The Oeko-Tex Association has awarded its Standard 100 certification to Asheboro Elastics Corp. Narrow Fabrics.

The certification ensures that AEC narrow fabrics have been tested to be free of harmful levels of more than 300 potentially harmful substances.

AEC manufactures an assortment of knitted and woven narrow fabrics for apparel, home textiles, medical, automotive, marine and commercial applications. The Asheboro, N.C.-based company has operations in the U.S. and Central America, with global distribution. The Standard 100 certification was issued for products made at AEC’s facilities in El Salvador and Honduras.

“The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification is an important element of our overall quality assurance and product safety programs,” said Charles Adams, president of AEC Narrow Fabrics. “This voluntary certification is recognized and respected by our customers around the world, especially by those who are Oeko-Tex certified themselves.”

By securing Standard 100 certification for products made in its El Salvador and Honduras facilities, AEC products made there can be used without concern in other Oeko-Tex-certified products. The modular nature of the Oeko-Tex certification allows manufacturers to take credit for their suppliers’ certifications when applying for certification for their own products, saving time and expense.

“Our customers appreciate us for our quality, service and innovation,” Adams added. “Now with Oeko-Tex certification, we’re giving them another reassurance that our products are made with respect for the well-being of our associates, our customers’ associates and the consumers who ultimately use the products that include our narrow fabrics.”

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 list of concerning chemicals includes residual pesticides, carcinogenic dyestuffs, phthalates, heavy metals and formaldehyde. The Standard 100 is updated annually.

Headquartered in Zurich, Oeko-Tex also issues the MyStep by Oeko-Tex database management tool, the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification for textile chemical compounds and the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex label for Standard 100 certified products produced.

AEC’s line of fibers include polyester, nylon, metallic and reflective yarns, carbon fiber, spandex, neoprene, rubber, cotton and polypropylene.