission to render our world more sustainable and less polluted by harmful chemicals and reactive minerals. The biodegradable animal hygiene products of HeiQ Chrisal, the pioneering developer and manufacturer of 100% natural synbiotics, a patented synergy of probiotics and prebiotics, are in line with EU’s Green Deal policy that aims to e.g. promote sustainable farming practices and reduce the use of pesticides.

Pruex, HeiQ Chrisal’s trusted partner in the UK since 2017, has been instrumental in introducing the revolutionary synbiotic products to the agricultural sector. Known for their expertise in product application, Pruex provides Biowet Drwalew with extensive training, ensuring the seamless integration of HeiQ Chrisal’s synbiotic solutions. Pruex was founded with the aim of ensuring prudent use of antibiotics in agriculture and minimizing environmental pollution. By improving the environment in which animals are kept, such as drying up bedding and improving air and water quality with the help of HeiQ Chrisal’s synbiotic products, Pruex helps customers to reduce the need for antibiotics on their farms.

According to Robin Temmerman, Head of BU Life Sciences at HeiQ, “the partnership with Biowet Drwalew represents a leap in production animals hygiene. We’re committed to providing top-tier solutions that enhance animal well-being and environmental sustainability and we are glad that Biowet Drwalew is now together with us in this mission. This exclusive contract reinforces HeiQ’s commitment to innovation and sustainability while expanding our presence in the animal hygiene sector. It also demonstrates the company’s dedication to its partners and investors, ensuring continued growth and success.”

Boguslav Monczak, President of the Management Board at Biowet Drwalew, states: “Our exclusive partnership with HeiQ Chrisal aligns perfectly with our mission to provide top-quality products to our customers. We’re proud to bring these advanced solutions to Poland under the Bioval brand.”

Aled Rhys Davies, Director of Pruex Ltd, the key enabler of this partnership, remarks: “We’re excited to expand our collaboration with Biowet Drwalew and introduce HeiQ Chrisal’s innovative solutions to the Polish market, replicating the success that we have achieved in the UK, with thousands of satisfied customers. Together, we will be transforming animal care standards for the better.”

Proven successes in synbiotic animal hygiene

In 2021, Pruex’s innovative approach to using HeiQ Chrisal’s synbiotics on a chicken farm resulted in their winning the UK Agritech Award. Thanks to synbiotic animal housing cleaning, the chicken farm saw an optimized egg production that saved 12,000 GBP per flock and provided a considerably improved air quality to animals and people thanks to reduced ammonia levels.

Another remarkable success story saw synbiotic water treatment not only transforming the operations of a crocodile farm, also a Pruex customer, near Lake Malawi in Africa but also changing the lives of the surrounding community. The synbiotic water treatment solution eliminated the need for the heavy chemicals traditionally used to clean crocodile ponds and the nutrient-rich water from the farm now irrigates 19 hectares of land and supports three aquaculture ponds. This sustainable solution provides additional income to local smallholder farmers, enabling them to provide education for their children and securing a consistent food source for their families.

Achievements like these exemplify the transformative potential of HeiQ Chrisal’s synbiotic solutions for animal housing and water systems, now available also to Poland’s agricultural industry.

 

About Biowet Drwalew
Biowet Drwalew is a pharmaceutical company based in Drwalew, Poland. It was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest and largest veterinary pharmaceutical companies in Poland. The company produces a wide range of veterinary medicines, including immunomodulators, antiparasitics, vaccines, nutritional supplements, and antibiotics. Biowet Drwalew also manufactures a variety of veterinary instruments and equipment. The company is committed to providing high-quality products and services to improve the health and welfare of animals. For more information, visit www.biowet-drwalew.pl/en

About Pruex
Pruex was founded in 2016 in Wales, UK, and is agri-tech company that is dedicated to helping lead the fight back against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Pruex works with farmers and consumers to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce the use of antibiotics, such as helping them to identify the source of infections on their farms and to implement hygiene and husbandry practices to limit the introduction of infection. Pruex is a leading innovator in the field of AMR and has developed several patented technologies, including an automated spraying system that dries up chicken litter and reduces ammonia levels. The company has won several awards for its work, including the Agri-EPI Centre’s inaugural agri-tech award in 2021. For more information, visit pruex.myshopify.com

BOSS is set to redefine fashion sustainability at the Milan Fashion Week, spotlighting three “see-now, buy-now” outerwear pieces crafted from groundbreaking HeiQ AeoniQ™ fabric.

These limited-edition gems merge HeiQ’s revolutionary cellulosic fiber with advanced craftsmanship, offering fashion-forward solutions that spare the environment. Available online and in selected BOSS stores immediately after the runway show on September 22, this collection marks a new era of conscious couture, as BOSS continues to collaborate with HeiQ AeoniQ™.

MAS Holdings, a global apparel & textile manufacturing and tech conglomerate, headquartered in Sri Lanka with a global footprint across 16 countries, secures a stake in HeiQ AeoniQ™ as part of its Plan for Change initiative to support the development of next-generation cellulosic filament fibers to replace polyester and nylon. 

HeiQ from Switzerland, leader in materials innovation, and MAS Holdings, a global apparel & textile manufacturing and tech conglomerate headquartered in Sri Lanka, and the largest apparel and textile manufacturer in South Asia with approximately USD2 billion in turnover, entered a partnership for MAS to secure a stake in HeiQ AeoniQ GmbH, a subsidiary of HeiQ Group that will produce HeiQ AeoniQ™, a climate-positive cellulosic yarn.

With this investment, MAS Holdings becomes the first manufacturer to partner with HeiQ AeoniQ™ in their efforts to provide a sustainable alternative to polyester and nylon. The investment to be made by MAS Holdings is part of the group’s strategy to drive a positive environmental impact. The MAS Plan for Change aims to generate 50% of the company’s revenue through sustainable products by 2025, revolutionizing the textile industry with a focus on innovation, sustainable sourcing, and pioneering circularity at scale.

With the closing of this deal, HeiQ and MAS agreed to a 5-year Offtake Agreement for 3,000 tons of HeiQ AeoniQ™ yarn in 2025 and 5,000 tons per year from 2026 to 2029, valued by HeiQ in the aggregate to US$ 100 million. MAS will finalize this commitment within a stipulated time period after achieving milestone 1, and a mutual plan for commercialization. HeiQ and MAS firmly believe that rapid scaling is key to facilitating the fast adoption of sustainable, circular technologies such as HeiQ AeoniQ™.

HeiQ AeoniQ™: a game-changer for the textile industry 

Since Q4 2021, HeiQ’s launch of the HeiQ AeoniQ™ technology has been attracting the attention of major global players in the textile and clothing industries.

With the proprietary manufacturing method, for the first time in history, a cellulosic filament yarn can be made from a wide range of non-valorized feedstock and is able to reproduce comparable performance features of polyester or nylon, while being sustainable and endlessly circular.

The HeiQ AeoniQ™ pilot plant in Austria is manufacturing this revolutionary continuous cellulosic filament yarn since Q3 2022, with up to a 100 tons capacity to be upscaled up to 300 tons by the end of 2023.

The HeiQ AeoniQ™ production scale-up is planned to have its definitive boost by early 2026 with the construction of an entirely new gigafactory capable of a 30,000-ton output per year, in a 250M USD estimated investment.

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, said, “Since the beginning, HeiQ has pioneered textile innovation, revolutionizing sustainable functionality and enhancing the lives of billions. Now, with the introduction of HeiQ AeoniQ™, we solidify our unwavering commitment to disrupting the textile industry—a sector that has long held the dubious distinction of being the world’s second-largest polluter. MAS’ investment and offtake agreement serves as resounding proof that leading textiles value chain players recognize HeiQ AeoniQ™ as the ultimate game-changer, placing their trust in its transformative power, and is a natural result of the confidence built over a decade that HeiQ and MAS have been doing business together.”

Group Chief Executive Officer of MAS Holdings, Suren Fernando adds, “MAS was built on the foundational belief of doing the right thing. As a global organization nurturing over 100,000 individuals, we are convinced of our responsibility to drive positive change within the apparel industry through sustainable product solutions. We believe that this investment is an important step in our efforts to reshape our industry by driving innovation, collaboration, and scale. With HeiQ AeoniQ™ as a key catalyst, we are poised to pave the way for a more sustainable future.”

Polyester and nylon, two oil-based fibers, virtually non-recyclable, account for about 70% of all the global textile production, they take between 350 to 1000 years to degrade in nature, are currently close loop recycled at less than 1%, and are at the origin of 35% of the microplastics that can be found in today’s oceans. HeiQ AeoniQ™ was innovated and is being hyper-scaled up to change this course of action.

About MAS Holdings
MAS Holdings, the largest apparel tech company in South Asia, is among the most recognized design-to-delivery solution providers in apparel and textile manufacturing. Home to a community of over 110,000 people, today, MAS spans across manufacturing plants in 16 countries, with established design locations placed in key style centers across the world. Catering to the demands of a dynamic and ever-changing industry, the MAS portfolio has expanded exponentially; into brands, wearable technology, FemTech, start-ups and fabric parks worldwide.
Over 35 years of operations, MAS has gained global recognition for its ethical and sustainable working environment and for the organization’s tireless efforts in social development and women’s empowerment. Today, the company’s efforts to drive positive impact are outlined in the MAS Plan for Change, a commitment to create sustainable change under three areas of focus: products, lives, and planet. Through these initiatives, MAS aims to inspire all employees to be changemakers, enabling dreams and enriching the fabric of life on our planet. Visit www.masholdings.com for more details.

HeiQ is thrilled to announce the next launch of the previously ISPO-awarded BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt during the highly anticipated BOSS OPEN tennis tournament in Stuttgart.

The BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt is crafted from 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a revolutionary cellulosic yarn, derived from certified wood pulp, with performance attributes rivaling polyester fabrics’. This innovative seamless garment, manufactured in Europe and born from a collaboration between HUGO BOSS and Swiss innovator HeiQ, is as disruptive as its cellulosic fibers. The polo shirt is available for purchase in the BOSS OPEN pop-up store, as well as online, allowing fashion and activewear enthusiasts to opt for a more sustainable, circular product without compromising on style or performance.

Awarded Innovation in Cellulosic Fibers

The first BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt has just been acknowledged with the prestigious ISPO AWARD 2023, setting new standards in the field of more sustainable performance apparel.

By choosing the BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt, individuals are contributing to protecting our oceans from microfiber pollution generated by synthetic fibers. This extraordinary garment makes a fashion statement as well as a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, says, “With the new BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt, we offer a game-changing solution that merges innovation, timeless fashion, performance, and environmental consciousness.”

More about the shirt

The BOSS X HeiQ AeoniQ™ Polo Shirt has been awarded the prestigious ISPO Innovation Award 2023.

This remarkable recognition is a testament to the change that this revolutionary cellulosic fiber embodies. The jury considered this shirt a breakthrough in more sustainable fashion, setting new sustainability and circular materials standards. The now ISPO-awarded shirt was launched last January, only 15 months after the announcement of the HeiQ AeoniQ™ project, the major HeiQ initiative to transform the textile industry by eliminating polyester.

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HeiQ, a leading provider of sustainable textile and material technologies, is proud to announce that its HeiQ Allergen* Tech has powered the award-winning product, Purotex+ from global leader BekaertDeslee. The innovative solution for mattress ticking won the Interzum Award in the category “High Product Quality”, being one of the six prizes given to BekaertDeslee by this prestigious tradeshow.

Purotex+ powered by HeiQ Allergen* Tech is a game-changing solution for reducing exposure to allergens in bedding. The technology uses active probiotics to reduce exposure to allergens, including house dust mite matter, and pet allergens. HeiQ Allergen* Tech has received the Seal of Approval by Allergy UK, and independent testing has shown that it reduces exposure to inanimate allergens by up to 96.6%, making it a highly effective solution for allergy sufferers.

The Interzum Award recognizes exceptional design and innovation in the furniture production industry. Purotex+ was selected for the award from a field of 280 submissions from 25 countries. The jury praised the product’s design, innovative features, and its contribution to improving the quality of life for people with allergies.

“We are thrilled that Purotex+ powered by HeiQ Allergen* Tech has won the Interzum Award,” said Demet Tunç, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at BekaertDeslee. “This award is a testament to the innovative and sustainable solutions we provide for our customers, and we are proud to partner with HeiQ to bring this technology to the market.”

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, added, “This recognition highlights the importance of our mission to create innovative solutions that benefit consumers and the environment. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BekaertDeslee to bring sustainable and effective solutions to the market while improving the lives of billions, in a path that started back in 2013 when the same company won the Interzum Award for adopting HeiQ ADAPTIVE to mattress ticking.”

BekaertDeslee’s Purotex+ powered by HeiQ Allergen* Tech is now available and can be found in bedding products from leading brands.

* Inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter & pet allergens.

HeiQ was born on a hike in 2005 and since then we have been pioneers in materials innovation. This March, HeiQ celebrates a key milestone as it turned 18. An established global leader in textiles innovation, today’s HeiQ is also active in many more industries, enhancing different products we use in our everyday lives with Swiss Tech Inside. Celebrating is also sharing. As we enter adulthood, we share what this milestone means to us and invite you to watch our new corporate video and spread the word:

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The new application of HeiQ ECOS coating using silver wires makes energy efficiency possible using photovoltaics, leading to indoor energy harvesting for sensors that need no batteries to operate, among other end uses.

HeiQ, a global leader in materials innovation focusing on making everyday products more comfortable, hygienic, protective, and sustainable, announces a breakthrough in the development of transparent conductive coatings. HeiQ ECOS is a patented technology using silver wires, which can be applied to virtually all substrates. 

Based on recent technological breakthroughs, HeiQ ECOS coatings are now fully transparent and strongly conductive. When applied to windows and other surfaces, the HeiQ ECOS coatings can be used to save heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, by reflecting temperatures up to 85% both on transparent and opaque materials. HeiQ ECOS is also resource efficient, with just 10g of silver wires being enough for covering more than 200 m2 of surface area.  

Tom Ellefsen, Head of HeiQ’s Business Unit Coatings & Polymers, encourages interested parties to visit HeiQ’s booth at the European Coating Show in Nürnberg, March 28-30, where HeiQ will demonstrate various applications of the ECOS technology and provide technical details to visitors. 

A new field of application for HeiQ ECOS 

In a recent innovation project between HeiQ, Enerthing, and the University of Nuremberg (FAU, Friedrich-Alexander University) a new generation of HeiQ ECOS coatings was used as transparent electrodes in semi-transparent printed photovoltaic modules with excellent performance.   

In the printed solar modules, HeiQ ECOS was used as the top and bottom electrodes, which goes far beyond the state of the art. Enerthing is planning to implement the technology an indoor photovoltaic technology that even works with artificial light and acts as an energy source for sensors. 

Visit the HeiQ team at the European Coatings Show 2023 (March 28-30) in Nuremberg, Germany, to learn more: Booth 221 in Hall 3A

Italian premium textiles manufacturer Beste becomes the first partner in its field to incorporate HeiQ AeoniQ™ endlessly circular cellulosic fiber in its high-end fabric portfolio.

Beste x HeiQ AeoniQ™ announce their strategic partnership with the launch of a capsule in the CARPINI collection at Milano Unica. The fabrics including HeiQ AeoniQ™ are crafted by the Italian textiles manufacturer Beste, well known for supplying high-end fabrics for premium and luxury brands.

The innovative fabrics capsule collection for S/S 24 includes 12 articles made with 100% HeiQ AeoniQ™, linen, and HeiQ AeoniQ™ blends, and cotton and HeiQ AeoniQ™ blends in several different proportions.

The collection is named FLOW, as related to the movement of water and air to be in tune with Nature’s balance and rhythm, with a color range including hay, black, water, caramel, violet, dust, denim, lime, and cobalt.

With this initiative, Beste becomes the first partner to incorporate the HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber into its active fabric portfolio, and also its Tessuteka, the library that keeps all the fabrics produced by the company since 1993.

For Carlo Centonze, HeiQ’s CEO “the partnership with Beste makes total sense for all the values embodied by HeiQ AeoniQ™ that we both share, namely its commitment to circular ethics, practice and promote sustainability, and have a positive impact in the environment while also creating new business opportunities that the market and the Planet so urgently need.”

According to Giovanni Santi, Beste’s CDA president: “Beste SpA benefit company is strongly committed to developing a positive and responsible impact over the environment and the social fabric it is surrounded by. To meet this precise criterion, we use HeiQ AeoniQ™, a new biodegradable fiber developed by HeiQ, a Swiss chemical company that is Beste’s constant partner in this indispensable green revolution. The introduction of HeiQ AeoniQ™, namely a fiber that is cellulosic in nature but with characteristics and performances similar to polyester ones, concerns a significant step in the reduction of CO2 emissions and plastics. It is not only a responsible choice, but it also deals with a precise and courageous positioning in the constant battle in favor of our planet by starting from the textile innovation front.”

Beste’s designer Marco Burroni added: “By using HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber, not only we are creating sustainable and eco-friendly textiles, but also extending the boundaries of textile design. We are constantly exploring new ways to innovate and pushing the envelope in the fashion industry while also taking care of our planet.”

The new Beste x HeiQ AeoniQ™ fabrics will be displayed at Beste’s booth during the Milano Unica trade show from January 31st to February 2nd, in Milan, Italy (Fiera Milano, IdeaBiella, Hall 20, Booths E14 – E16).

About Beste

From the yarn to the finished garment. Beste Spa – Benefit Company is growing since 1992. The company is dedicated to the production of high-quality textiles and garments. As part of corporate commitment, Beste ensures that the entire production processes are environmentally sustainable in a completely transparent supply chain. The tracking of every single process is made in order to furnish all the customers and consumers an immediate and fully traceable comprehension of our production chain activities. The aim is to create a full vertical and controlled production chain. A cornerstone of the Made in Italy textile culture, Beste promotes sustainable practices and responsible use of resources according to its commitment to circular ethics. An ethical approach that helps the company to minimize waste and negative impact on the environment, while also creating new business opportunities. For more information, visit www.beste.it

Robert Koch Institute has included probiotic surface cleaning in its new official recommendations for hospital hygiene and infection control, a major breakthrough for the HeiQ Synbio technology.

The Robert Koch Institute, internationally regarded as a hospital hygiene authority and the German government’s central institution for the identification, surveillance, and prevention of infectious diseases, has recently updated its hygiene requirements for surface cleaning. They now include probiotics as a sustainable and proven way to contribute to improved hospital hygiene by creating more beneficial surface microbiology in hospitals and other health facilities. The previous guidelines date back to 2004. Last November’s update represents a major paradigm change in the approach to hospital hygiene, which was solely focused on disinfection until now.

The newly released recommendation by the Robert Koch Institute Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (available in German only) states in its 6.3 section about probiotic cleaning that “the use of probiotics on surfaces in medical facilities is an interesting approach because probiotic bacteria form a long-term stable microbiome, while the success of disinfection only lasts for a short time. Furthermore, disinfectants are known to stimulate the development of cross-resistance to antibiotics, which is not the case with probiotic cleaning products.”  

When microorganisms are removed from a surface by disinfection, the diversity of the surface microbiome is disturbed. Several studies cited in this recommendation conclude that probiotic surface cleaning “allowed a drop “from 4.8% to 2.3% in nosocomial infections (acquired in hospitals)” in comparison to chemical disinfection. In addition, antimicrobial resistance genes decreased by up to 99% during probiotic cleaning, and the use of antibiotics due to nosocomial infections went down by 60.3%, representing a decrease of 75.4% in related costs.

Hospitals now have an effective, improved alternative to disinfection

Robin Temmerman, CEO of HeiQ Chrisal and Head of HeiQ Life Sciences, states: “The new guidelines from a renowned authority such as the Robert Koch Institute prove that our approach to surface cleaning was right and represents an effective, safe, and sustainable new technology for hygiene and infection control. It is extremely satisfying to see that over 10 years of clinical research now results in a different mindset among infection control professionals, opening up for new sustainable technologies like HeiQ Synbio.”

One of the scientists cited in the Robert Koch Institute guidelines, Dr. Tilman E. Klassert from Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, emphasizes: “The inclusion of probiotic cleaning is the result of several years of research that resulted in solid evidence about how it can be used as an effective ally against nosocomial infections, a major problem that needs proper attention.”

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, in a recent information session for its member states on infection prevention and control, hospital-acquired infections affect “hundreds of millions of patients, health workers and hospital visitors” worldwide with significant human suffering and costs for national healthcare systems, adding that “many of the nosocomial infections are completely avoidable.” Even so, 1 in every 10 patients dies from nosocomial infections.

HUGO BOSS reveals the first Polo Shirt replacing 87% polyester with HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber

HeiQ announces that the German premium fashion company HUGO BOSS reveals today the first product made with HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber – a seamless high-performance Polo Shirt.

With that, the company marks a milestone within the partnership that will enable the replacement of synthetic fibers to reduce their impact on the planet.  The product is crafted with 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a revolutionary cellulosic yarn created from certified wood pulp, one of the many renewable raw materials it can be made of, featuring the same performance attributes as polyester.

This new style is part of the BOSS Green collection line, designed for urban environments with BOSS’ renowned performance-driven qualities and worn by Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini.

The first Innovation drop of the Polo Shirt is available in limited quantities in the global eCom of HUGO BOSS: https://www.boss.com/boss-heiq-aeoniq-polo-shirt-for-him

For Carlo Centonze, HeiQ CEO, “this first drop by HUGO BOSS makes the dream of replacing polyester for a more sustainable alternative tangible while keeping all the features that made synthetic fibers so widespread. Until today we called HeiQ AeoniQ™ a project. From now on it is a brand that delivers the promise of sustainability and true circularity for the benefit of the Planet.”

For HUGO BOSS, the exciting partnership with HeiQ represents yet another important milestone on its journey towards becoming the leading premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide. Consistent with their bold mission statement ‘We Love Fashion, We Change Fashion,’ this game-changing technology will enable HUGO BOSS to further push innovation and sustainability across their brands’ offerings, thereby driving measurable impact for the environment and society alike.

Textile industry change starts here

HeiQ AeoniQ™ is a more sustainable, circular, and closed-loop cellulosic textile yarn.

Fabrics made from this high-performance yarn are on par with conventional fabrics like polyester and nylon due to the yarn’s tensile strength, elasticity, and abrasion resistance.

At the same time, they also demonstrate a significantly better environmental footprint. Whereas polyester and nylon fibers are produced from non-renewable fossil fuels, making the textile industry the second-largest global polluter, HeiQ AeoniQ™ yarn is made from cellulose, a renewable raw material that enables the transformation of a whole sector.

Widespread implementation of HeiQ AeoniQ™ can help decarbonize the atmosphere, prevent further microplastic pollution in water and preserve agricultural land.

HeiQ Allergen* Tech will power a new and improved generation of Purotex, a BekaertDeslee product through its exclusive application to mattress ticking aiming to provide end-users with a good night’s sleep.

HeiQ Materials AG is pleased to announce that it has signed an Exclusive Supply Agreement with BekaertDeslee, the world’s leading specialist in the development and manufacturing of mattress textiles, mattress covers, and on-trend sleep solutions, for the supply of HeiQ’s recently launched HeiQ Allergen* Tech

Under this agreement, BekaertDeslee will have exclusive worldwide rights to apply HeiQ Allergen* Tech to mattress ticking, which is used to cover mattresses. HeiQ Allergen* Tech, which was launched in October 2022, is a 100% biobased, naturally derived technology that reduces exposure to inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter, and pet allergens with the help of active probiotics.

It has been granted the Allergy UK Seal of Approval by The British Allergy Foundation following a review and assessment of the technology. Additionally, an independent certification has shown that HeiQ Allergen* Tech successfully reduces 83,6% of cat (hair) allergen, 76,5% of dog (hair) allergen, and 96,6% of house dust mite matter allergen.

HeiQ Group Co-Founder and CEO, Carlo Centonze said: “We are delighted to secure this contract with a world-class partner just weeks after launching HeiQ Allergen* Tech, once again demonstrating our ability to develop and rapidly commercialize new technology for which there is strong global demand. Mattresses represent just one of many fields in the multi-billion home textiles market where HeiQ Allergen* Tech can be applied, and we are building our pipeline of opportunities in areas such as carpet, furniture, and bed linens. Hygiene remains a core function for HeiQ and this latest product helps to solidify our position as a leading provider of nature-based hygiene solutions. With more than 90% of bedrooms in the US having three or more detectable allergens, this partnership with BekaertDeslee enables us to improve the lives of people significantly, which is central to our purpose.”

Frédéric Beucher, CEO of BekaertDeslee, said:

“Being the world’s leading specialist in the development and manufacturing of mattress textiles gives BekaertDeslee a special responsibility when it comes to providing the market with innovative solutions that address real-world problems. This new technology will contribute to our efforts in introducing sustainable products that provide better conditions for a good night’s sleep. We will commercialize this exclusive technology under our well-known Purotex brand, by naming the new generation of our products Purotex+ powered by HeiQ Allergen* Tech.”

 

* Inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter & pet allergens.

 

About BekaertDeslee

BekaertDeslee is the world’s leading specialist in the development and manufacturing of woven and knitted mattress textiles and covers. We employ more than 3900 people and realize a turnover of 400 million EUR. Our 9 business units are spread over 24 locations worldwide on 5 continents. The BekaertDeslee headquarters are in Waregem, Belgium and we are a portfolio company of the leading German family equity holding Haniel. The company has known an impressive growth and is continuing on this track with further organic growth and planned acquisitions.

HeiQ becomes the key supplier of regulatory-compliant elemental copper and silver for industrial hygiene applications after acquiring Tarn-Pure.

HeiQ Plc (XLON: HEIQ), a global force in materials innovation and hygiene technologies, announces that HeiQ Materials AG, Switzerland, a 100% subsidiary of HeiQ Plc, has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares of the UK intellectual property company Tarn-Pure Holdings Ltd (“Tarn-Pure”). Tarn-Pure holds critical EU and UK regulatory registrations to sell metallic copper and metallic silver for use in hygiene applications.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a boom in hygiene products, which HeiQ supported with its proprietary HeiQ Viroblock technology. Now that the pandemic is receding, the market has returned to its focus on sustainable hygiene products. To complement HeiQ’s existing offering of botanical antimicrobials and probiotic cleaners, HeiQ now also invests further in nature’s own ready-to-use hygiene materials: copper and silver.

Due to European Union regulatory changes phasing out several high-volume synthetic biocides, such as zinc pyrithione, silver nitrate, and silver chloride, the market expects strong growth in the use of the safe and effective antimicrobials copper and silver, which are used in coatings, plastics, textiles, and water purification. With the acquisition of Tarn-Pure, HeiQ positions itself as the key supplier of copper and silver to the wider hygiene industry.

HeiQ’s EVP Tom Ellefsen said: “The HeiQ Group already has Europe’s most sustainable offering of hygiene technologies featuring probiotic cleaners, botanical antimicrobials, and bio-based biocides. With the addition of Tarn-Pure’s intellectual property for metallic copper and metallic silver, HeiQ becomes the industry’s go-to supplier for sustainable hygiene technologies. We look forward to bringing all of these products to our customers in the New Year.”

Trident Group in collaboration with HeiQ is unveiling a new bed linen range using a naturally derived technology to reduce inanimate allergens on home textiles at the Heimtextil 2023 trade show. 

The new launch by Trident Group, Jiva Hypoallergenic, is powered by HeiQ Allergen Tech, a proprietary 100% biobased technology developed by HeiQ that reduces exposure to inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter and pet allergens with the help of active probiotics.   

The bedroom is home to many types of aeroallergens such as pet allergens and house dust mite matter allergens. Every pillow, mattress, and duvet whether in a private home or in a hospitality environment contains allergens after 6 months of use. Exposure during sleep of 6 to 8 hours is a long and intense time that needs a solution. The HeiQ Allergen Tech technology utilizes synbiotics (= probiotics + prebiotics) in a natural matrix applied to textiles to reduce inanimate allergens that can become airborne causing allergy symptoms and triggering asthma. 

