A&E, Applied DNA Sciences unveil traceable technology for threads

Posted June 9, 2021


STONY BROOK, N.Y. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a leader in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing, and American & Efird, (A&E), one the world’s foremost thread manufacturer,  announced A&E’s INTEGRITY™ advanced  identification thread technology is available for its ECO100 recycled sewing thread line.


Utilizing Applied DNA Sciences’ CertainT® molecular-based technology, A&E’s introduction of INTEGRITY™ ECO100, a sustainable and secure thread, provides an innovative and economical solution for brands to authenticate and validate their  products anywhere within the supply chain by way of a common component – sewing thread.
A&E’s INTEGRITY ECO100 identification thread line is produced with 100% recycled fiber and combines the  technology of Applied DNA Sciences’ proprietary CertainT® with Beacon® platform. This innovation can  authenticate a brand’s products and components by using the Beacon technology for a quick, in-the-field optical verification and, when needed, by using a portable qPCR test for a forensic analysis of the molecular tag. 

Australian celebrity designer Sara Caverley will use A&E’s ECO100 thread products, imbued with INTEGRITY and CertainT, in her namesake footwear brand, CAVERLEY, to ensure supply chain security and authenticity.

“During my time as a designer, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is the importance of  supply chain security,” Caverley said. “It is essential that CAVERLEY products are produced with sustainable components that  can be traced throughout their supply chain while ensuring we are delivering the very best to our customers. A&E’s ECO100 recycled sewing threads provide tangible proof of the one-of-a-kind leather and luxury trimmings  used in our products.” 

“Our customers are hyper-aware of the detrimental effects of counterfeit products, from lost sales to the potential  loss of brand equity. It’s a real and global threat,” said Chris Alt, executive vice president at A&E, a portfolio company of Elevate Textiles. “Our expansion of INTEGRITY secure thread technology developed with Applied DNA Sciences is a natural progression for us  to address our customers’ needs and extend our brand protection solutions.” 

“INTEGRITY thread protects the brand, as well as supply chains, at a time when security and sustainability are extremely important. We are helping to ensure that customers can meet their supply chain traceability and sustainability goals,” said Wayne Buchen, vice president, Strategic Sales, Applied DNA Sciences.


The CertainT® platform has three technology pillars (Tag, Test, Track) which allows raw materials and products to be tagged with a unique molecular identifier. This identifier can then be tested for its presence as it travels throughout a global supply chain. All the data points associated to tagging and testing are tracked by uploading to a secure cloud database. The platform can be used across industries such as textiles, cannabis, military, leather, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals and personal care.

Sources: Applied DNA Sciences and A&E

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