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Haelixa partners with Damteks

DNA markers applied to fibres as a fine spray.

9th January 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Switzerland & Turkey

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Haelixa, the Swiss traceable solutions company, is forging a new collaboration with Turkey’s Damteks to mark and trace recycled acrylic fibre

Haelixa’s DNA markers are solved in liquid and applied to fibres prior to spinning as a fine spray. Spot checks are completed after spraying to determine the presence of DNA and identify the product. The test is 100% reliable and has forensic validity.

Damteks has seen an increase in demand for blended yarns in the past year – most often for a composition of 30% recycled fibre with 70% standard fibre. The yarns with Haelixa DNA validate the recycled acrylic in the mix.

When manufacturers do not have built-in moisturising systems, Haelixa provides them with a custom unit to shower the DNA liquid onto the fibres. This unique spray system is engineered to match the mechanical processing of the customer.

Family-owned Damteks is one of Turkey’s leading manufacturers of acrylic yarn and will have its yarns branded ‘Marked and Traced by Haelixa’ to add additional credibility and reliability.

“As a manufacturer, we feel the pressure to offer sustainable options to our customers,” said İsmail Cem Atalay, Member of the Damteks board. “Our project with Haelixa allows us to ensure that we are offering the best product while taking into consideration the future of the planet.”

“The textile industry is adapting to the requests of consumers and regulators for more transparency and credibility when it comes to eco-friendly materials” said Dr Michela Puddu, Haelixa CEO and co-founder.  “Haelixa solutions allow Damteks to offer brands traceable products that showcase their recycled origins.”

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