The technology is tested and certified by an accredited lab, BMA Labor in Bochum, Germany, and has been granted the Allergy UK Seal of Approval by The British Allergy Foundation. 

According to Mike Mordente, HeiQ Head of the Textiles Business Unit “HeiQ is happy to associate with Trident Group, a company equally focused on innovation and customer-centric products for global markets”, adding that “we are proud to work together with the first Indian partner to bring HeiQ Allergen Tech to bed linen, addressing a critical need to reduce allergens in home textiles, and harnessing the power of a naturally derived technology to provide an effective solution to demanding players.” 

“As one of the largest home textiles manufacturers worldwide Trident Group has been in a leading position on the innovation front and always strives to develop best-in-class products with advanced technologies to serve the customers,” said Kamal Gaba, Managing Director (Bed Linen) at Trident Group. “Our latest collaboration with HeiQ marks another momentous milestone in our journey to become a leading home textile innovation company”. 

HeiQ Allergen* Tech will be showcased at Heimtextil 2023 (Hall 11, Booth B31) and at Trident Group Stand (Hall 10.2, Booth A21), Messe Frankfurt, from the 10th to the 13th of January 2023. 

*Inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter & pet allergens 

HeiQ will present a host of innovative technologies to battle those enemies of sleep represented by heat, odor, and inanimate allergens, thereby addressing one of the most underrated elements that hinder a healthy life: a good night’s sleep.

In recent decades, sleep has been the focus of numerous studies that overwhelmingly indicate that sleep is equally essential for the preservation of the human species on par with eating, drinking, and reproducing. This comes as no surprise as about one-third of our lives is spent sleeping!

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker in his acclaimed book Why We Sleep, “routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.”

Three of the most notorious enemies of sleep are heat, odor, and inanimate allergens. HeiQ has developed technologies that help to fight them and promote better sleep quality for all.

  • HeiQ Cool – the world’s first textile technology to deliver both instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling for optimal well-being during sleep.
  • HeiQ Mint – a plant-based deodorizer that controls odor development on textiles, providing fabrics with a long-lasting odor control capability that keeps textiles smelling fresh for longer.
  • HeiQ Allergen* Tech – a 100% biobased, proprietary technology that reduces exposure to allergens such as house dust mite matter, and pet allergens with the help of active probiotics. The technology is tested and certified by an accredited lab, BMA Labor in Bochum, Germany, and has been granted the Allergy UK Seal of Approval by The British Allergy Foundation.

These effective ingredients are already being applied to final products by HeiQ’s partners, who are also helping to improve the nights of millions. Among them are Trendsetter/John Lewis pillows, duvets, and mattress protectors (with HeiQ Cool & HeiQ Allergen Tech), Trident Jiva Hypoallergenic bed linen (with HeiQ Allergen Tech), Belfama shower towels (with HeiQ Mint), and Lameirinho bed linen/bed sheets (with HeiQ Allergen Tech).

The above mentioned and HeiQ will showcase the allies in the fight against the elements that hamper a good night’s sleep at Heimtextil 2023, and invite visitors to learn more about the science behind these technologies for the bedding industry first-hand at Messe Frankfurt (Hall 11, Booth B31), in Frankfurt, Germany, 10-13 January 2023. HeiQ will have an interactive experience waiting for the visitors.

* Inanimate allergens such as house dust mite matter & pet allergens.

HeiQ announces the launch of HeiQ Mint, a brand for biobased odor control textile technology that provides effective and lasting freshness for clothing and home textiles. The new technology is jointly developed with Patagonia to keep textiles fresh for longer and reduce the need for washing.

Textile innovation leader, HeiQ takes advantage of its presence at ISPO Munich 2022, 28th-30th of November, to launch HeiQ Mint, the new proprietary odor control technology based on a blend of essential mint oils. The plant-based technology is designed to make textiles smell fresh even after repeated usage, avoiding the need for frequent washes, thus enabling consumers to save water and energy.

HeiQ Fresh MNT-01, under the HeiQ Mint product family, was jointly developed with Patagonia. The technology was developed and refined since more than a year ago. It has been tested in laboratory and validated by wearer trials. HeiQ Mint addresses body odors on textiles and this function regenerates at every wash, with superior efficiency and durability that meets most end-use performance requirements. All other fabric properties such as breathability, hand feel, and wicking will remain unchanged. This textile technology is OEKO-TEX® suited, bluesign approved, and ZDHC compliant, with a USDA bio-preferred certification in progress.

The wearer trial during product development was highly demanding, with HeiQ Mint standing out in comparison to the other two tested solutions. According to Laura Hoch, Patagonia’s Materials Innovation Engineer, “out of all the anti-odor technologies we tested, HeiQ Mint provided the highest odor control performance, with the added benefit of being plant-based. This innovation enables Patagonia to deliver our customers high-performing products made with the best available chemistry.”

Another advantage of HeiQ Mint is the possibility for the chemistry and treated articles to be marketed worldwide, without the need for biocidal declaration on product labels, since it is based on a blend of essential mint oils and naturally derived deodorizing ingredients.

HeiQ Mint is ideal not only for next-to-skin products such as sports apparel, underwear, linings, and casual and business wear but also for home textiles such as bed linen, pillow fabrics, and mattress textiles, both on cellulosic and synthetic fibers.

No more smelly socks or shirts

Human sweat is inherently natural to all of us and odorless, but the volatile organic compounds (smelly molecules) resulting from sweat and other components on the textiles charge a heavy toll on our noses. Sometimes a shirt or a pair of socks is tossed into the washing machine after just one use because they are too smelly to be used again.

Consumers increasingly demand for products made of natural ingredients, and better use of finite and expensive resources such as water and energy. HeiQ Mint is the latest sustainable technology that enables everyone in the value chain to be in tune with such a welcome trend. Fewer washes also mean more durable textile products and fewer laundry products and fibers discharged into the environment.

This textile innovation will be displayed by HeiQ at Hall C2 – Booth 502, at ISPO Munich 2022, in Germany, from 28th to the 30th of November.

HeiQ and The LYCRA Company created a new and durable solution for 100% cotton fabric, adding stretch and recovery properties while keeping it fully recyclable.

HeiQ, an industry leader in performance finish technologies, and The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative and sustainable fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, today announced the launch of LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology, a proprietary textile finishing process for 100% cotton knit garments designed for mass market applications. Developed in collaboration, it is the latest example of both companies’ ongoing efforts to bring more innovative and sustainable textile technologies to consumers worldwide.

LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology, powered by HeiQ, enhances cotton knitwear, addressing critical consumer pain points, and improving the consumer’s overall wearing experience. This technology provides durable comfort stretch, fit, and soft hand-feel to 100% cotton knitwear compared to conventional finishes.

Even after repeated washing and wearing, LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology helps knitwear retain its shape, which helps extend the garment’s lifespan and potentially reduce its environmental impact.

“Combining The LYCRA Company’s expertise in stretch fibers with HeiQ’s renowned innovation in textile chemical finishing has resulted in a truly unique, added-value technology that offers enhanced performance to cotton knitwear,” said Mike Mordente, head of the business unit textiles at HeiQ. “I am confident that LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology will open up a new generation of enhanced stretch and recovery garments with comfort and durability.”

“LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology enhances the stretch and recovery properties of cotton knit fabrics and does so in a durable way with outstandingly soft hand,” added Nicolas Banyols, chief commercial officer at The LYCRA Company. “This breakthrough innovation not only improves the performance of everyday 100% cotton knitwear but is easy for mills to implement as it requires no investment in new equipment. We value HeiQ’s technical expertise and are excited to collaborate on the commercialization of this technology.”

All knits that use LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology can be submitted to The LYCRA Company’s labs for quality control testing to ensure all consumer benefits are delivered, including comfort stretch, breathability, and durable fit. New logos will feature both the LYCRA® and HeiQ brands and will be supported by customizable co-branded POS materials featuring the tagline, “In Sync with Nature’s Rhythm,” which are also available to brands and retailers.

While The LYCRA Company is leading the commercialization of this technology, HeiQ will collaborate and support the introduction through their brand network as well as manufacturing and selling the finishing directly to textile mills, leveraging their established global technical services to deliver optimized performance.

 

About The LYCRA Company

The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands:  LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company’s legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company focuses on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit www.thelycracompany.com.

LYCRA® is a trademark of The LYCRA Company.

It is our pleasure to announce that our Group CEO, Carlo Centonze, has just been adjudged the winner of the CEO of The Year 2022 Award in the Textile Industry, by European CEO.

The judging panel was “very impressed that while doing their due diligence, under Mr. Centonze’s leadership and guidance the company has won many significant awards, and Mr. Centonze has taken the company into being a truly global brand within the textile industry.”

The judges who chose among the CEOs nominated by European CEO readers were also “very pleased with the level of depth and detail within each of his answers” to the questions made by the panellists, “particularly some of the sentiments he stated such as never giving up, always being resilient and persevering, and when evaluating Mr. Centonze’s personal and company achievements, leadership and growth of the company under his stewardship along with his standing within the textile industry, the panel decided that Mr. Carlo Centonze is a worthy recipient of this award.”

These awards recognize the special traits that make successful chief executives inspiring and celebrate chief executives in those fields that European CEO readers feel are making strides in the European and Global economies.

The prize also recognizes “product, functional, strategic and managerial innovation in companies and individuals showing commercial insight and market integrity”, all criteria that were key for the choice of Carlo as one of the recipients of the award.

(See the complete list)

European CEO magazine is distributed to the continent’s C suites and executive committees, as well as in newsstands, being read by many European decision-makers.

Bacteria: Evil killers or small friends?

Bacteria are dangerous and make us sick. But researchers have long since proven how important they are for our health. “NZZ Format” delves into the wonderful world of the super-small and makes the invisible visible.

The documentary “Bacteria” was aired on November 3 in Switzerland on SRF1. HeiQ’s Dr. Robin Temmerman and Dr. Ana Bela Torres were interviewed about the use of bacteria in cleaning (from the 22:35 mark on). If you missed the documentary, you can watch it on NZZ Panorama (in German).

NZZ Format - Bakterien

 

This year’s edition of one of the world’s leading trade fairs for plastics and rubber will have a significant presence of HeiQ technologies for polymers and coatings. The HeiQ team is in attendance throughout the exhibition, so if you have special requirements for protecting surfaces, we’ve got you covered.

HeiQ’s sustainable additives to prevent the deterioration of plastics and coatings will be on display at K 2022 from the 19th to the 26th of October at booth C41, Hall 8B of the Messe Dusseldorf, in Germany. In this edition, HeiQ will announce the launch of HeiQ HyProTecht XT, which provides extended protection.

The showcased technologies include also HeiQ HyProTecht, the leading range of antimicrobial surface protectors that can be durably built into polymers. The visitors will have the chance to see a comparison between plastics treated with HeiQ HyProTecht XT and others treated with conventional antimicrobial solutions.

Life Natural will also be introduced at this trade show, as a product family of botanical additives that control and eliminate the cultivation and growth of bacteria on product surfaces. HeiQ Viroblock antiviral product protection, which had its premiere during the COVID-19 pandemic is another one of the innovations available at K 2022, for use in healthcare, public transportation, hospitality, public spaces, as well as in ceramics or sanitary ware.

And since sustainability is at the heart of everything that HeiQ does, HeiQ ECOS will be among the showcased portfolios. This product is a transparent electrically conductive and infrared reflective coating with a wide range of applications, namely for energy-saving purposes such as retrofitting windows to make them more efficient.

“HeiQing” materials to make them cleaner and more functional

According to Tom Ellefsen, Head of HeiQ Coatings and Polymers Business Unit, “HeiQ offers a unique and extensive range of antimicrobial additives to prevent the deterioration of plastics and coatings by controlling and eliminating the cultivation and growth of microorganisms on product surfaces. A full suite of services includes technical knowledge and expertise to durably build these technologies into your products as well as co-branding support. We have a curated selection of innovative technologies to present at K-Fair and would be delighted for you to experience these first-hand.” 

HeiQ will showcase some of its latest technologies at the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show – TITAS 2022, from the 12th to the 14th of October, at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. An upgraded product in the HeiQ Eco Dry range will be prominently presented to attendees of this trade show.

TITAS 2022 will be once again enriched with the presence of HeiQ and its innovative textile technologies. A newly launched, upgraded formula – HeiQ Barrier Eco Dry New, is added to the company’s fluorocarbon-free water repellent technology range and will be one of the highlights.

As urbanization and modern lifestyles cause an estimated 40% of the global population to be afflicted by allergies, HeiQ recently launched HeiQ Allergen Tech, a finish based on bio-based synbiotic technology to combat inanimate allergens on textiles. It will also be introduced at TITAS.

HeiQ innovations driving change

The global call for sustainability has put the textile industry, as the second-highest generator of CO2 emissions, under the spotlight. Most of the marine pollution is caused by non-degradable micro-and nanoparticle emissions from washing clothes, and tons of textile items pile up in landfills. Clothing a potential 8Bn global population by 2023 doesn’t have to be a problem, and HeiQ is driving change in the textile industry so that every player can be part of the solution. In response to the ongoing energy crisis, HeiQ will emphasize the use of HeiQ Clean Tech, a polyester dyeing auxiliary system that helps mills save energy by 30-35%, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the finished product.

Mike Mordente, Head of HeiQ’s Textiles Business Unit says, “Both our current technologies and unique pipeline will help worldwide partners and clients to differentiate by providing their customers with meaningful innovation. Our greener, more effective, more durable solutions offer superior odor control, hygiene, comfort and protection to textile products, always in full respect for the environment. Over and above that, we have a dedicated team in Taiwan and a significant presence in Asia to provide the best local support possible.” 

Within its presence at TITAS 2022, HeiQ will host the Seminar “HeiQ’s Innovative Chemical Technologies add Superpowers to your Textiles”, on the 12th of October, 15h00, in room 403.

HeiQ can be found at Booth L228.

HeiQ announces the launch of a 100% biobased, proprietary textile technology, HeiQ Allergen Tech, which aims to improve the lives of all the ones who suffer from allergies. This technology reduces inanimate allergens, like house dust mite matter, and pet allergens, and can be easily added in the finishing stage of the manufacturing process of textiles for bedding and furniture purposes.

Allergies are one of the most prevalent health problems in the world, estimated to affect about 40% of the global population, according to an article in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.

Building upon its tested and proven, proprietary Synbio ingredient, HeiQ is now launching HeiQ Allergen Tech, a new textile finish for home textiles, and textiles used for furniture and public transportation.

100% biobased HeiQ Allergen Tech creates an invisible protective layer that lasts at least 20 washing cycles and beyond according to performed tests. Its main advantage is cutting down the proliferation of allergens such as house dust mite matter and pet allergens (pet hair, dander, saliva), and creating conditions for reducing the health threats they pose to millions of people.

Sleeping with the “enemy”

One of the unsuspicious settings where these allergens are most present is in our bedrooms, mainly through accumulation in the sheets and other bedding items.
During sleep and when we make our beds, we inadvertently launch these allergens into the air and we end up breathing a high number of them, causing respiratory, skin, and ocular problems, just to name a few of the ones they cause (according to an article in the Iranian Journal of Public Health). Even just sleeping means that our body and airways are exposed between 6 to 8 hours each night, which is considered to be a long exposure.

According to Dr. Robin Temmerman, CEO of HeiQ Chrisal and Ph.D. in microbiology, “Chrisal joined HeiQ about a year ago on the mission to improve the lives of billions of people. It’s exciting to combine my two decades of research on synbiotics with HeiQ’s leading textile innovation capability to come up with the world’s first 100% biobased anti-allergen technology for textiles. Our proprietary HeiQ Allergen Tech achieves an impressive reduction of allergens that can become airborne in our living and sleep environments, in nature’s way. It has a full biologic origin and utilizes the natural process of probiotic colonization on the textile surface to effectively reduce inanimate allergens.”

Certified for lasting protection

Several tests have proven the high effectiveness of HeiQ Allergen Tech in reducing the levels of house dust mite matter (96.6%), allergens from dog hair (76.5%) and cat hair (83.6%), keeping a durable effect even after frequent washing. Following these results, Allergy UK has assessed and certified HeiQ’s new allergen control textile technology.

This technology becomes even more helpful when applied to furniture textiles such as sofas or public transportation seats, which are more difficult to wash or sanitize.

*for inanimate allergens only

On the 18th of September, Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, introduced HeiQ AeoniQ™, our bio-based climate-positive man-made filament that is the alternative to polyester at the ITMF Annual Conference, in Davos.

Listen to Carlo’s speech to learn how textiles are responsible for massive global pollution and how HeiQ AeoniQ™ will help solve this problem.

“We have the technology. We have the resources. We can drive change!”

 

Prioritizing the replacement of environmentally polluting polyester in textiles has led to Swedish Renewcell and Swiss HeiQ signing a strategic partnership to manufacture circular HeiQ AeoniQ cellulose filament yarn from textile-to-textile recycled CIRCULOSE® pulp supplied by Renewcell. This partnership enables the incorporation of recycled raw materials in the most modern, climate positive and environmentally friendly yarn production process to enable 100% circularity in the textile industry.

Capitalizing on their shared vision of a circular and bio-based textile industry, HeiQ and Renewcell have joined forces to commercialize 100% circular and biobased high-tenacity filament yarns as a viable replacement for fossil-based fibers like nylon and polyester at scale. Promising results in initial tests using Circulose® as a feedstock for production of HeiQ AeoniQ yarn create an opportunity to for collaboration between the partners in their effort to lead the current textile industry transformation, positioning both companies and Europe as a pioneer region incorporating recycled raw materials in the most modern and environmentally friendly yarn production processes that allow true circularity in the textile industry.

Circulose® – a Circular Cellulose

Circulose® is a branded dissolving pulp product that Renewcell makes from 100% textile waste, such as worn-out jeans and production scraps. Dissolving pulp cellulose is what the textile industry uses to make viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate other types of regenerated fibers (also called ‘man-made cellulosic fibers’). The only difference with Circulose® is that it’s made from textile waste instead of wood. Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world. It’s what makes up the cell walls of most plants and trees. The purest cellulose found in nature is cotton.

Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell says: “Our 100% recycled textile pulp, Circulose®, was born of the idea to do something better than dump or burn the millions of tonnes of waste this industry creates every year, while also decreasing the need for new high impact virgin materials. Over the last years two years, we have successfully proven the applicability of Circulose® as a direct substitute to virgin cotton and wood as a raw material in fashion. The challenge of how to use Circulose® as a direct substitute for oil in high tenacity perfomance fabrics has remained, until now. Our partnership with HeiQ, a company that fully shares our vision, utilizes Circulose® as a feedstock for the game changing HeiQ AeoniQ yarn and positions us both for a massive breakthrough in the right disruptive direction for the global textile industry. 100% textile-to-textile recycled, bio-based, biodegradable and with the physical performance of polyester and nylon – a Circulose® HeiQ AeoniQ Yarn will excite any brand interested in climate and environment.” 

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn made of climate positive raw materials

“This latest strategic partnership with Renewcell is further proof of how circularity motivated suppliers to the textile industry can collaborate and be the movers and shakers that drive the transformation of the industry to becoming more environmentally friendly. With Circulose as one source of feedstock for our HeiQ AeoniQ we will be rescuing tons of textiles from ending up in landfills and preserving our trees and forests. We eagerly anticipate uniting our ingredient branding expertise to jointly convince brands of the huge advantages of replacing all synthetic, fossil-fuel based textiles and how embracing circularity is both in their interests as well as those of their customers and the planet,” says Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ.

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns (Aeon: striving for eternal circularity) are made out of cellulosic biopolymers that during growth bind carbon from the atmosphere while generating oxygen. This high-performance yarn is positioned to potentially substitute synthetic filament yarns which constitute over 60% of global annual textile output of 108 million metric tons. Further, when compared to conventional cellulosic products, HeiQ AeoniQ yarns do not draw on arable land, pesticides or fertilizer in their production. HeiQ AeoniQ yarns are designed for cradle-to-cradle circularity and can be recycled repeatedly while maintaining consistent fiber quality. The manufacturing process is expected to consume 99% less water than cotton yarns and HeiQ AeoniQ is designed to offer comparable performance properties to polyester, nylon and conventional regenerated cellulose yarns.

 

About Renewcell
Founded by innovators from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2012, Re:NewCell AB (publ) (‘Renewcell’) is a multi-award-winning sustaintech company based in Sweden. The company’s vision is to inspire an Industrial Evolution to a sustainable world by producing high quality materials from recycled textiles. Through its patented process, Renewcell is able to upcycle cellulosic textile waste, such as cotton clothes, transforming it into a pristine new material called Circulose®. Fast Company named Renewcell one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies 2021. Circulose® was also included on TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Inventions 2020. Renewcell is a publicly listed company with shares traded on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market with the ticker name RENEW and ISIN code SE0014960431. FNCA Sweden AB is Renewcell’s Certified Adviser, +46(0)8-528 00 399, info@fnca.se

HeiQ and Patagonia take their long-standing research collaboration to the next level and announce the launch of a jointly developed odor control technology for textiles, HeiQ Fresh MNT – renewably sourced mint oil-derived textile technology to control malodor development on textiles.

The long-standing research partnership between Patagonia and HeiQ resulted in yet another innovative solution for a problem on many textiles – malodor. Inspired by Patagonia’s determination to continuously improve the chemistry used on all their products, the two pioneers announce the launch of HeiQ Fresh MNT, next generation sustainable odor control based on essential mint oil derived from a renewable and sustainable source.

The similar environmental and social philosophy shared between Patagonia and HeiQ was the backbone for the two brands to embark on an intense research partnership since 2015. Patagonia gives the ideas and sets the principles, HeiQ uses its expertise in specialty chemical formulation and application to textiles to create finishings that outperform the market in terms of sustainability and functionality.

Next Level Sustainable Odor Management

HeiQ Fresh MNT is the latest addition to the HeiQ Fresh family of sustainable odor management technologies, complementing the company’s mineral-based HeiQ Fresh HAX and the bio-based HeiQ Fresh FFL. HeiQ Fresh MNT uses a renewable and responsibly sourced mint oil-derived textile technology to control malodor development on textiles, providing fabrics with a long-lasting odor control capability that keeps garments smelling fresh and wearers feeling clean and comfortable all day long. Based on test method ISO17299-3A using isovaleric acid, treated synthetic fibers more than double the odor control efficiency versus current industry standards.

HeiQ Co-founder and CEO, Carlo Centonze, says: “Our partnership with Patagonia has always been productive as they constantly stretch our innovative capabilities. It therefore comes as no surprise that we were able to discover the powerful properties of mint as an active ingredient for our next generation odor control technology. HeiQ Fresh MNT is further confirmation of our dedication to enhance people’s lives with sustainable innovation. With odor control you need to wash less, saving water, detergent, energy, microfiber and prolong the life of garments. We can all now look forward to a fresher smelling society with natural, reliable and durable odor control.”

Patagonia as first mover

Patagonia, as the development partner, is the first to commit to the technology and will start to upgrade its products in the near future.

Laura Hoch, Material Innovation Engineer from Patagonia, says: “HeiQ is a valuable innovation partner and we’re really excited about this technology. Not only does HeiQ Fresh MNT keep garments fresh in a sustainable way, it performs even better than what we currently use. We have been relentlessly testing this technology and lining up the supply chain to bring products enhanced with HeiQ Fresh MNT to the market as quickly as possible.”

 

About Patagonia

Patagonia is a Certified Benefit Corporation based in Ventura, CA that is recognized internationally for product quality and environmental activism. Patagonia has contributed more than $145 million in grants and in-kind donations to date to grassroots non-profits working to protect people and the planet.

New HeiQ Life peppermint odour-preventing treatment applied with groundbreaking Novara single sided digital process 

Furthering their sustainable textile finishing partnership, Alchemie Technology and HeiQ (LSE:HEIQ) are enabling a step change in odor preventing textile finishing.  HeiQ Life botanical odour control, applied using Novara digital finishing technology, uses 84% less energy and 92% less water to add sustainable and durable odour control to fabrics.

Alchemie Technology, experts in low energy, digital dyeing and finishing technology, partnered with HeiQ, leader in textile innovation, in 2021 to bring sustainable, effective technology to manufacturers across the world and reduce the cost and environmental impact of textile finishing.

Now, HeiQ has launched HeiQ Life, a renewable source peppermint oil-derived textile technology to control malodour development on textiles.

HeiQ Life imparts fabrics with a long-lasting odour control capability. Thanks to the use of peppermint oil as active ingredient, the source of body odours is tackled: odour causing bacteria are inhibited from growth on the textile surface to keep garments fresh, clean, and comfortable. HeiQ Life is especially suitable for apparel such as sportswear, base layers, linings, intimates, hosiery, casual and business wear, but is also designed for home textiles. HeiQ Life can be used on all textiles and is compatible with other finishes, including fabric softeners and wicking agents. It is durable for up to 50 washes.

When using Alchemie’s Novara™ precision digital finishing solution, which uses high velocity jetting technology, to apply HeiQ Life odour control to textiles, the process will consume 84% less energy and 92% less water than the conventional padding process – ultimately improving sustainability and saving costs.  In Alchemie’s trials, Novara required 0.4 kWh energy and 0.06 litres of water per kilo, compared to 2.6 kWh energy and 0.8 litres of water using a padder system.

Alchemie’s Novara low energy, single sided digital application system enables functional finishes to be applied at up to 20x the concentration of traditional processes – with a more even application and higher quality.

Alchemie Technology is on a mission to stop 500 million tonnes of total global CO2 emissions being produced by the fashion and textile industry by 2030, by providing manufacturers with more sustainable solutions.

Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director of Alchemie Technology, said: “Consumers are all too aware of the need to improve sustainability, but brands and manufacturers need to lead the change and invest in more sustainable textile production methods. Annually, approximately 1 million tonnes of chemicals are used for applying functional finishes to apparel and home textiles. The textile industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, yet it is also one that can achieve the biggest and quickest amount of change.”

“Alchemie’s low energy, digital finishing technology, together with HeiQ’s plant-based odour control, delivers high performance sustainable finishing which dramatically reduces energy, water, and environmental impact, while also reducing production costs.”

“Our quest for achieving the ultimate in sustainability took a big step in the right direction thanks to our partnership with Alchemie Technology. Consumers typically wash apparel when they smell. Odor-free textiles will be laundered less frequently thereby using less resources as washing represents >30% of the environmental footprint of a garment’s lifetime. With HeiQ Life odor-preventing plant-based ingredient, consumers can wash less and wear more frequently and its application to textiles using Alchemie’s Novara energy saving finishing process takes the sustainability of treated textiles to the next level. We look forward to our fellow humans smelling fresh throughout the day with good conscience” says Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ.

 

About Alchemie Technology

Textile dyeing and finishing processes are some of the most polluting manufacturing processes on the planet and are responsible for over 20% of global water pollution. To address this urgent issue, Alchemie has developed breakthrough digital dyeing and finishing technologies that deliver a dramatic reduction in energy consumption and eliminate contaminated wastewater emissions.
Alchemie’s mission is to transform the textile industry with digital manufacturing solutions that eliminate the environmental impact of polluting processes and stop 500 million tonnes of CO2 emissions being produced by the fashion industry by 2030.

www.alchemietechnology.com

A recently published study1 conducted at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Hospital in Berlin confirms that cleaning with HeiQ Synbio cleaners create a surface microbiome that significantly reduces antimicrobial resistance genes related to healthcare associated infections.

