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SigNature T DNA System

Applied DNA Sciences to launch its SigNature T DNA system in synthetic fibres

SigNature T DNA System


Applied DNA Sciences, a leading provider of DNA-based supply chain, anticounterfeiting,

genotyping and anti-theft technology, and authentication

technologies, has partnered with two textile specialists to launch its SigNature T

DNA system in synthetic bres.

By partnering with Palmetto Synthetics, a leader in the production of high quality,

specialty synthetic bres, and Techmer PM, a leading materials design company, the

company aims to expand its presence in the athletic apparel industry and the

automotive textile category.

Entering new market

In a recent in-depth feature for Knitting Industry’s sister site Innovation in Textiles, our US correspondent Debra Cobb reported on

how the same DNA science used to solve crimes and identify stolen or counterfeit goods is now ensuring that consumers are

getting value for money when purchasing products featuring premium branded cotton.

“We have been a change agent for the cotton bre market, by bringing certainty to a complex supply chain. With our entry into

synthetic bres, Applied DNA Sciences is entering a market that is more than three-times larger than cotton, and is the basis of

60% of the global textile industry,” said Dr James Hayward, president and CEO of ADNAS.

“In just one DNA tagging campaign, companies can safeguard against product recalls and liability, and elevate their business,

based on high integrity, quality, and sustainability to ensure the smallest possible environmental footprint.”

Palmetto Synthetics bres

Palmetto Synthetics bre has many uses, but is best known in the apparel, automotive and industrial applications. Fibres are used

in trunk liners and throughout the interior of cars in the visible surface materials.

In addition, the bre manufactured by Palmetto is also used in other polyester and nylon fabrics, such as footwear, performance

apparel, geotextiles fabrics for erosion control, roong products and ltration media. Palmetto Synthetics bre types include PET;

PETG; PBT; PA6, 6; PLA; as well as a line of post consumer recycled bres. The company also employs a wealth of additive and

nish technology along with a wide range of cross-section availability for bre customization.

“We have an eye to the future, and it has arrived with SigNature T DNA technology,” said David Poston, president of Palmetto

Synthetics. “This sets a new industry standard in assuring quality and purity at the source. SigNature T DNA ensures traceability

and transparency at every stage of the supply chain, with performance and strength delivered consistently. We are honoured to be

working with ADNAS and Techmer, and excited about the many benets this partnership will bring to consumers and


Tagging polyester formulations

Recently, in Clinton, Tennessee, unique SigNature T DNA molecular tags were attached to Techmer PM polyester formulations

and supplied to Palmetto, who used them to manufacture polyester bre.

The Techmer PM formulation is a component of a system of solutions for bre that includes colours and additives. These bres

were converted into synthetic fabrics for commercial and industrial applications. The initial stage tagged ve million lbs of PET

bre. The process will be scaled up to many millions of lbs over the next year, the manufacturer reports.

SigNature T DNA solution now tags natural and synthetic bres at industrial scale, and maintains a secure chain of custody as the

product moves from source (pellets in the case of synthetics) to bre to product to consumer.

Techmer PM

“We are proud to partner with Applied DNA Sciences and Palmetto to commercialize DNA marking and authentication within bre

applications,” said John Manuck, founder and CEO, Techmer PM. “As a leader in materials design, we are constantly looking for

opportunities to create innovations which benet our customers and OEMs, and this partnership underscores that commitment.”

Techmer PM is a leading materials designer and works in partnership with plastics processors, OEMs, and designers to solve

some of their most difcult business, manufacturing, and sustainability challenges.

Techmer PM’s solutions modify the aesthetics, as well as extend and maintain the physical properties of plastic and bre

products. In partnership with Applied DNA Sciences, Techmer PM can now integrate SigNature T DNA into solutions for its

customers to ensure integrity of the entire supply chain.

