Coats launches corrosion resistant zip

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Opti LUX Shield, the most advanced range of corrosion resistant zips.  Opti LUX Shield is being showcased at Lineapelle, the international trade fair for the leather goods sector, held in Milan, Italy, 23-25 February. 

Metal zips used in leather goods, clothing and footwear are prone to oxidisation and corrosion from exposure to the moisture in air and also through contact with chemicals contained in all leather following the tanning process it goes through.  This not only detracts from the product’s appearance but can also impede the smooth running of the zip, often to the point of jamming. 

Coats Opti’s Research and Development team has developed a unique and advanced formula which makes the zip’s teeth and slider resistant to corrosion caused by atmospheric exposure and leather tanning chemicals.  The propriety Shield finish protects the electroplated surface from chemicals and minimises the damage caused by regular abrasion.  Specially engineered chemical and mechanical properties also enhance the appearance and durability of the zips.  This is combined with a superior process for forming the mechanical teeth of the zip which enhances the run ability by lowering friction.

Rajiv Sharma, Global CEO, Industrial, Coats, said: ‘The unique chemical and mechanical process we have specially developed means we are able to help our customers improve the durability of their products.  We have developed an enhancement to one of our products that makes a direct and visible difference to the end product sold to the consumer.’

The range is available in a choice of shiny and matt appearance, all tape colours and three sizes.  It is ideal for use in leather garments and accessories as well as stone washed and post dyed garments.

Coats stand location at Lineapelle is Pad 22, Stand F17, F19, G18 and G20.

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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