Textile Centre of Excellence

What We Do

APDN has partnered with the Textile Centre of Excellence in a joint effort to globally expand the DNA taggant marking and product authentication technology in the European Market, with a reach to the Pacific Rim. Additional orders have been fulfilled and will continue to develop with TCE and customers throughout Europe, as a part of this ongoing partnership.

To support continued business development efforts in the UK and Europe, APDN has opened its new DNA textile authentication laboratory and European office at the Textile Centre of Excellence (TCE) in Yorkshire. The new facility will be utilized to service all of APDN’s business, including the immediate goals of expanding both the SigNature® DNA and fiberTyping® Textile programs, and providing authentication services for the Cash-In-Transit industry.

Bill Macbeth, Managing Director of the Textile Centre of Excellence, said, “We have now perfected the process of protecting top quality textiles with the APDN botanical DNA. The Yorkshire ‘Signature’ protection is now available as an affordable and foolproof way of guaranteeing that products produced in this region are authentic. The next stage will see leading brands using the technology to ‘audit’ their distribution chains and identify where product substitution is taking place. There is massive worldwide market potential for this approach, with forensic testing now available at the new laboratory in Huddersfield."

“The SigNature DNA Anti-Counterfeit program was selected because it offers immediate and significant competitive advantage to the Yorkshire’s high quality textile manufacturers. The public funding contribution to the Program is significant, equating to over £1 million for each of the activity areas including the APDN Anti Counterfeiting activity. This contribution is designed to generate significant additional investment from the private sector which should generate at least £2 million in each activity area over the lifetime of the Program,” stated Bill Macbeth.

Located at the Textile Centre of Excellence, this new facility will be utilized to service all of APDN’s business, including the immediate goals of expanding both the SigNature® DNA and BioMaterial GenoTyping™ Textile programs, and, providing authentication services for the Cash-In-Transit industry.

“We see the importance and relevance of using DNA to safeguard our brands and our industry here in Yorkshire”, continued Bill Macbeth. “We need to protect the quality and reputation of the textiles and apparel we make. It’s simple really, we manufacture the best woolen cloth in the world and DNA can be effective in helping us to combat the rising tide of counterfeit goods.”

About the Textile Centre

The Textile Centre of Excellence is a £2 million development located on Leeds Road in Huddersfield, providing a wide range of 'state of the art' textile and clothing and production facilities, high quality training across a range of sectors and award winning multi-media meeting and conferencing facilities.

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