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Julien Born
16.02.2024

Julien Born new CEO of HeiQ AeoniQ Holding

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. Julien Born will champion the growth of the cellulosic filament fiber HeiQ AeoniQ™.

The 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 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 wants to compete at full-scale on cost and performance with fossil fuel-based fibers.

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. Julien Born will champion the growth of the cellulosic filament fiber HeiQ AeoniQ™.

The 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 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 wants 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.

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.

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.

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HeiQ Materials AG

Better sleep environment Photo Heiq Materials AG
28.12.2023

Biobased HeiQ technologies for better sleep at Heimtextil 2024

HeiQ’s biobased 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 presents a complete set of tailored textile technologies that is said to improve the sleeping environment: "Unlocking Better Sleep". Therefore, HeiQ introduces a range of innovative products designed to enhance the quality of a comfortable night’s rest through sustainable and biobased solutions.

HeiQ’s biobased 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 presents a complete set of tailored textile technologies that is said to improve the sleeping environment: "Unlocking Better Sleep". Therefore, HeiQ introduces a range of innovative products designed to enhance the quality of a comfortable night’s rest through sustainable and biobased 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.

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 biobased 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.

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Heiq Materials AG

10.11.2023

HeiQ AeoniQ™ joins Canopy and commits to Forests Protection

HeiQ AeoniQ™ becomes an active brand partner of the Canopy initiative with eleven other companies to address the growing climate and biodiversity crises by committing to keep Ancient and Endangered Forests out of our man-made cellulosic fiber supply chain.

The commitments that HeiQ AeoniQ™ is making are part of solutions-driven non-profit Canopy’s Pack4Good and CanopyStyle initiatives which currently represent collectively 950 brand partners. Together, the initiatives are shifting supply chains away from vital forests to low-impact, circular Next Gen Solutions.

HeiQ AeoniQ™ becomes an active brand partner of the Canopy initiative with eleven other companies to address the growing climate and biodiversity crises by committing to keep Ancient and Endangered Forests out of our man-made cellulosic fiber supply chain.

The commitments that HeiQ AeoniQ™ is making are part of solutions-driven non-profit Canopy’s Pack4Good and CanopyStyle initiatives which currently represent collectively 950 brand partners. Together, the initiatives are shifting supply chains away from vital forests to low-impact, circular Next Gen Solutions.

“We must rapidly replace oil-based polyester in the textile industry causing microplastics, global warming, landfill and ecosystem degradation. Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer in the world and is best suited to replace polyester. However, we must pay attention to cellulose feedstock sources. Our forests, a potential cellulose feedstock, are one of the most important solutions to addressing the effects of climate change. Approximately 2.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, one-third of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, is absorbed by forests every year. Around 12.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (5-10 GtCO2e annually) come from deforestation. We are losing forests at an alarming rate. Every year, around 10 million hectares of forests globally are destroyed. We need immediate action to increase forests again. Canopy is our go-to partner to replace polyester with circular & sustainable cellulose feedstock for our innovative HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber revolution.” said Carlo Centonze, HeiQ Group CEO.

Paper packaging is also a key driver of forest loss globally, as 3.1 billion trees are cut down annually to produce the boxes and bags in which products are packaged and shipped. Paper packaging production has increased by 65% over the past two years.

“The range of companies and sectors represented in today’s announcement reflects the breadth of market response to the growing climate and biodiversity crises and intensifying supply chain disruptions,” said Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy. “Today’s brand partners add significant momentum to global conservation efforts and the movement to transform ‘take, make, waste’ supply chains to be lower-impact and Next Gen.”

Today, as part of Pack4Good, HeiQ AeoniQ™ committed to:

  • Eliminate Ancient and Endangered Forests from our paper packaging supply chain.
  • Reduce material use through design innovation.
  • Maximize recycled content.
  • Explore and scale alternative Next Gen fibers (such as agricultural residues).
  • Where virgin fiber is necessary, use FSC-certified fiber.
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HeiQ

06.07.2023

Alternative to synthetics: MAS Holdings invests in HeiQ AeoniQ™

MAS Holdings, a global apparel & textile manufacturing and tech conglomerate, headquartered in Sri Lanka, 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 and MAS Holdings 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.

MAS Holdings, a global apparel & textile manufacturing and tech conglomerate, headquartered in Sri Lanka, 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 and MAS Holdings 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™.

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.

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.

