Switzerland-based HeiQ Materials AG — a manufacturer of silver composite additives and
high-performance, sustainable textile finishes — has debuted Glider, a low-friction textile
treatment for sportswear, activewear, underwear, workwear, medical and other next-to-skin textile
According to the company, the treatment complements the fabric’s composition and construction
to help minimize a garment’s friction properties — which can cause blisters on the skin — and offer
enhanced tactile features while allowing it to maintain its hand; colorfastness; and
moisture-management, anti-pilling and anti-snagging properties. The treatment is
Oeko-Tex®-certified and is pending bluesign® standard certification.
Glider may be pad-applied to polyester, polyamide and cotton fabrics as well as blends, and
can function in combination with any of HeiQ’s other textile finishes. The technology will be made
available to HeiQ mill partners as of October 2013.