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South Asia Textiles, HeiQ Materials collaborate

Jun '20
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South Asia Textiles, a Sri Lankan textile manufacturer specialised in producing weft knitted fabric for leading brands, and HeiQ Materials, a Swiss-based textile innovator which has created some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies, have joined hands to produce a specially treated fabric for masks to be exported to the US.

South Asia Textiles’ knitted jersey fabric combined with HeiQ’s recently launched anti-viral and anti-microbial agent, HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 was commissioned by a high-quality US brand working in close collaboration with partners in the US.

HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is among the first textile technologies in the world to be proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 in the laboratory. Tests conducted by Swiss textile innovator HeiQ with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia (Doherty Institute) showed that treated fabric achieved 99.99 per cent reduction of the virus in only 30 minutes.

Commenting on the partnership, Prithiv Dorai, managing director/chief executive officer, South Asia Textiles stated, “We are excited about the partnership with HeiQ and are hopeful that we can positively contribute towards the need of the situation. Our versatility and the ability to manufacture new technology enabled material within a short span of time is our key strength. The fact that we were nominated and selected for this project is a testament to consistency and superior quality standards that we maintain at South Asia Textiles.”

South Asia Textiles, a subsidiary of Ambeon Holdings, commenced its commercial operations in 2004. The company also specialises in knitting, dyeing, finishing, printing, brushing, sueding and Preshrunk fabric for leading global brands such as Victoria Secret, Next, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Calvin Klein, Decathlon and Adidas.

"At a time when the world is battling to create a better place amidst current global pandemic, the Ambeon Group is pleased to be able to continue support towards the betterment of the people of Sri Lanka and the world,” stated Murali Prakash, group managing director Ambeon Capital and Ambeon Holdings. “As a member of the Ambeon Group, South Asia Textiles is one of Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturer of textiles supplying to global brands, innovating products to suit various requirements that arise. As such it is with great pleasure that we partner with HeiQ, our trusted innovation partner who created HeiQ Viroblock, for these specialised masks which we believe will make a difference in this global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic,” concluded Prakash.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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