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MAS Holdings HeiQ AeoniQ
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(c) HUGO BOSS
14.06.2023

HeiQ launches new BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ Polo Shirt

HeiQ announces the next launch of the previously ISPO-awarded BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt during the BOSS OPEN tennis tournament in Stuttgart.

The BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt is crafted from 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a cellulosic yarn derived from certified wood pulp with performance attributes rivaling polyester fabrics’. This 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.

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

HeiQ announces the next launch of the previously ISPO-awarded BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt during the BOSS OPEN tennis tournament in Stuttgart.

The BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ polo shirt is crafted from 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a cellulosic yarn derived from certified wood pulp with performance attributes rivaling polyester fabrics’. This 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.

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

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HeiQ Hugo Boss Shirt Ispo Award
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HeiQ

02.06.2023

HeiQ at ITMA 2023

HeiQ will display its biobased textile solutions for allergen reduction, odor control, and dynamic cooling at ITMA Milano 2023. The event will take place from the 8th to the 14th of June at Fiera Milano in Italy, where HeiQ will also showcase HeiQ AeoniQ™, its cellulosic fiber and flagship advancement in biobased textile technologies.

The focal point of the HeiQ exhibition at ITMA Milano 2023 will be the company’s biobased textile technologies. These innovations address one of the major challenges faced by the textile industry, making fabrics more functional while contributing to a sustainable future.

The ready-to-use HeiQ technologies on display are HeiQ Allergen* Tech, providing synbiotic protection in home textiles and unmatched defense against inanimate allergens, HeiQ Cool, the dual-action cooling that keeps one cool and comfortable, even in the most demanding conditions, HeiQ Mint, the botanical odor control that provides plant-based and effective odor management, and HeiQ Fresh, for sustainable odor control.

HeiQ will display its biobased textile solutions for allergen reduction, odor control, and dynamic cooling at ITMA Milano 2023. The event will take place from the 8th to the 14th of June at Fiera Milano in Italy, where HeiQ will also showcase HeiQ AeoniQ™, its cellulosic fiber and flagship advancement in biobased textile technologies.

The focal point of the HeiQ exhibition at ITMA Milano 2023 will be the company’s biobased textile technologies. These innovations address one of the major challenges faced by the textile industry, making fabrics more functional while contributing to a sustainable future.

The ready-to-use HeiQ technologies on display are HeiQ Allergen* Tech, providing synbiotic protection in home textiles and unmatched defense against inanimate allergens, HeiQ Cool, the dual-action cooling that keeps one cool and comfortable, even in the most demanding conditions, HeiQ Mint, the botanical odor control that provides plant-based and effective odor management, and HeiQ Fresh, for sustainable odor control.

Additionally, HeiQ will present a glimpse into the future with HeiQ’s groundbreaking carbon-positive continuous filament yarn, HeiQ AeoniQ™, that turned from an idea into a breakthrough piece of garment in just 15 months.

This cellulosic fiber has the objective to render polyester and nylon obsolete until 2030 and has attracted the support and active engagement of global partners who saw HeiQ AeoniQ™ as the solution to change the future of the textile industry.

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HeiQ Materials AG

Photo HeiQ Materials AGHugo Boss
BOSS x HeiQ AeoniQ™ Polo Shirt
16.01.2023

HUGO BOSS: First Polo Shirt with HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber

The German premium fashion company HUGO BOSS presents the first product made with HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber - a seamless high-performance Polo Shirt.

The product is crafted with 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a 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 German premium fashion company HUGO BOSS presents the first product made with HeiQ AeoniQ™ fiber - a seamless high-performance Polo Shirt.

The product is crafted with 87% HeiQ AeoniQ™, a 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. 

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Hugo Boss HeiQ AeoniQ polyester
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HeiQ Materials AG

Photo HeiQ
24.11.2022

HeiQ Mint: No more smelly socks or shirts

HeiQ takes advantage of its presence at ISPO Munich 2022, 28th-30th of November, to launch HeiQ Mint, the new proprietary odor control technology. It is plant-based and designed to make textiles smell fresh even if we use them repeatedly, avoiding the need for frequent washes, thus enabling to save water and energy.

HeiQ Fresh MNT-01, under the HeiQ Mint product family, jointly developed with Patagonia, addresses body odors on textiles and regenerates at every wash, with superior efficiency and durability that meets most end-use performance requirements, while keeping all the fabric properties such as breathability, hand feel, or wicking. This textile technology is OEKO-TEX® suited, bluesign approved, and ZDHC compliant, with a USDA bio-preferred certification in progress.

