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BODYVISION Technology GmbH is based in the German city of Mönchengladbach. Over the course of many years of comprehensive research, it has developed a fabric specially designed to deliver a variety of positive properties. The invention is also protected by patent. Known as “BODYVISION”, the technology can be used in a wide range of product applications that can permanently improve quality of life for millions of people.

The BODYVISION membrane is a single-layer fabric consisting of a compound structure that combines absorbency with leakage protection. Thin and comfortable to wear, it is easy to wash, reusable and environmentally friendly. It is also breathable and dermatologically safe, and combats odours and bacteria.

Although initially developed and intended for use in incontinence products, the fabric can be adapted for various other applications and products thanks to a modular design. The company aims to expand into areas including clinics and hospitals, sport, the military and pet supplies.

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"The developed BODYVISION technology is due to its characteristics patentable and differentiates itself in essential points from existing patents."

— Hans Martin Götz, Founder

The innovative, single-layer fabric design combines several positive properties.

BODYVISION technology was developed in 2020 as the result of many years of collaboration between BODYVISION Technology GmbH and the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein university.

The special design of the technology enables modular construction that can be adapted to the requirements of various applications and product groups.

The technology is patent protected under the name “BODYVISION Technology” (BODYVISION). This name is derived from the vision of a revolutionary new fabric that can be used in a variety of clothing innovations to permanently and sustainably improve quality of life in many areas.

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Absorbency and leakage protection

Thin, comfortable fabric

Washable and reusable

Sustainable

Combats odours and bacteria

Dermatologically safe


BODYVISION Technology boasts a variety of positive properties that make it suitable for use in various areas.  In order for the technology to quickly achieve its economic potential, BODYVISION Technology GmbH plans to focus on a number of particularly promising markets.

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The internationally renowned Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein university combines specialist education with cutting-
edge research and development activities.

BODYVISION Technology GmbH contacted the faculty in 2018, in order to find solutions in the area of washable incontinence underwear and drive product development.
The collaboration began by investigating the weaknesses of an established competitor product.

In July 2019, a joint project was started, in which the Hochschule Niederrhein developed the BODYVISION fabric based on a comprehensive analysis of competitor products and its own research.A patentable technology was developed in August 2020, whose properties make it suitable for use in further areas.

Additional collaboration projects with the Hochschule Niederrhein related to BODYVISION are currently ongoing and will unlock further research results.

A conservative estimate based on these numbers shows that BODYVISION underwear products have the potential to achieve a market share of 5%. We therefore arrive at sales of 11.5 m euros for light incontinence products and 10.8 m euros for products combating moderate incontinence.

— Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz, Organisations & Operations

The five largest markets for incontinence products generate a total of around 4.8 bn euros. Germany ranks fifth among the top global markets.

USA
India
Japan
China
Germany

Source: Nielsen (2020; Statista (2020)

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  • Continued development of BODYVISION Technology

  • Inclusion of BODYVISION Technology in the medical and care aids catalogue

  • Ensure sustainable production

  • Establish BODYVISION Technology in various market segments through partner businesses

  • Fit BODYVISION with sensors


Medical and Healthcare - Research and Development

Niederrhein University develops Bodyvision
New Patent Meets All Requirements and Classifications for the First Time


Medical and Healthcare - Modular Incontinence Prevention

Bodyvision presents breakthrough development for multiple uses and announces first individual textile solution for light incontinence:  Bodyvision Mwear


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“We are currently developing more innovative technologies and patents for textile solutions.“

— Lara Zampese, Managing Director

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    "The aim is for BODYVISION to become established both nationally and internationally as a cutting-edge technology, sold in the various markets under licence and through private labels."

    — Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz, Organisations & Operations

    “BODYVISION” is the result of many years of research and development work. This innovative and revolutionary single-layer fabric consists of a compound structure that ensures excellent absorbency and leakage protection, while also being environmentally friendly and easy to produce. Alongside these properties, the fabric prevents odours and bacteria.


