Bill Watson

Award for Managing Director of Coats Vietnam

Bill Watson, Managing Director of Coats Phong Phu, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the office of the Prime Minister of Vietnam.  Coats Phong Phu is the Vietnam business of Coats plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business.

Bill Watson was recognised for his achievement in developing and building the strong business partnership between Vietnamese and foreign enterprises, as well as contributing to the growth of the Vietnamese textile and garment industry.  The presentation was made by Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ministry, Mr Do Thang Hai, at the recent Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) Annual Summation Ceremony in Hanoi.

Paul Forman, Group Chief Executive, Coats plc, said: ‘This is great recognition for Bill’s work not just in helping make the Coats business successful in Vietnam but also his contribution to the wider Vietnamese textile and garment industry.’

Bill Watson, Managing Director, Coats Phong Phu, said: ‘I am immensely proud to have received this recognition from the office of the Prime Minister.  I have lived and worked in this region for over 20 years and to be recognised with a national award such as this is truly a great honour.’

This recognition follows a highly successful 2014 for Coats Phong Phu.  In November it celebrated 25 years of operating in the country and in December, it won the People Empowerment category at the sixth annual Vietnam Supply Chain Awards, held by a national association for supply chain professionals.  Earlier in the year, Quyen Le, HR Director was awarded ‘Human Resources Professional of the Year’ by Towers Watson, a leading global professional services agency.



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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.

  • One in five garments on the planet is held together using Coats’ thread
  • 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
  • Coats is the second largest and fastest growing global zip manufacturer