Techtextil North America 2012 Exhibitor Preview: HeiQ

ZURCHERSTRASSE, Switzerland — February 24, 2012 — Textiles are generally thought of as static and
passive. But what if they could respond to the environment around them? Imagine a fabric capable of
perceiving changing conditions and adapting its functionality accordingly. Now it’s reality —
thanks to Adaptive, a revolutionary textile effect by the Swiss company HeiQ.

This innovation marks a milestone in the evolution of smart fabrics. Textiles treated with
Adaptive can effectively read and respond to the wearer’s body temperature and moisture levels. As
a result, these garments offer dynamic moisture control and thermoregulation, leading to improved

How it works: the functionality

This pioneering, patent-pending technology is based on a unique hydrofunctional polymer whose
moisture transport properties change in response to temperature. This enables Adaptive to transport
and release moisture at higher temperatures, offering enhanced cooling and keeping the skin dry. At
lower temperatures, the fabric absorbs moisture but the wicking effect is reduced, resulting in
increased insulation.

How it feels: the comfort factor

There is nothing new about running gear that offers passive moisture management when it comes
into contact with perspiration. But what if the same clothing can sense when the wearer’s body
temperature goes down and reduce its evaporation capacity in response? The benefits for the
consumer are clear. Better thermoregulation increases comfort and, as a result, performance
capacity. Specifically designed for skin-contact materials, Adaptive is ideal for sportswear,
underwear, socks and hosiery. However towels and bed linen can also benefit from this unique

Test Adaptive at Techtextil

Why not try it for yourself? From April 24 until April 26, 2012, you can experience this
innovative textile effect first-hand at HeiQ’s and Bolger & O’Hearn’s booth (1446) at
Techtextil North America 2012 in Atlanta, GA. In addition, the Swiss company will also be
showcasing two other innovative product platforms: Pure and Barrier. Pure leverages the
antimicrobial properties of pure natural silver to provide textiles with long-lasting freshness.
Barrier makes fabric exceptionally water-repellent and dirt-resistant, thanks to its unique micro
structured surface.

Posted on March 12, 2012

Source: HeiQ Materials AG