Applied DNA says the new sponsors reflect the leather industry’s growing interest in a 100% secure supply chain

Applied DNA says the new sponsors reflect the leather industry’s growing interest in a 100% secure supply chain

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has revealed Scottish Leather Group and Tong Hong Tannery are the newest sponsors to its leather traceability system, expanding the project to seven global brands.

The Research Project, initiated following the signing of a Research Agreement between the two companies last year, seeks to develop and validate a robust SigNature T-based system to provide comprehensive and verifiable leather traceability, from farm to finished products.

It follows a Memorandum of Understanding announced in August 2016 with the BLC Leather Technology Centre (BLC) to set the standard for marked animal pelts and leather, building on Applied DNA's work with cotton, wool and synthetic textiles.

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With these new additions, the research project now totals seven sponsors, including C&J Clark International and Puma, among other global brands.

And the news is not to be taken lightly. Formed in 1965, Scottish Leather Group Ltd is a privately owned, independent company which is the largest manufacturer of leather in the UK. Its specialist leathers are produced for a wide range of industries including footwear.

The group is composed of four leather manufacturing subsidiaries and a technology company, all located in the west of Scotland. Its export sales represent over 80% of turnover.

Meanwhile, Tong Hong is the world's largest manufacturer of split leather. Founded in 1990 with manufacturing plants for split leather in Vietnam, South China and Indonesia, it strives to consistently deliver quality split leather and service to the largest footwear brands in the world.

The company is also an industry leader in producing responsible leather with a recycled water usage rate of nearly 80%, and has received LWG Gold Medals in all three of its locations. 

In addition, Tong Hong offers a fully commercialised water-based polyurethane-coating system that eliminates solvents.

"The addition of these new sponsors reflects the leather industry's growing interest in a 100% secure supply chain for its products and an ongoing commitment to taking positive action to deal with environmental sustainability, animal welfare and supply chain risk management that are key issues for industrial participants and their customers," says Tony Benson, EMEA managing director for Applied DNA.