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HeiQ AeoniQ "game-changing" decarbonizing yarn endorsed by HUGO BOSS and The LYCRA Company 2/14/22

HUGO BOSS became a front-runner in the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ yarns by putting a US$5M equity investment in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC and additional contingent US$4M based on performance milestone arrangements. The LYCRA Company has also become the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn by making a significant, undisclosed investment and by committing to develop the technology for broad application in textiles.

As part of its 'CLAIM 5' growth strategy, HUGO BOSS, one of the leading companies in the global premium apparel market, executed its first sustainability-linked investment for a US$5M shareholding in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC. HUGO BOSS is the first company that has joined the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ and to have secured its stake in HeiQ AeoniQ equity. The strategic partnership will help HUGO BOSS meet its ambitious sustainability targets which include the aim for climate neutrality within its own area of responsibility by 2030, and throughout the entire value chain by 2045. In addition, the company puts particular emphasis on establishing an end-to-end circular business model. Over the mid to long term, HUGO BOSS is focused on the potential to materially complement and substitute the currently used polyester and nylon fibers with the cellulosic HeiQ AeoniQ fibers.

"Our exciting partnership with HeiQ on HeiQ AeoniQ represents yet another important milestone on our journey towards becoming the leading premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide," says Daniel Grieder, CEO of HUGO BOSS.

Prior to HUGO BOSS' equity investment, The LYCRA Company agreed to be the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn through payment of a milestone-driven technology fee and a commitment to leverage its deep textiles knowledge and market channel access to prepare this new technology for broad use in apparel applications.

"Sustainability continues to be a core tenet of The LYCRA Company's strategy, without sacrificing comfort or performance," said Julien Born, CEO at The LYCRA Company. "Through our close collaboration with HeiQ, we are working together to fast-track the commercialization of HeiQ's AeoniQ yarn and are excited by the impact this ground-breaking innovation will have on the apparel industry."

"HeiQ AeoniQ yarn is a versatile alternative to polyester and nylon and its climate positive qualities create a very exciting market opportunity for HeiQ, as fashion brands and retailers come under increasing pressure to do their part in decarbonizing their products and reduce their environmental footprints," says Carlo Centonze, co-founder & Group CEO of HeiQ.

The primary use of the raised proceeds would be to scale up and commercialize this disruptive technology. In this context, HeiQ AeoniQ LLC will build its first commercial giga factory in Central Europe by end of 2024, and is currently scaling-up its pilot commercialization plant for fiber production, scheduled for Q2 2022.

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn made of climate positive raw materials
HeiQ AeoniQ (Aeon: striving for eternal circularity) – a continuous cellulosic filament yarn with the potential to compete with polyester and nylon fibers – constitutes a revolutionary, first-to-market and scalable proprietary apparel technology, which will allow the manufacturing of a sustainable, cellulosic yarn designed for circularity and closed-loop recycling that could ultimately substitute oil-based fibers.

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns are made out of cellulosic biopolymers that during growth bind carbon from the atmosphere. HeiQ AeoniQ yarn is designed to substitute existing oil-based filament yarns, such as environmentally persistent polyester and nylon, which constitute over 60% of global annual textile output of 111 M metric tons. For every ton of polyester & nylon substituted by HeiQ AeoniQ, potentially up to 5 tons of CO2 can be reduced.

When compared to conventional polyester, nylon, cotton and conventional regenerated cellulosic products, the production of HeiQ AeoniQ yarns has the potential to transform the environmental impact of fiber production, as it is designed to be circular, uses 100% renewable energy for manufacturing, features a closed-loop recycling of more than 99.5% of productive factors, uses no toxic chemicals, and does not draw on arable land, pesticides or fertilizers for its feedstock.

HEIQ - Swiss Tech Inside

HeiQ creates some of the most effective, durable, and high-performance textile effects/finishes in today's market and enables brand partner differentiation through innovation/new technologies. HeiQ provides the following services:

  • Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Ingredient Branding
  • Testing
  • Legal Compliance
  • EHS/Sustainability
  • Distribution Network
  • Mill Recommendations
  • Technical Services
  • Trouble Shooting


HeiQ Pure

HeiQ Cool - Dual action cooling
World's first textile technology that delivers instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling for optimal wellbeing day and night.