Earlier studies in Belgian and Italian hospitals showed synbiotic cleaning to be a promising new technology for healthcare facilities (Caselli E, et.al 2). A new study conducted at the renowned Charité-Universitätsmedizin Hospital in Berlin (Charité Berlin) investigated and compared the effects of different cleaning and disinfecting strategies on the surface microbiome in a clinical setting. Three surface treatments (Incidin Pro ECOLAB disinfectant, Brial Top ECOLAB cleaner, and HeiQ Synbio synbiotic cleaners) were applied subsequently in nine independent patient rooms at a neurological ward (Charité, Berlin). Weekly sampling of different surfaces demonstrated that synbiotic cleaning is a superior new method in hospital hygiene management and confirmed the prior findings from Caselli et.al.3-6 where HeiQ Synbio cleaners reduce antimicrobial resistance on hospital surfaces by up to 99.9%, reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections by up to 52% and reduce healthcare associated infections related costs by up to 75%. These results are groundbreaking and induce a mindshift in hospital infection control strategies.

The full Charité Berlin study can be found here, and a detailed presentation will also be made at a seminar on May 11, 2022, at Interclean 2022 in Amsterdam, NL.

HeiQ responds to growing consumer interest in health, hygiene and safety with sustainable technology

Following its acquisition of Chrisal, a specialist biotech company with patented probiotic & synbiotic technology, HeiQ, the Swiss IP creator and established global brand in materials innovation, recently launched its new HeiQ Synbio cleaning range featured here. HeiQ Synbio uses synbiotics, the unique synthesis of pre- and probiotics towards sustainably improve microbiomes for people, pets and the environment.

A microbiologist himself and the original creator of the HeiQ Synbio technology, Dr. Robin Temmerman, CEO of HeiQ Chrisal, comments, “In their pursuit of perfect cleanliness, people have been using antibiotics, disinfectants and biocides for far too long and in excessive amounts, which can result in resistant microorganisms, so-called “super bugs”, that are a huge problem in hospitals. Our inspiration for the creation of synbiotic cleaning products at HeiQ Chrisal was founded in our conviction that synbiotics are the only true sustainable and effective solution to maintain outstanding cleanliness and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Synbiotic cleaners have been used for 10 years in hospitals contributing to decreasing infection rates. Today, more than 50 hospitals in Europe clean with HeiQ Synbio products.”

HeiQ Seminar on Synbiotic Cleaners and Healthcare Associated Infections at Interclean

HeiQ will be holding a Seminar highlighting the spectacular efficacy of synbiotic cleaning in healthcare facilities. A panel of experts will explain synbiotic cleaning – the technology, products and applications and present the results of the study conducted by Charité Berlin.

Registration: here

Speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Tilman Klassert, Jena University, “Evaluation of probiotic cleaning in Charité University Berlin”
  • Elad Amir, Design Cleaning Services Ltd, “Benefits of Synbio cleaning for facilities” and user cases
  • Dr. Robin Temmerman, HeiQ Chrisal, “Synbiotic hygiene – technology, products and applications”

Seminar: HeiQ Seminar – Beyond Clean – Revolutionary Synbiotic Cleaning for Healthcare Facilities
Date: 11th May 2022, from 14.30 till 16:30
Venue: Interclean, Amsterdam, NL, Rooms E104 & E 105, near the entrance of Hall 10
Registration: here

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1 2022. Klassert TE et al., Comparative analysis of surface sanitization protocols on the bacterial community structures in the hospital environment, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmi.2022.02.032

2 Caselli, E. et al. Reducing healthcare-associated infections incidence by a probiotic-based sanitation system: A multicentre, prospective, intervention study. PLoS ONE 13, e0199616 (2018).

3 Tarricone, R., Rognoni, C., Arnoldo, L., Mazzacane, S. & Caselli, E. A Probiotic-Based Sanitation System for the Reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistances: A Budget Impact Analysis. Pathogens 9, 502 (2020).

4 Caselli, E. et al. Impact of a probiotic-based hospital sanitation on antimicrobial resistance and HAI-associated antimicrobial consumption and costs: a multicenter study. Infect. Drug Resist. 12, 501–510 (2019).

5 Caselli, E. Hygiene: microbial strategies to reduce pathogens and drug resistance in clinical settings. Microb. Biotechnol. 10, 1079–1083 (2017).

6 Caselli, E. et al. Impact of a Probiotic-Based Cleaning Intervention on the Microbiota Ecosystem of the Hospital Surfaces: Focus on the Resistome Remodulation. PLOS ONE 11, e0148857 (2016).

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90% weniger Pollenallergene dank ETH Spin-off

Markteinführung von HeiQ Synbio: Innovative Reinigungslinie mit Präbiotika und Probiotika

Das Zürcher Unternehmen für Materialinnovationen HeiQ lanciert die neue Reiningungspalette Synbio in der Schweiz. Die patentierte Technologie nutzt Probiotika, sogenannte «gute Bakterien», zur nachhaltigen Reinigung von Oberflächen und Textilien und schont dabei Mensch, Haustier und Umwelt. Mit HeiQ Synbio kommt HeiQ damit dem wachsenden Interesse der Verbraucher an Gesundheit, Hygiene und Sicherheit nach. Die Entwicklung der Produkte wurde durch die Übernahme des belgischen Unternehmens Chrisal im März 2021 möglich.

HeiQ, der in Zürich ansässige Marktführer im Bereich der Materialinnovationen, lanciert heute in der Schweiz eine neue Reihe von Reinigungsprodukten. Diese enthalten Probiotika, also gute Bakterien, und sind mit Präbiotika –Zuckerarten, die diese Bakterien ernähren – angereichert. Das HeiQ Synbio Reinigungsspray für harte Oberflächen und das HeiQ Synbio Allergenspray für Textilien sind die ersten Produkte auf dem Markt, die diese patentierte Technologie nutzen. Anders als bei herkömmlichen Chemikalien werden durch die Wiederherstellung eines ausgewogenen Mikrobions dadurch Menschen, Haustiere und Umwelt geschont. Der Reinigungseffekt kann ausserdem noch Tage nach der Anwendung anhalten, da Millionen von Probiotika auf der Oberfläche der Materialien wirken.

Eine Reduktion der Pollenallergene um fast 90 Prozent

Rund 35 Prozent der Schweizer Bevölkerung sind gegen Allergene sensibilisiert, 20 Prozent haben eine Pollenallergie und immer mehr Kinder entwickeln Allergien.1) Auch viele weitere Probleme, wie zum Beispiel schlecht riechende Schuhe, Hausstaubmilbenallergene, Schimmel in der Dusche oder schwarzer Dreck in unseren Abflüssen, hängen mit Mikrobiomen zusammen, die nicht im Gleichgewicht sind. “Probiotische Produkte sind besonders hilfreich für Menschen mit Allergien gegen Hausstaubmilben, Tierhaare oder Pollen”, erklärt Nick Ritter, Sales Director Healthcare & Cosmetics bei HeiQ in Zürich. “Studien haben gezeigt, dass probiotische Produkte Hausstaubmilbenallergene um 60 Prozent und Pollenallergene um fast 90 Prozent reduzieren konnten. Die Enzyme der probiotischen Reinigungsprodukte bauen diese Allergene ab und können noch Tage nach dem Sprühen wirken.”

Nachweisbare Ergebnisse in Krankenhäusern

Dr. Robin Temmerman, Mikrobiologe und CEO von HeiQ Chrisal, der belgischen Tochtergesellschaft der HeiQ-Gruppe, die die Synbio-Produkte herstellt, kommentiert: “In ihrem Streben nach Sauberkeit haben die Menschen viel zu lange Antibiotika und Biozide eingesetzt. Dies kann zu resistenten Mikroorganismen, so genannten “Superbugs”, führen, die beispielsweise in Krankenhäusern ein grosses Problem darstellen. Unsere Inspiration für die Entwicklung probiotischer Reinigungsprodukte beruht auf unserer Überzeugung, dass Probiotika die einzige wirklich nachhaltige Lösung zur Aufrechterhaltung guter Hygiene sind. Die Reinigung mit Probiotika bringt Mikrobiome durch gute Bakterien, die wir brauchen, ins Gleichgewicht.”

Die Schweiz ist auf dem Weg, schädliche Inhaltsstoffe zu reduzieren

Die Menge an Bioziden und aggressiven Chemikalien, die tägliche verwendet werden, hat die Europäische Kommission (EK) zum Handeln veranlasst. Auch die Schweiz folgt deren Aktionsplan für eine “Nullverschmutzung” von Luft, Wasser und Boden bis 2050 und dem “Green Deal”, einem 2023 in Kraft tretenden Rechtsrahmen zur Reduzierung des Einsatzes von chemischen Pestiziden, Antibiotika und schädlichen Inhaltsstoffen. Im Gegensatz zu vielen herkömmlichen Reinigungs-Chemikalien sind Probiotika durch das EU Ecolabel als umweltfreundliche Technologie anerkannt. Auch die SYNBIO-Reinigungsprodukte sind mit dem EU Ecolabel ausgezeichnet. Ihre Wirkstoffe werden aus natürlichem Material gewonnen, sind nicht gentechnisch verändert (non-GMO), gelten nicht als krankheitserregend, sind leicht biologisch abbaubar, und die Abbauprodukte gelten als sicher für Flora und Fauna.

Verfügbarkeit und Preis

Das HeiQ Synbio Reinigungsspray für harte Oberflächen und das Synbio Allergenspray für Textilien sind in der Schweiz in Apotheken und Drogerien mit einer unverbindlichen Preisempfehlung von 9.90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Reinigungsspray) und 27.90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Allergen Spray) erhältlich.

Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie bitte: myheiq.ch/synbio-clean

 


L’entreprise suisse HeiQ lance HeiQ Synbio, une ligne de nettoyage révolutionnaire aux prébiotiques et probiotiques

HeiQ, entreprise suisse leader de l’innovation dans le domaine des textiles et des matériaux, lance une première gamme de produits de nettoyage utilisant une synergie unique de prébiotiques et de probiotiques pour créer un microbiome équilibré et durable. Cette méthode de nettoyage est prouvée meilleure pour les individus, leurs animaux domestiques et leur environnement. Cette innovation fait écho à l’intérêt croissant des consommateurs durant la pandémie pour la santé, l’hygiène et la sécurité sanitaire. Elle est également le fruit de l’acquisition par HeiQ de la société belge Chrisal en mars 2021.

HeiQ, l’entreprise zurichoise spécialisée dans l’innovation des matériaux, lance aujourd’hui en Suisse une nouvelle gamme de produits de nettoyage utilisant des bonnes bactéries, les probiotiques, renforcées par de bons sucres venant les nourrir, les prébiotiques. Le spray nettoyant HeiQ Synbio Cleaning Spray pour les surfaces dures et le spray anti-allergènes HeiQ Synbio Allergen Spray pour les textiles sont les deux premiers produits sur le marché utilisant cette technologie brevetée dont le but est de nettoyer efficacement tout en rétablissant un microbiome équilibré dans la maison. L’effet nettoyant peut durer plusieurs jours après l’application des produits car des millions de probiotiques continuent à agir sur la surface des matériaux.

Une réduction des allergènes de pollen de près de 90 %

Environ 35% des Suisses sont sensibilisés aux allergènes, 20% ont une allergie au pollen et de plus en plus d’enfants développent des allergies.1) L’augmentation des allergies est un problème pris très au sérieux dans notre pays. De plus, un grand nombre des problèmes rencontrés chez soi aujourd’hui, par exemple les chaussures qui sentent mauvais, les acariens, les moisissures dans la douche ou la crasse noire dans les canalisations, sont liés à un microbiome qui n’est pas bien équilibré. Les sprays HeiQ Synbio sont efficaces pour décomposer les tâches et les protéines allergisantes afin de nettoyer les moindres crevasses et les fines rainures tout en prévenant activement les odeurs. « Les produits probiotiques sont particulièrement utiles pour les personnes allergiques aux acariens, aux poils d’animaux ou au pollen, explique Nick Ritter, directeur des ventes Healthcare & Cosmetics chez HeiQ à Zurich. Des études ont montré que les produits probiotiques parvenaient à réduire les allergènes d’acariens de 60% et les allergènes de pollen de près de 90%. Les allergies sont généralement déclenchées par les protéines des porteurs d’allergènes. Les enzymes des produits de nettoyage probiotiques décomposent ces protéines et peuvent continuer à agir pendant plusieurs jours après la pulvérisation. »

Des résultats prouvés dans les hôpitaux

« Dans notre quête d’une propreté parfaite, nous utilisons des antibiotiques et des biocides depuis bien trop longtemps et cela en quantités excessives, ce qui peut entraîner l’apparition de micro-organismes résistants, appelés ‘super-microbes’, » ajoute le Dr Robin Temmerman, microbiologiste et CEO de HeiQ Chrisal, la filiale belge du groupe HeiQ où sont fabriqués les produits HeiQ Synbio. « Cela constitue un énorme problème dans les hôpitaux. Notre inspiration pour la création de produits de nettoyage aux probiotiques chez HeiQ Chrisal est fondée sur notre conviction que les probiotiques sont la seule véritable solution durable pour maintenir une bonne hygiène. Ils permettent d’équilibrer le microbiome avec les ‘bonnes’ bactéries naturelles dont nous avons besoin. Les nettoyants à base de probiotiques sont utilisés depuis dix ans dans les hôpitaux et dans le cadre d’études cliniques sans qu’aucun problème de sécurité n’ait été signalé, tout en contribuant à la diminution des taux d’infection. Aujourd’hui, plus de 40 hôpitaux en Europe nettoient avec des produits probiotiques. »

La Suisse en passe de réduire les ingrédients nocifs

Un nombre croissant de personnes sont préoccupées par la quantité de biocides et de produits chimiques agressifs utilisés dans la vie quotidienne et s’inquiètent d’un environnement de vie sain. La Suisse suit le plan d’action de la Commission européenne (CE) en faveur d’une « pollution zéro » dans l’air, l’eau et le sol d’ici 2050, ainsi que le Pacte vert, un cadre réglementaire qui entrera en vigueur en 2023 afin de promouvoir la biodiversité en réduisant l’utilisation de pesticides chimiques, d’antibiotiques et d’ingrédients nocifs. L’impact du Pacte vert de la CE est fort. Les produits de nettoyage SYNBIO de HeiQ Chrisal ont par ailleurs reçu l’Ecolabel européen de l’Union européenne. Les probiotiques sont dérivés de matériaux de source naturelle, ne sont pas génétiquement modifiés, ne sont pas considérés comme pathogènes, sont facilement biodégradables et leurs produits de dégradation sont considérés comme sûrs pour la faune et la flore. Selon les prévisions, le volume des produits de nettoyage probiotiques va croître de manière significative en lien avec l’évolution de la législation et l’intérêt croissant des consommateurs pour la santé, l’hygiène et la sécurité.

Disponibilité et prix

Le spray de nettoyage HeiQ Synbio Cleaning Spray pour les surfaces dures et le spray anti-allergènes Synbio Allergen Spray pour les textiles sont disponibles en pharmacies et grandes surfaces en Suisse au prix de vente recommandé de 9.90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Cleaning Spray) et de 27,90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Allergen Spray).

Pour de plus amples informations, visitez: myheiq.ch/synbio-clean


HeiQ launches HeiQ Synbio, an innovative cleaning line using prebiotics and probiotics

Zurich-based materials innovation company HeiQ launches the new Synbio cleaning range in Switzerland. The patented technology uses probiotics, so-called “good bacteria,” to sustainably clean surfaces and textiles while protecting people, pets and the environment. With HeiQ Synbio, HeiQ is responding to growing consumer interest in health, hygiene and safety. The development of the products was made possible by the acquisition of the Belgian company Chrisal in March 2021.

HeiQ, the Zurich-based leader in material innovations, is launching a new range of cleaning products in Switzerland today. These contain probiotics (good bacteria), and are enriched with prebiotics (sugars that feed these bacteria). The HeiQ Synbio Cleaning Spray for hard surfaces and the HeiQ Synbio Allergen Spray for textiles are the first products on the market to use this patented technology to clean well and restore a balanced microbiome in people’s home. The cleaning effect can last for days after applying the products, as millions of probiotics continue to work on the surface of the materials.

A reduction of pollen allergens by almost 90%

About 35% of the Swiss are sensitized to allergens, 20% have a pollen allergy and more and more children develop allergies.1) Increasing allergies are a problem taken very seriously in our country. In addition, many of the problems and issues we battle in our homes today, e.g. funky shoes, dust mite allergens, mold in our showers or black gunk in our drains, are related to a microbiome that is not well balanced. HeiQ Synbio sprays are effective in breaking down stains and allergy causing proteins to clean even the smallest crevices and fine grooves while actively preventing odors. “Probiotic products are particularly helpful for people with allergies to dust mite matter, animal hair or pollen”, explains Nick Ritter, Sales Director Healthcare & Cosmetics at HeiQ in Zurich. “Studies have shown that probiotic products managed to reduce dust mite allergens by 60% and pollen allergens by almost 90%. Allergies are usually triggered by the proteins of allergen carriers. The enzymes of probiotic cleaning products break down these proteins and can continue to work for days after spraying.”

Proven results in hospitals

Dr. Robin Temmerman, microbiologists and CEO of HeiQ Chrisal, the Belgian subsidiary of HeiQ Group where Synbio products are produced, comments: “In their pursuit of perfect cleanliness, people have been using antibiotics and biocides for far too long and in excessive amounts, which can result in resistant microorganisms, so-called “super bugs”, that are a huge problem in hospitals. Our inspiration for the creation of probiotic cleaning products at HeiQ Chrisal was founded in our conviction that probiotics are the only true sustainable solution to maintain good hygiene.. Cleaning with probiotics balances the microbiome with the natural “good” bacteria that we need. Probiotic cleaners have been used for ten years in hospitals and clinical studies with not reported safety concerns, while contributing to decreasing infection rates. Today, more than 40 hospitals in Europe clean with probiotic products.”

Switzerland on its way to reduce harmful ingredients

Many people are concerned about the amount of biocides and harsh chemicals used in daily life and worry about a healthy living environment, which prompted the European Commission (EC) to act. Switzerland follows the EC’s action plan for “zero pollution” in air, water, and soil by 2050, as well as the “green deal”, a regulatory framework that comes into effect in 2023 to promote biodiversity by reducing the use of chemical pesticides, antibiotics, and harmful ingredients. The impact of the EC’s “green deal” is strong.  Probiotics are recognized by the EC Ecolabel as valid eco-friendly technology. HeiQ Chrisal’s SYNBIO cleaning products have been granted the EU Ecolabel. Probiotics are derived from natural source material, are not genetically modified (non-GMO), are not considered pathogenic, are readily biodegradable, and their degradation products are considered safe for flora and fauna. The volume of probiotic cleaning products will grow significantly, based on the changing legislation as well as consumers’ growing interest in health, hygiene, and safety.

Availability and price

HeiQ’s Synbio Cleaning Spray for hard surfaces and Synbio Allergen Spray for textiles are available in pharmacies and drugstores in Switzerland at the recommended price of 9.90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Cleaning Spray) and 27.90 CHF (HeiQ Synbio Allergen Spray).

For more information visit: myheiq.ch/synbio-clean

HeiQ Synbio Clean

HUGO BOSS became a front-runner in the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ yarns by putting a US$5M equity investment in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC and additional contingent US$4M based on performance milestone arrangements. The LYCRA Company has also become the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn by making a significant, undisclosed investment and by committing to develop the technology for broad application in textiles.

As part of its ‘CLAIM 5’ growth strategy, HUGO BOSS (MDAX: BOSS) – one of the leading companies in the global premium apparel market – executed its first sustainability-linked investment for a US$5M shareholding in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of London listed HeiQ Plc (LSE: HEIQ). HUGO BOSS is the first company that has joined the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ and to have secured its stake in HeiQ AeoniQ equity. The investment is supplemented by an additional US$4M arrangement, which is subject to the achievement of agreed goals. The strategic partnership will help HUGO BOSS meet its ambitious sustainability targets which include the aim for climate neutrality within its own area of responsibility by 2030, and throughout the entire value chain by 2045. In addition, the company puts particular emphasis on establishing an end-to-end circular business model. The investment therefore perfectly fits in with HUGO BOSS’ goal to strongly increase the proportion of more sustainable materials over the coming years. Over the mid to long term, HUGO BOSS is focused on the potential to materially complement and substitute the currently used polyester and nylon fibers with the cellulosic HeiQ AeoniQ fibers.

“Our exciting partnership with HeiQ on HeiQ AeoniQ represents yet another important milestone on our journey towards becoming the leading premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide. Consistent with our bold mission statement ‘We Love Fashion, We Change Fashion’, this game-changing collaboration with HeiQ enables us to further push innovation and sustainability across our brands’ offerings, thereby driving measurable impact for environment and society alike,” says Daniel Grieder, CEO of HUGO BOSS.

Prior to HUGO BOSS’ equity investment, The LYCRA Company agreed to be the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn through payment of a milestone-driven technology fee and a commitment to leverage its deep textiles knowledge and market channel access to prepare this new technology for broad use in apparel applications.

“Sustainability continues to be a core tenet of The LYCRA Company’s strategy as we are focused on providing value-added technologies to help our customers create and develop exceptional fabric and garment offerings while reducing the environmental footprint, without sacrificing comfort or performance,” said Julien Born, CEO at The LYCRA Company. “Through our close collaboration with HeiQ, we are working together to fast-track the commercialization of HeiQ’s AeoniQ yarn and are excited by the impact this ground-breaking innovation will have on the apparel industry.”

“The financial commitments by such prestigious companies as HUGO BOSS and The LYCRA Company are strong endorsements of HeiQ AeoniQ’s game-changing potential. This also demonstrates our ability to commercialize our HeiQ AeoniQ IP, now with an implied valuation of US$200M. HeiQ AeoniQ yarn is a versatile alternative to polyester and nylon and its climate positive qualities create a very exciting market opportunity for HeiQ, as fashion brands and retailers come under increasing pressure to do their part in decarbonizing their products and reduce their environmental footprints,” says Carlo Centonze, co-founder & Group CEO of HeiQ.

The primary use of the raised proceeds would be to scale up and commercialize this disruptive technology. In this context, HeiQ AeoniQ LLC will build its first commercial giga factory in Central Europe by end of 2024, and is currently scaling-up its pilot commercialization plant for fiber production, scheduled for Q2 2022.

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn made of climate positive raw materials

HeiQ AeoniQ (Aeon: striving for eternal circularity) – a continuous cellulosic filament yarn with the potential to compete with polyester and nylon fibers – constitutes a revolutionary, first-to-market and scalable proprietary apparel technology, which will allow the manufacturing of a sustainable, cellulosic yarn designed for circularity and closed-loop recycling that could ultimately substitute oil-based fibers.

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns are made out of cellulosic biopolymers that during growth bind carbon from the atmosphere. HeiQ AeoniQ yarn is designed to substitute existing oil-based filament yarns, such as environmentally persistent polyester and nylon, which constitute over 60% of global annual textile output of 111 M metric tons. The global polyester and nylon fiber market is worth an estimated US$135 billion USD with a CAGR of >3.5% over the next decade (Statista). For every ton of polyester & nylon substituted by HeiQ AeoniQ, potentially up to 5 tons of CO2 can be reduced.

When compared to conventional polyester, nylon, cotton and conventional regenerated cellulosic products, the production of HeiQ AeoniQ yarns has the potential to transform the environmental impact of fiber production, as it is designed to be circular, uses 100% renewable energy for manufacturing, features a closed-loop recycling of more than 99.5% of productive factors, uses no toxic chemicals, and does not draw on arable land, pesticides or fertilizers for its feedstock.

 

About HUGO BOSS

HUGO BOSS is one of the leading companies positioned in the premium segment of the global apparel market. With its two brands, BOSS and HUGO, the group offers collections in 127 countries at around 7,350 points of sale and online in 59 countries via hugoboss.com. With approximately 13,800 employees worldwide, the company, based in Metzingen (Germany), posted preliminary sales of EUR 2.8 billion in the fiscal year 2021. group.hugoboss.com

About The LYCRA Company

The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company’s legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company focuses on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit www.thelycracompany.com

HeiQ announces the launch of a new dual action textile cooling technology, HeiQ Cool, the world’s first textile technology to deliver both instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling.

Addressing the importance of body temperature control, whereby both overheating and feeling chilly are problematic, HeiQ Cool powered fabrics constantly regulate the skin temperature with a dual cooling capability. In a first step, melting energy absorption delivers instant contact cooling before the first sign of sweat and delays the build-up of heat, followed by a vaporizing energy action that mimics the skin’s thermal regulating system by providing continuous evaporative cooling as long as the body is hot and sweaty. Suitable for all fabrics, the initial launch focuses on home textiles, especially sleeping products such as mattress ticking, pillows and bed linen because of its clear benefit to help users get a good night’s sleep. It cools before the first sign of sweat, delays the build-up of heat and continuously regulates the temperature. Instantly cool to the touch, the components synergistically recharge the surface layer ensuring a consistently cool, dry and comfortable body climate.

USDA certified bio-based dual action cooling textile technology

The bio-based vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer absorbs heat energy, giving an instant cooling sensation. If the body continues to heat up, perspiration is generated and the patented hydro-functional polymer transports moisture away together with the heat, creating a continuous cooling effect that stops once cooling is complete. The combination of a hydro-functional polymer with bio-based vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer formulation of HeiQ Cool contains more than 50% USDA® certified bio-based content. It is also OEKO-TEX class 1 suited and meets most brand RSL (restricted substances list) requirements.

HeiQ Chief Marketing Officer, Hoi Kwan Lam, says: “Since the pandemic started, consumers are investing more in enhancing the comfort of their homes. We spend one third of our time sleeping, which is why it is important that we invest in products that give us a good night of sleep. Indeed, research conducted by Cotton Inc in 2017, showed that 55% of consumers are looking for thermoregulation functions in their bedding products. In recent years, consumers show a strong desire for more functional and sustainable products. Not only is the HeiQ Cool treatment based on more sustainable components than anything you will find on the market, the fact that it helps to efficiently balance your temperature probably means you can cut down on the energy consumption for the air conditioner!

HeiQ Co-founder and CEO, Carlo Centonze, says: “I am extremely pleased that our mission to improve the lives of billions has made a big step in the right direction with the launch of HeiQ Cool. It is further testimony to our philosophy that innovation is the only way forward and that sustainable technologies are within reach if we set our minds and hearts to achieving them. I trust that consumers now have the means to getting a good night’s sleep and going about their sports and lives in greater comfort.

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CFI.co (Capital Finance International), a print journal and online resource reporting on business, economics and finance with a focus on the drivers behind change, annually awards individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to the convergence of economies and add value for all stakeholders.

The Awards Program identifies and rewards excellence wherever it is found with the intention of inspiring others to further improve their own performance. The CFI.co jury bestowed HeiQ with the 2021 global award for Best Materials Innovation Experts.

HeiQ is a three-in-one company that can cover everything inhouse, from scientific research to materials manufacturing and consumer branding. HeiQ excels in the R&D field, where it tends to be significantly faster and more lateral than peers as it works with six tech platforms — opposed to the industry’s standard one or two — to foster innovation. What convinced the jury was that “speed matters in the innovation cycle, and HeiQ has proven it can take a product from concept to materialization and market in record time. HeiQ competes on an equal footing in its three business models, but when these are combined, it blows everyone else out of the water.

Zürich, Switzerland, 29 October 2021: HeiQ is extremely proud to announce that its CEO and Co-founder, Carlo Centonze has been bestowed the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This is a testimony to the unstoppable nature and spirit of the man who established and drove the Swiss innovation leader for materials, HeiQ, to its current global renown. 

The Award-Winning Personality 

Carlo Centonze studied Biology and Forest Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich where he graduated in 2003. Shortly after that, he earned his Executive MBA at the University of St.Gallen in 2007. After his service as an army pilot, he started his professional career as co-founder of the carbon certificate pioneer NGO Myclimate where he took the role of Head of Sales & Marketing between 2002 and 2003. After that first contact with environmental and sustainable organizations, he went on to co-found the material innovation leader HeiQ along with Dr Murray Height, an MIT graduateCarlo has served HeiQ as CEO since 2004, developing the firm from a two-employee company to a 210+ employee company as of today. 

