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Swiss Environmental Award for HeiQ Clean Tech

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

3rd July 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Zurich

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

HeiQ Group CEO Carlo Centonze accepts the Swiss Environmental Award. © HeiQ

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 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.

“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,” commented Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group.

The textiles 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 addresses this problem with its HeiQ Clean Tech environmental dyeing technology. It has been developed to reduce a textile mill’s water consumption by 30% and allow for 30-50% faster dyeing time for polyester fabrics, which account for nearly 50% of the world's annual textiles output.

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

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