Palmetto Synthetics Signs CertainT Trademark License Agreement with Applied DNA for Synthetic Fiber Manufacture to Ensure Supply Chain Traceability, Transparency and Trust

CertainT Tag-Test-Track System at the Synthetic Yarn Fiber Association on October 27,2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina


STONY BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (“Applied DNA,” “the Company,” NASDAQ:APDN), has signed a new CertainT® trademark license agreement with Palmetto Synthetics (“Palmetto”), a leader in the production of high quality, specialty synthetic fiber. Palmetto’s mission “is to be the leading global innovator and provider of specialty synthetic fiber while fostering a culture of integrity, dignity and respect for their team members, business partner, community and environment.” The newly signed CertainT trademark licensing agreement enables Palmetto to reach their goals of bringing transparency to their own manufacturing processes, and also to provide their customers with traceability and trust in the original tagged synthetic fiber.

Under the CertainT® platform, customers are provided with secure, forensic guidelines for monitoring the flow of product through the manufacturing process via molecular tagging, testing and tracking. Routine inspection and authentication is transparent and certified throughout the process via an integrated database and portal. CertainT also helps customers with meeting their sustainability goals by 2020. Products that use recycled, renewable or re-usable materials that have an eco-conscious composition can benefit from molecular tagging.

David Poston, President of Palmetto Synthetics stated “that to continue to be an industry leader, one must embrace new technology in paving the way to commit to customer excellence through the promotion of state of the art technology. As indicated in the past, we have our eye on the future and we are excited about CertainT’s platform and look forward to total implementation.”

“The CertainT system physically traces the raw material, ingredient, component and product, so you can claim that you are performing full traceability from source to shelf. That’s the difference between most standards that certify products that use a paper trail, or a mass-balance approach, where certified raw materials, such as recycled PET can be easily mixed with non-certified ones. CertainT can help assure product integrity and traceability by ensuring the product itself,” stated Dr. James A. Hayward, President and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences.

Applied DNA Sciences and Palmetto Synthetics will be co-presenting with Techmer PM at the Synthetic Yarn Fibers Association Fall Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina in October 27, 2017.

About Palmetto Synthetics

Palmetto Synthetics, headquartered in Kingstree, SC, is a provider of custom design solutions in the world of synthetic fiber. They offer a wide range of polymers that can be spun into fiber for such end uses as footwear, performance apparel, geotextiles fabrics for erosion control, roofing products and filtration media. They also are heavily engaged in post-consumer recycled fibers for a variety of applications.

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics.

We make life real and safe by providing innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. The proprietary DNA-based "CertainT®" platform can be used to identify, tag, test, and track products, to help assure authenticity, origin, traceability, sustainability and quality of products.

SigNature® DNA describes the core technology ingredient that is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature®T and fiberTyping®, targeted towards textiles and apparel, BackTrac™ and DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track-and-trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators. Applied DNA Sciences is also engaged in the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using the polymerase chain reaction.

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Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made by APDN in this press release may be "forward-looking" in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements describe APDN's future plans, projections, strategies and expectations, and are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of APDN. Actual results could differ materially from those projected due to our short operating history, limited financial resources, limited market acceptance, market competition and various other factors detailed from time to time in APDN's SEC reports and filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 6, 2016, and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed on February 9, 2017, May 11, 2017 and August 10, 2017 which are available at APDN , undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless otherwise required by law.

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DNA Tagging Now Gives Cred to Recycled PET Fiber Firms

Palmetto Synthetics and CertainT




DNA Tagging Now Gives Cred to Recycled PET Fiber Firms

Photo credit: Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences wants to take what it has accomplished in the cotton supply chain and apply it to synthetics, particularly in the area of recycled PET fibers.

The provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, is highlighting its CertainT platform in conjunction with National Recycling Week this week, and National Recycling Day on Nov. 15.

