Coats appoints new Global Manufacturing Director

Coats plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, has appointed Rosi Heiland as its new Global Manufacturing Director.  She is responsible for defining and implementing manufacturing strategy across Coats, which has more than 70 production sites across six continents.

Rosi’s role includes defining best practice, developing global standards, driving performance improvement and ensuring sustainability in manufacturing capabilities.  Rosi joins Coats from Henkel AG & Co where she has been since 1997, most recently in the role of VP Production.

Chris Butcher, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Coats plc said, ‘Rosi has a first rate track record which will prove invaluable as Coats continues to drive and deliver standards of manufacturing excellence.’

Rosi has a Chemical Engineering degree and spent her early career in production management roles for Coca Cola and then in the chemicals/adhesives sector.  During that time she has run operations, developed and implemented global standards and has had responsibility for 30 global manufacturing sites.  More recently she has been working closely with commercial functions, focusing on creating and implementing company-wide strategies to improve overall business performance.


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About Coats

With a rich heritage dating back to the 1750s, Coats is the world's leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, at home in more than 70 countries, employing over 20,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2012 were US$1.7bn.

Our well-known brands and strong relationships with customers and consumers mean our products and services meet current and future needs. Our company-wide understanding of our business partners and consumers, coupled with the deep expertise of our people, builds trust and certainty.

Coats’ pioneering history and innovative culture ensure the company continues leading the way around the world: providing complementary and value added products and services to the apparel and footwear industries; extending the crafts offer into new markets and online; and applying innovative techniques to develop products in new areas such as tracer threads, aramids and fibre optics.

  • One in five garments on the planet is held together using Coats’ thread
  • 75 million car airbags are made using Coats’ thread every year
  • Coats produces enough yarn to knit 65 million scarves a year
  • In three and a half hours, Coats makes enough thread to go to the moon and back
  • 300 million pairs of shoes are made every year using Coats’ thread
  • One million teabags using Coats’ thread are brewed every 10 minutes
  • Thousands of surgical operations take place every day using Coats’ thread
  • Thomas Edison used Coats’ thread in 1879 to invent the light bulb
  • Coats produces enough thread to reach around the Equator every 11 minutes
  • Coats is the second largest and fastest growing global zip manufacturer

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