Face mask sewing thread

August 2020

Coats and HeiQ join forces in the battle against the pandemic

  • August 2020

The recent pandemic has impacted every area of modern life – from the global financial markets to local schools, and from our jobs to our personal lives.

Even a simple trip to the supermarket raises a number of questions - ‘Should I immediately change and wash my clothes? And will that be enough to kill the virus?’ Dilemmas like these are causing considerable stress to people across the globe – especially those who live with vulnerable people.

In order to deal with this once in a generation problem, Coats is investing heavily in developing innovative solutions for the textile industry which provide ongoing sustainable protection. These solutions are being created within our 3 innovation hubs across the world and are thoroughly tested to ensure they meet international standards.

Through adopting this process of consistent development and testing, a new ground-breaking solution for personal protection has been created by R&D experts in the Coats Innovation Hub in Sevier, North Carolina. It is called ProtectV, a range of threads and yarns powered by HeiQ Viroblock, providing the most advanced protection to date.

The HeiQ Viroblock™ technology is among the first textile technologies in the world to be proven effective in laboratory testing against SARS-CoV-2, the virus from the coronavirus family that causes COVID-19 . Recent independent results have shown it to be 99.99% effective in 30 minutes by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia.

Coats has obtained exclusive rights to use this innovative Swiss technology as the only sewing thread manufacturer globally– opening up a range of possibilities for customers across many different industries.

The HeiQ Viroblock technology is being combined with a number of engineered yarns and threads to create, the ProtectV range, which is suitable for many applications across different end-use products. This ensures that all tasks related to daily life, whether it be shopping or working in a factory setting can be carried out with complete confidence.

Combining Coats world-leading industrial thread capabilities with the technological expertise of HeiQ has helped create a weapon to assist in the fight against the pandemic which appears to be with us for at least the foreseeable future.

To find out more about the ProtectV range – or to order a sample of Epic ProtectV thread – get in touch with your local Coats experts today.

About HEIQ

Coats have found a natural partner in HeiQ. Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), HeiQ is a fellow leader in textile innovation – creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies on the market today.