“We want to encourage consumers to recycle,” said John Shearman, Applied DNA’s executive director of marketing. “Like we did with our cotton programs, we had to first prove the technology. We feel we’ve made our platform easy to understand for brands, and part of what we do is educational, but we now want to help them communicate that to their customers.”

Last month, Applied DNA, based in Stony Brook, N.Y., signed a trademark license agreement for its CertainT platform with specialty synthetic fiber maker Palmetto Synthetics. CertainT provides a single platform to tag, test, track and trace products throughout a certified supply chain. Applied DNA’s molecular tag is extruded into the recycled components that create recycled PET fiber, with no impact to performance or quality of the blended staple or filament PET yarns.

CertainT platform growth

The new CertainT trademark agreement enables Palmetto to reach its goals of bringing transparency to the manufacturing processes and provide customers with traceability and trust in the original tagged synthetic fiber.

MeiLin Wan, vice president of textile sales at Applied DNA, explained that under the CertainT platform, customers are provided with secure, forensic guidelines for monitoring the flow of product in the manufacturing process through molecular tagging, testing and tracking. Routine inspection and authentication is transparent and certified via an integrated database and portal.


Also last month, Applied DNA signed a CertainT trademark license agreement with Techmer PM, a producer of value added colors and additives for the plastic and fiber industries, and a long-standing customer of Applied DNA’s SigNature T molecular tags.

Techmer’s mission is to provide customers with the best technical support in “problem solving designs for modifying the properties of base polymers.” In the complex world of sustainability, Techmer has embraced Applied DNA’s CertainT platform as a way to prove sustainable sources and ensure product integrity and supply chain transparency.

Wan noted that “masterbatches” are concentrated additives used to impart qualities or colors to compounded plastics. With the implementation of the CertainT trademark on its SigNature T molecularly tagged PET or recycled PET masterbatch, Techmer is now able to illustrate to its customers and downstream supply chain partners the ability to forensically interrogate its source material in all phases of the manufacturing process, from source masterbatch pellet to the end product, allowing Techmer to differentiate itself in a dynamic market.

“Customers want to know where their products were designed and manufactured, and we want to be at the forefront in reliably providing that information,” John Manuck, chief executive officer, chairman and founder of Techmer, said of the deal.

CertainT also helps customers meet their sustainability goals, according to Shearman. Noting that products that use recycled, renewable or re-usable materials that have an eco-conscious composition can benefit from molecular tagging.

National Recycling Day

“We’re are going to promote National Recycling Day and Week on our website and link to different recycling sites,” Shearman said. “We’d like to get our message out there more to the consumer base.”

Wan said it’s important to note that CertainT can tag pre- and post-consumer recycled material. PET is the clear plastic best known for its use in water bottles and is the most widely recycled plastic in the world.

“The realization for the brands and consumer is CertainT allows for tighter control and procedures, so their products will have better quality and will perform better,” she said.

Photo credit: Applied DNA Sciences

This has been the case with Applied DNA’s CertainT agreement with Loftex Home for towels, with the first products on retail shelves now.

The multi-year agreement between the two companies signed in July is exclusive for bath and beach towels in the U.S., non-exclusive for plush throws and bath rugs, and provides for long-term guaranteed minimum annual revenues, as well as trademark licensing royalties to Applied DNA.

“Retailers, brands and consumers want to know where their products come from and where they are going,” Charles Gaenslen, CEO of Loftex Home, said when the deal was signed. “Sustainability product claims are central to our recycled PET programs and CertainT verifies our claims throughout the supply chain. The response from retailers based on our initial launch of our Fusion Fibers with CertainT collection announced in March exceeded our expectations, which is why we are expanding our use of recycled PET verified by the CertainT platform.”

Any piece of the CertainT-tagged towels can be authenticated by detecting the molecular tag present in the recycled PET fiber, ensuring the recycled nature and origin of the fiber.

Shearman noted that the benefits of a blended recycled PET and cotton towels include less drying time and less water usage during washing, making for a more sustainable and time-saving product.