HeiQ takes advantage of its presence at ISPO Munich 2022, 28th-30th of November, to launch HeiQ Mint, the new proprietary odor control technology. It is plant-based and designed to make textiles smell fresh even if we use them repeatedly, avoiding the need for frequent washes, thus enabling to save water and energy.

HeiQ Fresh MNT-01, under the HeiQ Mint product family, jointly developed with Patagonia, addresses body odors on textiles and regenerates at every wash, with superior efficiency and durability that meets most end-use performance requirements, while keeping all the fabric properties such as breathability, hand feel, or wicking. This textile technology is OEKO-TEX® suited, bluesign approved, and ZDHC compliant, with a USDA bio-preferred certification in progress.

The product development tests were 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 ability to be applied and 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 just Fresh by Nature.

It is ideal for next-to-skin products like sports apparel, underwear, linings, casual and business wear but also home textiles such as bed linen, pillow fabrics, or mattress textiles, both on cellulosic and synthetic fibers.

More information:
HeiQ Mint odor control Sportswear
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HeiQ

Photo: LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology powered by HeiQ
LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology powered by HeiQ
15.11.2022

HeiQ and The LYCRA Company: Added-value technology for cotton knitwear

  • LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology offers durable comfort stretch and fit for 100% cotton knitwear.

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, a leader in performance finish technologies, and The LYCRA Company, a leader in developing innovative and sustainable fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, announced the launch of LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology, a proprietary textile finishing process for 100% cotton knit garments designed for mass market applications.

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.

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HeiQ

HeiQ Fresh (Foto von HeiQ)
15.06.2022

Patagonia & Heiq: Launch der nächsten Generation der Geruchskontrolltechnologie für Textilien

HeiQ und Patagonia kündigen im Rahmen ihrer langjährigen Forschungskooperation die Markteinführung einer gemeinsam entwickelten Geruchskontrolltechnologie für Textilien an, HeiQ Fresh MNT - eine aus Minzöl gewonnene Textiltechnologie zur Kontrolle der Geruchsentwicklung von Textilien aus erneuerbaren Quellen.

Die ähnliche Umwelt- und Sozialphilosophie von Patagonia und HeiQ ist der Grund, dass die beiden Marken seit 2015 eine intensive Forschungspartnerschaft eingegangen sind. Patagonia liefert Ideen und gibt Grundsätze vor, HeiQ nutzt sein Fachwissen in der Formulierung von Spezialchemikalien und deren Anwendung auf Textilien, um Ausrüstungen zu schaffen, die den Markt in Bezug auf Nachhaltigkeit und Funktionalität übertreffen.

HeiQ und Patagonia kündigen im Rahmen ihrer langjährigen Forschungskooperation die Markteinführung einer gemeinsam entwickelten Geruchskontrolltechnologie für Textilien an, HeiQ Fresh MNT - eine aus Minzöl gewonnene Textiltechnologie zur Kontrolle der Geruchsentwicklung von Textilien aus erneuerbaren Quellen.

Die ähnliche Umwelt- und Sozialphilosophie von Patagonia und HeiQ ist der Grund, dass die beiden Marken seit 2015 eine intensive Forschungspartnerschaft eingegangen sind. Patagonia liefert Ideen und gibt Grundsätze vor, HeiQ nutzt sein Fachwissen in der Formulierung von Spezialchemikalien und deren Anwendung auf Textilien, um Ausrüstungen zu schaffen, die den Markt in Bezug auf Nachhaltigkeit und Funktionalität übertreffen.

HeiQ Fresh MNT ist das jüngste Mitglied der HeiQ Fresh-Familie nachhaltiger Geruchsmanagement-Technologien und ergänzt das mineralbasierte HeiQ Fresh HAX und das biobasierte HeiQ Fresh FFL des Unternehmens. HeiQ Fresh MNT verwendet eine erneuerbare und aus verantwortungsvollen Quellen stammende Textiltechnologie auf der Basis von Minzöl, um die Geruchsentwicklung auf Textilien zu kontrollieren. Dadurch erhalten die Textilien eine lang anhaltende Geruchskontrolle, die dafür sorgt, dass die Kleidungsstücke frisch riechen und die Träger sich den ganzen Tag lang sauber und wohl fühlen. Basierend auf der Testmethode ISO17299-3A, bei der Isovaleriansäure verwendet wird, haben die behandelten synthetischen Fasern eine mehr als doppelt so hohe Geruchsbekämpfungseffizienz wie die derzeitigen Industriestandards. Patagonia als Entwicklungspartner ist der erste, der diese Technologie nutzt und in naher Zukunft mit der Nachrüstung seiner Produkte beginnen wird.

