TOKYO — A trio of Japanese manufacturers have developed a process that makes it possible to laser-print nearly invisible markings onto synthetic yarns, a technology that could be used by apparel manufacturers to help identify counterfeit merchandise.

The technology has been developed by Shikibo Ltd., a leading textile manufacturer based in Osaka, in a joint research and development project with Clariant (Japan) KK, a Tokyo manufacturer of chemicals, and Navista Co., a major manufacturer of transfer printing machines based in Sakai City south of Osaka.

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