Applied DNA also has CertainT licensing agreement with GHCL for recycled PET and PET for bedding.

“It all comes down to the circular economy,” Wan added. “Reused and recycled products don’t have a lifecycle.” /applied-dnas-certaint-platform-gives-cred-recycled-pet-fiber-firms/



Nonwovens In Automotives

Role of nonwovens continues to evolve as manufacturers look for lighter weights, increased flexibility and more


Karen McIntyre, Editor12.07.17
The use of nonwovens in the automotives market has increased significantly in recent years and today, more than 40 automotive parts are made with nonwoven fabrics. These range from trunk liners and carpets to air and fuel filters. By building on the essential properties that are necessary for good performance and safety, nonwovens help reduce the weight of the car, enhance comfort and aesthetics and provide advanced insulation, fire retardancy and resistance to water, fuels, extremes of temperature and abrasion.

Also boosting nonwovens’ use in automotives is the fact they are easy to handle during assembly. They are tailor-made for their function and can be heat-formed, embossed, lined, coated and printed. In short they contribute to making cars safer, more attractive, longer-lasting, more cost-effective and more sustainable. Due to their versatility and numerous benefits they are also widely used in the design and construction of other vehicles and transportation means – airplanes, trains, boats, spacecraft and satellites.

“Automotives is one of the world’s largest markets for industrial performance materials applications with a more than €2 billion market potential,” Frank Heislitz, CTO of Freudenberg Performance Materials, says. “Overall, the market is growing by more than 7% per year. This is faster than the growth of global vehicle production.”

A main driver for this growth, he says, is substitution of conventional materials with innovative performance materials. These lightweight performance material solutions support the trend toward e-mobility.

According to data furnished by EDANA, nonwovens tend to be 15-30% lighter than traditional materials, which can make the car more than two kilograms lighter. Over the life of this car, the use of nonwovens would save 55 kilograms of carbon dioxide output. Therefore, if you consider that 13 million cars are registered in the European Union each year, using nonwovens would save 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide output. This is the equivalent of reducing the number of passenger cars on the road by 250,000.

Marc-Andre Drouin, of Texel, says he sees customers pushing for lighter and lighter weight materials and some are even pushing for weights as low as 300 gsm for applications typically using 800 to 1200 gsm. This has presented challenges for the company as a needlepunch manufacturer, but Texel has risen to the challenge.

“We have a bunch of same performance lighter weight needlepunch materials available at lower weights especially for headliner scrims,” he says.

Outside of its traditional automotive applications, which include headliners and some trunkliners, Texel—through its alliance with new owner Lydall—has begun to develop materials for thermal insulation in the turbo area of the cars. “We are even seeing requests for high temperature materials as manufacturers want all parts of the car protected,” Drouin says.

Feels Good, Looks Good

In addition to being greener, nonwovens usage can improve the aesthetics of the car. Nonwovens technology allows designers to engineer a fabric from beginning to end for characteristics like softness, strength, flexibility and even looks. Nonwovens manufacturers can add in features like stain resistance and perhaps even a smoother appearance.

Korean nonwovens supplier Toray recently scored a win in the prestige automotives market with its Ultrasuede fabric, which reportedly offers a luxurious feel and look. Ultrasuede will be part of the interior for the Lexus LS500 and LS500h as well as the performance line F SPORT models, three vehicles manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation that are currently undergoing a complete redesign. These vehicles will all feature Ultrasuede in the headliner and visor, and F-SPORT will also use the material in its seats. This is the first time that Ultrasuede has been adopted by Lexus.

Produced with cutting edge Japanese technology, the smooth and luxurious feel of the uniformly textured Ultrasuede, along with its excellent adaptability to applications that upgrade the interior, was a significant factor leading to the fabric’s adoption for the Lexus models.