Alongside his role as HeiQ’s CEO, Carlo Centonze is also proactive with similar projects. He became board of Director of C8 Investments Ltd. for 3 years between 2012 and 2015, and in 2019, he played an active role as Member of the Board of Directors of science industries, a Swiss based business association of chemistry and pharma life sciences as well as Chairman of The Board of ECSA Emanuele Centonze SA, the largest Swiss owned company specialized in the distribution of chemicals. 

HeiQ – Swiss Innovation Leader for Textiles and Materials 

HeiQ is a leader in textile and materials innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance technologies on the market today and is listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market (LSE:HEIQ). HeiQ creates innovative technologies that add functionalities to textiles and materials such as hygiene, comfort, protection and resource efficiency. With offices around the world, HeiQ’s mission is to improve the lives of billions of people by perfecting everyday textiles and materials. 

 

Future Vision with Swiss Tech Inside 

HeiQ makes a bold claim of “Swiss Tech Inside” on all its products, which means living up to Switzerland’s reputation for high-tech innovation, quality and resource efficiency. For 16 years, the company has been proving its ability to anticipate and respond to megatrends and market needs and develop science-based solutions to solve them. Sustainability challenges facing the industries in which we operate are driving change in both manufacturing processes and product development giving HeiQ the opportunity to contribute and serve. Whether driven by a scientific development or new consumer desires, HeiQ demonstrates its unique ability to respond to opportunities with rapid and deep innovation and turnkey solutions. Because technologies are born in the laboratories but used by consumers, HeiQ does not focus exclusively on R&D but ensures that marketing is done in the most impactful way so that the collaboration with customers reaches the widest audience and amplifies its positive impact on society. In essence, HeiQ is dedicated to driving innovation towards improving the lives of billions and making the world a better place. Innovation is also the only way forward for a sustainable planet.  

An extremely grateful Carlo Centonze says: It is a great honour for me, as a representative of the entire HeiQ staff, to receive the unique Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year award and as a representative of all Swiss entrepreneurs I thank the initiators and sponsors. Year after year, I am pleased to see Switzerland in first place for innovation, and as we face uncertain times, it is more important than ever to strengthen competitiveness and productivity and to promote innovation. It is up to each and every one of us to put our heart and soul into ensuring that Switzerland remains innovative.” 

 

About HeiQ  

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market (LSE:HEIQ), HeiQ is a leader in textile and materials innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance technologies on the market today. HeiQ strives to improve the lives of billions of people through pioneering textiles and materials innovation. Combining three areas of expertise – scientific research, specialty materials manufacturing and consumer ingredient branding – HeiQ is the ideal innovation partner to create differentiating and sustainable products and capture the added value at the point of sale. With its 14 offices, 7 manufacturing sites and 7 R&D hubs, HeiQ today employs 190 professionals. It has a total capacity of 45’000 tons of specialty chemicals per year and serves over 1’000 industrial customers in over 60 countries. Today, HeiQ’s consumer goods and medical devices can be found in 56 countries. For more information, visit www.heiq.com

 

CONTACTS

HeiQ Materials AG
www.heiq.com
+41 56 250 68 50

Media contact for interview or high-res image:
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VP Marketing Communications
loraine.stantzos@heiq.com

 

 

HeiQ announces a potential game-changer for the textile industry with the introduction of HeiQ AeoniQ – a high performance cellulose yarn based on a new fiber derived from carbon negative materials. This new fiber, which is derived from third generation cellulosic biopolymers, is advancing to pilot production prior to mass commercialization. The LYCRA Company is first to join HeiQ as a development partner.

Whether it is cotton, wool or synthetic polymers, global textile production has a significant environmental impact with the industry responsible for more than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and over 20% of wastewater worldwide1. Conventional cellulosic fiber production uses arable land during growth and has limited design versatility, while raw materials for fossil-based synthetic materials are finite. Existing methods to recycle textile fabrics and garments made with all fibers are, for the most part, still not at scale and most fibers – whether synthetic or natural – take many years to degrade in landfills or oceans, leading to environmental build up.

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn made of climate positive raw materials

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns (Aeon: striving for eternal circularity) are made out of cellulosic biopolymers that during growth bind carbon from the atmosphere while generating oxygen. This high-performance yarn is positioned to potentially substitute synthetic filament yarns which constitute over 60% of global annual textile output of 108 million metric tons 2. Further, when compared to conventional cellulosic products, HeiQ AeoniQ yarns do not draw on arable land, pesticides or fertilizer in their production.

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns are designed for cradle-to-cradle circularity and can be recycled repeatedly while maintaining consistent fiber quality. The manufacturing process is expected to consume 99% less water than cotton yarns and HeiQ AeoniQ is designed to offer comparable performance properties to polyester, nylon and conventional regenerated cellulose yarns.

Inviting first adopters

HeiQ’s leading industry experts stand ready to deliver the first HeiQ AeoniQ yarns from the pilot production plant in Q2 2022. Given the outstanding qualities, the unique decarbonizing potential offered and outstanding ESG3 credentials, HeiQ is inviting a maximum of 20 sustainability-driven brand partners to be the first to market with products made of this game-changing future yarn.

The LYCRA Company as a primary development partner  

HeiQ announces that The LYCRA Company, with its renowned collection of brands, global retail customer network and fabric innovation capabilities, will be a primary apparel development partner for HeiQ AeoniQ yarns with an exclusivity for stretch and performance fabrics. The LYCRA Company has a complete range of certified, sustainable products and is continuously complementing this range via the development of new types of LYCRA® fiber. These fibers have the potential to be combined with HeiQ AeoniQ yarn to create unique decarbonizing and degradable elastic fabrics.

HeiQ Group Co-founder and CEO, Carlo Centonze states:“Climate change needs new inventions. By bringing HeiQ AeoniQ yarn to the textile industry, we will reduce our dependence on oil-based fibers, help decarbonize our planet and reduce the impact of the industry on climate change. Our yarn is a versatile alternative to polyester, nylon, and even conventional cellulosics and therefore has huge industry transformation potential. By wearing clothes made of HeiQ AeoniQ consumers can act in support of reducing C02 in our atmosphere. Adoption by billions of people offers potential to bind hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. A battle worth the fight.”

The LYCRA Company CEO Julien Born notes: “With our future company strategy centering on sustainable solutions for the textile industry, we are proud to partner with HeiQ in both the technical development and commercialization of this fiber.  The industry is ready for innovations such as HeiQ AeoniQ, and by combining our capabilities with those of HeiQ, we are truly well positioned to learn quickly and maximize the huge potential of this new technology.”

Mr. Martin Gebert-Germ, a viscose filament yarn expert with 30 years of experience in the textile industry, stated, “This technology is the game changer for the whole textile industry.” Mr. Gebert-Germ, will join the newly-established HeiQ GmbH Austria as CEO and will be leading the HeiQ AeoniQ business from November 2021.

  1. The World Bank 2019
  2. Statista
  3. Environment, Social, Governance

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, Expo 2020 Dubai recently opened its doors to the world. Over 190 countries are participating in “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the global event which will run for six months until March 31, 2022.

Switzerland was the first nation to confirm its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai and will feature a Swiss Pavilion “Reflections” designed to offer visitors the opportunity to experience all the beauty of Switzerland and to learn more about the country that is proud of its traditions whilst being simultaneously highly innovative.

Reflecting Switzerland’s reputation for high-tech innovation, quality and sustainability with its bold claim of “Swiss Tech Inside” on all its products, HeiQ is supporting the Swiss Pavilion with personalized washable HeiQ Viroblock masks. Multi-awarded for its innovations HeiQ has created multiple technologies including HeiQ Viroblock which is a rapid-action and durable antiviral and antimicrobial textile technology trusted by brands around the globe with application on at least one billion textile products.

“As an inherently Swiss company, HeiQ is proud to contribute to the safety of staff and visitors of the Swiss Pavilion with masks featuring the Swiss Technology Award winning HeiQ Viroblock technology. We wish all attendees a safe and most enjoyable visit.” – Carlo Centonze, Co-founder & CEO, HeiQ Group

Note: HeiQ Viroblock is not sold in the USA.

 

WILMINGTON, Del.—September 22, 2021— Textile technology innovation leaders, HeiQ and The LYCRA Company, today announced they will be introducing LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology for the China market.

“LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology is the first product resulting from a collaboration between The LYCRA Company and HeiQ that we announced in July,” said Steve Stewart, chief brand and innovation officer, The LYCRA Company. “The goal of this partnership is to combine our strengths to bring more market- relevant, innovative and sustainable textile technologies to consumers more quickly.”

Garments made with LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology will offer consumers the renowned LYCRA® fiber benefits of lasting comfort, fit and shape, combined with HeiQ’s freshness and hygiene textile technologies. From odor absorption, antimicrobial to antiviral, with bio-based, mineral-based and silver-based technologies, HeiQ provides a comprehensive product range, now available with fabrics made with LYCRA® fiber.

LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology can be used in activewear, athleisure apparel, personal protective equipment, socks, underwear, wovens, and non-apparel uses. The HeiQ finishes are applied directly to stretch fabrics made with LYCRA® fiber branded spandex. LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology can be customized to exact consumer needs via antiviral, antimicrobial, or anti-odor technology options.

Fabrics featuring this technology are tested to ensure they meet the relevant national Guobiao (GB) standards for China as well as the established quality standards of both The LYCRA Company and HeiQ. Once certified, garments are eligible for identification at retail via physical or virtual hangtags.

The all-day benefits of LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology will help consumers feel more comfortable and confident even after extended use. Garments with these freshness and hygiene innovations also have the potential to be laundered less, which would reduce water and energy consumption.

“It has been exciting to team up with The LYCRA Company to bring our combined technologies to the China market first,” said Carlo Centonze, Co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group. “The new generation of Chinese consumers are much more tech-savvy and looking for more comfort and functionality in their everyday clothes. LYCRA® freshFX® brand with HeiQ technology will deliver the functional benefits consumers desire today throughout a wide range of garment categories. I am really looking forward, together with The LYCRA Company, to bring new products to satisfy these growing consumer needs.”

Both HeiQ and The LYCRA Company will be exhibiting at the upcoming Intertextile Shanghai. For product information and fabric samples, visit HeiQ (Booth C78) and The LYCRA Company (Booth E51) in Hall 1.1 at Intertextile Shanghai, October 9-11. For show information, visit www.intertextile.com.

 

About The LYCRA Company

The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company’s legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company focuses on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit www.thelycracompany.com.

LYCRA® and LYCRA® freshFX® are trademarks of The LYCRA Company.

 

HeiQ XReflex technology for enhanced insulation with less bulk will make its first to market appearance in gloves from Outdoor Research.

Zürich, Switzerland, 20 September 2021 – Outdoor Research, the Seattle-based leader in performance apparel and outdoor gear, launches its RadiantX Gloves and Mitts this fall, a new line of insulated handwear, making it the first brand to use revolutionary HeiQ XReflex Radiant Barrier Technology on gloves.

The patented HeiQ XReflex Radiant Barrier technology was the finish of choice for the gloves and mitts as, unlike standard insulation systems, it provides enhanced warmth with less bulk and weight by reflecting radiant body heat to keep warmth in. The revolutionary technology utilizes ultra-thin surface coatings to reflect radiant body heat, improving thermal retention without reducing breathability. A perfect application of the technology is on gloves, where dexterity is crucial but can’t come at the expense of warmth.

Pioneering New Technologies – Outdoor Research at the Forefront of Innovation

Scheduled for launch in the USA, Canada and Internationally in Fall 2021, RadiantX Gloves and Mitts provide enhanced warmth when a slim profile is paramount to safety and agility. That means retaining function while handling cold objects like ice axes, pickets, and carabiners, and keeping fingers nimble and active with rope work, knots, rappelling and belaying.

Four decades into glove and mitt manufacturing, Outdoor Research continues to strive for advancements in new technologies that change the way outdoor enthusiasts approach extreme environments. As the first company with HeiQ XReflex enhanced gloves, Outdoor Research found the perfect technology to address an age-old challenge: How to retain warmth in palms and fingers without sacrificing dexterity.

It was a no-brainer to partner with HeiQ on the HeiQ XReflex technology as it pairs both lightweight warmth and breathability — two qualities that you would want on any active cold weather glove” said Jenny Dashner, Outdoor Research Product Manager for Gloves. “The beauty of using it in the RadiantX glove is that we could place a thin, yet warm insulation in it without compromising the dexterity of the glove and mitt. Many ski and alpine athletes have told us that this is now their new favorite.”

Carlo Centonze, Co-founder & CEO of HeiQ, said: “HeiQ XReflex is truly a revolutionary technology, especially for those who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, sometimes facing extreme weather conditions and cold. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Outdoor Research as the first company to implement this exceptional insulation for their high-performance gloves. Outdoor Research shares many philosophies with HeiQ so it’s not a surprise that many of their products are enhanced with HeiQ technologies. I wish all their mountaineering customers much success as they climb to new heights with warm and comfortable hands.”

HeiQ XReflex Radiant Barrier Technology

HeiQ XReflex, created by HeiQ’s joint-venture partner Xefco, is a patented radiant barrier technology that makes products thinner, lighter and warmer. HeiQ XReflex ultilizes an ultra-thin reflective surface coating that reflects energetic infrared body heat waves back to the body. The radiant barrier coating is applied to one side of the fabric via a high-tech vapor deposition process that doesn’t compromise the fabric’s air permeability, noise, touch, durable water repellence (DWR) or down proof properties. The radiant barrier textiles are combined together with optimized insulation materials to produce insulated assemblies with up to 50% less volume and weight while keeping the same level of warmth (measured in CLO). HeiQ XReflex is available on fabrics and non-woven scrims and lasts over 20 washes.

Tom Hussey, CEO and Co-Founder, Xefco says: “We are so proud to see our technology used by Outdoor Research, their innovative mountaineering gloves are an ideal product for our ground-breaking radiant barrier technology. We wish their users a safe and satisfactory ascent.”

Outdoor Research RadiantX Collection: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/radiant-x-collection

Image:  © Outdoor Research RadiantX Gloves and Mitts

 

About Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research was built to methodically create, protect, and prepare for the future. Since 1981 we have demonstrated our expertise in the outdoor, medical, and tactical industries with award-winning protective equipment. Our ambassadors, non-profit partners, and employees sustain us through seemingly impossible challenges. Join us at outdoorresearch.com


About Xefco®

Xefco is an Australian-owned company that creates innovative textile and coating technologies. Leveraging a global network of research partners, Xefco develops advanced manufacturing solutions and applies cutting edge materials science with a focus on functional improvements, sustainable manufacturing and reduced resource consumption. Incorporated in 2018, Xefco’s technologies are now used by some of the world’s leading technical apparel and fashion brands, providing proven functional benefits, enhanced performance, comfort and protection with reduced environmental impact. Xefco continues to expand its technology portfolio with a vision to create a more sustainable future for the textile and garment industries.

HeiQ Smart Temp cooling T-shirts are back by popular demand! 

The HeiQ Smart Temp sports T-shirt is perfect for you to engage in any strenuous sport as it is powered by HeiQ’s infamous activated cooling technology that kicks-in as soon as the body starts getting hot and sweaty and deactivates once the ideal body temperature has been achieved. 

Revolutionary HeiQ Smart Temp intelligent thermoregulation is designed to closely mimic the skin’s natural sweat thermal regulating system and through a vaporizing energy action it provides continuous evaporative cooling when you are hot. It stops working as soon as you don’t need it so you won’t get chilly.  

The sports shirts go beyond active cooling as they also prevent malodors from developing thanks to HeiQ Pure. They are now available in the MyHeiQ webshop 

T-Shirt Details:  

Activated Cooling – The ideal sports shirt for a hot summer  

  • Made in Italy 
  • Enhanced with HeiQ Smart Temp, for intelligent thermoregulation, and HeiQ Pure, for odor control 
  • Very comfortable fabric, soft touch 
  • Available in 3 colors: red, black and azure blue  
  • Men’s cut: round collar 
  • Women’s cut: V-collar 
  • Recommended to use a laundry bag for washing 
  • Delivered in a reusable, closable bag 

Textile technology innovation leaders, HeiQ and The LYCRA Company, have entered into a broad-based collaboration across multiple technology and brand platforms that promises to bring more innovative, quality-enhancing and sustainable textile technologies to consumers around the world.

Building on exploratory discussions that started in early 2019, HeiQ and The LYCRA Company have elected to leverage their shared philosophies and strengths in textile science, commercial networks, and global marketing to drive innovation platforms into broad textile markets. The companies envision consumer-branded innovations in the stretch, thermoregulation, freshness and sustainability market spaces.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of this collaboration, the culmination of conversations that began two years ago,” commented Steve Stewart, chief brand and innovation officer at The LYCRA Company. “By combining the strength of both companies, we will continue to drive meaningful innovation within the textile industry, delivering new solutions at a quicker pace to a broader audience.”

Together, HeiQ and The LYCRA Company bring trusted expertise across the global textile value-chain of yarn processors, fabric mills, garment producers, brands and retailers and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable, consumer-driven innovations, delivered through partnerships, that take textile performance to unprecedented levels. These industry leaders have complementary strengths: whereas The LYCRA Company is the consumer-recognized leader in branded fibers and fabrics addressing the stretch, warming and cooling market spaces, HeiQ is a renowned innovator in finished-based innovations addressing freshness, sustainability, smart temperature management, antiviral, dryness, and many other market spaces.

The initial and first of many innovation platforms will roll out through the summer, bringing a new dimension of comfort and confidence to the consumer by delivering HeiQ freshness and antiviral benefits with the quality and comfort of stretch fabrics certified to perform with a new LYCRA® freshFX® technology brand standard. Preparation for this innovation is already underway, with an initial focus on Chinese local value chains for the Chinese consumer, and the introduction is earmarked for the Intertextile show in Shanghai at the end of August.

“Our goal at HeiQ is to enable brands and mills in the textile industry to bring more comfort, performance and sustainability to textile products while raising brand awareness with key consumers who will benefit the most from these innovations,” noted Carlo Centonze, Co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group. “This collaboration with The LYCRA Company not only brings the best minds together but also ensures our breakthrough innovations will be available for and benefit as many consumers as possible.”

 “The collaboration is based on a strong foundation of common values and philosophies shared by our two companies,” said Julien Born, CEO at The LYCRA Company. “We look forward to exploring the natural synergies between us and uncovering new solutions for the apparel industry.”

The focus of these collaborations will be to address relevant consumer needs for quality, durability, and sustainable garments. Sample fabrics and garments will be available in late summer for commercial selection.

About The LYCRA Company 

The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands:  LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company’s legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company focuses on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit www.thelycracompany.com

LYCRA® freshFX® is a trademark of The LYCRA Company.

 

(Photo caption: Julien Born, CEO of The LYCRA Company, and Carlo Centonze, Co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group, announce collaboration. )

The acquisition is made in line with HeiQ’s strategy to increase its presence in the bio-based antimicrobial and healthcare surface hygiene market, and to further diversify and innovate its product range and capabilities with a view to becoming a global leader in materials innovation.

LIFE is a materials technology company that has developed a strong portfolio of smart ingredients and formulations with applications in numerous industries. This includes the development and distribution of bio-based antimicrobial additives and treatments used by manufacturers of plastics, coatings, textiles, ceramics and paper, that inhibit or manage bacteria, fungi, algae, and other micro-organisms that come in contact with treated materials. LIFE has the broadest technology platform in the industry, using inorganic, organic and bio-based botanical active substances.

LIFE’s 40+ products strengthen HeiQ’s global product offering and will facilitate HeiQ’s existing technology platforms into new markets, especially masterbatches, plastics and coatings. Leading manufacturers and brands, such as DuPont, American Standard, Igloo Products, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Columbia Sportswear use LIFE’s antimicrobial additives. Through LIFE, HeiQ will also have access to hygiene technologies, such as odor absorbent additives, that complement HeiQ’s core antimicrobial technology. With the acquisition, HeiQ will now have additional offices and laboratories in Thailand and Brazil.

HeiQ co-founder and CEO Carlo Centonze said: “Buoyed by this exciting acquisition, our strategy to become a global leader in materials innovation and to grow our healthcare surface hygiene proposition is rapidly gaining momentum. We are delighted to gain exposure to LIFE’s technology platform of complementary, strongly bio-based and highly effective antimicrobial technologies. Our recent partnerships have demonstrated the appetite for our antimicrobials and especially HeiQ Viroblock in industries outside of textiles. The level of sustained interest we have seen from B2B, B2C and B2B2C brands, fills us with confidence that antimicrobial technology is becoming mainstream for all materials that we touch in our daily lives. Therefore, this acquisition, which is led by a talented and entrepreneurial founder, strengthens the gains we have already made in the antimicrobial space.»

Tom E. S. Ellefsen, founder and CEO of LIFE, commented: “We are delighted to bring our expertise in antimicrobial technologies for polymers, coatings and textiles to the HeiQ Group. With the HeiQ Viroblock technology, HeiQ has established a market leading position for antimicrobial textiles, and we at LIFE will help HeiQ extend this market leadership position into polymers, coatings and other materials. Both HeiQ and LIFE are oriented around innovation and technology, and this is why there is such a strong fit between the two companies. We have already identified multiple opportunities to combine and leverage technologies from both companies to fuel future revenue growth.”

HeiQ has strengthened its antimicrobial ingredients technology platform and expanded its product line to include coating technologies through the acquisition of RAS AG, Regensburg, Germany.

RAS AG is a materials innovation company that drives the design of resource-efficient and sustainable products for a safe and modern living environment. The company develops and produces highly functionalized materials for this purpose and is a service provider in shaping markets with scientific creativity and know-how. This includes the manufacture of antimicrobial, hygiene-enhancing additives and durable antimicrobial coating systems which are sold worldwide under the trademark agpure®, and transparent electrically conductive and infrared reflective coatings sold under the ECOS® trademark. The acquisition is in line with HeiQ’s strategic goal to gain market share in hygiene solutions by providing antimicrobial surface hygiene technologies to the healthcare sector.

HeiQ co-founder and CEO Carlo Centonze, said: “The acquisition of RAS AG adds to our technology portfolio and innovation capabilities, allowing us to push deeper into markets including durable surface protection, antimicrobials, conductive transparent materials, infrared reflective coatings, controlled release technologies and R&D innovation services. Gaining market share in hygiene solutions by providing antimicrobial surface hygiene technologies to the healthcare sector is one of HeiQ’s key strategic goals. RAS AG’s resource-efficient and sustainable products, together with its technology platforms and HeiQ’s expertise and commercial reach represent an exciting combination to achieve this goal. Like HeiQ, RAS AG is a very entrepreneurial, science-driven business and is therefore an excellent cultural fit for HeiQ. Located practically on campus of one of Germany’s leading materials and life science universities, RAS AG is ideally positioned to bring additional innovation capabilities to HeiQ’s global R&D network. We look forward to working with Dr. Zech, Dr. Maier, Dr. Nusko, Mr. Schneider and the RAS team.

Dr. Zech, CEO and Mr. Schneider, CSO of RAS AG, commented: “As an early pioneer in silver-based technologies for antimicrobial and transparent conductive coating applications, there are strong synergies with HeiQ. HeiQ provides the expertise, infrastructure and global market access to meet the growing demand of our outstanding technologies. In combination with the RAS innovation center, we enrich HeiQ’s global R&D team with new impulses and our longstanding expertise and innovation networks. We are proud to be part of the HeiQ Group, the entire RAS team looks forward to a fruitful cooperation.”

Global leader in textile and materials innovation, HeiQ, launches HeiQ MetalliQ, a futuristic-looking, high-tech surgical mask that destroys all viruses and bacteria tested, up to 100% efficacy. 

HeiQ MetalliQ doesn’t only look metallic. The mask with a patented design actually contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapor deposition process which converts a minute amount of copper into vapour, allowing it to be deposited evenly to surround each fibre. This antiviral copper shield is a patent-pending technology, created by HeiQ’s innovation partner, Australian materials technology company, Xefco. Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia (Doherty Institute) showed that fabrics treated by the the antiviral copper shield significantly deactivated the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) in as little as 5 minutes 

The testing protocol simulated the real-life interaction of aerosol droplets contaminating textile products such as face masks. Each sample was exposed to a high loading of SARS-CoV-2 followed by 5, 15 and 30 minutes incubation at room temperature before the amount of remaining infectious SARS-CoV-2 viruses was measured. The fabric samples treated with the antiviral copper shield indicated a virus reduction of over 97.79% in five minutes, 99.95% in 15 minutes and over 99.99% in 30 minutes, relative to the inoculum control. 

Our team of experts continue their vital work to minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus. Dr Julie McAuley, Senior Research Officer at the Doherty Institute, stated. “Testing the ability of different surface treatments to reduce infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is one way that our research can help provide insights towards helping to stop the spread of COVID-19”, Dr McAuley added. 

Copper is a naturally occurring element, present in the earth’s crust, soil, oceans, lakes and rivers. It is also a trace element that occurs naturally in all humans, plants and animals. The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties of copper has been known for centuries and have been demonstrated by many laboratory studies. The copper treated materials release copper ions which deactivate viruses and bacteria. Treated materials have also been tested to kill 100% of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae and deactivate 99.95% of H1N1 virus and 99.9% of Human Coronavirus 229E. 

Made in EU, HeiQ MetalliQ is manufactured in HeiQ Medica in Spain where HeiQ also conducts R&D activities for medical devices. Throughout the development of  the antiviral copper shield technology, Xefco worked closely with long-standing research partner the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University as part of the world-class ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres, of which HeiQ is also a member. 

You can pretty much ‘heiq’ everything to add additional functions to an every-day product. This time we up our game once again in antiviral protection, with an upgraded and premium appearance. Spring is calling. As we emerge from lock-down we want to be extra protected and protect the others. HeiQ MetalliQ is designed exactly to provide that extra level of confidence. Further, it gives an edgy look, making it an improved alternative to surgical masks in many ways, says Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group. 


Copper shield efficacy data

 


About Xefco™ 

Xefco is an Australian-owned company that creates innovative textile and coating technologies. Leveraging a global network of research partners, Xefco develops advanced manufacturing solutions and applies cutting edge materials science with a focus on functional improvements, sustainable manufacturing and reduced resource consumption. Incorporated in 2018, Xefco’s technologies are now used by some of the world’s leading technical apparel and fashion brands, providing proven functional benefits, enhanced performance, comfort and protection with reduced environmental impact. Xefco continues to expand its technology portfolio with a vision to create a more sustainable future for the textile and garment industries.
www.xefco.com 


About the Doherty Institute 

Finding solutions to prevent, treat and cure infectious diseases and understanding the complexities of microbes and the immune system requires innovative approaches and concentrated effort. This is why the University of Melbourne – a world leader in education, teaching and research excellence – and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – an internationally renowned institution providing outstanding care, research and learning – partnered to create the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute); a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.
www.doherty.edu.au 


About Deakin University 

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is a leading materials science research institute at Deakin University, Australia. With about 300 academics and HDR researchers, IFM’s vision is to lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society. Established in 1974, Deakin is one of Australia’s most progressive and agile universities, leading in the innovative use of digital technologies and online learning, and blending this capability across its distinctive campus precincts in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. Deakin has achieved a balance of high-quality research with an education experience that is consistently rated as one of the best in the country. Ranked among the Top 1 per cent of universities in the world, Deakin’s collaborations emphasise mutually beneficial partnerships and real-world impact in areas of high national priority, including health and wellbeing, smarter technologies, sustainability, advancing society and culture, and building safe and secure communities.
www.deakin.edu.au  

 

Material innovator HeiQ announce that it has acquired Chrisal N.V., a Belgian industrial biotechnology company, adding probiotic ingredients and technology platforms to its offerings.

