Automotive Composites

Composite fibre sports car on Coats stand at JEC World

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread and yarn manufacturer, is participating at JEC World where an Elemental Rp1 sports car will be displayed on its stand.  The reinforced thermoplastic wheel arches and exhaust cap feature Coats Synergex and embroidery process technology.  This annual event is the largest international gathering for the composites industry and is held in Paris at Paris Nord Villipente, from Tuesday 14 March to Thursday 16 March.  Coats is in hall 5A, stand L78.

Coats will also feature in the Automotive and Land Transportation Planet, one of four Innovation Planets dedicated to four major end user applications.  It is located in hall 6.

Richard Ridewood, Managing Director, Performance Materials EMEA, Coats, said: ‘JEC World is a key event for us to showcase all of our composite technology and expertise but particularly our Coats Synergex range.  Having the Elemental Rp1 sports car on our stand will help give visitors to JEC a tangible example of where our product can be used and the potential of its application in the future of composite technology.’

Coats Synergex, is a range of advanced composite fibres that can be processed into fabric form using technologies such as twisting and commingling.  The advantage lies in an acceleration of the manufacturing process; instead of using resins or autoclave, the composite fibres can be embroidered directly into complex shapes and the final composite parts can be metal pressed.  This cutting edge product has been specially designed by Coats to deliver a perfect balance of strength, weight and performance for industries including automotive and aerospace.  It also reduces waste and cost as well as offers recyclability.

The team of Coats representatives attending JEC World reflects its international expertise and are from its sites across Europe including Spain, Turkey and the UK.

To find out more about Synergex go to:


For more information and to request a photo of Anne Fahy contact:

Kristina Blissett, Head of Communications
T +44 (0)208 210 5084, M +44 (0)7714 539887

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About Coats

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market. At home in some 60 countries, Coats employs 19,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2016 were US$1.5bn.

Coats’ pioneering history and innovative culture ensure the company leads the way around the world: providing complementary and value added products and services to the apparel and footwear industries; applying innovative techniques to develop high technology Performance Materials threads and yarns in areas such as automotive, composites and fibre optics; and extending the crafts offer into new markets and online.

Headquartered in the UK, Coats is a FTSE 250 listed company on the London Stock Exchange.

  • Each year we make enough thread to go into 8 billion pairs of jeans - that’s one for every person on the planet
  • Every month Coats produces enough thread to stretch all the way to the sun
  • More than 450 million pairs of shoes are made every year using Coats’ thread
  • More than 100 million car airbags are made using Coats’ Performance Materials thread every year
  • In 1879 Thomas Edison used Coats’ thread in his experiments to invent the light bulb
  • Our Red Heart knitting and crochet yarn brand has been named ‘America’s Most Recommended’ by the Women’s Choice Award for three years running
  • Our flame retardant Performance Materials threads can withstand temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius
  • Coats is the second largest supplier of zips to global brands