Call to first users for the Cellulosic Climate Positive HeiQ AeoniQ yarn aiming to transform the textile industry


Posted: October 26, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. EDT|Update: 52 minutes ago

ZURICH, October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – HeiQ announces a potential change for the textile industry with the introduction of HeiQ AeoniQ – a high performance cellulose yarn based on a new fiber derived from carbon negative materials. This new fiber, derived from third-generation cellulosic biopolymers, is being piloted before mass commercialization. LYCRA is the first to join HeiQ as a development partner.

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulosic yarn made from climate-positive raw materials and has the potential to be recycled again and again. (Photo by HeiQ)

Whether cotton, wool or synthetic polymers, global textile production has a significant environmental impact with industry responsible for over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and over 20%. of wastewater in the world.1. Conventional cellulosic fiber production uses arable land during growth and has limited design versatility, while raw materials for synthetic materials of fossil origin are limited. Existing methods for recycling textile fabrics and clothing made with all fibers are, for the most part, not yet on a large scale, and most fibers – whether synthetic or natural – take many years to degrade in the process. landfills or oceans, causing environmental build-up.

HeiQ AeoniQ cellulose yarn made from climate-positive raw materials

HeiQ AeoniQ (Aeon: Struggle for Eternal Circularity) Yarns are made from cellulosic biopolymers which, during growth, bind carbon in the atmosphere while generating oxygen. This high performance yarn is positioned to potentially replace the synthetic filament yarns which constitute over 60% of the annual global textile production of 108 million metric tons. 2. In addition, compared to conventional cellulosic products, HeiQ AeoniQ yarns do not use arable land, pesticides or fertilizers in their production.

HeiQ AeoniQ yarns are designed for cradle-to-cradle circularity and can be recycled repeatedly while maintaining consistent fiber quality. The manufacturing process is expected to consume 99% less water than cotton yarns and HeiQ AeoniQ is designed to provide performance properties comparable to conventional polyester, nylon and regenerated cellulose yarns.

Invite early adopters

HeiQ’s leading industry experts are ready to provide the first HeiQ AeoniQ sons of the pilot production plant in the second quarter of 2022. Given the exceptional qualities, the unique decarbonisation potential offered and an exceptional ESG3 credentials, HeiQ prompt a maximum of 20 brands focused on sustainable development the partners to be the first to market products made from this future game-changing yarn.

LYCRA company as first development partner

HeiQ announces that The LYCRA Company, with its renowned collection of brands, global network of retail clients and innovative fabric innovation capabilities, will be a primary apparel development partner for HeiQ AeoniQ yarns with exclusivity for fabrics expandable and efficient. LYCRA has a complete range of certified and sustainable products and is constantly supplementing this range through the development of new types of LYCRA® fibers. These fibers have the potential to be combined with HeiQ AeoniQ yarn to create unique decarbonized and degradable elastic fabrics.

Co-founder and CEO of the HeiQ group, Carlo Centonze States: “Climate change needs new inventions. By bringing HeiQ AeoniQ yarn to the textile industry, we will reduce our dependence on petroleum-based fibers, help decarbonize our planet and reduce the industry’s impact on the world. climate change. Our yarn is a versatile alternative to conventional polyester, nylon and even cellulosics and therefore has enormous potential for industry transformation. By wearing HeiQ AeoniQ garments, consumers can act in favor of reduction C02 in our atmosphere. Adoption by billions of people offers the possibility of binding hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. A battle worth it. “

The CEO of LYCRA Julien Born Remarks: “With our future corporate strategy focused on sustainable solutions for the textile industry, we are proud to partner with HeiQ for both the technical development and the commercialization of this fiber. The industry is ready for innovations like HeiQ AeoniQ, and by combining our capabilities with those of HeiQ, we are really well positioned to learn quickly and maximize the enormous potential of this new technology. “

Mr. Martin Gebert-Germ, a viscose filament yarn expert with 30 years experience in the textile industry, said, “This technology is a game-changer for the entire textile industry.” Mr. Gebert-Germ will join the new company HeiQ GmbH Austria as CEO and lead the HeiQ AeoniQ business of November 2021.

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About HeiQ

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market (LSE: HEIQ), HeiQ is a leader in textile and materials innovation creating some of the most efficient, durable and successful technologies on the market today. HeiQ strives to improve the lives of billions of people by innovating in textiles and materials. Combining three areas of expertise – scientific research, specialty materials manufacturing and consumer ingredient branding – HeiQ is the ideal innovation partner to create differentiating and sustainable products and capture added value at the point of sale. . With its 14 offices, 7 manufacturing sites and 7 R&D centers, HeiQ now employs 190 professionals. It has a total capacity of 45,000 tonnes of specialty chemicals per year and serves over 1,000 industrial customers in over 60 countries. Today, HeiQ’s consumer goods and medical devices are present in 56 countries. For more information visit

About the company LYCRA

LYCRA company innovates and produces fibers and technological solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Based at Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized around the world for its innovative products, technical expertise, sustainable solutions and unparalleled marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns the main consumer and commercial brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX® and TACTEL®. The heritage of the LYCRA company dates back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, the LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company is focused on adding value to its customers ‘products by developing unique innovations designed to meet consumers’ needs for lasting comfort and performance. For more information visit


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A knitted fabric in HeiQ AeoniQ cellulose yarn.  (Photo by HeiQ)
A knitted fabric in HeiQ AeoniQ cellulose yarn. (Photo by HeiQ)
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