Ultrasuede, the original ultra-microfiber nonwoven fabric with suede texture, was developed by Toray in 1970 by taking advantage of its ultra-microfiber manufacturing and processing technology. Its outstanding texture and high functionality were developed over a 45-plus year history and have been highly acclaimed in various fields, including fashion, home interiors, general merchandise and automobile interiors. It is widely recognized as a luxury, high-quality material.

Choosing China

While growth in developed markets like North American and Western Europe is tied to economic cycles, prospects for new automotives is stronger and more consistent in developing markets, particularly China, Southeast Asia and India, where growth is growing above the 7% global average.

According to Detlev Kappel, sales manager at Tenowo, demand in China continues to be strong as European OEMs such as BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes continue to grow in the region. “Tenowo is a well recognized local manufacturer in the complex supply chain network in China/Asia, and we are also very successful with Chinese OEMs where we are accepted as a important quality supplier,” he says.

Tenowo’s Chinese plant is running at full capacity and the company has developed a number of new products like NVH high performance flame retardant styles, high loft nonwovens and nonwovens for underbody parts. However, there have been challenges like uncontrolled rising raw material prices, especially fibers, which has been triggered by a new Chinese enacted law.

Automotives component supplier Autoneum has recognized potential in China and has recently announced plans to add four additional plants in the country, significantly expanding its production capacities there but also laying the foundation for further profitable growth despite challenging regional markets.

According to executives, high-volume orders from all around the world—European, U.S.-American and China— have made it necessary to boost its production capacities in China, the largest automotive market in the world. At the new plant in the Eastern Chinese city of Yantai (Shandong Province), series and just-in-time production of inner dashes and carpet systems has already started. Around 250,000 Chinese-made vehicles will use components made in Yantai each year. A particular area of focus at this new plant, Autoneum’s seventh in China, will be sustainable production processes: Production waste in the form of mixed fiber fleece and polyester will be recycled and re-used in the manufacture of components.

Yantai is one of Autoneum’s first plants designed on the basis of digital 3D simulations. Using so-called “Computer-Based Manufacturing Simulation” (CBMS), machine set-up, layout of production cells and even deployment of shopfloor workers were simulated already during the planning phase, which enables Autoneum to ideally design and utilize the plant, advance working conditions, increase production efficiency and realize associated cost savings. Knowledge gained from the use of the virtual reality application in Yantai will flow into the CBMS-based design of other new plants within Autoneum’s global production network.
On the occasion of the grand opening of the Yantai plant, Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel stated: “We are investing in the development and expansion of our Chinese production capacities, taking into account the importance of the Chinese growth market and ever-increasing demand from international and Chinese vehicle manufacturers. In line with our strategy, we are focusing on vertical integration and sustainable production processes at our new plants.”

He further stressed: “With the regional market launch and production of lightweight components for various types of drives, Autoneum is supporting the expansion of electromobility in China, reductions in traffic-related CO2 emissions and thus sustainable mobility in the highest-volume automotive market in the world.”

The new plant in Yantai is just the start. In just a few weeks, series production of carpet systems, inner dashes and wheelhouse outer liners will also get underway for U.S.-American and Chinese vehicle manufacturers at Autoneum’s new plant in the city of Changsha (Hunan Province). Annual production capacity for the Changsha plant will amount to some 1.4 million components.

Productivity and sustainability likewise come together at this approximately 11,000 square meter large plant: Scrap from carpet and felt production is recycled on a fully-automated basis, ensuring a closed material cycle.

A plant located in Pinghu (Zhejiang Province), some 100 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, is still under construction along with a production facility in Shenyang Tiexi (Liaoning Province) in the country’s northeast. Starting in fall 2018, Autoneum will produce underbody systems for European and Chinese vehicle manufacturers in Pinghu. In 2018, Shenyang Tiexi will likewise supply models produced by German customers with heatshields, hoodliners and carpet systems. 

