Close×

A new carbon-based marking, tracing and validation technology developed by Dotz, that it says is virtually impossible to reverse-engineer, has been successfully tested in China.

Dotz, an Australian-listed tech company based in Israel, has developed ValiDotz security markers, which it bills as non-toxic markers that can be easily mixed into plastics, coatings, inks, and varnishes. The company also provides pocket-sized Inspec detectors to authenticate them.

According to Uzi Breier, CEO of Dotz, ValiDotz are resistant to temperature and shear force; can be inserted directly into polymers; feature multiple levels of security; and do not affect tagged products’ properties or appearance. They also require only low concentrations and feature multiple encoding combinations that can be changed if needed, he said.

“The Dotz end-to-end anti-counterfeiting technology is helping manufacturers protect their brands against the global US$2.2 trillion black market. Our taggants are virtually impossible for counterfeiters to reverse-engineer and can be easily adopted and customised for multiple applications,” said Breier.

In an industrial pilot on cigarette boxes in Shenzhen, China, ValiDotz were integrated into the customer’s ink system, which was followed by large-scale print runs on several substrates. The markers were then detected clearly at both covert and semi-forensic levels.

ValiDotz have also been tested in several polymer industry applications, and sold to European, American, and Asian clients.

Food & Drink Business

Universal Robina Corp, which owns Snack Brands Australia, and German-based snack food maker, Intersnack Group have announced a strategic partnership. URC will sell 40 per cent of its business in Australia and New Zealand to Intersnack.

A distribution deal between Made Group and Coca-Cola Amatil will see its beverage brands Rokeby Farms and Impressed expand into 50,000 restaurants, cafes and convenience stores around the country.

The World Health Organisation's European division has criticised the region's baby food market as it found a large proportion of products are high in sugar and incorrectly marketed for children under the age of six months. WHO has developed a draft Nutrient Profile Model as a result to combat misleading marketed products.