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New dual action textile cooling technology

Combination of a hydro-functional polymer and a biobased vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer.

14th January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Zürich, Switzerland

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective

HeiQ Cool is being introduced as the  first textile technology to deliver both instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling.

Addressing the importance of body temperature control, 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 vaporising 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 of the product by HeiQ, headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, will focus on home textiles, especially sleep products such as mattress tickings, pillows and bed linen. The coating cools such fabrics 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.

The biobased 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 biobased vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer formulation of HeiQ Cool contains more than 50% USDA certified biobased content. It is also OEKO-TEX class 1 suited and meets most brand RSL (restricted substances list) requirements.

“Since the pandemic started, consumers are investing more in enhancing the comfort of their homes,” said HeiQ chief marketing officer Hoi Kwan Lam. “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’s sleep. 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 have also shown 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 temperature probably means you can cut down on the energy consumption of the air conditioner.”

HeiQ is holding seminars to further explain the technology on Wednesday January 19th, at 9am CET (register here) and 5pm CET (register here).

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