In addition to the three fully owned plants in Chongqing (since 2006), Taicang (2010) and Shenyang (2011) and a development center in Shanghai, Autoneum jointly operates Chinese production locations with Japanese automotive supplier Nittoku in Guangzhou (2003), Tianjin (2004) and Wuhan (2013). Autoneum’s customers in China include European, U.S.-American and several Chinese vehicle manufacturers.

By expanding its production capacities in China, Autoneum is laying the foundation for further profitable growth despite challenging regional markets. It is therefore expected that contrary to earlier assumptions the company’s 2017 net sales will only slightly surpass those of the previous year due to the significant decline in light vehicle production in the U.S. The results achieved so far confirm the EBIT margin forecast of over 8% for 2017.

From India to Around the World

Autotech Nonwovens, India’s first nonwoven felt producer, was established in 2012 and the company currently has a 35% of marketshare of its domestic headliner market. In 2018, the company plans to capitalize on this success and begin exporting materials outside of India.

Targeting foreign markets will be assisted by Autotech’s latest investment, a state-of-the-art Andritz neXline needlepunch line, which offers high production capacities – from opening/blending to finishing. The scope of supply also included a double eXcelle Dynamic card, a Dynamic crosslapper, a drafter, and several needlelooms. The complete process is controlled by the ProDyn closed-loop system scanning gauge, which corrects variations in the web profile continuously in order to meet extremely demanding web requirements.

Autotech is therefore able to produce all A-surface face fabrics including but not limited to floor carpets, headliners, parcel tray, load shelves, seat back carpets, trunk and side trims.  In addition, it has also penetrated into automotive filter fabrics for engine air intake and cabin air filtration applications.

According to company director Ankit Desai, when Autotech Nonwovens was found in 2012, the Indian automotive market was going through a lean patch. Sales were unusually stagnant for the passenger car segment between 2011-13 and cost reduction was a priority.  “The growth potential however was never under question and it was a matter of time that the market would revive given the demographic trends of a young population combined with a high GDP growth rate,” he says. “Today, as expected, the Indian automotive market is projected to exceed 5 million cars by 2020-21.”

Several carmakers are in the process of making significant investments in the western region of India (Gujarat) for new automotive factories. These includes Ford, Tata and Suzuki, with a total new capacity of almost two million cars per year coming up by 2020. Since 2012, Ford, Suzuki, Kia, SAIC, MG Motors, Mahindra and Peugeot-Citroen have either already set up or have planned to set up brand new facilities in India.  

The taste of the Indian consumers is also shifting from cheaper affordable small-segment cars, to much more expensive and feature filled premium segment sedans and SUVs. The fastest growth has been in the SUV segment. Such growth in the premium segment has prompted automakers to provide differentiation as well as a premium fit and finish to their new product launches.

According to Desai, Autotech is the only Asian nonwovens manufacturer other than Freudenberg-Vilene to manufacture printed nonwoven headliners in-house and the first to launch printed nonwoven headliners locally manufactured in India.

“With the shift towards differentiation as well as to give customers a premium, tailored and personalized feel to their cars, printed nonwovens are a strong alternative to much more expensive knitted/foam-backed headliner fabrics which are commonly used the luxury segment,” he says. “Printed nonwoven headliner fabrics allow OEM designers the flexibility to customise and personalize unique patterns and colors, add 3D textures and antimicrobial finishes to their headliners while maintaining a high abrasion resistance and providing a premium feel to the cabin interior.”

He adds that Autotech has a vision of becoming a one-stop solution provider for all automotive trims. “This sets us apart from our competition.”

To achieve this, Autotech has been working with market leaders and has developed printed headliner fabrics with a 3D texture to provide a premium feel to other parts of the car interior. The result is a range of  nonwoven fabrics that are not only high quality in terms of being light weight but also offer excellent wear and tear resistance, long durability and are economically competitive compared to other materials.

These features have allowed OEMs to shift from the traditional bi or tri-laminate fabrics / foam backed fabrics thereby reducing weight and improving on cost and other benefits brought by lightweighting.

