Coats launches cost effective fibreglass coated yarn for telecom cables

Coats plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, launches Glasmo SM VO - a new fibreglass coated yarn designed for use in telecommunication cables.  Its unique adhesion properties and inherent strength reduces cable manufacturing costs by eliminating one of the processes in cable production.

Glasmo SM VO’s oval shaped cross section increases the surface area of the yarn, and its uniquely engineered chemistry promotes the adhesion between the glass fibre components and the PVC cable jacket.  This combination eliminates the need for a preheating process which therefore streamlines production and reduces cable manufacturing costs.  The coating process also increases the strength and stability of the glass fibre, meaning that smaller cables using less PVC for the jacket can be produced while still meeting strength specifications, which further reduces the manufacturing cost of the final cable.

Rajiv Sharma, Global CEO, Industrial Division, Coats plc, said: ‘Glasmo SM VO is another example of the innovation in our Speciality business.  We are continuing to develop high technology products with enhanced strength and performance features which are providing cost savings and benefits for our customers.’

Glasmo SM VO is for use in drop wire telecommunication cables including copper, fibre optic, shielded and coaxial cables.  It can be produced to customer specifications as required.

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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 2013 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.

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  • 100 million car airbags are made using Coats’ thread every year
  • Coats produces enough yarn to knit 70 million scarves a year
  • In three and a half hours, Coats makes enough thread to go to the moon and back
  • 400 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
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