    The fabric was initially developed solely for use in incontinence products like underwear. It has massive potential in this area thanks to its innovative construction and advantages over existing disposable and competitor products.

    Alongside light bladder weakness, BODYVISION technology is also intended for use against moderate urinary incontinence. The company therefore aims to have it included in the medical or care aids catalogue, so that the associated costs can be refunded by elderly care and health insurance providers.

    The aim is for BODYVISION to become established both nationally and internationally as a cutting-edge technology, sold in the various markets under licence and through private labels.


    Development of cutting-edge textile solutions

    Research and production of patentable, functional textiles for various applications, including incontinence, healthcare, sport, pets, military and more


    2011

    The people who will go on to found Bodyvision Technology GmbH discuss a cooperation with a Portuguese producer, focusing on the development of a revolutionary new washable and absorbent underwear for use against incontinence and bladder weakness.

    2012

    Initial plans are made for a dedicated sales channel for the new product, intended as a part of the founding family’s existing textile business focusing
    on underwear and sportswear.

    2013

    Contractual discussions with the Portuguese manufacturer are followed by an unsuccessful test phase for the product. The severe quality defects
    lead to planning being suspended.

    2014

    A quality check of all existing incontinence products on the market reveals significant defects throughout. This is followed by the termination of the initiated sales channel.

    2015/2016

    New impetus for the idea of developing a dedicated line of washable incontinence underwear. This focuses on improving existing competitor products through a suitable combination of materials.

    2017/2018

    Foundation of BODYVISION Technology GmbH, with the goal of developing and marketing a revolutionary new fabric for use in incontinence products. Research cooperation for product development begins with the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, alongside market analyses.

    2019/2020

    The founding family funds a research and development project by the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences. This is followed by an analysis of competitor products and the development of an innovative, reusable and environmentally friendly compound fabric.

    2020

    The technology is registered and patented under the name BODYVISION.

    2021

    BODYVISION Technology GmbH begins sales.


    Lara Zampese
    Managing Director

    Lara Zampese completed her master’s degree in international business in Sweden in 2008, before developing her skills in sales, marketing and customer satisfaction in Italy. After working in export management from 2009 to 2013, she founded a business in Romania in 2014 and acted as managing director until 2018. In this role, she selected and marketed international brands in eastern Europe, and led the sales and marketing team. Between 2015 and 2018, she also worked as a consultant at Visionnaire Consulting GmbH. She became managing director of BODYVISION Technology GmbH in 2017. Here, she is responsible for research & development, quality management, corporate social responsibility and supply chain management.

    Languages: Italian (native language), English, German, French, Spanish, Russian

    Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz
    Organisations & Operations

    Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz gained business experience early on in life. After completing her high school diploma with a focus on business, she began a commercial apprenticeship. In 2020, she successfully completed a degree in business studies, focusing on marketing and HR management. During her degree, she became managing director of Visionnaire Consulting. She has been supporting BODYVISION Technology GmbH since 2020 in organisations and operations.

    Languages: German (native language), English, Dutch, French



    Bodyvision Press


    Medical and Healthcare - Research and Development

    Niederrhein University develops Bodyvision
    New Patent Meets All Requirements and Classifications for the First Time


    Medical and Healthcare - Modular Incontinence Prevention

    Bodyvision presents breakthrough development for multiple uses and announces first individual textile solution for light incontinence:  Bodyvision Mwear



    Bodyvision Market outlook

    "Many people who experience light bladder weakness do not consider themselves to be suffering from incontinence. These include athletes, children and women during and after pregnancy."

    — Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz, Organisations & Operations

    In Germany alone, the market for products used against light incontinence was estimated to be worth 447 m euros in 2019. Annual revenue growth has averaged around 0.8% in the last ten years. The market is forecast to grow to 484 m euros by 2030. The five largest markets for incontinence products generate a total of around 4.8 bn euros. Germany ranks fifth among the top global markets. The next largest markets in Europe are France (336 m euros), U.K. (311 m euros), Italy (304 m euros) and Spain (223 m euros).

