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NEW YORK – Applied DNA Sciences, a US-based leader in molecular tagging technology solutions, has received purchase orders from a textile manufacturer totalling US$1.6m to supply molecular taggant to tag textile fibres. The company expects to ship the majority of the total value of the orders during the current quarter ending September 30, 2021, with the balance expected to be shipped in the subsequent quarter.

The news offers further evidence of growing demand within textile supply chains for traceability and transparency and a shift towards more scientific and tech-based solutions which can eliminate human error.

“We are pleased to see demand for tagged textiles approaching pre-pandemic levels,” said MeiLin Wan, vice president of textile sales at Applied DNA. “The pandemic has forced textile brands and their suppliers to reimagine their supply chain models to prioritize sustainability, brand protection, and supply chain traceability. Having spent the pandemic positioning CertainT as the means through which to accelerate their traceability investments, we believe that the projects before us represent the future of textile supply chain traceability.”

Applied DNA has also announced that it is progressing textile projects (cotton, man-made cellulosic fibres, recycled polyester, leather, down and feather, and specialty coatings) with leading apparel brands which, if successful and adopted by the brands and their suppliers, would represent new commercial opportunities for Applied DNA in fiscal 2022. These projects include textiles of multiple fibres with customer operations in the Americas, Europe, the UK, and Southeast Asia.

The molecular taggant, a key component to CertainT, Applied DNA’s traceability system, serves as a unique identifier that can be tested for its presence as the tagged material travels throughout virtually any global supply chain.

Added Dr James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA: “The shock waves created by the pandemic, together with newly expanded government regulations that require greater proof of product provenance, have created an urgent need for supply chain traceability that can only be addressed, we believe, through a holistic approach that marries secure technologies and systems to deliver true end-to-end traceability.

“With CertainT, brands and their suppliers can deliver on their brand promise from fibre to finished goods utilizing a platform that is proven at commercial scale across three continents. Unlike our competitors, we believe CertainT provides cost-effective supply chain traceability that can withstand the scrutiny of government agencies and judicial court systems. CertainT is the trust that brands and their suppliers seek and that which their customers demand and deserve.”

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