  • Made up of >50% biobased content and a patented formulation that enhances thermal and moisture comfort
  • Excellent cooling hand-feel at point of sale
  • Flexible finishing possibilities including pad, foam, coating, and print
  • Applicable to all fiber type: natural, synthetic, blends

HeiQ Pure

HeiQ Pure - Antimicrobial odor control
Advanced silver-based technologies that inhibit bacterial growth on textiles for enhanced freshness, hygiene, and comfort.

  • Long-lasting cleanliness and freshness
  • Exceptional efficiency and durability
  • Sustainable odor control functionality
  • Preserves fabric properties
  • Applicable to all fibers
HeiQ Fresh

HeiQ Fresh - Silver-free odor control
Made up of bio or mineral based ingredients, these technologies help tackle smells on textiles effectively by absorbing VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

  • Durable freshness and odor control
  • Numerous products in the range targeting specific end-use: body, environmental, and fabric odors, as well as the accumulated effects on synthetic fibers.
  • Mineral-based HeiQ Fresh HAX permanently binds smelly molecules, making it ideal for non-washable items
  • Bio-based HeiQ Fresh FFL suits washable items as it regenerates after each wash
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  • No impact on fabric properties; combinable with other HeiQ technologies
  • Applicable to all fiber types
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HeiQ HyProTecht - Protected for longer
HeiQ HyProTecht is a versatile antimicrobial technology which suppresses the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria which cause unpleasant odors, discoloration, staining, and deterioration.

  • Strong antimicrobial efficacy demonstrated by ISO 20743 in textile products.
  • For washable fabrics: the treatment is effective for at least 30 washes at 140°F



HeiQ Smart Temp

HeiQ Smart Temp - Intelligent thermoregulation
Innovative technology that provides fabrics the ability to interact with body temperature and dynamically respond to body heat. Cooling is enabled by heat and deactivated once the process is complete.

  • Proven to be up to 2.5C/4.5F cooler fabriic temperature
  • Durable, exceptional, trusted
  • HeiQ Smart Temp Hangtag
  • No impact on fabric properties
  • Applicable to any fiber type: natural, synthetic, blends



Echo Dry HeiQ Eco Dry - Stay dry ecologically
Eco-friendly and PCF-free water repellent technologies that protect against water and water-based stains.
  • Efficient and durable to washing and dry cleaning
  • Soft hand-feel and breathability
  • Air-dry capability
  • Applicable to all fiber types: cellulosic, synthetic, blends, leather, silk and wool
HeiQ Real Silk

HeiQ Real Silk - A touch of Luxury
Unique technology based on short silk fibers that transfers the characteristics of silk onto other fabrics.

  • Patented Short Polymer Fiber (SPF) technology
  • Reproduces the softness, dryness, coolness, and comfort of silk
  • Highly absorbent and fast drying
  • Sustainably sourced from recycled silk and cost-effective
  • Applicable to any fiber type: natural, synthetic, and blends
HeiQ Reflex

HeiQ XReflex - Thinner, lighter, warmer
Radiant barrier technology that reflects heat back to the body, maintaining the same level of warmth with as little as half the insulation material.

  • Excellent heat retention
  • Efficient, sustainable, durable
  • No impact on fabric breatability, handle, zero noise, DWR and down-proof properties
  • The result of a joint development with our Australian partner Xefco

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Clean Tech

HeiQ Clean Tech - Sustainable polyester dyeing
Innovative technologies that deliver sustainability, economically, and ecologically discontinuous piece and yarn dyeing for polyester.

  • Time, energy, water, and cost-efficient
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 30%
  • Excellent color fastness, levelness, and reproducibility
  • Easy integration into current processes: only leveling and disperse agent replacements required


HeiQ Materials AG
Ruetistrasse 12 8952 Schlieren, Switzerland

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Loraine Stantzos, VP Marketing Communications -

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