HeiQ announced that it has acquired 51% of the share capital and voting rights of Chrisal N.V., Belgium, which will be renamed HeiQ Chrisal. Chrisal is a biotechnology company and a leader in innovative ingredients and consumer products that incorporate the benefits of probiotics and synbiotics. It has three technology platforms, all with the purpose to create healthy and sustainable microbial ecosystems. The application of its proprietary technology includes cosmetics, personal care, textiles, wound dressings, water purification, air treatment and cleaning products. Chrisal has its office, manufacturing site and bottling facility in Lommel, Belgium. 

With this acquisition HeiQ underlines its strategy of becoming a global leader in materials innovation, gaining access to the technology platform of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics for bio-based odor & stain control for carpet & footwear, anti-allergen effect in mattress and bedding, microbial and viral protection for surfaces, anti-inflammatory effect in wound dressings, probiotic skin enhancing cosmetics, algae and biofilm control in drinking water as well as advanced synbiotic surface protection. With this strategic acquisition HeiQ enters the broader market of surface management and accesses a bio-based green complementary technology platform to its immensely successful antimicrobials. 

HeiQ co-founder and CEO Carlo Centonze said: “The acquisition of a majority stake in Chrisal brings multiple benefits to HeiQ and its shareholders. The acquisition will progress our direct-to-consumer offer and enlarges our product offering to hygiene-sensitive environments, such as the healthcare sector. HeiQ is increasingly becoming more than a textile technology company; we are innovating materials more broadly. This acquisition of a leading probiotics business is aimed at making HeiQ a leader in probiotic innovation. Chrisal’s culture of entrepreneurship, people empowerment, sustainability, innovation and lean processes are a perfect match with HeiQ. 

Corrie Gielen, President of Chrisal commented: “For 30 years Chrisal has built on new technologies to improve our world in a sustainable way. With our latest patented Synbio® technology we have found the best solution to strengthen products, people and our environment. We are confident that the new partnership with HeiQ will bring us the additional competences and network needed to globalize this beautiful and groundbreaking technology. Together we combine the best of nature with the latest in science to make the difference for a better world.” 

 

HeiQ improves both its HeiQ Fresh and HeiQ XReflex product lines. The updated products offer improvement in multiple technical aspects for HeiQ Fresh and more product options with HeiQ XReflex.

Founded in 2005 during a hike in the Swiss Alps, HeiQ’s first product, HeiQ Fresh, was developed to solve the problem of stinky outdoor apparel. Since then there have been continuous updates to the odor control range with three sustainable productsHeiQ Pure TAG, HeiQ Pure SPQR and HeiQ Fresh FFL. HeiQ Pure TAG has been upgraded. It is a recycled silver-based odor control with a nonionic reformulation, highly compatible with most textile finishing. It has a long shelf life and is highly storage stable. HeiQ Pure SPQR is a hybrid silver- and bio-based, dual-action odor control technology and meets USDA Biopreferred® requirements. HeiQ Fresh FFL is a fully bio-based odor control technology that also meets USDA Biopreferred® requirements. All these products are OEKO-TEX® Class 1-4 conform and bluesign® approved. Both HeiQ Pure SPQR and HeiQ Fresh FFL are shipped as standard goods which allows for ease in global shipments and warehousing, leading to reduced costs.

HeiQ is also launching additional fabrics and insulation packages for HeiQ XReflex, a solution that offers the same level of warmth with up to half the reduction of insulation, reducing bulk and saving materials for apparel, sleeping bags, gloves, blankets, etc. An average insulated jacket can reduce its environmental footprint and save up to 280g of CO2, 10MJ of energy and 6L of water with HeiQ XReflex. This patented radiant barrier technology is now offered with one or two layers of heat reflective surface, offering up to 50% less bulk at the same warmth, without effecting fabric breathability. HeiQ XReflex is also available as a scrim layer, providing an ultra-thin radiant barrier for design flexibility and logistics and cost optimization.

“We constantly look for ways to continually improve our efficiencies and technologies at HeiQ”, says Carlo Centonze, HeiQ Group CEO. “With these new improvements to our HeiQ Fresh and HeiQ XReflex technologies, we offer better support and products to our customers to elevate and differentiate their products in the market”.

To learn more, visit the HeiQ booth at ISPO in Munich, Germany (Hall C1, 402; 26-29 January 2020) or the Concept III booth at Outdoor + Snow Show in Denver, Colorado (booth #54069-UL; 29-31 January 2020); or contact us.

HeiQ adds bio-based thermo-functional polymer products to their HeiQ Smart Temp family for a full range of intelligent thermoregulation triggered by body heat. The newly introduced products add dual-action cooling at contact to the already successful dynamic evaporative cooling technology.

Launched in 2011, HeiQ Smart Temp was a pioneer in intelligent thermoregulation technology for textiles. Continuous refinements of this product range have allowed HeiQ to be the go-to solution provider as its technologies offer not only industry-leading dynamic evaporative cooling performance, but also ease of application and a friendly price point for brand partners. The latest breakthrough with cool touch technology allows consumers to touch, feel and understand the technology at point-of-sale, and ensures thermal comfort at all times by providing the benefits of cool at contact and continuous evaporative cooling. It is currently optimized for use on home textile products such as mattress ticking and bed linens. All HeiQ Smart Temp products are Oeko-Tex® Class 1-4 conform, bluesign® and USDA BioPreferred pending.

As the demand for thermo-functional polymer applications continues to grow, HeiQ created HeiQ Iberia to focus on this product development. There are three new products (two more in the pipeline) in the range that all provide instant cooling from a bio-based thermo-functional polymer, and each product is optimized to perform on specific items such as mattress ticking or bedding accessories. By adding a new category of products to the range, HeiQ now has a broad range of intelligent thermoregulation solutions for home textile market. HeiQ is launching these products for home textiles with their partner Standard Fiber at Heimtextil Frankfurt (7-10 January 2020).

“We have more and more business developing around temperature-regulating technologies”, says Sandy Gray, CEO at Standard Fiber LLC. “To support our mission of continuously introducing new technologies and innovations to our customers, we are excited to work with HeiQ and present HeiQ Cool Touch technologies to our customers to elevate and differentiate their products in the market”.

Come to the Standard Fiber booth (A41 in Hall 11) at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany (7-10 January 2020) to touch and feel the difference.

 

About Standard Fiber

Standard Fiber was founded in 1998 with one goal in mind: to deliver exceptional bedding products and customer service at the lowest costs possible. In doing so, Standard Fiber became the first bedding company to combine U.S.-based product design, customer service, and technology with the cost benefits and manufacturing capabilities that are best achieved in Asia. Today Standard Fiber is an industry leader in home bedding products and textile manufacturing and one of the largest producers of basic bedding products in the world.
www.standardfiber.com

HeiQ has added a new dimension to air management in the HeiQ Fresh product range – air purifying functionality that will be used in curtains from IKEA to reduce indoor air pollutants such as the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) acetaldehyde, formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide (NO).

No electricity required, no extra space occupied, the Gunrid curtain from IKEA looks like an ordinary curtain but performs a novel function – it purifies indoor air because it is infused with the latest technology in the HeiQ Fresh range – HeiQ Fresh AIR. Gunrid curtains will be available in IKEA retail stores in 2020.

According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of urban residents are exposed to high levels of air pollution1 . The concentration of VOCs indoors is generally higher than outdoors2 . While many VOCs are not considered as harmful to health, such as perfumes and fragrances, some others such as acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide (NO) and d-limonene and other semi-volatile polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are attributed as responsible for significant negative impact on health by the World Health Organization (WHO). These VOCs come from outdoor sources as well as indoor sources such as furniture, paints, household cleaning products, sprays or cooking activities, as outlined in the clean air survey 2018, conducted by IKEA. Aiming to improve the lives of people through making everyday textiles more functional, HeiQ innovated a textile treatment that will use home fabrics like curtains as a medium to purify the indoor air.

14 years ago, the Swiss company’s foundation was inspired by bad smells on polyester hiking clothes. The HeiQ Fresh product family has evolved into a comprehensive textile solution platform that achieves “freshness” by tackling both odor-generating sources and reducing VOCs. This latest innovation focuses on odorless, potentially harmful VOCs and the research result – HeiQ Fresh AIR – adds a new dimension to the HeiQ Fresh range. This technology will be available in the market first on Gunrid curtains from IKEA. “With HeiQ Fresh AIR, we aim to improve the air quality in consumers’ homes with ease, simply by hanging up a curtain and utilizing the natural light passing through the window. A simple tool for something so important, fresh air in your home.”, says Carlo Centonze, HeiQ’s co-founder and Group CEO.

How does it work?
HeiQ Fresh AIR is a mineral-based Swiss technology infused into the curtain fabrics. It purifies the indoor air by using transmitted ultraviolet (UVA) light from the sun to transform problematic VOCs into components of fresh air. Curtains and other home fabrics infused with HeiQ Fresh technology can therefore contribute to better homes and with cleaner air.

How is the air purifying performance measured?
Creating disruptive technologies for 14 years, HeiQ emphasizes the importance of identifying the right testing methodology and creating standards to help brands, mills and consumers interpret the performance of a novel technology, By working closely with Prof. Dr. Detlef Bahnemann, head of Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology of the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, test norms have been selected, capable to characterize the air purifying performance of fabrics infused with HeiQ Fresh AIR. The internationally recognized norms: ISO 22197-1 for NO and ISO 22197-2 for Acetaldehyde, the modified ISO 17299 to measure percentage reduction of VOCs as well as the modified ISO 10678 as a quick quality control test for mills.

1) WHO – air pollution

2) Paciência et.al., 2016. A systematic review of evidence and implications of spatial and seasonal variations of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in indoor human environments. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, 19(2), pp.47-64.

HeiQ provides sustainable dyeing and finishing solutions with its award-winning technology for Truecycled by Twinery. Swiss textile innovator HeiQ partners with Twinery to significantly reduce waste in their apparel production supply chain.

Apparel manufacturing is the second largest polluting industry in the world. While there are many solutions to this problem, Bodyline has taken the lead to focus on developing a low impact supply chain by reducing energy and waste across the entire value chain and develop No Waste ApparelTruecycled.

Two steps in this supply chain lifecycle include improving the dyeing and finishing stages. To improve the dyeing stage by using less water and energy and save CO2 during the polyester dyeing process, Truecycled has implemented HeiQ Clean Tech for more efficient and ecological processing of textiles.

“Aiming to improve the everyday products of textiles by making them more functional, comfortable and sustainable, HeiQ is proud to partner with Bodyline on their Truecycled project”, says Carlo Centonze, Chief Executive Officer at HeiQ.

Switzerland is a leader in the global innovation economy and Swiss enterprises are very good at combining sustainable economics with commercial interests. This strategy is awarded annually in the selection of the Swiss Environmental Award (“Umweltpreis der Wirtschaft Schweiz”) during the CE2 Days of the Swiss Economic Forum. After several rounds of review, the finalist that are chosen are not only industry leaders, but also outstanding representatives of Swiss innovation and technology. In 2019, HeiQ won the Swiss Environmental Award for the development of its environmentally-friendly HeiQ Clean Tech sustainable polyester dyeing system.

We are very excited about our Truecycled projects and proud to announce that we have commercialized HeiQ Clean Tech with ODLO as part of this project”, says Dilshan Mohamed, Director at Bodyline. “This is one step in our goal towards Zero Waste Apparel”.

 

About Twinery

With 30+ years of experience manufacturing for the world’s largest brands, we have unparalleled knowledge of the human body and biomechanics, as well as fabric wearability and material science. Twinery brings together world-class scientists, designers, engineers, marketers and entrepreneurs to create and commercialize the textile technologies of tomorrow and bring them to market today. At Twinery, we develop apparel and soft goods innovations that transform the human/textile interface, putting groundbreaking, life-improving technologies right next to your skin. Our solutions transform businesses, enhance lives and reshape expectations of what textiles can do for the world. Learn more at www.twinery.co

HeiQ launches new fluorocarbon-free (PFC-free) products in their HeiQ Eco Dry product family for a full range of durable water repellence (DWR) technologies, for outdoor apparel to footwear and fashion. The newly introduced products are durable to dry cleaning.

Consumers of water repellent jackets, pants and footwear think it is important that products are made of environmentally friendly materials that are PFC-free*. HeiQ Eco Dry is a family of innovative, eco-friendly and PFC-free water repellent textile technologies that provide protection against water and water-based stains. As of August 2018, HeiQ Eco Dry has a brand awareness of 8% in the US among water repellent gear consumers*. By adding new products to the range, HeiQ now has a broad range of DWR solutions for outdoor apparel, footwear and fashion markets.

Launched in 2013, HeiQ Eco Dry was one of the pioneers in PFC-free DWR textile treatments. Continuous refinements of this product range have allowed HeiQ to be the go-to solution provider as its technologies offer not only industry-leading DWR performance, but also fewer chalk marks and a softer hand than other technologies available. The latest breakthrough with dry cleaning durability makes this DWR suitable to fashion coats and jackets made of premium fibers such as silk and wool. All HeiQ Eco Dry products are Oeko-Tex® conform, bluesign® approved/pending and fluorocarbon-free.

“The new PFC-free DWR treatments have been engineered specifically to meet industry challenges and maintain excellent hydrophobic properties after multiple dry cleanings”, says Walter Nassl, Chief Technology Officer at HeiQ. “We continue to innovate different technologies of HeiQ Eco Dry to allow even more high-quality, durable and sustainable products in the market”.

To learn more about the HeiQ Eco Dry family, visit HeiQ at the Functional Fabric Fair New York City (booth#415, July 22-23, 2019).

*HeiQ Textile Knowledge Center 2018 water repellent apparel & footwear survey.

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ wins the 2019 Swiss Environmental Award for its HeiQ Clean Tech dyeing process.

As a leading country in the global innovation economy, Switzerland is a leader in combining sustainable economics with commercial interests. This strategy is awarded annually in the selection of the Swiss Environmental Award (“Umweltpreis der Wirtschaft Schweiz”) during the CE2 Days of the Swiss Economic Forum. After several rounds of review, the finalist that are chosen are not only industry leaders, but also outstanding representatives of Swiss innovation and technology. In 2019, HeiQ won the Swiss Environmental Award for the development of its environmentally-friendly HeiQ Clean Tech dyeing process.

The textile industry is one of the industries with the largest water consumption and the most serious environmental pollution. According to estimates by the World Bank, 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing; some scholars estimate that the amount of fresh water dyed by textiles exceeds 500 million tons per year.

Environmental issues are imminent, and industry habits are hard to break. HeiQ tackles this problem as the beginning of innovation and breaks through with the development of HeiQ Clean Tech environmental dyeing technology. It reduces a textile mill’s water consumption by 30% and allows for 30-50% faster dyeing time for polyester fabrics, which account for nearly 50% of the world’s annual textile output.

Effectively controlling production costs and improving production efficiency are the driving force for textile mills to choose HeiQ Clean Tech technology. At present, this technology has been implemented in 18 countries and regions in Europe, Asia and Latin America, especially the major textile producing countries, such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, said: “For each of us, sustainable development is both an obligation and a business opportunity. We can drive brand partners and factory partners to join us and promote sustainable development along with economic benefits. The impact is huge and we can completely change the textile industry. We feel validated by winning the 2019 Swiss Economic Environmental Award!”

To learn more about HeiQ Clean Tech, visit HeiQ at the Functional Fabric Fair New York City (booth#415, July 22-23, 2019) or online here.

 

瑞士HeiQ斩获瑞士环境大奖
(Traditional Chinese)

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches a new fluorine-free product in their HeiQ Eco Dry product family for a full range of durable water repellence technologies, from apparel to footwear options.

As one of the pioneers in this field, HeiQ is the go-to solution provider for many apparel brands that seek fluorine-free sustainable water repellent solutions. Used by over 50 brands worldwide today, HeiQ Eco Dry is a family of innovative, eco-friendly and PFC-free water repellent textile technologies. After adding HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED to the range last year, recently HeiQ has further developed another technology targeting footwear materials.

This new solution, HeiQ Eco Dry FW, is Oeko-Tex® conform and bluesign® pending, enables very high hydrophobic properties, and is suitable for wool, polyamide and their blends. It does not compromise on breathability and is fluorine-free. For leather on footwear, HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED is recommended. With HeiQ Eco Dry, brands protect their products in a sustainable manner.

Summer just started. And in many countries it also means the start of rainy season!”, says Hoi Kwan Lam, Chief Marketing Officer at HeiQ. “We work with over 150 brands all over the world on a daily basis and what we see is the unstoppable growth in their craving for innovative, sustainable and effective solutions.” continues Lam. “Our ecological solutions allow brands to send a positive message and maintain a sustainable image. Today, 58% of consumers that are willing to pay more make their purchase decisions based on a brand’s environmental commitment*. We are happy for such a trend and it also means business opportunities for all”.

To learn more about HeiQ Eco Dry, visit them at both the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver (booth #54069-UL, June 18-20, 2019) and the Functional Fabric Fair New York City (booth#415, July 22-23, 2019).

*Credit Suisse 2018: https://www.credit-suisse.com/corporate/en/articles/news-and-expertise/millennials-drive-sustainability-201702.html

DuPont™ is a trademark or registered trademark used under license by HeiQ Materials AG.

HeiQ Eco Dry footwear hangtag

Operations, Product Development, Sales and Technical Support Growth: HeiQ announces HeiQ China and HeiQ Taiwan

The Swiss textile innovation leader HeiQ announces its new subsidiaries in both China and Taiwan to serve customers in the region more closely and provide rapid support.

Celine Huang 黄秀蔚 is named Chief Executive Officer for HeiQ Greater China and Ming Wen Liang 梁銘文 is named Chief Executive Officer HeiQ Taiwan. Huang, with her background as a general manager of a large player in the same industry brings a total of over 20 years of solid testing lab, agent and country strategies management expertise with an excellent relationship skills with customers, distributors, dealers and end users. She has a chemical engineering degree in dyeing and finishing from China Textile University. Huang has worked in both Australia and China in senior management positions. Huang will lead the group’s Greater China business from the newly created Shanghai office (瑞士海屹科材料有限公司上海办事处).

“I trust HeiQ can bring innovative and differentiating technology with high quality to China – boosting novelty and sustainability in the apparel and fashion market!”, says Huang.

Liang will manage mill relations, technical support and distribution at HeiQ Taiwan. She brings close to 20 years of experience in textile and garment production supply chain focusing on sales, material innovation and development, sourcing and production. Liang holds a Bachelor of International Trade from the National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan, speaks Chinese, English and Spanish and has lived in both Taiwan and Argentina. And will be based in the new office in Taipei (瑞士海屹科有限公司).

“I am very happy to join the team at HeiQ – HeiQ Taiwan is strategically located in the world’s largest technical textile innovation and production area and our mission is to provide the best support and value to our partners”, says Liang. “For me, HeiQ means perfecting the everyday product of textiles.”

HeiQ continues to increase its global footprint with the creation of HeiQ Shanghai and HeiQ Taiwan. In addition to HeiQ Hong Kong, these offices aim to provide dedicated technical support in the Greater China area, further broaden its geographical reach in strategic locations and support HeiQ’s brand partners’ manufacturing activities in the region.

HeiQ’s co-founder and Group CEO, Carlo Centonze says, “We are very proud to have Celine and Ming join the HeiQ family. We believe our people are our success, and with the creation of HeiQ China and HeiQ Taiwan, we add more depth and speed to our team”.

 

擴大營運、產品開發、銷售與技術支持:瑞士海屹科(HeiQ)宣布已成立中國和台灣分公司
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扩大运营、产品开发、销售与技术支持:瑞士海屹科(HeiQ)宣布已成立中国和台湾分公司
(Simplified Chinese)

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ partners with Speedo on their new Fastskin line of suits with a drag reduction technology by modifying the surface of the fabric in a microscopic level.

Founded in 1914, Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand, has a long heritage and dominance in competitive swimming. Competitive swimmers are always looking to break their own personal records, as well as beating their competitors. In order to win, swimmers need to create the least resistance possible to obtain maximum speed in the water. Speedo’s newest and most advanced Fastskin range does just that.

“We are proud to combine our in-depth knowledge in textiles with Speedo’s expertise in swimwear to develop a differentiating innovation. This is the outcome of the close collaboration between Speedo and HeiQ’s research hubs in Australia and Switzerland” says Carlo Centonze, HeiQ CEO.

Speedo’s LZR Pure Intent features a unique triple-fabric construction designed to enhance compression and flexibility. To reduce drag, Speedo and HeiQ developed a shark skin-inspired fabric technology. This combination creates pure speed for the sprinter, in what is Speedo’s smartest suit to date.

Speedo’s LZR Pure Valor is designed to be light and flexible to allow the racer to increase their power and reduce drag through streamlining. The fabric was co-developed with HeiQ to give the racer a greater range of motion and core stability to help swimmers feel lifted in the water and stay strong into the finishes.

“With almost two decades of improvements in our Faskskin technology, we are excited to partner with HeiQ to give our racers the ultimate advantage with drag reduction technology to improve their speed. We’ve worked very closely with our athletes and taken all their feedback on board to help them get the suit they need to perform at their absolute best” says Rebecca Bennett, Materials Specialist at Speedo.

The Speedo LZR collection is available for pre-order at speedo.com

 

About Speedo® 

The world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo® is passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations, and supports swimming from grass-roots through to the elite level. In the 1920s Speedo® made history with the Racerback: the world’s first non-wool suit. In 2008 Speedo® redefined swimwear again with Fastskin® LZR RACER® – the fastest and most technologically advanced swimsuit ever created. 2011 saw Speedo unveil another world first with the Fastskin Racing System – a cap, goggle and suit designed to work together as one. Speedo® is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V and distributed in over 170 countries around the world. To find out more visit: www.speedo.com

Operations, Product Development, Sales and Technical Support Growth: The Swiss textile innovation leader HeiQ announces two new leadership role hires and new subsidiary in Iberia.

Widyanti Winarto is named Group Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Raquel Vaz Vieira is named Brandforce Director Iberia. Winarto brings solid supply chain management expertise with a strong focus in strategic sourcing and international operations. She has an engineering degree in clothing technology and an MBA from the Copenhagen Business School. She has worked in China, Germany and Switzerland and managed multi-national teams. In her different roles Winarto has set up and led new global sourcing platforms and implemented strategic changes for quality improvement and process optimization. Winarto will oversee and optimize operations for the entire group.

“I am excited to join the HeiQ team as it offers an environment that encourages and expects its employees to make a difference” says Winarto. “Operations and supply chain are the backbone of the company to grow and add value to our customers.”

Vaz Vieira will manage brand relations and technical support in the Iberian region, co-develop the home textiles market and lead innovations on the newest HeiQ thermoregulation offerings. Her experience includes management of both the phase change materials (PCM) and thermoregulation microencapsulation business units at Devan Chemicals with a track record on bringing value-adding startup technologies to market at a global scale. She holds a Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree on functional textiles from Minho University and an Executive Innovation Master’s Degree from the Vierick Business School.

“I joined HeiQ because of my passion to innovate and sell products that solve a market need” says Vaz Vieira. “HeiQ is the leader in creating high-end textile innovations with their brand partners to deliver accredited value to end customers.”

HeiQ continues to increase its global footprint with the creation of HeiQ Iberia which aims to provide dedicated technical support in Portugal and Spain as it is an important textile region for many of HeiQ’s brand partners and a strategic location of many manufacturing activities.

HeiQ’s co-founder and Group CEO, Carlo Centonze says “At HeiQ, we believe our people are our success. With Widyanti and Raquel on our team, we add more experience and strength to our team and we are proud they decided to join HeiQ’s mission to improve the lives of people through innovation in textiles”.

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ partners with BUFF® on their new CoolNet UV+® fabric to stay dry and feel cool.

For 25 years, BUFF® has premiered and innovated the tubular headwear category. Headquartered in Spain, the company was founded to keep warm the founder’s neck and head during his cross-country motorcycle rides. Today, BUFF® continues its heritage of quality and reliability of multifunctional headwear.

Just like the first product from BUFF® in 1991, the new CoolNet UV+® was developed to keep customers safe and cool from the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Today the fabric is a recycled performance polyester microfiber with HeiQ Smart Temp’s activated cooling technology to keep the wearer cool and comfortable. The fabric also includes UPF 50+ sun protection, offers a 4-way ULTRA stretch weave and is 100% seamless for the perfect fit.

“With 25 years of improvements on our BUFF® products, we are excited to partner with HeiQ on our CoolNet UV+® to allow our customers to Stay Dry and Feel Cool with this new line of multifunctional headwear”, says Marc Fitó, Innovation Manager at Original Buff, S.A.

HeiQ Smart Temp is an intelligent thermoregulation technology. Cooling is activated by rising body temperature and deactivated once cooling is complete. HeiQ Smart Temp keeps the wearer cooler, dryer and more comfortable.

“HeiQ and BUFF® have a shared vision of quality and reliability in our products. With the new CoolNet UV+® fabric, we are pleased that our HeiQ Smart Temp technology will allow the consumer to Stay Dry and Feel Cool”, says Christian von Uthmann, HeiQ’s Chief Sales Officer.

The BUFF® CoolNet UV+® collection is available for purchase at buff.com and buffusa.com.


About BUFF®

Founded in 1991, BUFF® is the original multifunctional headwear brand, having premiered and innovated the tubular headwear category. Partnering with superior manufacturers of raw materials and incorporating state-of-the-art fabric technologies, BUFF® has built a world-renowned lifestyle brand recognized by athletes and outdoor enthusiasts for its quality, craftmanship and customizable design and style options. BUFF® products are sold in more than 70 countries across the globe. Original Buff is headquartered in Spain and its subsidiary, Buff Inc, is located in Santa Rosa, California.

HeiQ launches HeiQ Fabric Lab – a new service to assist brands with fabric innovation so they can turn their product concepts into reality

In today’s world, time is the new currency. Employees have valuable product ideas but limited time to turn them into reality, let alone the expertise in all the areas needed to create the best product possible. With HeiQ Fabric Lab, HeiQ takes a brand’s product idea and applies its expertise in fiber, yarn, fabric solutions, chemical technology as well as its knowledge and sourcing partners to develop the brand partner’s future functional fabric.

In addition to fabric development, HeiQ Fabric Lab also offers additional services such as fabric trend research, product marketing and materials education seminars for employees.

HeiQ Fabric Lab was developed to help brands across the board, from supplier selection to tackling technical challenges, as well as material testing and finalizing fabric agreements. “We are here to assist brands every step of the way until the perfect product has been developed”, says Regina Goller, Director of Fabric Management at HeiQ Materials AG. “With over 25 years of experience working inside and with major sports apparel brands, from concepts to final products, we are highly knowledgeable in functional materials from base layers to outerwear.”

HeiQ Fabric Lab offers multiple development options for brands to choose from. To learn more about the HeiQ Fabric Lab, contact fabriclab@heiq.com

New family name and sustainable products to embrace freshness with less silver

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches new products to their HeiQ Fresh product family for a full range of odor control technologies, from silver-free to recycled silver salt options.
HeiQ recently upgraded its family of odor control technologies with new products and the new name of HeiQ Fresh. This technology family of products now offers both silver-free and less-silver odor control options. HeiQ offers these new odor control solutions for those brands looking to reduce or remove silver usage from their products. All products in the HeiQ Fresh family are bluesign® approved or in the approval process.

HeiQ Fresh FFL is a bio-based amino sugar polymer that is silver-free and not an antimicrobial. There are five precursors that need to form on textiles to cause sweat odor – bacteria, warmth, fat and protein from sweat, moisture and the textile surface. By removing one of these items, the sweat odor is eliminated. HeiQ Fresh FFL removes the fat and protein from sweat, thereby eliminating the ability of the bacteria to grow. This amino sugar polymer also binds to the fiber, which allows odor to be easily washed off at low temperature and prevents permastink. With HeiQ Fresh FFL, brands get a silver-free odor control that is not a biocide but still preserves the fabrics freshness.

