Raymond UCO In Association With HeiQ Launches High Performance Anti-Viral Denim

  • Raymond UCO in association with Swiss textile innovator HeiQ has launched anti-viral denim fabric
  • SHIELD collection of Raymond UCO also features denim fabric powered by HeiQViroblock, a unique combination of advanced silver and vesicle
  • components which is imparted technically on the fabric surface
  • HeiQ’sViroblock technology is proven to be 99.99% effective against a dozen viruses & bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, H1N1, H5N1, H7N9, H3N2, and sendai virus

Raymond UCO, in partnership with Swiss textile innovator HeiQ, has launched a highly protective denim fabric range with HeiQViroblock, a sustainable, anti-viral and anti-microbial technology that has been tested and proven effective to destroy 99.99% viruses. Raymond UCO’s association with HeiQ has been pivotal in global launch of innovative anti-bacterial fabrics a couple of years ago with HeiQ Pure.  Along with this latest launch, Raymond UCO has also unveiled its signature functional denim range SHIELD.

SHIELD collection is a compelling innovation in the area of personal health and hygiene, offering a wide range of denim fabrics that aim to fight viruses and bacteria. This innovative denim range also features fabric powered by HeiQViroblock technology which has been tested effective against a dozen viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, H1N1, H5N1, H7N9, H3N2, and sendai virus, all with an effectiveness above 99.99%.

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Studies suggest that viruses and bacteria can remain infective on textile surfaces for days. Human Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) persist for up to two days on surgical gowns at room temperature. In this context, anti-viral treatments for textiles can significantly reduce the risk of transmission and contamination thus ensuring hygiene and safety.

HeiQViroblock is a unique combination of advanced silver and vesicle components which is imparted technically on the fabric surface. These active components in the HeiQViroblock kill bacteria and destroy common harmful enveloped viruses within a short time span of two minutes of exposure (according to modified AATCC100 test conducted on Sendai virus). HeiQViroblock is designed to last on the fabric even after repeated domestic washes.

HeiQViroblock is certified as safe and sustainable with all its ingredients designated as cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled. Beta Analytics Testing Laboratory has certified that HeiQViroblock contains 72% bio-based carbon.

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It is EU REACH and US FIFRA compliant, OEKOTEX® certified, ZDHC and bluesign® homologized. Denims treated with HeiQViroblock are complaint with EU BPR and US EPA. The HeiQViroblock ingredient is marketed under brand name HeiQ V-Block in the USA. “We are very grateful to see how the entire textile industry is working hard to adapt the world’s best anti-viral textile technology into not only face masks and PPEs, but also daily clothing like denim. Consumers want to feel protected and to have to worry about touching the clothes on their own body is the last thing anyone wants! I am sure the SHIELD collection, powered by HeiQViroblock will contribute to resuming our normal lives earlier and with much higher confidence,” stated Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group.

Raymond UCO, a formidable player in the global denim industry, is reckoned as one of the most versatile, flexible and fully vertical denim fabric manufacturers. Commenting on this latest innovation, Arvind Mathur, CEO- Raymond UCO Denim said; “SHIELD is a versatile range of “fashion with function” denim fabrics that aims to offer end-consumers best-in-class anti-microbial and anti-viral denims. In these unprecedented times of worldwide pandemic, apparel for everyday use that protect users from viruses and bacteria have become vital. It is in this context, we have developed environment-friendly, anti-viral denim fabrics with our innovation partner HeiQ that will enable us to not only excite fashion lovers but also assure the end consumers with ultimate clothing solutions for health and hygiene.”

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