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Who we are

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread company. Headquartered in the UK, we have a workforce of 17,000 in some 50 countries, across six continents around the world.

In this section, you will find everything you need to know about Coats - who we are, how we operate and our vision as a company.

We are continuing to transform for growth and are committed to delivering sustainable value.

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread company. Through innovative solutions and sustainable values, we create durable products that touch humanity, protect and improve lives, and form the fabric of life.

Our annual report details how we are delivering for our customers, their industries, our shareholders, our people and the communities in which we operate.

We are achieving this by focusing on three key areas:

Connecting – for over two centuries, we have developed a global footprint and unrivalled talent base connecting with our stakeholders to give us unrivalled access to markets, garment manufacturers and brand owners.

Pioneering – we are always seeking to create advanced products and services. We partner with customers across multiple industries to understand and meet the challenges they face by delivering innovative solutions.

Trusted – our success rests on our reputation. It is enabled by the trust of the people we do business with, the communities we operate in, our employees and our shareholders. Sustainability sits at the heart of this.

Our vision

Our vision is to be the world’s leading industrial thread company delivering innovation, digital solutions and sustainable value.

Our goals and culture


Our primary goals as an organisation are:

  • Profitable sales growth
  • Increased productivity
  • Delivering value

These goals will be delivered on the basis of strong foundations and a set of principles and priorities.


These are critical and all of our work is built upon them.

  • Safety
  • Compliance
  • Sustainability
  • Performance
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Technology


These are the basis on which our decisions are taken and priorities set:

  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Digital
  • Acquisition


These are a guide to how we behave with each other:

  • Energy for change
  • Respectful and inclusive
  • Freedom to operate
  • Openness and honesty
  • Positive teamwork