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A&E Collaborates with Applied DNA Sciences to Develop Anti-Counterfeiting Sewing Threads

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (March 2, 2018) - American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's foremost manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced today a collaborative agreement with Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. to develop sewing thread utilizing CertainT® anti-counterfeiting technology.

"The CertainT Program is an innovative solution for brands and retailers in their supply chain. A&E and Applied DNA Sciences together are creating new security applications for sewing thread benefitting from revolutionary SigNature®T DNA and Beacon® technology. Our customers are increasingly more vigilant and security minded. DNA technology can protect a wide range of products, from luxury consumer brands to industrial applications where integrity of components is mission critical." Les Miller, CEO, A&E, stated: "We are excited to be collaborating with Applied DNA Sciences and developing cutting-edge technology solutions for our customers."

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A&E Expands Sustainable Offerings, Focusing on Athletic Wear and Performance Apparel with New REPREVEĀ® Recycled-Core Sewing Thread

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. – American & Efird (A&E), one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced the product launch of a new recycled-core, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread, Magic® using REPREVE®. Building upon the immense success of Perma Core® using REPREVE® released earlier this year, Magic® using REPREVE® provides eco-versatility in the sewing of activewear, athleisure and intimate apparel.

Magic® using REPREVE® incorporates Unifi’s REPREVE® fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, providing a highly sought-after eco-friendly performance sewing thread option for environmentally-conscious customers that is sized appropriately for the athletic wear and performance apparel markets.

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A&E strategically aligns with CGS to improve productivity through technology

Sri Lanka and New York, NY  – A&E, a global leader in premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced this month its strategic alliance with CGS, a provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, to improve productivity, quality and employee motivation within manufacturing operations. A&E has long been committed to assisting with the challenges global apparel manufacturers face each day and is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort with CGS that addresses these challenges.

The alliance was announced earlier this month at a special networking event in Colombo, Sri Lanka, attended by; manufacturing industry leaders; Paul Magel, President, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division at CGS; A&E CEO, Les Miller; along with many officials and stakeholders of A&E Lanka, a fully owned A&E subsidiary.

Many sewn products manufacturers today are challenged to improve productivity and efficiency in order to reduce throughput time and production costs and at the same time to also improve quality and reduce work in process inventory levels. CGS’s BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control provides powerful tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs.

Since its first real-time installation in 1984, hundreds of thousands of BlueCherry Shop Floor Control terminals have been installed, enabling apparel companies to achieve a return on investment (ROI) in just 6-12 months.

“Sri Lanka’s apparel manufacturing facilities are among the most sophisticated in the world,” said Miller. “These world-class operators have the ability to further enhance production efficiency through the use of A&E’s premium sewing thread and CGS’s real-time technology in BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control.”

Magel added, “We are delighted A&E is committed to the marketplace in the advancement of improved manufacturing operations and productivity. CGS is looking forward to building a strong relationship with A&E in the Sri Lanka market.”

A&E Joins ZDHC In-line with Commitment to Sustainable Business Practices

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (July 11, 2017) - American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, is officially announcing it has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. As a sustainability leader in the textile industry, A&E is proud to join over 20
leading brands working together to drive industry-wide change in responsible chemicals management.

"Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues." Jimmy Summers, A&E Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety/Sustainability continued, "We believe it is very important to be actively involved in driving positive change throughout the industry. It's simply the right thing to do."

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A&E's 2016-2017 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Industry Transparency, Traceability and Trust

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (June 1, 2017) - American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, announced today it is releasing its 2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report. This year's report reflects the three concepts that drive A&E's industry-leading sustainability program: Transparency, Traceability and Trust, while highlighting A&E's accomplishments in the areas of safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.


A&E's continued improvements, specifically in global water reduction and Zero-Waste-to-Landfill efforts, serve as an example of leadership and good stewardship throughout the textile industry.

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