HeiQ, a spin-off from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), develops innovative technologies to protect textiles. The Schlieren-headquartered company has now announced a research partnership with Patagonia.
The two companies are teaming up to develop new water-repellent technologies for textiles, with a focus on sustainability. Many existing technologies are based on perfluorinated chemicals, which recent studies have revealed are damaging to the environment.
Both HeiQ and California-headquartered Patagonia focus on environmentally friendly technology, free from hazardous chemicals. HeiQ’s technology HeiQ Eco Dry is one of the most effective sustainable technologies for water-repellent textiles currently on the market, according to the company.
Thanks to its ability to conduct world class research while commercialising innovative textiles, HeiQ is an ideal partner for Patagonia, explained Matt Dwyer, director of material innovation at Patagonia, in the statement.