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ICA Bremen Develops New Cotton Traceability System

ICA Bremen has a new authenticity tool in the works.

The global cotton testing, research and quality training center announced that it’s working on an inexpensive traceability system which will indicate organic and niche cotton authenticity. The project is predicted to launch by the end of this year.

“More and more consumers want to be sure that the cotton product they have bought complies with their environmental and social expectations,” Kai Hughes, managing director, said. “Several ‘cotton identity programmes’, such as organic and niche cottons, try to assure the public of this via labeling, but the textile value added chain is very complex so this previously could not be accurately done.”

ICA Bremen is working with U.K.-based FibreMark Solutions on the project. Both companies performed laboratory tests to immediately verify garments and also quantify them for authenticity confirmation using a new tool. A simple scanner conducts the process instantly from a hand-held reader or production line scan. No laboratory testing is required, reducing the time and cost for other key market members.

The project completed successful laboratory trials and will move to full field trials. With successful testing, good funding and increased partnerships, the product may be available by December 2016.