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HeiQ Patagonia Geruchsmanagement
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HeiQ Materials AG

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn. (Foto von HeiQ)
16.02.2022

HUGO BOSS und The LYCRA Company fördernd dekarbonisierendes Garn HeiQ AeoniQ

Im Rahmen seiner Wachstumsstrategie „CLAIM 5" von HUGO BOSS (MDAX: BOSS) realisierte das Unternehmen das erste nachhaltigkeitsbezogene Investment der Gruppe in Form einer Beteiligung von 5 Millionen USD an HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, einer hundertprozentigen Tochtergesellschaft der in London notierten HeiQ Plc (LSE: HEIQ).

Die Investition wird durch eine zusätzliche Vereinbarung in Höhe von 4 Millionen USD ergänzt, die der Erreichung der vereinbarten Ziele unterliegt. Die strategische Partnerschaft wird HUGO BOSS dabei helfen, die ehrgeizigen Nachhaltigkeitsziele des Unternehmens zu erreichen, darunter das Ziel der Klimaneutralität im eigenen Verantwortungsbereich bis 2030 und in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette bis 2045. Darüber hinaus legt das Unternehmen besonderen Wert auf die Etablierung eines End-to-End-Kreislaufwirtschaftsmodells. Mittel- bis langfristig konzentriert sich HUGO BOSS auf das Potenzial, die derzeit verwendeten Polyester- und Nylonfasern durch die zellulosehaltigen HeiQ AeoniQ-Fasern materiell zu ergänzen und zu ersetzen.

Im Rahmen seiner Wachstumsstrategie „CLAIM 5" von HUGO BOSS (MDAX: BOSS) realisierte das Unternehmen das erste nachhaltigkeitsbezogene Investment der Gruppe in Form einer Beteiligung von 5 Millionen USD an HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, einer hundertprozentigen Tochtergesellschaft der in London notierten HeiQ Plc (LSE: HEIQ).

Die Investition wird durch eine zusätzliche Vereinbarung in Höhe von 4 Millionen USD ergänzt, die der Erreichung der vereinbarten Ziele unterliegt. Die strategische Partnerschaft wird HUGO BOSS dabei helfen, die ehrgeizigen Nachhaltigkeitsziele des Unternehmens zu erreichen, darunter das Ziel der Klimaneutralität im eigenen Verantwortungsbereich bis 2030 und in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette bis 2045. Darüber hinaus legt das Unternehmen besonderen Wert auf die Etablierung eines End-to-End-Kreislaufwirtschaftsmodells. Mittel- bis langfristig konzentriert sich HUGO BOSS auf das Potenzial, die derzeit verwendeten Polyester- und Nylonfasern durch die zellulosehaltigen HeiQ AeoniQ-Fasern materiell zu ergänzen und zu ersetzen.

Vor der Kapitalbeteiligung von HUGO BOSS erklärte sich The LYCRA Company bereit, als exklusive Vertriebspartnerin für das HeiQ AeoniQ-Garn eine meilensteinabhängige Technologiegebühr zu zahlen und sich zu verpflichten, ihr umfassendes Textilwissen und ihren Zugang zu den Marktkanälen zu nutzen, um diese neue Technologie für einen breiten Einsatz in der Bekleidungsindustrie vorzubereiten.

Der Großteil des eingebrachten Kapitals wird für die Vergrößerung und Kommerzialisierung dieser bahnbrechenden Technologie verwendet. In diesem Zusammenhang wird die HeiQ AeoniQ LLC ihre erste kommerzielle Giga-Fabrik in Mitteleuropa bis Ende 2024 errichten und baut derzeit ihre Pilotanlage für die kommerzielle Faserproduktion aus, die für Q2 2022 geplant ist.

HeiQ AeoniQ Zellulosegarn aus klimafreundlichen Rohstoffen
HeiQ AeoniQ (Aeon: Streben nach ewiger Kreislauffähigkeit) – ein Endlosgarn aus Zellulose, das das Potenzial hat, mit Polyester- und Nylonfasern zu konkurrieren – stellt eine revolutionäre, erstmals auf dem Markt erhältliche und skalierbare, geschützte Bekleidungstechnologie dar, die die Herstellung eines nachhaltigen Zellulosegarns ermöglicht, das auf Kreislauffähigkeit und Recycling ausgelegt ist und erdölbasierte Fasern ersetzen könnte.

HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne werden aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren hergestellt, die während des Wachstums Kohlenstoff aus der Atmosphäre binden. HeiQ AeoniQ-Garn ist dazu bestimmt, bestehende Filamentgarne auf Erdölbasis zu ersetzen, wie z.B. Polyester und Nylon, die über 60 % der weltweiten jährlichen Textilproduktion von 111 Mio. Tonnen ausmachen. Der weltweite Markt für Polyester- und Nylonfasern hat einen geschätzten Wert von 135 Milliarden USD mit einem CAGR von >3,5 % im nächsten Jahrzehnt (Statista). Für jede durch HeiQ AeoniQ substituierte Tonne Polyester und Nylon können potenziell bis zu 5 Tonnen CO2 eingespart werden.

Im Vergleich zu konventionellem Polyester, Nylon, Baumwolle und konventionellen regenerierten Zelluloseprodukten hat die Produktion von HeiQ AeoniQ-Garnen das Potenzial, die Umweltauswirkungen der Faserproduktion zu verändern, da sie zirkulär angelegt ist, 100% erneuerbare Energie für die Herstellung verwendet, einen geschlossenen Recyclingkreislauf von mehr als 99,5% der Produktionsfaktoren aufweist, keine giftigen Chemikalien verwendet und keine Ackerflächen, Pestizide oder Düngemittel für ihre Rohstoffe benötigt.

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HeiQ AeoniQ

04.01.2022

Cellulose Fibres: New Technologies for Pulp, Fibres and Yarns

  • Session "New Technologies for Pulp, Fibres and Yarns"

Cellulose fibres are a true material miracle as they offer a steadily expanding, broad range of applications. Meanwhile markets are driven by technological developments and policy frameworks, especially bans and restrictions on plastics, as well as an increasing number of sustainability requirements. The  presentations will provide valuable information on the various use-opportunities for cellulosic fibres through a policy overview, a special session on sustainability, recycling and alternative feedstocks, as well as the latest developments in pulp cellulosic fibres and yarns. In addition, examples of non-wovens,  packaging and composites will offer a look beyond the horizon of conventional application fields.

  • Session "New Technologies for Pulp, Fibres and Yarns"

Cellulose fibres are a true material miracle as they offer a steadily expanding, broad range of applications. Meanwhile markets are driven by technological developments and policy frameworks, especially bans and restrictions on plastics, as well as an increasing number of sustainability requirements. The  presentations will provide valuable information on the various use-opportunities for cellulosic fibres through a policy overview, a special session on sustainability, recycling and alternative feedstocks, as well as the latest developments in pulp cellulosic fibres and yarns. In addition, examples of non-wovens,  packaging and composites will offer a look beyond the horizon of conventional application fields.

The extensive fifth conference session, “New Technologies for Pulp, Fibres and Yarns”, includes the participation of eight speakers and promises the reveal of various innovations and new approaches. These address the processing of pulp, fibres and yarn, with the aim of realizing most sustainable and efficient solutions. The broad spectrum of topics ranges from processing cellulose with ionic liquids, material farming and chemical modification of pulp to functionalised fibres for feel-good textiles.

Speakers of the Session "New Technologies for Pulp, Fibres and Yarns"

  • Antje Ota - Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung (DITF) (DE): The Versatility of the HighPerCell® Technology for Cellulose Filament
  • Carlo Centonze - HEIQ (CH): HeiQ AeoniQ – Cellulose Yarn Focussed on Climate and Circularity
  • Manuel Steiner - LIST Technology AG (CH): Cellulose Dissolving Technology Platform
  • Dominik Mayer - Kelheim Fibres (DE): Functionalized Viscose Fibres for Wellbeing Textiles: How Infrared Celliant® Viscose supports a Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Michael Sturm - TITK (DE): Method for the Evaluation of the dissolution Power and dissolution Quality of Cellulosic Raw Materials dissolved in New Ionic Liquids
  • Kaoutar Aghmih - Hassan II University (MA): Rheology and Dissolution of Cellulose in Ionic Liquid Solutions
  • Ofir-Aharon Kuperman - Weizmann Institute of Science (IL): Material Farming and Biological Fabrication of Cellulose Fibers with Tailored Properties
  • Taina Kamppuri - VTT Technical Research Center of Finnland (FI): Chemically Modified Kraft Pulps to Improve the Sustainability of Regenerated Fibres
(c) HeiQ
HeiQ AeoniQ Zellulosegarn
26.10.2021

´Zellulosehaltige, klimafreundlichen HeiQ AeoniQ-Garns

HeiQ kündigt mit der Einführung von HeiQ AeoniQ - einem hochleistungsfähigen Zellulosegarn auf Basis einer neuen Faser aus kohlenstoffnegativen Materialien - einen potenziellen Wendepunkt für die Textilindustrie an. Diese neue Faser, die aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren der dritten Generation gewonnen wird, befindet sich auf dem Weg zur Pilotproduktion, bevor sie in großem Umfang auf den Markt kommt. The LYCRA Company ist der erste Entwicklungspartner von HeiQ.

