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January 28, 2019

Applied DNA agrees fabric authentication deal with Tex-Ray

By Hannah Abdulla

Taiwan-based Tex-Ray Industrial Co is to use Applied DNA Sciences’ CertainT authentication platform to provide brand protection and traceability for its performance fabrics, smart clothing and sustainable materials in apparel, footwear and textile components.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two and announced today (28 January) will see the creation of a Centre of Excellence that will act as a hub for textiles innovation.

The Centre of Excellence will integrate Applied DNA’s CertainT tag, test and track authentication platform into new product development of yarns, finishes and fabrics. It will also be used for designing streamlined supply chain processes to reduce time-to-market for Applied DNA products and services. 

Applied DNA’s CertainT molecularly tags, tests and tracks products to help assure authenticity, origin, traceability, sustainability and quality for goods whose value chains span large commercial ecosystems and geographies.

“As a technology innovator and manufacturer of performance fabrics, Tex-Ray gives us entry into established supply chains in service of large global brands,” James A Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA, says.

“We believe Tex-Ray’s customers – manufacturers, retailers and brands – will benefit from our CertainT platform as a means of supporting claims in performance, sustainability and product origin. Our Tex-Ray alliance, together with our other recently announced textile strategic alliances, demonstrates continued execution on our strategy to engage key participants along multiple points in the global textile value chain to more broadly drive adoption of our authentication technology platform.”

Wayne Buchen, vice president of Strategic Sales at Textiles at Applied DNA Sciences, adds: “The Tex-Ray strategic alliance opens a significant opportunity for Applied DNA authentication technologies to enhance some of the most advanced fabrics and clothing on the market. We are deeply impressed by Tex-Ray’s commitment to best practices and best textiles and look forward to a collaboration that we believe will further transform traceability, transparency and trust in the textile industry.”

Founded in 1978, Tex-Ray is a vertically integrated innovative textiles and apparel manufacturing group, with 18 mills, garment factories and service offices in nine countries. Its production bases in Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa, Middle East and China specialise in the manufacturing of performance textiles as well as activewear, athleisure and lifestyle knitwear, with an emphasis on sustainability.

In another move to reach to Asian manufacturers, Applied DNA Sciences last week said it is teaming up with Taiwan’s Sun Chemical Supply Company, which will serve as a distributor of the CertainT platform in Asia.

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