SigNature T DNA System
Applied DNA Sciences to launch its SigNature T DNA system in synthetic fibres
Applied DNA Sciences, a leading provider of DNA-based supply chain, anticounterfeiting,
genotyping and anti-theft technology, and authentication
technologies, has partnered with two textile specialists to launch its SigNature T
DNA system in synthetic bres.
By partnering with Palmetto Synthetics, a leader in the production of high quality,
specialty synthetic bres, and Techmer PM, a leading materials design company, the
company aims to expand its presence in the athletic apparel industry and the
automotive textile category.
Entering new market
In a recent in-depth feature for Knitting Industry’s sister site Innovation in Textiles, our US correspondent Debra Cobb reported on
how the same DNA science used to solve crimes and identify stolen or counterfeit goods is now ensuring that consumers are
getting value for money when purchasing products featuring premium branded cotton.
“We have been a change agent for the cotton bre market, by bringing certainty to a complex supply chain. With our entry into
synthetic bres, Applied DNA Sciences is entering a market that is more than three-times larger than cotton, and is the basis of
60% of the global textile industry,” said Dr James Hayward, president and CEO of ADNAS.
“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.”
Palmetto Synthetics bres
Palmetto Synthetics bre has many uses, but is best known in the apparel, automotive and industrial applications. Fibres are used
in trunk liners and throughout the interior of cars in the visible surface materials.
In addition, the bre manufactured by Palmetto is also used in other polyester and nylon fabrics, such as footwear, performance
apparel, geotextiles fabrics for erosion control, roong products and ltration media. Palmetto Synthetics bre types include PET;
PETG; PBT; PA6, 6; PLA; as well as a line of post consumer recycled bres. The company also employs a wealth of additive and
nish technology along with a wide range of cross-section availability for bre customization.
“We have an eye to the future, and it has arrived with SigNature T DNA technology,” said David Poston, president of Palmetto
Synthetics. “This sets a new industry standard in assuring quality and purity at the source. SigNature T DNA ensures traceability
and transparency at every stage of the supply chain, with performance and strength delivered consistently. We are honoured to be
working with ADNAS and Techmer, and excited about the many benets this partnership will bring to consumers and
Tagging polyester formulations
Recently, in Clinton, Tennessee, unique SigNature T DNA molecular tags were attached to Techmer PM polyester formulations
and supplied to Palmetto, who used them to manufacture polyester bre.
The Techmer PM formulation is a component of a system of solutions for bre that includes colours and additives. These bres
were converted into synthetic fabrics for commercial and industrial applications. The initial stage tagged ve million lbs of PET
bre. The process will be scaled up to many millions of lbs over the next year, the manufacturer reports.
SigNature T DNA solution now tags natural and synthetic bres at industrial scale, and maintains a secure chain of custody as the
product moves from source (pellets in the case of synthetics) to bre to product to consumer.
“We are proud to partner with Applied DNA Sciences and Palmetto to commercialize DNA marking and authentication within bre
applications,” said John Manuck, founder and CEO, Techmer PM. “As a leader in materials design, we are constantly looking for
opportunities to create innovations which benet our customers and OEMs, and this partnership underscores that commitment.”
Techmer PM is a leading materials designer and works in partnership with plastics processors, OEMs, and designers to solve
some of their most difcult business, manufacturing, and sustainability challenges.
Techmer PM’s solutions modify the aesthetics, as well as extend and maintain the physical properties of plastic and bre
products. In partnership with Applied DNA Sciences, Techmer PM can now integrate SigNature T DNA into solutions for its
customers to ensure integrity of the entire supply chain.