    Source: Nielsen (2020; Statista (2020)


    As the products are intended to counter light to moderate incontinence, we have identified adults from the age of 18 as the potential target group.

    In Germany, Austria and Switzerland (hereafter referred to as the D-A-CH region), there are around 80 m people who fall into this target group, among them 41 m women and 39 m men.

    In Germany, around 10.8% of women and 5.1% of men over 18 suffer from light incontinence, while around 4.9% and 2.6% respectively suffer from moderate incontinence. We assume the same values for the entire D-A-CH region, in order to calculate its market potential. We therefore arrive at a figure of 9.4 m people suffering from incontinence.
    According to a study, only 50% of those affected by light incontinence use incontinence products (both disposable and reusable). We assume that all persons suffering moderate incontinence use products. This results in 6.2 m people in the D-A-CH region.

    We further assume that around 20% of these people use reusable products, resulting in a final target group of 1.24 m people who could potentially purchase BODYVISION products.

    Source: Insenio: Inkontinenz Zahlen und Fakten;Statista; HunskaarS, Lose G, Sykes D et al. (2004) The prevalence of urinary incontinence in woman in four European countries

    Thanks to its varied properties, BODYVISION Technology offers great potential for bed and surgical underlays, absorbing bodily fluids and preventing infection.

    The cost category “Medical and care-related consumables” includes items like gloves, syringes, tubes, underlays and bandages. This cost category makes up 6% of total material costs, making it the sixth-largest category here.

    BODYVISION Technology could also potentially come under the “Dressings, aids and therapeutic products” category. Although this cost category does not represent the largest cost block for clinics and hospitals,
    it can be viable in the long term if these costs can be reduced thanks to BODYVISION’s reusability.

    Thanks to its varied properties, BODYVISION Technology offers great potential for sportswear, functional and outdoor clothing.

    The segment for functional clothing and sportswear for men, women and children makes up the largest revenue share in the market for sportswear and swimwear. In 2019, revenue in the market for sportswear and swimwear for women was around 400 m euros, higher than that for men.

    Studies show that people aged 16 and over who engage in sport spend around 120 euros per year on clothing on average. The majority of this is spent in store, with online sales coming close behind.

    Source: Deloitte -Sports Retail Study (2018); Statista Consumer Market Outlook (2020)

    Thanks to its varied properties, BODYVISION Technology offers great potential for use in animal clothing and accessories, as well as baskets and blankets.

    There are around 38 m pets in Germany (as of 2019). Among the most common of these are cats (14.7 m), followed by dogs (10.1 m) and rodents (5.2 m).

    Around 5 bn euros were spent in Germany in 2019 on pet supplies, and this figure is increasing. The vast majority of this money (4.3 bn euros) is spent in store, with an additional 0.7 bn euros being spent online. In 2019, around 1 bn euros were spent on consumables and accessories.

    Thanks to its varied properties, BODYVISION Technology offers great potential for improving existing military clothing and equipment. The optimised moisture absorption prevents chafing, sweat and odours.

    As of August 2020, around 185,000 people were serving in the German armed forces.

    Recent years have seen an increase in military spending on clothing.

    In 2019, the budget committee increased expenditure for clothing and equipment by around 1.3 bn euros. This was in part due to the development and production of new uniforms and accessories for outdoor use.

    Source: Bundeshaushalt; Bundesministerium zur Verteidigung (2020)


    Bodyvision Applications

    "Alongside reliable absorption and leakage protection, BODYVISION underwear represents a stylish, comfortable and discreet alternative."

    — Ann-Catherin Büschkens-Götz, Organisations & Operations

    Many people who experience light bladder weakness do not consider themselves to be suffering from incontinence. These include athletes, children and women during and after pregnancy.


    BODYVISION Technology boasts a variety of positive properties that make it suitable for use in various areas.

    In order for the technology to quickly achieve its economic potential, Bodyvision Technology GmbH plans to focus on a number of particularly promising markets.


