Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) is entering synthetic fibers for the first time and expanding into athletic apparel textile markets.
The authentication technologies company partnered up with Palmetto Synthetics, a specialty synthetic fiber producer, and materials design company Techmer PM to launch SigNature T DNA, a new synthetic fibers system.
The tool sustainably tracks materials throughout the supply chain by tagging synthetic fibers at industrial scale and managing custody from source to consumer.
“SigNature T DNA ensures traceability and transparency at every stage of the supply chain, with performance and strength delivered consistently. We are honored to be working with ADNAS and Techmer, and excited about the many benefits this partnership will bring to consumers and manufacturers,” Palmetto Synthetics president David Poston said.
Recently, SigNature T DNA molecular tags were merged to Techmer PM polyester formulations and then were used by Palmetto to manufacture polyester fiber. The Techmer PM formulation is part of a fiber solution system for additives and colors. These fibers were transformed into synthetic fabrics for industrial applications. Five million pounds of PET fiber were tagged in the initial stage and the process is expected to surpass this quantity in 2017.
Due to a partnership with ADNAS, Techmer PM can now use Signature T DNA to verify that the entire supply chain is sustainable.
“We have been a change agent for the cotton fiber market, by bringing certainty to a complex supply chain. With our entry into synthetic fibers, Applied DNA Sciences is entering a market that is more than three-times larger than cotton, and is the basis of 60 percent of the global textile industry,” Dr. James Hayward, ADNAS president and CEO, said. “In just one DNA tagging campaign, companies can safeguard against product recalls and liability, and elevate their business, based on high integrity, quality, and sustainability to ensure the smallest possible environmental footprint.”