Coats and interlinings specialist Permess announce strategic alliance

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, has entered into a strategic alliance with Permess, a supplier of high quality interlinings, to provide a comprehensive co-branded range of interlinings to all segments of the garment industry.  Interlinings form a key part of apparel manufacturing.  They are used to enhance, reinforce and shape the structure of the garment and are generally held in place by sewing or fusing. 

The announcement follows an informal partnership, of over one year, which has made progress in South and South East Asian markets and will now start to be expanded to other regions of the world.  The sales, distribution and technical service capability, which Coats has in markets across the world combined with the interlinings manufacturing spread, expertise and technology of Permess, creates a fast sampling and delivery service with swift responses and local market presence.

Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive, Coats, said: ‘The alliance with Permess is a step forward in our journey to be a value added partner to the apparel industry.  Coats Permess interlinings becomes part of Coats´ global trims offer that complements our comprehensive range of high quality threads, yarns and zips, providing a convenient and reputable source for all component needs.’

To help cater for the dynamic sampling and technical service requirements of customers, Coats has opened design studios for Coats Permess interlinings in India and Vietnam.  Further studios in other markets will open soon.  Coats Permess design studios are fully equipped with state of the art sewing, fusing, washing and testing facilities to provide all the required technical and backend support for garment manufacturers and brands.  With the brand new facilities and trained people in place, Coats will be able to provide quick sampling and technical support to customers.

Evert Jan Berenpas, Managing Director, Permess International, said: ‘Permess has invested heavily in new products, production technology, capacity and logistics both in Europe and Asia.  Now we are ready to expand our global service network and improve the availability of our high quality interlinings.  The global network of Coats with professional teams of dedicated managers is a perfect fit for our growth ambitions.'



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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