HeiQ AeoniQ-Zellulosegarn aus klimafreundlichen Rohstoffen
HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne (Aeon: Streben nach ewiger Zirkularität) werden aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren hergestellt, die während des Wachstums Kohlenstoff aus der Atmosphäre binden und gleichzeitig Sauerstoff erzeugen. Dieses Hochleistungsgarn ist in der Lage, synthetische Filamentgarne zu ersetzen, die mehr als 60% der weltweiten jährlichen Textilproduktion von 108 Millionen Tonnen ausmachen.2 Im Vergleich zu herkömmlichen Zelluloseprodukten werden für die Herstellung von HeiQ AeoniQ-Garnen weder Ackerland noch Pestizide oder Düngemittel benötigt.

HeiQ kündigt mit der Einführung von HeiQ AeoniQ - einem hochleistungsfähigen Zellulosegarn auf Basis einer neuen Faser aus kohlenstoffnegativen Materialien - einen potenziellen Wendepunkt für die Textilindustrie an. Diese neue Faser, die aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren der dritten Generation gewonnen wird, befindet sich auf dem Weg zur Pilotproduktion, bevor sie in großem Umfang auf den Markt kommt. The LYCRA Company ist der erste Entwicklungspartner von HeiQ.

HeiQ AeoniQ-Zellulosegarn aus klimafreundlichen Rohstoffen
HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne (Aeon: Streben nach ewiger Zirkularität) werden aus zellulosehaltigen Biopolymeren hergestellt, die während des Wachstums Kohlenstoff aus der Atmosphäre binden und gleichzeitig Sauerstoff erzeugen. Dieses Hochleistungsgarn ist in der Lage, synthetische Filamentgarne zu ersetzen, die mehr als 60% der weltweiten jährlichen Textilproduktion von 108 Millionen Tonnen ausmachen.2 Im Vergleich zu herkömmlichen Zelluloseprodukten werden für die Herstellung von HeiQ AeoniQ-Garnen weder Ackerland noch Pestizide oder Düngemittel benötigt.

HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne sind für den Kreislaufgedanken konzipiert und können bei gleichbleibender Faserqualität mehrfach recycelt werden. Der Herstellungsprozess soll 99% weniger Wasser verbrauchen als bei Baumwollgarnen, und HeiQ AeoniQ soll vergleichbare Leistungseigenschaften wie Polyester, Nylon und herkömmliche Garne aus regenerierter Zellulose bieten.

Einladung von Erstanwendern
Die führenden Branchenexperten von HeiQ stehen bereit, um im zweiten Quartal 2022 die ersten HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne aus der Pilotproduktionsanlage zu liefern. Angesichts der herausragenden Qualitäten, des einzigartigen Dekarbonisierungspotenzials und der hervorragenden ESG3-Eigenschaften lädt HeiQ maximal 20 auf Nachhaltigkeit ausgerichtete Markenpartner ein, als erste Produkte aus diesem zukunftsweisenden Garn auf den Markt zu bringen.

The LYCRA Company als primärer Entwicklungspartner
HeiQ gibt bekannt, dass The LYCRA Company mit ihrer Markenkollektion, ihrem globalen Einzelhandelskundennetzwerk und ihren Fähigkeiten zur Stoffinnovation ein primärer Partner für die Bekleidungsentwicklung für HeiQ AeoniQ-Garne mit einer Exklusivität für Stretch- und Leistungsstoffe sein wird. The LYCRA Company verfügt über ein komplettes Angebot an zertifizierten, nachhaltigen Produkten und ergänzt dieses Angebot kontinuierlich durch die Entwicklung neuer LYCRA®-Fasertypen. Diese Fasern haben das Potenzial, mit HeiQ AeoniQ-Garn kombiniert zu werden, um einzigartige dekarbonisierende und abbaubare elastische Stoffe zu schaffen.

