Textil-DNA From Schoeller Technologies AG Can Reveal Fake Products or Fabrics
The damage resulting from counterfeit products worldwide is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Fakes and copies of products call the safety of these products into question and, consequently, product liability claims are increasing. At the Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, the Swiss technology company, Schoeller Technologies AG, based in Sevelen, Switzerland presented the Textil-DNA project for the first time.
The innovation is called DNAtex. According to current assessments,
it is suitable for the entire spectrum of the textile production chain,
including chemicals, fibers, textiles and consumer products such as
clothing or bags. "With DNAtex we can give a product a 'unique ID.'
Based on this unique feature, it can later be clearly identified," explained Hans U. Kohn, COO of Schoeller Technologies AG.
DNAtex clearly and quickly recognizes this with a small electronic
scanner. Kohn added, "You scan the identified product and it looks for this
'unique ID' and emits clear signals: 'real' or 'fake.' Counterfeits are detected immediately."
Checks of this kind can be carried out at customs, for example, so that counterfeit goods cannot even get into circulation. According to Schoeller Technologies AG, DNAtex(TM) was originally developed to protect the company's own fabrics and technologies, in which a lot of time and money are invested. "Then we realized that we might be looking at a small sensation," continued Kohn. "It is not just about designs or ideas that are copied,” concluded Kohn.