UK-based thread manufacturer Coats has completed the opening three Innovation Hubs.
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Innovation Hub – EMEA at its site in Bursa, Turkey is officially unveiled today by Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive at an event attended by government representatives, customers, brands and members of the Coats Group Innovation team.
It follows the recent opening of Innovation Hub – Asia in Shenzhen, China on Thursday 28 March. Innovation Hub – America, the first of the series is in North Carolina, US and opened in October 2018.
These dedicated centres at key locations around the world enable Coats to collaborate with a range of innovation partners including customers, brands, suppliers, universities and start-ups.
The hubs will develop pioneering new products and processes in Apparel and Footwear and hi-tech products.
Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive, Coats, said, “Coats is a pioneering company and innovation is crucial to our success. To help structure our approach to innovation we are developing Innovation Hubs at key locations around the world. These are centres of excellence where we can develop new and potentially industry disrupting ideas. Our EMEA and Asia Hubs coming online is an exciting step in our new approach to innovation.”
They will be key to developing an innovative range of products taking personal protection garments to the next level in terms of comfort, fit, look and of course safety. China is a leading hub for apparel and footwear and will have a focus on creating a sustainable product portfolio.
It is anticipated the two latest Innovation Hubs will follow the success of the first in the series: Innovation Hub – America, at Coats’ Sevier manufacturing site in North Carolina, US.