Speedo swimsuit contains Swiss expertise

In tandem with HeiQ, a start-up based in the Greater Zurich Area, Speedo has developed a new swimsuit for professional athletes. Among other aspects, technology inspired by shark skin has been used in the swimsuit to reduce water resistance.

Image Credit: Screenshot from Speedo Video


Speedo is always striving to bring improved, more effective swimsuits for professional swimmers to the market. To this end, the UK-Australian company has now sought the help of a company based in the Greater Zurich Area: together with the textile technology company HeiQ, Speedo has now developed innovative technologies for new products.

According to a press release, the LZR Pure Intent swimsuit was developed using a material designed to improve compression set values and increase flexibility. In order to reduce water resistance, Speedo and HeiQ developed a textile technology that, according to the information provided, was inspired by shark skin.

Swiss expertise is also contained within the LZR Pure Valor swimsuit. The information available explains that the material used in the new swimsuit, jointly developed by Speedo and HeiQ, allows for greater freedom of movement and increases core stability on the part of swimmers.

HeiQ, a spin-off of ETH Zurich, is headquartered at IJZ, an innovation and start-up park in Schlieren in the canton of Zurich.

Handbook for Investors

Our Handbook for Investors provides valuable information about technologies and production costs, taxes and financing, as well as the legal system and infrastructure in Switzerland. Browse through the complete handbook online or download the chapters most relevant to you.

Recommend us
How should we contact you?

Premium Partner

Strategic partners

Institutional partner

Official program