 

2 Statista
3 Environment, Social, Governance

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HeiQ Materials AG

(c) Heiq. Julien Born - CEO The LYCRA Company und Carlo Centonze - Co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group.
15.07.2021

Gemeinsam neue Lösungen für die Bekleidungsindustrie: HeiQ und The LYCRA Company kooperieren

  • Synergien für Stretch, Thermoregulation, Frische und Nachhaltigkeit
  • Markenbekanntheit beim Verbraucher erhöhen
  • Markteinführung auf der Intertextile in Shanghai

HeiQ und The LYCRA Company haben eine umfassende Zusammenarbeit über mehrere Technologie- und Markenplattformen hinweg vereinbart. Aufbauend auf Sondierungsgesprächen, die Anfang 2019 begannen, gaben HeiQ und die The LYCRA Company bekannt, ihre gemeinsamen Philosophien und Stärken in der Textilwissenschaft, in sozialen Netzwerken und im globalen Marketing zu nutzen, um mit ihren Innovationsplattformen einen breiten Markt zu adressieren. Die Unternehmen planen Innovationen für Verbrauchermarken in den Marktsegmenten Stretch, Thermoregulation, Frische und Nachhaltigkeit.

  • Synergien für Stretch, Thermoregulation, Frische und Nachhaltigkeit
  • Markenbekanntheit beim Verbraucher erhöhen
  • Markteinführung auf der Intertextile in Shanghai

HeiQ und The LYCRA Company haben eine umfassende Zusammenarbeit über mehrere Technologie- und Markenplattformen hinweg vereinbart. Aufbauend auf Sondierungsgesprächen, die Anfang 2019 begannen, gaben HeiQ und die The LYCRA Company bekannt, ihre gemeinsamen Philosophien und Stärken in der Textilwissenschaft, in sozialen Netzwerken und im globalen Marketing zu nutzen, um mit ihren Innovationsplattformen einen breiten Markt zu adressieren. Die Unternehmen planen Innovationen für Verbrauchermarken in den Marktsegmenten Stretch, Thermoregulation, Frische und Nachhaltigkeit.

Die erste Innovationsplattform kommt noch in diesem Sommer auf den Markt. Sie soll den Verbrauchern eine neue Dimension von Vertrauen und Komfort bieten, indem HeiQ Frische- und antivirale Vorteile mit der Qualität und den Vorzügen von Stretch-Stoffen verbindet, die nach dem neuen Markenstandard der LYCRA® freshFX® Technologie zertifiziert sind. Die Vorbereitungen für diese Innovation laufen derzeit mit einem anfänglichen Fokus auf lokale Wertschöpfungsketten in China für den chinesischen Verbraucher. Die Markteinführung ist für die Intertextile-Messe in Shanghai Ende August vorgesehen. Der Fokus dieser Kooperationen wird darauf liegen, relevante Verbraucherbedürfnisse nach Qualität, Langlebigkeit und nachhaltiger Kleidung zu erfüllen. Stoffmuster und Prototypen werden im Spätsommer für die kommerzielle Order zur Verfügung stehen.

„Unser Ziel bei HeiQ ist es, Marken und Produzenten in der Textilindustrie in die Lage zu versetzen, mehr Komfort, Performance und Nachhaltigkeit in Textilprodukte zu bringen und gleichzeitig die Markenbekanntheit bei den Verbrauchern zu erhöhen, die am meisten von diesen Innovationen profitieren werden", sagt Carlo Centonze, Mitbegründer und CEO der HeiQ Gruppe.

„Die Kollaboration basiert auf einem starken Fundament gemeinsamer Werte und Philosophien, die unsere beiden Unternehmen teilen", so Julien Born, CEO The LYCRA Company. „Wir freuen uns darauf, die natürlichen Synergien zwischen uns zu nutzen und gemeinsam neue Lösungen für die Bekleidungsindustrie zu finden."

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HeiQ Materials AG

21.05.2021

Alchemie Technology and HeiQ create sustainable textile finishing partnership

Alchemie Technology, a leader in waterless, digital on-demand, smart dyeing technology, has today announced its partnership with HeiQ, a leader in textile innovation, as it prepares the production rollout of its NOVARATM digital multifunction finishing solution to the global textile market in Q3 this year.

NOVARA can apply single-sided, or simultaneous two-sided, coating of multiple finishes to specific areas of textile. For example, combining anti-odour and water repellence in one material.