    Incontinence underwear

    • BODYVISION is suitable for light incontinence and can replace conventional disposable products
    • The company plans to develop reusable products for moderate incontinence in 2021. This will hopefully be followed by inclusion in the medical aids catalogue of German health insurers
    • Sensor-based solutions are a further potential product innovation


    Specific product ideas:

    • Incontinence underwear
    • Period underwear
    • Sports underwear
    • Children’s underwear


    Clinics and hospitals

    •  Use as bedding pad for absorbing sweat and urine
    • Additional use as a surgery underpad
    • Replaces conventional disposable underlays made of plastic or film
    • And much more


    Specific product ideas:

    • Surgical underpads
    • Bed underlays
    • Protective covers
    • Mattress pads


    Sport, family and leisure

    • Potential use as nursing pads for mothers, nappy pads and bed underlays for children
    • Special underwear for children, women during their periods, after giving birth or during pregnancy
    • Sport: special clothing for absorbing sweat and odours
    • And much more


    Specific product ideas:

    • Sports underwear and accessories (sweatbands)
    • Trousers
    • Jackets
    • Outdoor clothing
    • Nursing bras and pads
    • Nappy changing pads
    • Bed inserts


    Pets and animals

    • Absorption of sweat, urine, contamination or unpleasant odours for animals in the form of blankets, underlays or animal clothing
    • And much more


    Specific product ideas:

    • Blankets
    • Baskets
    • Coats


    Military

    • Prevention of sweat-induced chafing and unpleasant odours in the military
    • And much more

    Specific product ideas:

    • Jackets
    • Trousers
    • Underwear


    Automotive

    • Prevention of sweat-induced chafing and unpleasant odours
    • And much more

    Specific product ideas:

    • Sitzbezüge
    • Lenkradverkleidung
    • Kofferraumeinlagen


    In Germany, people with health insurance have the right to medical or care aids if they are ill or require care. These aids are funded at least partially by the respective health or care insurance provider. All aids aim to alleviate or compensate the restrictions caused by an illness or disability as best as possible. The insurance providers maintain individual catalogues of the products whose costs can be refunded when an insured person requires them.

    Products may only be included in the catalogue if they meet the quality standards listed therein. For medical devices as per Section 3, Paragraph 1 of the German Medical Devices Act (Medizinproduktegesetz, MPG), a CE mark is considered sufficient evidence of functionality and safety.

    The medical aids catalogues of private health insurers are based on the products included in the aids catalogue, depending on the respective policy.

    Our aim is to develop BODYVISION Technology for medical use at moderate incontinence, as the technical design and its functional principle meet the necessary parameters.


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      Bodyvision Strategic goals

      "Our aim is to develop BODYVISION Technology for medical use at moderate incontinence, as the technical design and its functional principle meet the necessary parameters."

      — Lara Zampese, Managing Director

      As a result of BODYVISION’s many positive properties, the company aims to launch the product in the aforementioned markets over the medium term through partners and/or established market players in the form of licensing models or private labels.


      • Continued development of BODYVISION Technology

      • Inclusion of BODYVISION Technology in the medical and care aids catalogue

      • Ensure sustainable production

      • Establish BODYVISION Technology in various market segments through partner businesses

      • Fit BODYVISION with sensors


      Bodyvision Technology

      "BODYVISION Technology is patentable thanks to its special properties, and differs from existing patents in major areas."

      — Hans Martin Götz, Founder

      The innovative, single-layer fabric design combines several positive properties:

      Absorbency and leakage protection
      Thin, comfortable fabric
      Washable and reusable
      Sustainable
      Combats odours and bacteria
      Dermatologically safe

      BODYVISION technology was developed in 2020 as the result of many years of collaboration between BODYVISION Technology GmbH and the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein university.

      The special design of the technology enables modular construction that can be adapted to the requirements of various applications and product groups.

      The technology is patent protected under the name “BODYVISION Technology” (BODYVISION). This name is derived from the vision of a revolutionary new fabric that can be used in a variety of clothing innovations to permanently and sustainably improve quality of life in many areas.