HeiQ Pure SPQR is a 90% bio-based option for odor control that works with a minimal amount of recycled silver. Similar to HeiQ Fresh FFL, HeiQ Pure SPQR removes two of the five precursors needed to cause sweat odor – fat and protein from sweat as well as bacteria. HeiQ Pure SPQR still passes the traditional antimicrobial tests. With HeiQ Pure SPQR brands get more freshness with less silver.

“Embrace freshness – humans are among the most social of animals and wish to be close to each other. Body odor on our clothes or home fabrics prevents us from close gathering” says Christian von Uthmann, Chief Sales Officer at HeiQ Materials AG. “We are excited to offer less-silver and silver-free options to our HeiQ Fresh family” continues von Uthmann. “These options are more sustainable and work just as well to control odor as the traditional silver salt options currently on the market.”

HeiQ also offers various odor control test methods for each of its HeiQ Fresh products, from proof of concept tests to proof of application tests. To learn more about HeiQ Fresh, visit their booth at ISPO Munich (Hall C5 Booth 402, 03-06 February 2019, Munich) or at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show at the Concept III booth (booth #54005-UL).

 

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches HeiQ XReflex – a radiant barrier technology on high performance fabrics to create warmth without bulk and allow the user to “Wear Less in Winter®”.

Humans lose about 60% of body heat through thermal radiation. In order to stay warm, insulations made out of down, synthetic or fleece are typically used in outerwear. The thicker the insulation, the less heat loss and the warmer the person. For the active person or traveler, the goal is to find the same warmth without all the bulk.

HeiQ XReflex does just that – the innovative radiant barrier technology allows outerwear, midlayers, sleeping bags, etc. to maintain the required level of warmth while reducing bulk by as much as 50%. With an ultra-thin reflective surface applied through a high-tech vapor deposition process, HeiQ XReflex reflects the body’s radiant heat, increasing the thermal resistance and allowing maximum breathability. Matched with a specific insulation, this combination creates the optimal heat retention required for the product. By using one layer of HeiQ XReflex, a saving of 25% in bulk can be expected. And with two layers, the bulk can be reduced by up to 50% while maintaining the same level of thermal resistance. Also worth noting is the environmental footprint savings – one insulated jacket will save 6L water, 280g CO2 and 10MJ of energy.

HeiQ XReflex is created through collaboration between HeiQ and Xefco, an Australian textile technology company that is a partner of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Deakin University. “Warmth without bulk is the best of both worlds for the active consumer”, says Christian von Uthmann, Chief Sales Officer at HeiQ Materials AG. “This technology reduces insulation bulk to create thin, lightweight, breathable products”, continues von Uthmann, “which in turn consumes fewer raw materials for more sustainable products.”

HeiQ XReflex offers multiple options of fabrics and insulations to create the ideal warmth needed for various activities. To learn more about HeiQ XReflex, visit the HeiQ booth at ISPO Munich (Hall C5 Booth 402, 03-06 February 2019, Munich).

HeiQ XReflex fabric back side with reflective surface (left) and front side

The two Swiss innovators for functional performance clothing, Odlo and HeiQ, are co-launching HeiQ Pure SPQR, a triple-action sustainable odor control technology, another breakthrough in the HeiQ Fresh Tech product family.

Smelling fresh allows us to do what we like without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel. That insight brought these two companies together already 13 years ago, as HeiQ developed for Odlo an odor control textile finish that would last 100 washes – known as Effect by Odlo.

“Effect by Odlo set the standard for performance wear with effective odor control. Great but not yet perfect means that we never stop refining the solution for our consumers,” said Knut Are Høgberg, CEO of Odlo. For the past three years, HeiQ and Odlo spent thousands of hours in the laboratory and in the field to develop HeiQ Pure SPQR, which is the latest breakthrough in the HeiQ Fresh Tech product family and will be engineered into Odlo’s Spring/Summer’2020 next-to-skin products.

HeiQ Pure SPQR is derived from renewable and recycled sources (1), and delivers a triple-action for an unprecedented odor control efficiency: first, with only one-tenth of silver-ion content as compared to general silver-based odor control treatments (2), it is able to effectively impair the metabolism of bacteria (the process that turns odorless sweat into body odor). This is due to the second action – bio-based amino sugar polymer anchors silver-ions to amplify their performance and durability. And third, at a microscopic level, the amino sugar polymer creates a durable barrier film around the fiber, preventing odor compounds from sticking on the textile. Thus garments can be washed easily at low temperature, which extends the usable life of the garment and is more sustainable. “We have tested odor control treatments from multiple suppliers. The result from the Odlo-HeiQ co-innovation is by far better than anything else we find in the market today,” Høgberg added.

“It’s with great pride that we fulfill our promise to our late mentor Odd Lofteroed Jr. to never give up and never be content with the status quo. Once again with Odlo we are one step ahead of our competitors in providing a better and more sustainable odor control solution,” said Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ.

13 years ago, late Odd Lofteroed Jr., then CEO of Odlo, led young HeiQ in developing HeiQ’s first odor control innovation that is today used worldwide in more than 500 million garments by over 100 active wear brands. HeiQ Fresh Tech is now a family of effective odor-preventing and odor-adsorbing textile technologies. Want to know more? HeiQ is exhibiting at Performance Days Munich, Germany on November 28-29 (Booth E05, Workshop room P07).

1) 96.5 % of the entire HeiQ Pure SPQR formulation come from recycled and renewable source. HeiQ Pure SPQR also is certified as 68% bio-based according to ASTM D6866-18, while posing no harm to the food chain.
2) HeiQ Pure SPQR contains only 0.14% of silver-ions as active ingredients while most silver-based odor control treatments contain 1.4%. Final silver content on garment varies with application and %w.o.f. dosage.


About Odlo

Born in Norway and engineered in Switzerland, Odlo offers performance sportswear across 6 categories: functional sports underwear, running, training, cycling, Nordic disciplines and outdoors. With more than 70 years of heritage, Odlo, the inventor of performance sports underwear and the three-layer principle, continues to innovate to ensure it stays ahead of the game and is now distributed in over 35 countries. As a year-round performance brand, Odlo also continues to show strong commitment towards social and environmental sustainability and is proud of its leader status at the Fair Wear Foundation. For further information, please go to: www.odlo.com

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and DuPont Consumer Solutions, a business unit of DuPont Specialty Products, help establish an eco-friendly water repellent for leather.

Recent consumer research shows that 49% of consumers think it is important that their water-repellent product is eco-friendly PFC-free1. To meet these consumer and brand demands, HeiQ developed the HeiQ Eco Dry line of PFC-free products. The collaboration with DuPont expands on this product line, with the first product being a PFC-free water-repellent finish for leather – HeiQ DuPont ECO-LED. Wolverine World Wide Leathers, Inc. will be the first supplier to offer treated leather to their major brand partners.

“We see many apparel items using PFC-free products. Consumers are now looking for this technology in other water repellent finishes for leather. Combining our high-performance pig nubuck with HeiQ DuPont ECO-LED for leather gives us an avenue to meet consumer demands,” said Suzanne Johnson, VP Sales and Marketing at Wolverine. “We are eager to offer an eco-friendly water repellency on our leathers to our brand partners.”

HeiQ Eco Dry is a family of innovative, eco-friendly and non-PFC based repellent textile technologies that provide protection against water and water-based stains. This product family keeps textiles ecologically dry and enables them to handle wet weather conditions.

“This exciting relationship between HeiQ and DuPont focused on collaborating to create an environmentally-friendly water repellent leather solution for Wolverine as a first project,” said Colin Lantz, VP North American Brandforce at HeiQ. He added, “This innovative non-PFC water repellent treatment achieves the industry-leading water repellency performance that Wolverine is known for with HeiQ’s hallmark environmentally sustainable formulation.”

 

About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division, which will be called DuPont, into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.

 

About Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers and licensors of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Chaco®, Bates®, HYTEST®, and Soft Style®. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of the popular brands Cat® and Harley-Davidson®. The Company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.

 

[1) HeiQ Textile Market Knowledge Center, 2018]

DuPont™ and the DuPont Oval are trademarks or registered trademarks used under license by HeiQ Materials AG.

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia expand their 2017 partnership to include HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control technology, with best-in-class performances.

Recent consumer research shows that 72% of shoppers are interested in odor control technology in activewear. As we are social animals, humans want to be close to others without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel from ourselves or our surroundings.

To expand on the Patagonia/HeiQ partnership, and as part of the R&D partnership launched in 2017, Patagonia will begin using HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control in their Fall 2019 collection.

“While we were happy with our previous odor control solution, we were able to develop a better solution as part of our R&D Partnership with HeiQ. We are always looking to improve quality of our products, and HeiQ Fresh Tech will help us meet our consumers demands.” said Matt Dwyer, director of material innovation and development at Patagonia. “We are excited to continue to expand our partnership with HeiQ to develop sustainable textile finishes.”

HeiQ Fresh Tech is a family of highly versatile and effective odor-preventing and odor-absorbing textile technologies that continue to be effective even after prolonged use and frequent washings. This product family is comprised of technologies that either prevent odor from emerging, absorb odor from the surroundings, or take both into action.

“We are confident our HeiQ Fresh Tech solution will be a great addition to the Patagonia product line, and will create the highest value possible for the consumer,” said Carlo Centonze, HeiQ CEO. He added, “The Patagonia and HeiQ partnership is based on our shared vision that technology can perfect our every-day textile products.”

 

About Patagonia

Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is based in Ventura, California. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $90 million in grants and in-kind donations to date. More on www.patagonia.com

Everyday comfort brand sloggi introduces a new range of athleisure bodywear, sloggi mOve, with enhanced thermoregulation and friction reduction technologies by Swiss textile innovator HeiQ.

Gradually rolling out globally since this autumn, sloggi mOve, a new line of athletic bodywear by sloggi, celebrates the joy of being active and feeling comfortable. Sloggi mOve has three series, FLY, FLEX and FLOW, making sure all kinds of movement are catered to: with FLY designed for fast and energetic movements; FLEX for sports involving a wide range of movement, such as climbing, yoga and cycling; FLOW for everyday life as well as slow and flowing movements. All products are engineered with technical fabrics and special textile technologies.

WHAT IS THE SECRET INGREDIENT that ensures the wearer’s comfort?

FLY is enhanced with HeiQ Smart Temp, an intelligent Swiss textile technology that is added to the fabric during the final stage of the textile manufacturing process. This thermo-regulation system senses increases in body temperature and activates a cooling effect. As the wearer cools down the cooling effect also eases back so she won’t feel a chill – bye bye to the too hot/too cold struggle!

FLEX allows for flexibility and a wide range of movement thanks to HeiQ Glide technology that saves the wearer from frictions and chafing. Now the wearer can glide and enjoy the freedom of movement!

“With HeiQ, we celebrate the joy of movement and comfort together. A very important part of our everyday well-being, though often neglected, is the clothes we wear. HeiQ is an expert in special textile technologies that improves our every day life through making textiles more comfortable,” said Sabina Borek, Global Head of Merchandising sloggi mOve, “sloggi mOve was designed to complement every active movement in a fun and comfortable way. And we are happy that, with HeiQ we deliver this promise together and bring this benefit to the consumers in a tangible way.”

 

About sloggi

sloggi® brings true comfort to people’s everyday by creating the most wearable, innovative bodywear in the world. Launched in 1979, the brand has long been the best-selling brief brand in Europe and today delivers unrivalled comfort across multi-faceted intimate apparel for both women and men across Europe and Asia. Parent company, the Triumph Group, serves 40,000 wholesale customers and sells its products in 3,600 controlled points of sale as well as via several own online shops. It is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). More on www.sloggi.com

HeiQ Materials AG announces partnership with Concept III to strengthen the sales and support to its brand partners in North America.

With this new partnership, the team at Concept III will immediately begin representing HeiQ technologies with their brand partners. For four decades, Concept III has worked alongside the world’s premier mills and tech innovators to source and develop new fabric-based solutions for iconic outdoor apparel brands.

HeiQ’s CEO, Carlo Centonze says “HeiQ’s mission is to be the global leader in textile innovation. With this partnership with Concept III, we add a sales team that is a leader in textile sales. We are excited that they decided to represent HeiQ in North America to support our mission and brand partners”.

Well known throughout the industry, Concept III founder David Parkes is now revered for establishing a company that can expertly source and supply a wide variety of textiles for the world’s leading outdoor brands.

“A fundamental pillar on which Concept III was founded is the understanding that we’ll never stop doing what’s right to keep the industry moving forward,” said David Parkes. “It’s evident HeiQ shares our values and vision. Like us, they actively seek to perfect everyday textiles not merely for performance or comfort, but to improve the lives of people all across the globe. That’s why we’re looking forward to working together.”

Concept III has established itself as the go-to partner in the textile industry due largely to its market expertise, vast global reach, and its team’s unwavering commitment to integrity.

“We don’t choose our partners lightly,” said Chris Parkes, President of Concept III. “We carefully vet them all. When I realized ‘Innovate. Differentiate.’ isn’t just a slogan for HeiQ but is actually a core value their entire team embodies, I realized this partnership made complete sense. As we now move forward together, I’m confident we’ll deliver tremendous benefits to brands all across North America.”

Upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp: Combining two energy actions to achieve instant cool and long-lasting cooling on fabrics

Based on the mechanism of the recently unveiled, patent-pending instant cooling hydro functional polymer, the Swiss textile innovator HeiQ announces that a suite of new products will be added to the HeiQ Smart Temp product family for a full range of activated cooling technology, customizable for each fabric type and intended cooling performance.

HeiQ recently launched the world’s first dynamic thermoregulation technology that enables both instant cool and long-lasting cooling on fabric activated by our own body heat. While 65% of activewear shoppers seek thermal regulation in clothing[1], activewear brands may struggle with which type of cooling solution suits the designated fabric and intended use of the final product. Performance data suggests that evaporative cooling remains the most efficient cooling action as it most closely simulates the skins’ natural sweat thermal regulating system[2]. However, static evaporation that does not adjust according to changing body temperature may lead to discomfort as a wearer gets a chill when the level of activity lowers but the cooling continues unconditionally. HeiQ’s first dynamic thermal regulation technology – to-date a leading cooling technology applied on hundreds of millions of garments of over 50 major brands worldwide, HeiQ Adaptive AC-03 – was a revolution in dynamic cooling for that cooling is activated only when the body is hot and sweaty and deactivated once the wearer’s body heat or the surrounding temperature drops[3]. The launch of HeiQ Adaptive AC-06 disrupts the market again as it, apart from the long-lasting dynamic cooling effect of vaporizing action, confers an instant cool sensation via a melting action when body heat rises, independent from moisture (i.e. before the first sign of sweat)[4], increasing cooling efficiency by delaying the build-up of body heat and sweat.

Based on the new possibility of combined cooling mechanisms, a suite of new products will be added to the HeiQ Smart Temp product family, where HeiQ Adaptive AC-03 and -06 belong. All of them share the dynamic temperature control feature and provide either instant cool, long-lasting cooling or both effects to the wearer. The two cooling actions work independent of each other, meaning that you can choose to add one or both effects depending on each fabric type and intended usage of the final product, to achieve the optimal cooling effect.

HeiQ’s long-term brand partners using HeiQ Smart Temp in their products are showing high interest in the novel cooling possibilities. These include Burton, Champion, DICK’S SecondSkin and Kjus.

HeiQ’s activated cooling technology will be featured at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (ORSM) Trend + Design Center. Come to the presentations or visit HeiQ’s booths at ORSM (booth 1039-LL, 23-26 July, Denver) and the Functional Fabric Fair (booth 417, 23-24 July, New York).

 

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[1] CCI & Cotton Inc. 2016 Activewear global market study
[2] Cooling performance data generated at HeiQ Albert Schweizer Laboratories (Switzerland)
[3] Dynamic evaporation measurement at two different sets of temperature and humidity
[4] Supported by DSC measurement and FLIR dry measurements at defined concentration on specific textiles with measurable signals depending on add on, fibre type and fabric weight

New product in the HeiQ Smart Temp range provides activated cooling to sports enthusiasts

The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches an upgraded version of its popular dynamic cooling technology HeiQ Smart Temp. Based on an instant cooling hydro functional polymer, this patent pending technology provides activated cooling to the wearer for enhanced performance and thermal comfort. Inhouse thermoregulation performance measurements of a treated fabric revealed a 1.5°C to 2.5°C (2.7°F to 4.5°F) cooler skin temperature compared to an untreated fabric. During the Performance Days Munich, the upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp technology can be experienced on high-tech sports fabrics by Pontetorto and Tessitura Taiana Virgilio.

From its launch back in 2011 until today, the intelligent thermoregulation technology HeiQ Smart Temp has grown to one of the market leading dynamic cooling technologies. More than 50 major brands globally on more than 500 million garments use HeiQ’s most popular technology in their products spanning the application scope from basic apparel and sportswear to home textiles. HeiQ Smart Temp is used as the differentiating technology in Hanes’ X-Temp program, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Second Skin range, Stance’s Feel 360 socks collection, Dickies’ Temp-iQ range and BekaertDeslee’s mattress ticking goods – just to name a few. This outstanding achievement spurred HeiQ’s research and development team on even more to move the previous product version to the next level.

Now, the Swiss textile innovator releases the new addition to the HeiQ Smart Temp family: HeiQ Adaptive AC-06. This patent pending technology version equips the sports enthusiast with activated cooling and enhanced performance and thermal comfort. Upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp interacts with the wearer, helping to lower the skin’s temperature when it needs it most. The innovation is based on an instant cooling hydro functional polymer that is activated when the skin temperature exceeds a range between 28°C and 32°C (82.4°F and 89.6°F) and deactivated once cooling is complete. Two actions are used to keep the body at the optimum performance temperature: Even before the first sign of sweat on fabric, a melting action is activated, sending instant-cooling impulse directly to the skin. And when the heat is really turned up, a vaporizing action transports sweat away from the body, reducing the skin’s temperature by 1.5°C to 2.5°C (2.7°F to 4.5°F) compared to an untreated fabric sample. Overall, the wearer feels cool, comfortable and focused to perform better – even in the most uncomfortable of conditions.

Inhouse thermoregulation performance testing has revealed high reduction rates of the skin temperature measured over a certain time by utilizing a thermal imaging infrared (FLIR) camera. The FLIR camera set-up imitated the human skin while sweating at different levels of activity. “In contrast to the Dynamic Evaporation testing, the FLIR camera measurement allows us to quickly though accurately visualize the temperature change of a fabric treated with HeiQ Smart Temp, for example compared to an untreated fabric sample,” says HeiQ’s Chief Technology Officer Walter Nassl.

During Performance Days in Munich the upgraded technology will be presented on high-tech sports fabrics by HeiQ’s Italian partner mills Pontetorto and Tessitura Taiana Virgilio. Both fabrics with upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp have been picked for the PD Forum in the “Cooling Technologies focus topic”. Further, these two fabrics are also going to be available soon in HeiQ’s fabric library for ordering and configurating online through the fast fabric sampling tool “heiq it!”. HeiQ welcomes all visitors to learn more about the upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp technology at their booth (Lounge 5/Hall 5) or during their workshops (Room 13/2nd Floor) at Performance Days Munich from 18-19 April 2018.

 

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and one of the world’s leading premium ski brands KJUS sponsored the tailor-made leading-edge bob suits during the first Cristal Da Glatsch bobsled race to support the oldest and only natural bobsleigh track in the world. On 1 March, the race took place on the Olympia Bob Run St.Moritz-Celerina in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland. Likewise, the software solution provider Comitas and the high-speed internet provider Mia Engiadina have cooperatively supported this speed driven event.

The words «Cristal Da Glatsch» in the Rhaeto-Romanic language translate as «Ice Crystal». The club’s naming pays homage to both the ice that brings the Olympia Bob Run to life and the ice track’s location in the Romanic Engadine. The club’s members are mostly business people whose heart beats for Swiss traditional winter sports, both to watch and to participate in. Founded in September 2017, Cristal Da Glatsch aims to support the Olympia track while enjoying camaraderie and speed burn. The Olympia Bob Run St.Moritz-Celerina in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland, is the oldest and only naturally refrigerated bobsled track in the world. It served as host to the 1928 and the 1948 Winter Olympics and is hand-built year by year by the same families of mountain farmers since generations.

To kick off the new club with a bang, Cristal Da Glatsch organized a bobsled race on March 1. The CEOs of HeiQ, KJUS, Comitas and Mia Engiadina, put themselves forward as participants and shared bobsleds with experienced Swiss world champions, like Marcel Rohner and Cla Mosca, to race downhill at more than 130 km/h. All of participants were inspired and exhilarated by the experience.

WATCH the event video of the bob race:

To support this great Swiss tradition, HeiQ and KJUS, sponsored the leading-edge and tailor-made bob suits for this event. Just as KJUS, HeiQ wants to excel in making textiles perfect and best performing. Skintight and aerodynamic suits are essential for the race to reduce drag on the way into the bob and down the run. The gear combines a stunning drag reduction performance with a comfortable fit enabled by a secret HeiQ finishing technology minimizing air resistance and enhanced quick dry properties.

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, was inspired by the unique event. He explains, “A state of play is critical to innovation. It’s no wonder that an event like this led to all sorts of (crazy) ideas in the HeiQ team’s heads. If I was going to sit in a bobsled I wanted to do it with gear that really lets me maximize speed. Upgrading apparel with textile technologies is what we excel in here at HeiQ, so we were in the enviable position of being able to customize ‘limited edition’ drag-reduced bob suits.” Having in mind already the next idea, he adds right after the race, “It was really cold. We need to add heating technology to this textile.”

Nico Serena, CEO of KJUS, ads: “Sports, the mountains and the desire to always strive for perfection, are part of who we are. At KJUS, we’re always working towards the future of ski apparel. Speed is one of the goals we work towards, besides functionalities such as light-weight, breathability and warmth. We were delighted to support this event.”

All sponsors who supported the race were overwhelmed by each participant’s bravery and enthusiasm. André Brühlmann, CEO of Comitas and founder of Cristal Da Glatsch stated, “This was exactly what I was hoping for when I decided to found Cristal Da Glatsch. It didn’t take me long to completely fall in love with this old winter tradition and I wanted to do my part in supporting it and providing other people with the same opportunity.”

Jon Erni, CEO of Mia Engiadina, heads the only one of the four companies that is actually situated in the Engadine Valley. “We are proud of making things faster for the Engadine Valley by providing a high-speed internet connection. So you can imagine how much fun I had celebrating speed with faster bob suits on the Olympia Bob Run.”

End of March, the Swiss textile innovator HeiQ is going to go live with “heiq it!”, its one-of-a-kind Fast Fabric Sampling Tool. It is an online fabric configuration platform that enables fabric managers at textile brands to assemble premium customized fabrics with innovative HeiQ technologies. Brands can order dozens of meters of functional fabric samples or directly field trial testing tech-shirts. Within only two weeks, the configurated fabric samples can be provided and thereby significantly speed up the innovation development and verification process. At ISPO Munich, interested fabric and innovation managers can get an exclusive preview into “heiq it!” and test the online sample configuration prototype at the HeiQ booth C3-402.

The textile brands’ product and fabric innovation development and verification process is usually cumbersome and lengthy, especially the sourcing of functional fabric samples used for real-life wearer trials. The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ surveyed dozens of fabric and innovation managers at textile brands to get an in-depth insight into the daily life processes of innovation and was confronted with a major unmet need: rapid verification of innovation ideas. Repeatedly respondents experienced a lead time of up to three months, from the first contact until receiving viable samples for prototyping and verification. Long sample verification times carry the risk of failure and missing the annual timeline for new innovations to launch.

In order to provide verified functional fabric samples quicker, HeiQ has developed “heiq it!”, a one-of-its-kind Fast Fabric Sampling Tool. “heiq it!” is an online fabric configuration platform enabling fabric managers at textile brands to get functional fabrics within two weeks. Once registered online, brands will have the possibility to choose a suitable fabric type and structure from HeiQ’s premium fabric library for their target garment. In a next step, the desired functionality combination is added from HeiQ’s wide range of textile technologies, like dynamic cooling, advanced UV protection and durable odor control. In a further step the testing and specifications are selected. And finally, “heiq it!” provides the option to either order dozens of meters of treated functional fabric or ready-to-test assembled half-side or fully treated tech-shirts to perform real-life wearer trials. Once the desired functional fabric sample has been configured and ordered, HeiQ’s application specialist in Switzerland starts to produce the sample and coordinates its performance verification testing.

Altogether, “heiq it!” is going to accelerate, simplify and standardize the functional fabric sample ordering process, leaving more time for the essential wearer trial testing and performance evaluation of brands’ next textile product innovation. Fabric managers at brands are empowered to fast-track the creation of novel and enhanced garments while reducing the risk of failures. HeiQ constantly strives for providing its brand partners with a first-in-class innovation and differentiation service support.

The backbone of the “heiq it!” Fast Fabric Sampling Tool is on the one hand a strong partnership and collaboration with some of the world’s leading premium fabric manufacturing mills like Sitip (Italy), Pontetorto (Italy), Tessitura Taiana Virgilio (Italy), Borgini Jersey (Italy) and E. Schellenberg Textildruck/Greuter Jersey (Switzerland) equipping the “heiq it!” fabric library, and on the other hand an advanced online product configuration system and a continuous Swiss pilot finishing line.

“heiq it!” is going to be available to innovation managers and fabric managers from textile brands globally. At ISPO Munich, interested fabric managers can already get an exclusive preview into the unique Swiss Fast Fabric Sampling Tool and test the prototype at the HeiQ booth C3-402. Pre-registration is now open at: www.heiq.com/heiq-it

The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches HeiQ Fresh FFL (Fresh For Long), a 100% bio-based odor control technology. The product targets the sportswear and intimate segment, with application especially suitable for seamless garments made of synthetics that are prone to permastink. Visitors at ISPO Munich can get a first sniff of the technology at HeiQ’s booth at Hall C3 Booth 402 during 28-31 January.

The funky founding story keeps the Swiss high-tech company busy in adding more solutions to its broad odor control product range. Apart from the founding silver product that is today used worldwide in more than 500 million garments by over 100 major active wear brands, and the recently launched volatile odor source sequestering technologies HeiQ Fresh NKU and HeiQ Fresh AGOS, HeiQ continues to redefine freshness for textile by introducing the world’s first bio-based, non-antimicrobial, non-silver-based textile odor control technology – HeiQ Fresh FFL, which is based on a biopolymer derived from 100% renewable source. This wash-resistant, biodegradable textile finishing stops bad smell before it emerges on textile.

HeiQ Fresh FFL is a non-antimicrobial alternative to traditional odor control in textiles. This sustainable, fully biomass-derived Amino-Sugar-Polymer functions by binding proteins and other sweat components that can cause odor. The HeiQ Fresh FFL biopolymer supports ready removal of these sweat components during home laundering. As a non-antimicrobial solution to odor control the regulatory obligations normally associated with biocides are of no relevance when applying HeiQ Fresh FFL on garments and other textile products.

“Odor control efficacy is maximized with the correct technology-fiber match, as well as the right application of the technology in the textile finishing process. While most odor-control textile finishing target polyester, the application is often limited to padding, which is not utilized for textiles that seamless garments are made of. HeiQ Fresh FFL can be used on both cellulosic and synthetic fibers. The flexibility of application of HeiQ Fresh FFL – can be done through either exhaust or padding – means that brands can apply it freely on different fiber and product design, including seamless garments,” says Ralf Mundinger, HeiQ’s Head of Technology Application, “we see this as a clear advantage for our brand partners in the sportswear and intimate segment.”

