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Applied DNA completes leather tagging project with BLC
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May '18
Courtesy: Applied DNA
Courtesy: Applied DNA
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of molecular technologies, has announced the successful completion of its one year consortium research project with UK-based BLC Leather Technology Centre Limited (BLC). The aim of the research project was to apply and recover DNA tags throughout the key processing stages involved to make leather products.

The processing stages in the research project involved Apply DNA to animals on a farm and test for recovery when hides were delivered to a tannery; Apply DNA at the wet blue stage after initial tanning and test for recovery following leather splitting on both grain leather and drop splits; and Apply DNA during the leather finishing process and test for DNA recovery.

The research project was successful in every aspect, achieving all the stated objectives. The project was completed on schedule and proved the technical feasibility of DNA marking throughout the leather supply chain using SigNature DNA.

Tony Benson, Applied DNA’s managing director with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said, “We were delighted for the opportunity to prove our technology in the most severe of environments and to work alongside our partners, BLC. We are especially thankful to the five global brands, one NGO, and 2 tanneries who helped to sponsor this research project and make it a success.”

James Hayward president and CEO of Applied DNA said, “Success in this category is a testament to the adaptability of DNA, but more importantly, to the skills of our teams and the strength of our intellectual property. When properly formulated, DNA can survive most manufacturing processes and physicochemical environments.”

Victoria Addy, technical director of BLC said, “We are delighted at the results which exceeded everyone’s expectations. The potential for this technology to help the leather industry to ensure a fully traceable supply chain cannot be underestimated and we look forward to working with Applied DNA and sponsors in the coming months to see the technology being introduced.” (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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