“With its decorative design and unique patterns offering a 3D look, currently (the headliner fabric) is the most sought after material in the automotive segment,” Desai says. “In the past, leading Indian automakers were forced to import these materials leaving a limited choice due to high cost of import and other charges as well as the absence of a local producer. Autotech has been extremely fortunate to work closely with its customers in supporting this development and bringing a positive change to the Indian market so a premium nonwoven can be offered to a larger share of the market.”

Freudenberg’s technologies also offer better opportunities for design thanks to a unique printing technology that go beyond classic nonwoven headline surfacing and its spunlaid nonwovens based on Lutrador technology contain up to 90% recycled materials, improving the green profile of the car, which is an important trend in the industry.

“Freudenberg’s nonwovens based on Lutraflor technology for automotive carpets, insert mats and interior trunk linings are lighter than competing materials and they offer automotive designers the opportunity to help save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions,” Heislitz says. “Compared to conventional automotive carpets, these nonwovens provide weight savings of up to 40%.”

Also, Freudenberg’s unique multi-layer composite for molded underbody panels and wheel liners are 100% recyclable and can be used in closed loop systems. New products, like Freudenberg’s innovative Evolon microfilament textiles offer important advantages compared to conventional solutions. The adjustable flow resistance offers excellent sound absorption, particularly in the frequency range for 600-6000 hx.

Freudenberg’s headliner facing materials are not only used in headliners but also for trunk liners and seat backs where they provide significant weight reduction potential compared to composite knitted or foam fabrics.

Other materials that can offer weight savings include unique multi-layer composites for molded under body panels and wheel liners while its Evolon microfilament textiles have an outstanding strength to weight ratio. Areas of application for Evolon textiles in cars are varied.

GM, William T. Burnett Create Jobs, Products from Recycled Water Bottles

General Motors has added two million water bottles from Flint, MI, residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece to make three products: Chevrolet Equinox V-6 engine covers, insulation for The Empowerment Plan coats for the homeless, and air filters for 10 GM plants. 

The program engages a supply web of 11 organizations and reduces landfill waste. The resulting social impact contributes to the initiative’s progress and expansion.

GM supplier Filtration Services Group involved the N.E.W. Life Center in Flint to make air filter panels from the 9000 square feet of fleece created since Do Your Part launched in April. After at-risk individuals participated in programs dedicated to employment preparation or life change, this nonprofit training center employs them to further develop their skills.

GM is donating enough insulation for The Empowerment Plan’s seamstresses — formerly homeless women — to make 6500 coats that transform into sleeping bags that are given to those in need at no cost. The nonprofit trains their employees in lean manufacturing and teaches them soft and hard skills to propel them to bigger and better opportunities.

“We’re committed to proving to employers that formerly homeless people can be a skilled talent pool,” says Veronika Scott, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan. “The end product is more than a coat: It empowers women to take control of their lives and provides the path to long-term, sustainable jobs.”

Scott says GM’s insulation provides the warmth needed for the homeless to withstand cold nights. Each coat contains 31 water bottles. The GM Foundation also supports The Empowerment Plan, providing it with $220,000 since 2013.

High loft nonwovens maker William T. Burnett has also contributed to  this project, purchasing some of the recycled resin and fiber and making them into batting material used in three different projects—with Rogers Foam Corp. noise dampening covers for the Chevrolet Equinox V6 engine; the employment of former homeless workers creating HVAC filters for GM facilities and the creation of coats/sleeping bags for the homeless.

According to president Greg Davis, the projects not only keep plastic bottles out of landfills but also aid the local economy.

“Since the bottles might otherwise be shipped overseas, the project protects American jobs,” he says. “It has also revolutionized the company’s approach to recycling by opening a window onto just how much waste material might actually find a second use somehow – a benefit both to the environment and to the company’s bottom line.”

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