The international textile supply chain, from raw materials to chemistry to finished goods, has been disrupted due to corona virus. However, there is high demand for a solution to protect front-line emergency workers with virus-blocking textiles during this pandemic, and that is an big challenge during these times.
Over the past month the supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland launched antiviral HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, which received extremely high demand from all over the globe. The following key supply chain partners made it feasible to support this demand in such a short time: the chemical company Wacker Chemie AG, Munich/Germany, the FHNW School of Life Sciences, Muttenz/Switzerland, and the company for digital fabrication technologies Alchemie Technology, Cambridge/UK.
Wacker Chemie has been a reliable partner of HeiQ for the past decade for such innovative raw materials as silicone fluid and cyclodextrins. HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 contains other essential raw materials for which the demand surged. Wacker was able to go out of their way to secure the supply of its cyclodextrins for what was needed.