“For example, using NOVARA for single-sided finishing of HeiQ Viroblock required 52% less chemistry, 66% water reduction and 50% less energy, whilst achieving a 99.7% reduction in antimicrobial activity after 15 washes at 400celsius. With the huge demand for high-performance antibacterial, antiviral finishing for face masks, medical apparel, gym wear, home furnishing, mattresses, and textiles for high-risk, high traffic areas such as train, plane seats, and more, our combined technology is critical for increasing protection and reducing environmental impact of these products” says Dr Simon Kew, Managing Director, Alchemie Technology.

Alchemie Technology, a leader in waterless, digital on-demand, smart dyeing technology, has today announced its partnership with HeiQ, a leader in textile innovation, as it prepares the production rollout of its NOVARATM digital multifunction finishing solution to the global textile market in Q3 this year.

NOVARA can apply single-sided, or simultaneous two-sided, coating of multiple finishes to specific areas of textile. For example, combining anti-odour and water repellence in one material.

“For example, using NOVARA for single-sided finishing of HeiQ Viroblock required 52% less chemistry, 66% water reduction and 50% less energy, whilst achieving a 99.7% reduction in antimicrobial activity after 15 washes at 400celsius. With the huge demand for high-performance antibacterial, antiviral finishing for face masks, medical apparel, gym wear, home furnishing, mattresses, and textiles for high-risk, high traffic areas such as train, plane seats, and more, our combined technology is critical for increasing protection and reducing environmental impact of these products” says Dr Simon Kew, Managing Director, Alchemie Technology.

NOVARA also enables unique lifestyle product innovations at lower production cost for fashion, sportswear, technical clothing, and upholstery such as combining sustainable odour control, skin care additives, and fragrance finishing, without impacting breathability, hand feel or wicking. It is suitable for finishing all fabric types, from 50 - 1000 gsm, including polyester, cotton, nylon and polycotton.

HeiQ/Nylstar: Launch of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent on Meryl® Skinlife Force (c) Nylstar
28.01.2021

HeiQ/Nylstar: Launch of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent on Meryl® Skinlife Force

A decade long collaboration between Swiss textile innovator HeiQ and Spanish premium synthetic fiber manufacturer Nylstar, has resulted in the innovation of a revolutionary new premium antiviral and antimicrobial textile with zero pollution sustainable benefits, Meryl® Skinlife Force powered by HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, winner of ISPO Textrends Award for the Best Product.

A decade long collaboration between Swiss textile innovator HeiQ and Spanish premium synthetic fiber manufacturer Nylstar, has resulted in the innovation of a revolutionary new premium antiviral and antimicrobial textile with zero pollution sustainable benefits, Meryl® Skinlife Force powered by HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, winner of ISPO Textrends Award for the Best Product.

The new technology is used exclusively on Meryl® Skinlife Force, an hi-tech fabric that combines the silver-ion active principle antimicrobial properties developed by HeiQ and Nylstar’s hydrogen-based technology which allows the creation of yarns with a very strong molecular cohesion structure. The Hydrogen molecular structure makes Meryl® Skinlife Force a high-performance fabric in terms of moisture management and breathability, offering a natural stretch without elastane as well as excellent durability thanks to its continuous and high tenacity filaments. The robust durability of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent is achieved thanks to the silver particles being added directly into the raw polymer of the yarn thereby keeping these properties active for the lifetime of garments. Fabric samples successfully demonstrated a very strong antimicrobial efficacy with over 99.99% reduction of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria after 100 washes. Antiviral test is underway.

Both HeiQ and Nylstar will be “exhibiting” at ISPO Munich Online from February 1st to 5th. Nylstar won the Textrends 2021 Award for the Best Product in the Base Layer Category.

(c) HeiQ
07.10.2019

HeiQ provides sustainable dyeing and finishing solutions

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 Apparel – Truecycled.

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.

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 Apparel – Truecycled.

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.

More information:
HeiQ Smart Temp HeiQ
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HeiQ ChemTex Inc.

HeiQ Photo: Shutterstock
18.07.2019

HeiQ: PFC-free DWR with dry cleaning durability

Swiss textile innovator 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 and are PFC-free1. 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 consumers1. By adding new products to the range, HeiQ now has a broad range of DWR solutions for outdoor apparel, footwear and fashion markets.

Swiss textile innovator 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 and are PFC-free1. 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 consumers1. By adding new products to the range, HeiQ now has a broad range of DWR solutions for outdoor apparel, footwear and fashion markets.

More information:
HeiQ DWR
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HeiQ