The apparel industry just scored another win for traceability.
FibreMark Solutions, the U.K.-based company that specializes in the development of traceability solutions for the textile supply chain, announced Tuesday that it has obtained a “significant” U.S. patent associated with the design of Fibretrace technology.
The technology offers companies “end-to-end traceability” and real-time data transferred to the Fibretrace blockchain. The U.S. patent is issued for the “Photon Markers in Fibre material.” A European Union patent is pending.
Fibretrace is a specially-constructed natural cellulose fiber that contains “minute rare-earth particles” as part of its construction. The cellulose fibers are converted into slivers to give it the flexibility to be blended with fibers in the early stages of the supply chain. Each batch of Fibretrace signatures are made specific for each client.
“We are on the cusp of a new era of transparency and traceability and at a time where the global fashion industry is re-examining its approach to traceability and transparency,” Fibretrace representative Danielle Statham, said. “Our technology allows companies to have full confidence in the integrity of their brands and supply chains.”
Fibretrace was founded by Paul Stenning and trials were conducted at the International Cotton Association in Bremen, Germany. The company is led by a team of industry leaders in the textile supply chain, including Danielle and David Statham, operators of the world’s first carbon-neutral cotton farm in Australia; Sanjeev Bahl, founder of Saitex International; and Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins trade show.