Participants in a multi-day wear trial confirmed that the odor control efficacy of HeiQ Fresh FFL is much better than the best silver antimicrobial textile finishing on the market (control). HeiQ Fresh FFL was also tested under the newly developed “HeiQ 72-hour Tennis Bag challenge” test protocol, in which HeiQ Fresh FFL-treated, control and untreated fabrics infused with artificial sweat are placed into a red Wilson® Federer DNA tennis bag in a climate chamber at 30°C (86°C) and 40°C (104°F), followed by an olfactometric evaluation. In addition to the many ISO laboratory standard tests offered, HeiQ wanted to have a “hard hitting” test and suggests olfactometric evaluation, encouraging brands to “listen to your own nose”, to complement standard laboratory tests in predicting the physiological experience of the human nose, and give a comprehensive evaluation on the “real life” odor control efficacy of the technology.

At their booth at ISPO Munich (Hall C3 Booth 402), HeiQ welcomes all visitors to learn more about the product, not only by asking and listening, but actually using their own noses in sniffing the differences between HeiQ Fresh FFL and other odor control finishing. HeiQ Fresh FFL is also ready for any wear trial applications shall anyone wish to prove the odor control performance in the field.

HeiQ’s third innovation of the year

The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ announces the launch of HeiQ No Fuzz – a new range of products to increase abrasion resistance of fabrics and reduce the level of fuzzing and pilling – at Performance Days November (8-9 November 2017 in Munich, Germany).

“Anti-pilling” is not a new terminology to the textile industry. However, many conventional treatment technologies give a negative mechanical handle impact that leads to reduced fabric comfort. Improved visual perception at the cost of worse mechanical perception is the conventional approach to the problem of abrasion-related damage on textiles. HeiQ No Fuzz is based on novel adhesive polymer structures that give targeted, localized and non-homogeneous “bridging” reinforcement inside yarns and/or on the outer surface of yarns. Like tree roots protecting soil from erosion, the novel HeiQ polymer structures adhere to and reinforce the fabric yarns, substantially reducing the tendency to pill and fuzz, keeping the appearance of the textile surface looking newer for longer, while minimizing handle impact.

Fuzzing and pilling – more than an unsightly appearance

While pilling is a historic challenge in the textile, apparel and home textile industries, the problem of abrasion-related damage extends beyond unsightly appearance and reduced comfort. Fabrics that rapidly form visible defects (like pills, fuzz, holes) can have lower perceived quality, reduced wearer confidence and negatively affect a consumer’s sense of brand image.

HeiQ’s co-founder and Chief Science Officer Dr. Murray Height adds, “Abrasion of textiles during use and laundry can lead to loss of fibers that ultimately have potential to contribute to ocean microplastic pollution. Increasing the abrasion resistance and reducing the pilling and fuzzing tendency of yarns means fibers are less likely to be released into water during laundry.” He also points out that, “by reducing abrasion-related damage, the useful life cycle of textile products can be prolonged contributing to an improved environmental footprint.”

As no one-solution-fits-all, the HeiQ No Fuzz family consists of various products that can be used in combination, tailored to the characteristics of different fabric and yarn structures to achieve an optimal balance between improving the physical resilience of the fabric and minimizing negative impact on desirable handle and comfort properties. Fabrics treated with this technology have been evaluated through Martindale and Pillbox tests and achieved exceptional efficiency initially and after washing (performance up to 50 washings).

HeiQ’s Textile Market Knowledge Center surveyed 469 US consumers in April this year. The majority of surveyed consumers were aware of pilling problems on textile products with 84% of these respondents relating they would “prefer that these pilling balls didn’t exist”. A good anti-pilling and abrasion resistance solution adds value to a textile product, while communicating a promise to look “newer for longer” can help to capture the added value at the point of sale with HeiQ’s consumer vetted and validated marketing communication tools.

The HeiQ No Fuzz product family, alongside other innovations, will be presented at HeiQ’s booth “Lounge 5” at Performance Days on 8 November 2017.

The Swiss technology innovator HeiQ sponsored the cutting-edge triathlon suits of the Super League Jersey Island athletes last weekend to help the MaccaNow Foundation fight cancer. This HeiQ empowered tri-suit was innovated in partnership with the Italian technical fabric specialty mill Taiana and the market leader in made-to-measure sports apparel REGNA.com to achieve a state-of-the-art high-performance race gear that provides ideal support during the triathlon.

On 23-24th of September the second Super League triathlon took place on Jersey Island. The Super League is introducing a brand new, fast-paced triathlon format to catch the interest of the broader sports entertainment landscape. This fresh triathlon format is shorter, sharper, faster, action-packed and even more entertaining, aiming at reaching millions of people worldwide. During the Super League Jersey event, HeiQ sponsored the triathlon suits for the athletes who entered the corporate relay to support the MaccaNow Foundation.

MaccaNow is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded by the Australian two-times Ironman Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack. His foundation is raising funds for athletes and their family members who are fighting cancer. Chris McCormack explains, “Triathlon is a very small, tight-knit family, and you don’t realize how many people are struck down by illnesses that rob families of so much. That’s how we came about forming the foundation. We all travel around the world racing and raising awareness of cancer and other illnesses.” HeiQ was pleased to support the foundation’s cause by providing the fast and sophisticated tri-suits at the Super League.

WATCH the HeiQ interview with Chris McCormack
about the MaccaNow Foundation

The suit material was co-innovated with HeiQ’s Italian fabric mill partner Taiana and contains versatile Swiss HeiQ finishing technology. Taiana’s special woven structure gives the stretch fabric extreme ratio between weight and compression. HeiQ’s secret finishing was applied to further reduce chafing, allow for quick drying and improve hydro- and aerodynamic properties. While HeiQ and Taiana handled the fabric manufacture, MaccaNow sponsor REGNA handled the garment making and tailored each suit to its wearer.

The truly special characteristic of this HeiQ empowered tri-suit is the combination of multiple top-notch features. HeiQ’s Chief Operating Officer Paolo Savi adds, “I’m confident that the suits fulfilled the athletes’ high expectations and demands on high-performance gear.” The hydro- and aerodynamic drag of the fabric is reduced through surface structure modification at a microscopic level. As a result, the adhesion of water to the fabric is minimized enabling the triathletes to swim, run and bike faster. This special HeiQ finishing also smoothens the yarn’s surface, further improving friction reduction and abrasion resistance to help athletes protect from chafing and friction-derived injuries. The secret finishing makes the fabric extremely hydrophobic, thus wicking and drying occurs very quickly to avoid wetting out.

Richard Frickleton, member of the MaccaNow relay team at Super League Jersey Island, confirms, “This is definitely the best tri-suit, I’ve got. I was running flat out, sweating heavily, but I didn’t feel cold when the wind blew. The suit transported the sweat away from me, I felt dry.” Among others, also Lucy Richardson is impressed by the suit, “The tri-suit is totally different, great material, a real step above what I’m used to. It feels really fast and I want to use it in a full triathlon next time.”

 

Lucy Richardson – Member of the MaccaNow relay team

Two more American apparel brands are now capitalizing on the technical textile finishing products from the Swiss technology innovator HeiQ, joining their extensive list of more than 150 brand partners. The workwear leader Dickies® will launch its novel HeiQ Smart Temp empowered Cooling Tees to retailers at this year’s Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market in Salt Lake City, from July 26-29, 2017. Likewise exhibiting at the OR show, the sustainable activewear brand prAna has recently launched its Performance Collection with HeiQ Fresh Tech for long-lasting odor control.

The world’s No. 1 performance workwear brand Dickies is widely recognized and trusted for innovation, quality and built-in durability, outfitting professional workers head-to-toe. At the 2017 Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market Dickies will present its Temp-iQ™ Advanced Cooling Tees which are built like classic work tees but perform like an athletic tee. This high-tech garment features the intelligent thermoregulation technology HeiQ Smart Temp and will be Dickies’ key product release for the Spring 2018 season.

“We’re always mining for ways to keep workers comfortable while also integrating technologies that keep pushing us forward,” said Brian Sheedy, the senior vice president of merchandising and design at Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. “We were drawn to HeiQ’s technology that actually responds to the body’s temperature changes by regulating moisture wicking, evaporation and cooling just like skin does naturally. Pairing that with the reliability of a Dickies work tee we’ve created a solution that’s resulted in our Dickies Temp-iQ Advanced Cooling Tees.”

Dickies and HeiQ also cooperate in the scope of technology vetting, testing and consumer communications. The Temp-iQ Advanced Cooling Tees have been thoroughly tested in HeiQ’s laboratory facilities using the Adaptive Dynamic Evaporation test protocol which has revealed excellent thermoregulation performance results. In addition to the lab work, the Dickies Pro Staff group of real-world craftsmen has extensively wear tested the Temp-iQ Advanced Cooling Tees in direct comparison to competitors’ products, finding clear cut benefits and performance advantages with the HeiQ treated shirts.

The activewear brand prAna is another valued HeiQ partner that utilizes HeiQ’s textile technologies. prAna is inspired by healthy and free-spirited living and strives for highly versatile clothing providing all day comfort. In line with this mission, prAna recently enhanced its Performance Collection with the long-lasting odor control technology HeiQ Fresh Tech to durably and efficiently eliminate bad smells from textiles and assure the wearer day-long freshness just like coming out from the shower.

“We want to make sure that our consumers can go from doing something active straight to dinner easily in the same garments,” prAna’s Product Developer Ellen Johnson said. “Polyester normally retains odors, which makes the versatility of garments made with this fiber very difficult. We have been looking for a sustainable anti-odor treatment option and are very excited about HeiQ because it is the first anti-odor chemical we found that is actually bluesign approved. This makes it a no-brainer for us to use in our garments.”

prAna benefits from HeiQ’s marketing communication support, for example in the form of consumer targeted labels and online product descriptions. Their Performance Collection has been released together with the HeiQ Fresh Tech labels drawing the consumer’s attention to the innovation edge and functionality of the novel prAna product. Such a label can contribute to a positive purchase decision from consumers, of which 72% are interested in odor resistance functions in their apparel and they would be willing to pay a 15% price premium for these performance characteristics*. HeiQ’s Vice President of North American Brandforce Colin Lantz emphasizes: “HeiQ works very closely with its brand partners not only on product innovation and maximizing the efficacy of our technology on their garments, but also by providing mission critical marketing support. Consumers nowadays like to be informed about every ingredient and every step in the supply chain. As an ingredient in our brand partners’ products we provide them with the marketing claims and messages that boost explaining the technology helping to capture the added value at the point of purchase.”

The HeiQ Fresh Tech enhanced everyday basics core program of prAna’s Performance Collection is, and will continue to be, available for the end consumer, and will be presented at the OR Summer Market show in Salt Lake City from July 26-29, 2017.

* According to Cotton Inc’s 2016 Retail Monitor™ survey

HeiQ’s consumer research reveals the need for more communication about odor control textile technologies to capture added value and education on the environmental impact of laundering

The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ conducted an in-depth consumer research study in May this year and revealed perceptions calling for action: In fact, participating consumers are bothered by smells on their textiles. Even more surprisingly, the awareness of anti-odor functionalities in clothing or home textiles is significantly low, and thus communication about textile products empowered with odor control technologies should be rethought if the added value is to be captured.

One month ago, American consumers with an average level of activeness were interviewed on the topic of textile odor control, covering a wide range of home textiles to apparel. The ongoing rising athleisure trend is bringing high-performance sports clothing to people’s everyday life, e.g. in the office. Although there seems to be a high awareness of sweat-related odor control functions on sports apparel specifically, HeiQ’s Textile Market Knowledge Centre (TMKC) has notably shed light on the current consumer perception of odors on clothing and home textiles in general, and their level of awareness and involvement in embedded odor control technologies.

All participating consumers were concerned about odors on their textile goods, but their current solution only focuses on post-treatments, i.e. higher frequency of washing, or using stronger washing aids such as bleaching and stronger detergent. None of them mentioned buying textile products with inbuilt textile technologies that prevent or fight against odors. However, once probed, they found it appealing if a textile product would prevent odors to develop or even tackle odors from the surrounding environment. In fact, consumers would be even willing to pay a 15% price premium for textiles with odor control functionality*. Therefore, the implication for textile brands is that an extensive communication of their products with anti-odor performance would help consumers identify the right product that would solve their textile odor issues. Ultimately, this identified knowledge and communication gap is an opportunity for brands to sell more and capture 15% more added value at point of sales. During this in-depth consumer research study, HeiQ also tested different existing marketing messages from brands and ingredient brands and detected what method of communication works best. HeiQ’s TMKC will be glad to share the full insights with its brand partners end of July.

The participating consumer’s focus on increased or stronger washing to post-treat odors on textiles increases the environmental impact. If brands communicate that their products will not stink, and basically would not need an extra washing cycle, those brands can indirectly contribute to a reduced environmental footprint of their textile goods plus prolong the product’s lifetime.

HeiQ’s research also discovered that, despite the appeal, respondents are critical about the “add-on” to the textile that takes care of odor control. For that reason, educating the consumer is of vast importance. HeiQ technologies are bluesign approved, Oekotex conform, and extensively tested for e.g. skin sensitivity. This kind of information need to be transferred to the consumer to vanish concerns. Furthermore, the participating consumers are keen to gain more knowledge about the textile products of interest. Some of them mentioned that they search online for the product while they are in a store. Ingredient branding might be the solution to serve consumers with value-adding information directly from the ingredient brand’s website (e.g. with the help of a “video hangtag” linking to this website). At the same time, brands save the effort in building those required contents and rely on expert, compliant and legally vetted communication.

Lastly, among all bad smells mentioned, body odor remains the textile odor problem of most concern. Nevertheless, participating consumers would appreciate a solution that additionally eliminates unwelcome environmental odors from the textile, if available. HeiQ’s recently launched 2-in-1 high-performance product HeiQ Fresh AGOS (under the HeiQ Fresh Tech family) inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and at the same time sequesters surrounding bad smells, for a full odor control experience.

This summary provides an insight into HeiQ’s latest consumer listening exercise of HeiQ’s TMKC. Further investigations, covering additional countries like Japan, will follow and the complete knowledge gained will be exclusively available to HeiQ’s brand partners.

* According to Cotton Inc’s 2016 Retail Monitor™ survey

The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches a new product HeiQ Fresh NKU in its durable odor control HeiQ Fresh Tech technology family at Techtextil in Frankfurt. Conventional odor control technologies mainly eliminate unpleasant body odor resulting from bacterial sweat metabolites. The newest product of the HeiQ Fresh Tech range, HeiQ Fresh NKU sequesters volatile malodors like the “plastic” smell of polyester or body hormones.

Everyone who knows HeiQ would have heard about its founding story – hiking through the Swiss Alps, smelly tech-shirts, unhappy girlfriends. Odor control on textiles was the founding technology of HeiQ back in 2005. And ever since then, the HeiQ Fresh Tech product family delivers market-leading odor control performance and up to 100 washing durability while not impairing breathability and hand feel. HeiQ originally developed silver based technologies to prevent the odor generation on textiles by eliminating the source of malodors – hungry bacteria colonizing the fresh textile.

For almost ten years, HeiQ’s first product has been toughly tested and used by over 50 major brand players of the active wear, outdoor clothing and underwear market – like Odlo, Mammut and New Balance. Over the years, HeiQ has added five further silver and non-silver based antimicrobial products to the highly versatile and effective HeiQ Fresh Tech family, aiming to provide a solution for bacteria derived bad odor on textiles. Now, the HeiQ Fresh Tech family has been expanded by the innovative volatile odor source sequestering product HeiQ Fresh NKU.

The working principle of superior HeiQ Fresh NKU odor control technology enables the elimination of manifold annoying volatile malodors on textiles, beyond body odor deriving from bacterial sweat metabolites: “plastic” smell of polyester generated by its monomeric components, or synthetic smell odors in new cars or exuded hormonal odor smell. HeiQ Fresh NKU rapidly sequesters these volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to its surface functionalized sorbent particles, more precisely engineered alumina-silica microparticles. Unpleasant volatile odor compounds are immobilized on the large surface of the particles in the textile and turned into non-volatile and therefore non-perceivable odor compounds. This unique new odor sequestering technology is particularly suitable for polyester fabrics, though generally applicable to all fiber substrates.

In harsh tests HeiQ Fresh NKU has shown a strong performance, and regenerated its effectiveness and sequestering potential even after repeated home laundry washings. Fabrics treated with HeiQ’s new odor sequestering technology are tested according to the internationally utilized deodorant efficacy test. With the help of a gas detector tube the reduction rate of VOC’s like e.g. ammonia or acetic acid gas is measured, indicating the sequestration potential of malodors by functionalized textiles.

What’s more, in June, HeiQ’s Textile Market Knowledge Centre will release the findings of its latest consumer listening exercise to its premium brand partners, sharing consumer insights specifically on the topic of textile odor control. Beyond the widely-understood scope of sweat-related odors and odor resistant performance technologies, this research intends to find out consumers’ odor-related unmet needs, what they perceive as an ideal solution and their willingness to pay at the point of sales for a differentiating technology like HeiQ Fresh Tech.

Why not discover more about the latest HeiQ Fresh Tech addition? On 9-12 May 2017, HeiQ will present its newest innovations at Techtextil in Frankfurt – at the HeiQ booth A24 in Hall 3.1 (in “Swiss Pavilion”).

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The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia have teamed up for an exclusive strategic research partnership to explore novel ways for a sustainable textile finishing technology to achieve breathable and durable water repellence (DWR) with best-in-class performances.

Widely recognized as a global leader in corporate, social and environmental responsibility, Patagonia was recently awarded the Accenture Strategy Award for Circular Economy Multinational among 230 applicants at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in recognition of their accomplishment in reducing waste in its production processes and products.

Recently there have been numerous human health and environmental studies quantifying the hazardous impacts of perfluorinated chemistries (PFCs) and some brands in the outdoor industry have begun to switch to currently available first-generation non-fluorinated DWRs. To date, there remains a lot to be explored in DWR effects in the areas of non-fluorinated water, stain and oil repellency performance. According to a survey conducted by HeiQ Textile Market Knowledge Centre with 40 outdoor, apparel and fashion brands in August 2016, 56% of the respondents expressed a need to learn more regarding the DWR performance function.

Among HeiQ’s product portfolio, there are already several industry-leading fluorine-free DWR technologies, including HeiQ’s enormously successful HeiQ Eco Dry product. “A central component to Patagonia’s Material Innovation Strategy is to minimize the proliferation of toxic chemistries.  However, we will not be successful unless we also achieve the quality and performance that our customers demand.  Shattering this status quo for DWR is of paramount importance to Patagonia, and calculated partnership is a key means of doing so.” said Matt Dwyer, Director of Material Innovation and Development at Patagonia. “After Patagonia conducted an exhaustive DWR exploration, HeiQ emerged as a natural partner in its ability to conduct world class research while commercializing high performing, sustainable textile finishes.  We believe that HeiQ will augment and amplify our capability portfolio.” For decades, Patagonia has been leading the industry towards building high-performance products with the vision to a greener and more sustainable future for our environment.

“At HeiQ, we carefully choose our brand partners before initiating a cooperative research project to ensure that the joint effort is going to create the highest value possible for both parties, and more importantly, for consumers,” said Colin Lantz, Vice President of HeiQ Brandforce. He added, “Patagonia and HeiQ share the same vision that technology can perfect our every-day textile products. This formed the basis for this partnership.”

The HeiQ research leader for this project is Dr. Murray Height, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the HeiQ Group. “At HeiQ we are constantly researching new ways to achieve water repellency on textiles and have worked towards non-pfc DWR technology for over five years. This project aims to realize an improved non-pfc DWR technology and achieve a new level of performance in this field,” said Dr. Height. HeiQ’s current product, HeiQ Eco Dry is among the most effective non-pfc water repellent textile technologies on market, capable of achieving water repellency performance identical to or better than PFC C6 levels.

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ launches HeiQ Bug Guard at this year’s ISPO Munich. HeiQ Bug Guard is a reliable and highly effective technology for durable mosquito and insect protection. Wearing apparel empowered by HeiQ Bug Guard reduces the risk of mosquito and bug bites and consequently decreases the likelihood of infection with life-threatening diseases such as Zika, Malaria and Dengue.

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on earth. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that millions of people die each year because of diseases carried and spread by mosquitoes. WHO states that the global risk of the spreading Zika virus remains unchanged and requires a high level of awareness and protection against Zika-transmitting mosquitoes. Zika virus is primarily carried by Aedes mosquitoes prevalent mainly in warmer climates.

At ISPO Munich 2017, HeiQ introduces its mosquito repellent textile technology HeiQ Bug Guard to the market. This reliable and globally approved technology transforms clothing into a protective shield against disease-carrying vectors like mosquitoes preventing them from biting you. The mosquito’s ability to sting through clothing – especially thinner materials – increases the need for an effective and durable technology, such as HeiQ Bug Guard. Especially of interest for outdoor gear manufacturers, this durable textile finishing technology is also used on every-day apparel and home textiles, such as mattresses.

HeiQ Bug Guard provides prolonged contact protection against mosquitoes but also repels ticks, dust mites, bed bugs and carpet beetles. The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH) has tested and proven its exceptional efficiency and durability up to 100 washings. As a full service partner, HeiQ offers two industry standard test methods for efficacy: the exposure test (TL 830 50331) and the High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) test, which determines the permethrin level. Permethrin, the bioactive ingredient of HeiQ Bug Guard, is the only pesticide approved by the US EPA for use in clothing and gear, and is also permitted by bluesign for non-skin contact articles. HeiQ Bug Guard is applicable to all textile fiber types (except for 100% polypropylene) and complies with Oekotex Standard 100.

Why not discover more about HeiQ Bug Guard? On 5-8 February 2017, HeiQ will present its innovations at ISPO Munich – at the HeiQ booth Hall C3 Booth 402.

The high-performance technologies of Swiss textile innovator HeiQ are not only well known for its use in sports apparel, they bring added value to home textiles too. International home accessory retailers as well as specialized manufacturers such as BekaertDeslee have already enhanced their home textile collections with HeiQ’s technologies to create differentiation, added value and well-being for their customers.

Originally developed for use in outdoor and sportswear, HeiQ’s technologies work perfectly for home textiles. They provide increased hygiene, thermoregulating, freshness and quick dry functionalities, reducing cost as well as the environmental footprint of household textiles. Upholstery, carpets, curtains, bed sheets, mattress ticking and towels can be successfully upgraded with HeiQ’s bluesign approved and Oekotex conform technologies. The sell trough and growth for HeiQ partners in home textiles has been strong.

Intelligently thermoregulating HeiQ Smart Temp and odor-controlling HeiQ Fresh Tech create an ideal sleeping environment, whereas environment friendly HeiQ Eco Dry keeps carpets and rugs clean and stain free for longer.

Companies are increasingly aiming at a reduced carbon footprint and spending a significant amount of money on renewable energy and climate change prevention. HeiQ is delighted to be able to offer HeiQ Clean Tech as a solution that significantly reduces carbon emissions. Applicable to any home textile based on polyester, HeiQ Clean Tech improves the dye quality and accelerates the dyeing process with disperse dyes by 1/3 to achieve cost, water energy and CO2 savings of about 30%, thereby strongly reducing waste water and lower the carbon footprint.

HeiQ will present its full product range at the Heimtextil from 10-13 January 2017, inviting customers and interested parties to visit its booth 8.0 K45. The trend setting and leading Heimtextil is the biggest and most important tradeshow for home and contract textiles worldwide.

Luxurious tactile properties of silk reproduced by applying short silk fibers on any fabric surface thanks to HeiQ’s cutting edge short polymer fiber technology

Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ brings the revolutionary textile finishing technology “HeiQ Real Silk” to market. Based on its recently developed and patented manufacturing technology platform for short polymer fibers a perfect treatment for the fashion industry was created. With “HeiQ Real Silk” the key properties of silk are replicated by applying a minute amount of this precious natural raw material to the surface of any fabric.

“HeiQ Real Silk” finish for any fabric type

Silk is one of the most exclusive and expensive fibers available due to the complex production of this natural raw material. The significant cost of silk has created the sense of exclusivity around silk fabrics and garments, and conveys an image of luxury. Silk is also sought after for its classic timeless appeal, comfort and beautiful luster – making this natural material in high demand by the fashion segment worldwide.

Silk is a truly unique material – soft, temperature-regulating, highly absorbent and fast-drying, highly tear-resistant and virtually wrinkle-free. HeiQ’s innovative finishing technology “HeiQ Real Silk” transfers the prized characteristics and the luxurious feel of silk to other fabric types like polyamide, polyester, cotton or its blends. Traditionally, silk use has been limited to yarns, subsequently also limiting design flexibility and engendering high costs. The “HeiQ Real Silk” treatment makes use of formulated short silk fibers which are applied by standard textile finishing processes onto the surface of any kind of fabric. By applying silk to the surface, the tactile properties of silk are reproduced in a cost effective manner. New cost-sensitive market segments can be tapped – wrapping people in Real Silk and bringing a touch of luxury to everyone.

The fashion industry in particular will benefit from HeiQ’s latest development. However, the first adopter of this innovative technology is HeiQ’s long standing partner Bekaert Deslee, the world leader in mattress ticking. Bekaert Deslee aims at creating a comfortable, luxurious and indulgent sleeping environment. Bekaert Deslee will launch their mattress ticking with “HeiQ Real Silk” during ISPA (International Sleep Products Association) in Orlando, starting from today until 12 March 2016.

Innovative and patented Short Polymer Fiber manufacturing technology platform

This “HeiQ Real Silk” technology makes use of short polymer fibers which are created in the newly developed pilot production plant at HeiQ’s R&D subsidiary in Geelong/Australia. It is a patented manufacturing process where a thin fiber is formed by a coagulation process. This advanced functional fiber material opens new opportunities for innovative textile technologies, enabling HeiQ to enlarge its wide range of high-performance textile finishes.

HeiQ Real Silk – Sample Policy

HeiQ is still in full process of scaling up its innovative manufacturing plant for the manufacture of short polymer fibers. Therefore, HeiQ has selected its long standing innovation partners as first adopters. Samples to third party are available staring from 1st July 2016. Interested Brands are kindly asked to announce their interest in “HeiQ Real Silk”.

HeiQ has developed and improved its branding strategy to provide its brand partners with the most effective way of communicating the added value of the HeiQ technologies they use and drive business at point of sale.

HeiQ reinforces its position in the market as a game changer with the launch of its new umbrella branding strategy. Within the new branding strategy all the technologies sit under the HeiQ parent (or umbrella) brand. The new technology names all contain the HeiQ brand as well as the consumer benefit of the technology. Thus HeiQ’s intelligent dynamic cooling technology Adaptive becomes HeiQ Smart Temp and the fluorine-free water repellent technology Barrier Eco becomes HeiQ Eco Dry.

  • HeiQ Fresh Tech (ex. Pure)
  • HeiQ Smart Temp (ex. Adaptive)
  • HeiQ Eco Dry (ex. Barrier Eco)
  • HeiQ Glide (ex. Glider)
  • HeiQ Sun Block (ex. Ultraviolet)

The new HeiQ naming allows the end consumer to quickly see what benefit the technology is providing and therefore quickly understand the added value and merit of the product enhanced with the HeiQ technology thus increasing chance of a successful conversion.

The new branding strategy also adds value at Point of Sale by explicitly using the HeiQ brand name. Consumer research has shown that the HeiQ brand and the HeiQ tag line “Swiss Tech Inside” give the end consumer many value-adding positive associations including: high-quality, expertise and precision. When looking at a product enhanced with a HeiQ technology and using the HeiQ brand consumers can therefore be reassured that they are choosing a high quality product with innovative features provided by a reliable Swiss technology company.

As a global player in the textile technology industry HeiQ knows that having brands that are trademark protected worldwide is a must. HeiQ took this important consideration to heart when developing its new brand strategy and naming and therefore brings its brand partners a globally registered HeiQ brand that they can use in their markets.