      Absorbency and leakage protection

      BODYVISION’s special composition ensures it feels dry to the wearer’s skin. The skin-facing side of the fabric absorbs and wicks away moisture, which is then retained in the fabric’s core. The outer surface seals against external moisture, even when the wearer is sitting down or moving.


      Thin, comfortable fabric

      The BODYVISION fabric measures only around 3 mm in thickness, making it much more comfortable than competitor or disposable products. For users in many applications, it is barely noticeable.


      Washable, reusable and sustainable

      BODYVISION is made using sustainable materials and avoids the use of films and toxic substances. It is produced in such a way that avoids environmentally damaging processes. In addition, the fabric is easy to wash, giving it a huge ecological advantage over disposable products.


      Breathable materials

      BODYVISION uses only certified materials, including materials that ensure breathability. This protects the skin against irritations.


      Dermatologically safe and skin-friendly

      As BODYVISION uses only certified materials, they are also dermatologically safe. This ensures excellent material quality, while guaranteeing comfort against the skin.


      Prevents odours and bacteria

      BODYVISION uses only anti-bacterial and anti-odour fibres, such as Tencel and merino wool. This protects the wearer against unpleasant odours.


      BODYVISION is a single-layer fabric consisting of a compound structure that serves various functions. This allows the fabric to absorb moisture quickly and thoroughly on the skin side, before retaining it in the internal absorbent core. This is achieved by combining multiple layers of material within a single spacer fabric.

      The adjacent diagram shows the basic structure of BODYVISION in a cross section:

      • The layer facing the skin consists of wicking fibres that keep the skin dry and prevent moisture from leaking
      • The central layer of the fabric serves as a spacer and retains the absorbed moisture
      • The outer layer consists of a very thin, felting and hydrophobic wool that seals against moisture

      © Christoph Richter, M.Sc. / Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences


      BODYVISION was designed to be different to other  absorbent fabrics of the kind used in washable, reusable incontinence underwear.

      Clever design: BODYVISION is an intelligent product. The fabrics used in competitor products consist of conventional textiles and films that have to be layered and sewn together. This leads to complex, expensive production processes and sewn fabrics that require additional sealing in order to retain the absorbed moisture.

      Modular system: BODYVISION’s material composition can be easily modified for a variety of applications. This modular system therefore allows the fabric to be flexibly adjusted to the varying requirements of different product groups.

      Comfort: BODYVISION is comfortable to wear. Competitor products use tapes to secure edges. After several washes, these become hard and uncomfortable to wear, and can cause skin irritation. BODYVISION avoids this through fully fashioned production.

      Efficiency: BODYVISION enables quick and simple production of fully fashioned, seamless fabrics. This removes the need for many of the subsequent manufacturing steps like cutting, sewing, trimming and sealing that competitor products require.

      Sustainability: BODYVISION is reusable and requires no PU coatings or synthetic films to achieve its anti-moisture properties, unlike competitor products. This further boosts the product’s level of sustainability.

      Washable: BODYVISION can be washed in a washing machine together with other items. We recommend using a delicates or wool cycle.


      BODYVISION Technology is patentable thanks to its special properties, and differs from existing patents in major areas.

      Novelty: BODYVISION Technology has not yet been made available to the public or published in any form.

      Inventive step: BODYVISION stands out from conventional technology.

      Industrial applicability: Given the large market volume for incontinence products alone, the technology promises great industrial applicability even without further modifications.


      The internationally renowned Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein university combines specialist education with cutting-
      edge research and development activities.

      Bodyvision Technology GmbH contacted the faculty in 2018, in order to find solutions in the area of washable incontinence underwear and drive product development.
      The collaboration began by investigating the weaknesses of an established competitor product.

      In July 2019, a joint project was started, in which the Hochschule Niederrhein developed the BODYVISION fabric based on a comprehensive analysis of competitor products and its own research.
      A patentable technology was developed in August 2020, whose properties make it suitable for use in further areas.

      Additional collaboration projects with the Hochschule Niederrhein related to BODYVISION are currently ongoing and will unlock further research results.