The collaboration combines the expertise of the two innovators – HeiQ’s sustainable, durable, high-performance textile technology, and Alchemie’s digital textile printing technology that works to reduce the environmental impact and costs of manufacturing, with its waterless, low energy, low chemistry digital technology.

Novara, which will launch in the third quarter, can apply single-sided, or simultaneous two-sided, coating of multiple finishes to specific areas of textile. For example, combining anti-odour and water repellence in one material. By offering the most sustainable and efficient direct to fabric solution available, Novara enables high performance added value finishing at significantly lower cost using, on average, 50% less chemistry, 50% less energy, and providing a production cost saving up to 50% per metre.

“Extensive testing using HeiQ’s chemistry with our digital finishing technology has achieved exceptional finishing performance with half the chemistry required of traditional finishing methods,” says Dr Simon Kew, managing director, Alchemie Technology.

Using Novara for single-sided finishing of HeiQ Viroblock required 52% less chemistry, 66% water reduction, and 50% less energy, whilst achieving a 99.7% reduction in antimicrobial activity after 15 washes at 400 degrees Celsius. 

“With the huge demand for high-performance antibacterial, antiviral finishing for face masks, medical apparel, gym wear, home furnishing, mattresses, and textiles for high-risk, high traffic areas such as train, plane seats, and more, our combined technology is critical for increasing protection and reducing environmental impact of these products,” adds Kew.

Novara also enables unique lifestyle product innovations at lower production cost for fashion, sportswear, technical clothing, and upholstery such as combining sustainable odour control, skin care additives, and fragrance finishing, without impacting breathability, hand-feel or wicking. It is suitable for finishing all fabric types, from 50 to 1000 gsm, including polyester, cotton, nylon and polycotton.

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