By placing all their technologies under the HeiQ umbrella brand, HeiQ gives its brand partners the ability to take advantage of the double halo effect of the HeiQ brand. Not only do they benefit from the positive attributes of the HeiQ brand and its tag line, they also benefit from the track record of all the other HeiQ technologies thanks to the new consistent naming convention.

HeiQ is committed to being a true partner to its brand partners and therefore offers a 360 degree marketing service including consumer research, strategic expertise, online communication, social networking, PR and print to support brand partners and increase product sales and profits.

HeiQ is a fast, flexible and innovative company with passion for success. All these values are a core of the brand’s DNA and are infused in all its technologies, which will be presented at ISPO Munich, booth number 401 in hall C3, on 24-27 January 2016.

HeiQ launches a performance enhanced version of its fluorine-free durable water repellent technology BARRIER ECO. In line with their sustainability approach, the Swiss textile innovator focuses entirely on DWR technologies without fluorocarbons and thus, provides environmentally-friendly alternative solutions to textile brands with diverse applications.

Lately textile brands, specifically outdoor brands, have been under pressure from a number of environmental NGOs, criticizing the use of fluorocarbon (PFC) based chemicals to achieve durable water-repellence (DWR) performance of ski jackets, pants and further outdoor gear. This criticism is based on the findings that PFCs are bioaccumulative and persistent in the environment. HeiQ’s BARRIER ECO was one of the first water repellent finishes without the use of fluorocarbons and is today one of the best in its class. This has been proven by the adoption of this effective and sustainable technology by well-known brands like The North Face, Völkl, Jack Wolfskin, Vaude, Mark’s and Outerknown.

Inspired by ducks’ natural ability to stay warm and dry in the wettest and harshest of conditions, BARRIER ECO’s innovative hyper-branched 3D structure imitates a duck’s feathery coat and repels water and snow effectively and ecologically without any harmful fluorocarbons so there are no PFOSs or PFOAs. Furthermore,  this bluesign-approved and Oekotex-conform technology provides a soft handle and retains breathability, and is therefore ideally suited for outdoor wear like jackets, hiking pants, fleece and also footwear.

However, to the present day fluorine-based technologies still deliver a higher performance than fluorine free technologies. HeiQ’s R&D team is working full steam ahead to further enhance its technological fluorine free offering.

Today HeiQ presents the enhanced product version BARRIER ECO DRY. With it, HeiQ has developed an all-round product applicable to all fiber types with improved performance results. Our Research has shown that fabric and good pre-treatment matters to achieve performance. HeiQ has optimized its fluorine free product formulation with Barrier ECO CEL to maximize performance on Cotton and Barrier ECO PES on pure Polyester fibers. These three sustainable product novelties will be presented at ITMA Milan from the 12th to 19th November at the HeiQ booth H8-E105.

HeiQ provides full support and advice to its customers during the transition to non-fluorocarbon based DWR technologies.

Diverse in-house ISO repellency test methods are provided to determine the technology’s performance on different fabrics and garments, including spray and roll-off angle test as well as the Bundesmann and water column testing.

During the ITMA exhibition, HeiQ’s CTO Prof. Dr. Murray Height will give a deep knowledge presentation about “Water repellency without fluorine – Learning from Nature” at the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum on 14 November 2015.

Throughout its ten years of business, the Swiss textile innovator HeiQ has constantly strived for utmost product performance while simultaneously keeping sustainability as its guiding star. At this year’s ITMA Milan exhibition, HeiQ will present seven performance enhanced textile technologies including environmentally-friendly water-repellency, its enhanced dynamic cooling technology and long-lasting odor control as well as the CO2 and water saving dyeing accelerator DYEFAST.

Performance and sustainability are at the heart of HeiQ’s innovation expertise. HeiQ has developed a full range of successful high-performance textile effects in the past decade, which recently led to the recognition of HeiQ as one of the Top 10 McKinsey ETH Venture start-ups of the last decade. In terms of sustainability HeiQ has repeatedly been proven to be one step ahead – with Oilguard HeiQ launched a clean-tech product for beach protection in 2010 and was awarded the Swiss Technology Award and the European Environmental Press Award. In 2012, HeiQ was one of the first to pioneer fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent (DWR) technologies, and in summer 2015 HeiQ launched the CO2 and water saving dyeing accelerator DYEFAST. HeiQ stands for globally compliant products and a commitment for sustainable chemistry within the standards of Oekotex and bluesign.

At this year’s ITMA, taking place from 12-19 November 2015 in Milan, Italy, HeiQ will present the latest performance enhancements of its core product families and will convey the sustainability of each of its technologies.

Widely adopted fluorine-free water repellent finish BARRIER ECO was one of the first of its kind and offers competing performance and durable results. This technology is bluesign approved and one of the best in its class. HeiQ focuses fully on fluorine-free DWR solutions, a choice supported by research and development investments of CHF 3 million over the next 2 years to push performance results even further. At ITMA, HeiQ will present the performance enhanced version of its sustainable fluorine-free DWR technology, an all-round product applicable to all fiber types. In addition, new formulations specifically developed for cotton and polyester will be launched.

Its dynamic cooling technology, ADAPTIVE, is HeiQ’s most successful technology and has been applied globally to over 300 million consumer products for performance brand partners like Hanes, Champion, New Balance, Skins, Canterbury of New Zealand and Kjus. At ITMA, HeiQ will launch a new ADAPTIVE product version specifically designed for cotton and one for synthetics to further boost the cooling and moisture control performance potential.

HeiQ’s odor control technology PURE will be extended with performance enhanced and optimized products, developed to minimize cost, chemical usage and wastewater for the technical application in padding and exhaust. PURE offers the best durability and odor control performance available on the market while being compliant with global regulatory standards and beating other technology providers on costs. HeiQ provides the full range of testing services and capabilities including technical support and performance testing. PURE-treated textiles keep unpleasant odors at bay, are washed less frequently and help to reduce the environmental footprint of the treated garments.

HeiQ delivers environmentally sound textile effects but also revolutionary processing technologies, such as the recently launched DYEFAST. DYEFAST enables a faster polyester dyeing procedure leading to a better dyed product, 1/3 less energy and 1/3 less water consumption and 1/3 reduced carbon footprint. Process-time savings of 33% is a direct outcome of the utilization of this green technology which has the potential to revolutionize polyester dyeing and save up to 50 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.

At ITMA, HeiQ will unveil the specific details for each of these technologies, from 12-19 November 2015, booth number H8-E105. Additionally, HeiQ’s CTO Prof. Dr. Murray Height will give a deep knowledge presentation about “Water repellency without fluorine – Learning from Nature” at the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum on 14 November, held in parallel to the ITMA show.

HeiQ is celebrating 10 years of bringing unique technologies to the textile world. Marking the tenth anniversary, HeiQ has earned a place in the McKinsey ETH Venture Top 10 Hall of Fame for Swiss start-ups.

It all began on a hike… During a weeklong hike with friends in the Swiss Alps, Carlo Centonze and Murray Height were lamenting the problem of smelly hiking shirts. During their conversation they saw – or rather smelled – a business opportunity when together they realized that a new silver material that Murray was researching at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) might offer a better solution to the pungent problem of smelly clothes. What began as an idea quickly became reality as together the friends mapped out a path for bringing the new technology to the textile market. In 2005 Carlo and Murray founded HeiQ as a spin-off from ETH and began their journey to bring new technologies to the textile world. HeiQ – pronounced [hi-kew] – not only recalls the hike origins of the company but also represents high quality textile treatments and intelligent “IQ” materials that HeiQ stands for.

HeiQ_among_the_top_10_start-ups_in_Switzerland_Seite_01Ten years have passed since that hiking trip, ten years that have seen HeiQ actively build on the founding motivation to bring new technologies to textiles. Over the past decade HeiQ has successfully launched a diverse range of innovative products, including the odor-free technology PURE, the dynamic cooling technology ADAPTIVE, the fluorine-free water repellent BARRIER ECO, and the low-friction technology GLIDER. In 2010 HeiQ played a leading role in the creation of OILGUARD, a Swiss Technology Award winning technology for protecting beaches from oil spills.

HeiQ has earned a reputation as a reliable and innovative Swiss company that provides high quality technologies to leading textile brands around the world. Key to this success is the intelligent combination of innovative technologies, successful business strategies, state-of-the art marketing and the enthusiasm and dedication of a team that is passionate about assisting partners to expand the frontiers of what textiles can do for consumers.

With headquarters in Bad Zurzach (Switzerland) and subsidiaries in Geelong (Australia) and Hong Kong, HeiQ is well placed to support the innovation and implementation activities of its global textile partners. HeiQ develops and manufactures innovative products and provides integrated support throughout the textile value chain. HeiQ’s services include R&D, testing, regulatory compliance, and consumer-focused innovation marketing support. The result – brand partners like Hanes/Champion, New Balance and Skins achieve rapid market entry, breakthrough innovation and strong brand differentiation.

During this 10th anniversary year, as a reflection of its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial drive, HeiQ has been recognized as one of the Top 10 McKinsey ETH Venture start-ups in Switzerland over the past two decades. The leading Swiss newspaper NZZ has dedicated the book “>>venture>> graduates go to the top” to the Top 10 McKinsey ETH Venture start-up companies, and the book provides an entertaining portrait of each company’s journey and shares some secrets of their success.

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The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ introduces a new technology that has the potential to revolutionize polyester dyeing. DYEFAST enables a faster textile dyeing procedure leading to lower costs, less energy and water consumption and reduced carbon footprint. DYEFAST increases the productivity on existing dyeing equipment without having to change dye recipes and significantly lowers the overall process costs. Improved dyeing quality tops the list of benefits from this unique technology system developed and made in Switzerland.

HeiQ launches the new dyeing accelerator DYEFAST, designed to HeiQ DYEFASTgive faster dyeing of polyester fabrics using conventional dyeing equipment. Process time savings of 33% directly lead to a much lower environmental footprint. If used throughout the global polyester dyeing industry, potentially 50 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent to the entire annual carbon footprint of countries like Switzerland, Sweden or Norway, could be saved. The polyester dyeing process with temperatures up to 130°C has a strong impact on the environment including high water and energy consumption, waste water burden, and up to 4kg CO2 emission per kilogram of textile. DYEFAST can save up to 33% less dyeing time – as a consequence, the ecological impact, use of resources, and operational costs will be significantly reduced. DYEFAST directly contributes to improving the productivity by 33% for dye house processing using the existing equipment.

DYEFAST is also designed to provide improved dyeing quality without having to change dye recipes. This revolutionary technology system provides enhanced color levelling and reduced risk of spotting. DYEFAST assists in improving product quality and decreasing the level of rejects and waste. And DYEFAST also contributes to achieving better dye wash fastness, potentially prolonging the useful life of the textile.

HeiQ’s Vice President of global Product Marketing & Sales Lode Vermeersch comments, “With DYEFAST, a new level of environmentally sound, cost saving and quality improving dyeing can be achieved. DYEFAST is a unique Swiss technology specifically designed for conventional dyeing equipment, dyestuffs and recipes.”

At Techtextil Frankfurt 2015, HeiQ will introduce the DYEFAST technology. The HeiQ team continues to advance its existing product families and to develop ground-breaking, environmentally sound new technologies. Want to know more? Visit HeiQ at Techtextil Frankfurt, at booth 6.1 D08 from 4-7 May 2015.

HeiQ, a Swiss leader in the innovation of textile consumer goods, announced today a joint venture with Chem-Tex Laboratories, a major player in specialty chemicals for the carpet, textiles, paper and petroleum extraction industries based in Concord, N.C., United States. The joint venture will be a full manufacturing, distribution business as well as a joint innovation effort.

This joint venture between HeiQ and Chem-Tex enables both companies to expand their global presence, giving HeiQ critical access to local market knowledge across the Southeast United States to better serve and give technical support to their customers in the region. The companies find themselves complementary in strengths, with a shared long-term vision, consistent business principles and an equal commitment to sustainable development.

chemtexlogoFor HeiQ customers the joint venture brings into play a new source for products, with the advantage that they will be manufactured using proven technologies and delivered against familiar specifications. For Chem-Tex the benefits include gaining access to HeiQ’s world-leading technologies and to proven experience in marketing and branding innovation.

“We are excited to begin this joint venture with Chem-Tex, which will allow us to access the critical US distribution network and to better serve and support our customers in the Americas,” stated Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ. “We look forward to bringing our focus on customer service, product development, and short cycle times, to a long-term partnership that will benefit our existing customers as well as allow us to serve new ones”, commented Mike Smith, CEO of Chem-Tex Laboratories.

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Ecological BARRIER ECO empowers Völkl performance wear collection in 2015/16

Völkl and HeiQ announce that HeiQ’s fluorocarbon-free Durable Water Repellence (DWR) technology BARRIER ECO has been selected for Völkl’s next Performance wear collection. Völkl is synonymous with high-quality skiwear and is always seeking out innovative, sustainable techniques and materials. Now they are taking innovation to a new level by bringing their ski wear enhanced with BARRIER ECO by HeiQ to the market. BARRIER ECO provides the upcoming Völkl collection with environmentally-friendly water-repellent features resulting in an extraordinary level of performance.

Inspired by ducks’ natural ability to stay warm and dry in the wettest and harshest of conditions HeiQ has created BARRIER ECO, a unique water repellant treatment for textiles. BARRIER ECO’s innovative 3D structure imitates a duck’s feathery coat and repels water and snow effectively and ecologically without any harmful fluorocarbons: no PFOSs or PFOAs. This technology is suitable for outdoor wear, particularly jackets, pants and footwear.

Equipped with BARRIER ECO, the Völkl Performance wear collection provides a high level of water repellence without impacting the natural environment. This and even more benefits including strong abrasion resistance and soft handle convinced Völkl to choose this well in-demand DWR technology. “Beside the high-performing and convincing textile treatment itself, we appreciate the supportive and innovation driven teamwork with HeiQ as well. Our fruitful collaboration made our collection unique”, says Robert Schlagenhauf, Division Manager of Völkl Apparel & Accessories.

The BARRIER ECO-empowered Völkl range including e.g. the Team Pro Jacket features a clean, technical, timeless, sporty design, ideal for pros that are on the snow and facing the toughest conditions every day. It will be available for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide in Fall 2015. At ISPO Munich 2015, one of these first samples with HeiQ’s “eco-edge” technology can already be discovered and tested at HeiQ’s booth no. A1-BN02 at ISPO (Brandnew Village).

SKINS re-launches its popular A400 range upgraded with ADAPTIVE by HeiQ

Sports compression wear leader SKINS, re-launches its popular A400 range with HeiQ’s dynamic cooling technology ADAPTIVE, that can keep the wearer cooler than if they were wearing nothing at all. This uniquely responsive technology mimics the skin’s ability to sweat and keeps the wearer cool when it is hot and provides less cooling when it is cold. ADAPTIVE makes next-to-skin garments behave dynamically in order to restore the body’s natural cooling and evaporation process which is usually blocked by clothes.

Nic Tierney, Director of Design & Development for SKINS says: “When we embarked on the early stages of updating our A400 premium compression range, one of the key areas we focused on was finding ways to make our fabrics even smarter than they already were. Our garments are highly technical and very dynamic and we wanted to find a way for our fabrics to become even more intuitive with our wearer. We approached HeiQ and worked closely with them on integrating their ADAPTIVE technology into our core fabrics. At every stage of the process, we were able to draw upon HeiQ’s network both here in Australia and also in Asia and Europe to thoroughly test the ADAPTIVE treatment to our high quality standards.”

The SKINS A400 range of men’s, women’s and youth tights and tops is endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). In February 2015, this collection will be available globally. At ISPO Munich 2015, HeiQ will showcase some highlights of this SKINS range and the intelligent textile effect ADAPTIVE.

Mammut, Triumph, New Balance, Puma, Champion, Hanes, Shock Absorber and Canterbury of New Zealand are just some further HeiQ partners benefiting from ADAPTIVE technology.

Product-Consumer-Linking technology IDENTITY

IDENTITY by HeiQ is an innovative technology for the outdoor industry. It allows the brand to directly connect its purchasing consumer with the uniquely serialized garment, to track and trace the supply chain and to transparently access the components and origins of the garment they bought or intend to purchase. This new technology also means that for the first time a brand can guarantee full accountability and authenticity from fiber to Point of Sale for its outdoor gear and get to know its consumers personally.

HeiQ goes global in its innovation power with HeiQ Australia

In Q4 2014 HeiQ established an Australian subsidiary, HeiQ Australia Pty Ltd. HeiQ Australia has established a manufacturing facility in Geelong/Australia, in partnership with Deakin University. Over the coming years HeiQ will invest more than 4 million $ in research, innovation and scale-up. This unique facility will produce a range of advanced functional fiber materials for use in innovative textile technologies. HeiQ’s cofounder and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Murray Height will lead the new company, who states: “With HeiQ Australia, we have established a breakthrough technology platform for driving innovation in high performance textile treatments. This exciting development positions HeiQ at the forefront of textile technology innovation.”

HeiQ invests in North American Market

HeiQ’s partnerships and existing business with U.S. brands like Champion/Hanes, New Balance, The North Face, Timberland, Athleta and others has led to appointing Colin Lantz to a newly created position of Vice President of Brandforce for North America. As former President of La Sportiva NA, Colin is well positioned to support HeiQ’s brand partners in managing their textile performance innovations within their global sourcing channels. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Colin will be handling new business development for the western half of the U.S. and Canada and will be reporting to Timothy Skedzuhn, President of Global Brandforce, who will continue supporting existing US key accounts.

HeiQ at ISPO Munich 2015

Why not discover more about Völkl’s upcoming Performance wear collection with BARRIER ECO and HeiQ’s further technologies ADAPTIVE, IDENTITY and more? On 5-8 February 2015, HeiQ will present its innovations at ISPO Munich – on the HeiQ booth in the Brandnew Village in Hall A1, BN 02.

HeiQ’s GLIDER reduces friction and increases textile comfort; active people, athletes, workers do not have to worry about rubbing, chafing and blisters anymore. HeiQ invites its brand partners to test GLIDER on their various fabrics and to sample the recently created GLIDER Hangtags.

What is friction? …the force resisting the motion between two surfaces in contact. Friction is one of the key factors that lower the perceived comfort of textiles. Controlling friction leads to improved comfort, a key interest for sport and outdoor brands and athletes alike.

Friction due to fabric rubbing causes local skin heat up, wetting of the skin and skin irritation, which severe cases may lead to skin injuries (such as blisters and wounds). Several elements impact the coefficient of friction: fiber and yarn composition and structure, fabric structure and construction, fabric moisture content, skin conditions and fabric surface treatment.

Reducing friction increases textile comfort. Friction can be reduced by applying lubricating agents or antiperspirants in order to keep the garment dry. However, these conventional solutions are not optimal as direct skin application is uncomfortable and non-durable.

HeiQ’s GLIDER is a textile surface treatment that helps the wearer feel more comfortable and at ease while moving and during sport. In-house HeiQ tests, and also independent tests by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), have demonstrated that the GLIDER treatment moderates the friction properties of textiles. For product development purposes and quality control, HeiQ offers to its partners the possibility to test GLIDER’s performance on various fabric types.

GLIDER is suitable for different types of wear: athletics and sports, underwear and workwear. Currently, the product range consists of two available products: HeiQ Glider FREE, suitable for synthetics (PES, PA, etc.) and blends with cellulosic, and HeiQ Glider CEL, which is appropriate for cellulosic fabrics (e.g. cotton). Both products provide a durable low friction effect, which reduces the risk of skin injuries and irritations, provides good smoothness and softening effects and additionally, deliver traditional moisture management properties.

Moreover, in order to achieve a full comfort treatment, GLIDER can be combined with ADAPTIVE and PURE for an additional dynamic cooling effect and for a natural freshness effect, respectively. What else could the wearer desire?

As for ADAPTIVE, BARRIER and PURE, HeiQ provides its partners with marketing support for the GLIDER product family. HeiQ offers to its partners standard Hangtags and the possibility to create customized Hangtags including a tailored QR code that, after being scanned, directs the user to a webpage providing technical information about GLIDER or a video featuring the benefits of GLIDER.

Why not check it for yourself? HeiQ will present GLIDER at OutDoor Friedrichshafen (10-13 July 2014) as well as at Outdoor Retailer summer market in Salt Lake City (6-9 August 2014).

2013 was a successful year for HeiQ’s cornerstone technology. Champion launched several product ranges featuring ADAPTIVE as a key innovation. And now the Swiss-based company is taking dynamic cooling textiles to the next level of performance with ADAPTIVE 4.

ADAPTIVE, HeiQ’s intelligent textile technology, transforms ordinary garments into dynamic textiles that respond to the wearer’s needs. The rate of cooling and the evaporation of perspiration changes rapidly according to body temperature. The technology complements the skin’s natural moisture transport system, helping control cooling.

HeiQ is delighted to introduce the fourth generation of ADAPTIVE, which boosts significantly enhanced dynamic cooling properties resulting in an increase of perceived comfort and performance of the wearer. This latest product generation provides a one-product solution to simplify the application process – a great benefit for textile manufacturers.

The ADAPTIVE product platform is one of HeiQ’s cornerstone technologies. It has been adopted by several global brands, including Champion, New Balance, KJUS and Scott Sports. In Q1 2013, Champion successfully introduced several product ranges treated with ADAPTIVE to the market. Sales of these ranges have smashed both forecasts and previous years’ figures after just a few months.

“The development of this intelligent, high-performance collection owes its success to our close collaboration with Champion. We worked hand in hand on the technology and product development, and enjoyed an open exchange of knowledge and ideas,” says Timothy James Skedzuhn, HeiQ’s Vice President of Global Brandforce.

HeiQ’s new Textile Technology GLIDER provides low-friction properties for all kinds of fabric types – A New Definition of Comfort

Swiss based HeiQ launches its low-friction textile treatment called GLIDER for sportswear, underwear and other textile applications. GLIDER allows free movement of garments, enhances wearer’s comfort and helps to boost performance. First product samples will be shipped to HeiQ mill partners on 1st of October 2013.

Traditionally, athletes have had to battle with their garments rubbing against their skin. During prolonged periods of action friction can increase between garments and the skin. Usually, rubbing of textiles against skin causes localized skin to heat up, followed by increasing levels of moisture on the skin. This can ultimately lead to blisters or even open wounds, resulting in decreased performance and discomfort. Additionally, the risk of infection from microorganisms grows and last but not least, increased abrasion of clothing can shorten the lifetime of the garment.

GLIDER complements the fabric composition and construction to help minimize the friction properties of clothing and to give enhanced tactile features. This is a key factor in textile comfort. This unique technology is a topical treatment for textiles that is typically applied via padding. The treatment is ideally suited to polyester, polyamide and cotton fabrics as well as blends. GLIDER by HeiQ helps garments remain comfortable for longer, while maintaining important textile parameters such as hand feel, color-fastness, moisture management, pilling and snagging properties. Additionally, GLIDER is skinsafe, bluesign pending and Oekotex compliant. This free-moving technology will be available for HeiQ mill partners starting from 1st of October 2013.
GLIDER by HeiQ is not just suitable for sportswear and active wear, but also ideal for underwear (especially shape wear), medical and work wear – basically for all skin contact garments. Of course, GLIDER is designed to function in conjunction with any of HeiQ’s other functional textile finishes to provide the utmost in comfort and performance.

HeiQ will present GLIDER to publicity at this year’s OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, taking place 11 till 14 July, 2013, at booth A4-210.

R’ADYS, the Swiss technology leader in Outdoor apparel is taking another giant leap into the future with next year’s summer collection. While the eco-debate on fluorine-based water repellent technologies switching from C8 to C6 technologies is on-going. R’ADYS and HeiQ, a Swiss textile effects technology leader, have gone further – fluorine-free!

The 2014 collection will see the entire shell product range from outer layer to wind stopper engineered with Barrier ECO, a bluesign® approved fluorine-free technology without equal. BARRIER features durable water repellency (DWR) and superb abrasion resistance.

R’ADYS and HeiQ realize that consumers today care about the environmental profile of technologies used on their garments. An incremental shift from fluorine C8 to the lesser evil of a C6 was therefore never an option for R’ADYS’s CEO Adrian Ruhstaller. Instead, both companies accepted the challenge to go totally fluorine-free. HeiQ’s dedication and know-how as well as its open-minded global mill partners made it possible to switch the entire collection 2014 to this innovative, bluesign® approved DWR technology.

R’ADYS is now uniquely placed as the first outdoor brand in the world to have successfully switched to a more sustainable fluorine-free DWR technology on its entire collection manufactured with the innovative R’SONIC laser and adhesives technology.

With this achievement R’ADYS keeps its position as the global innovation leader in outdoor apparel. Clean design, bonding technology mainly, attention to detail and the perfect combination of latest technology and high-performance materials together create the recipe for success for this ascendant Swiss brand.

“When R’ADYS approached us with their decision to go totally fluorine-free in such a short timeline HeiQ accepted the challenge to make it happen. The smooth partnership and open information exchange between R’ADYS, HeiQ and its partner mills resulted in what is today the most functional, performing and most sustainable outdoor apparel collection in the world – a must-have for every truehearted outdoor passionate”, says Carlo Centonze, CEO and founder of HeiQ.

“I am deeply in love with nature and deeply in love with our products. When I learned from HeiQ that going fluorine-free without compromising performance is possible the decision was taken in a heartbeat. I was aware that this would be a steep hill to climb and a bold decision to take, but that is exactly R’ADYS’s DNA!”, says Adrian Ruhstaller, CEO and founder of R’ADYS.

Amalgamation of Bekaert’s expertise and HeiQ’s ADAPTIVE technology bursts into innovation in bedding textiles

Bekaert Textiles, the market leader worldwide in mattress ticking and bed textiles, sets the focus on ADAPTIVE, a dynamic textile effect by the Swiss company HeiQ, and wins the Interzum 2013 Award.

For the fourth time in a row, Bekaert receives this coveted award that highlights innovations, functional perfection and revolutionary materials. Bekaert has been bestowed with the “High Product Quality” award for outstanding design achievements in form and function.

ADAPTIVE by HeiQ is an intelligent textile technology changing passive textiles into textiles capable to respond dynamically to environmental changes like temperature and moisture level. ADAPTIVE by HeiQ uses the energy of the body to accelerate moisture wicking, evaporation and cooling: The more heat – the more drying and cooling. This breakthrough innovation is based on a unique hydro-functional polymer whose properties change in response to temperature, releasing and transporting moisture.

Applied to bedding textiles, ADAPTIVE keeps the consumer comfortably cool and dry throughout the night and improves sleep quality. A good night’s sleep is crucial for physical and mental wellbeing, whereas a cool and dry micro-climate is essential for recuperative sleep. ADAPTIVE does not only bring cool nights to consumers but the efficient moisture transport mechanism also raises the hygiene and durability of mattress and pillows.

“We really enjoyed every step of this Swiss-Belgian innovation project. After we exchanged ideas on how to address temperature regulation in a manner that is relevant to the consumer, our R&D and marketing teams took off with full focus on the objective; the launch, at Interzum Cologne, of stunning new Bekaert fabrics incorporated with a technology that actively regulates temperature during the night. Both companies share the same no-nonsense attitude and commercial spirit and we are looking forward to making this a success together”, commented Dirk Vandeplancke, CEO of Bekaert Textiles Group.

HeiQ’s CEO Carlo Centonze adds, “When two companies with the same innovative DNA and dedicated professionals meet, the result can only be astonishing. Our 360° partnership with the market leader Bekaert has resulted in a unique product that will offer tangible benefits to consumers.”

Not just a sweet dream – it became reality! From May 13 to 16, 2013, Bekaert and HeiQ invite to booth E 038 (hall 10.2) at Interzum 2013 in Cologne to reveal how your mattress becomes ADAPTIVE and creates the sweetest of all dreams…