Coats

ETP Inauguration

Coats Bangladesh makes significant headway in sustainability

  • 05 Jul 2022

Coats Bangladesh Ltd. has established a technologically advanced modern Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in its Gazipur factory.

It was inaugurated on 21st June 2022 by Mr. Bill Watson - Chief Operating Officer of Asia Region of Coats Group Plc in the presence of Mr. Al Kashem - Managing Director of Coats Bangladesh, Salman Chowdhury - Assistant Director, Dhaka Zone of Dept of Environment (DOE), Mr. Khalid Gaffar - Deputy Director, Trade & Investment, British High Commission and Kamrun Nahar Ruma - Manager British Business Group, British High Commission. The new ETP will be able to reduce 80% of water consumption by its recycling facility and thus reduce groundwater extraction equivalent to about 500,000 litres/day.

On the occasion Mr. Bill Watson said:

I thank the Coats Bangladesh team for their tireless effort and contribution in improving our sustainability agenda by actively minimizing our environmental footprint across our supply chain. Coats Bangladesh team has been working on all 5 sustainability pillars under our sustainable strategy, actively for a long time and the establishment of this new ETP is a true testament to our effort in pioneering it.

At the program, Mr. Al Kashem said:

Coats has always been an environment conscious company. We place sustainability at the heart of our transformation process and decision-making. The company has invested more than Tk 34 crore to establish this new ETP, which shows our sheer commitment towards sustainability. We as a company have undertaken a lot of initiatives, notable we have reduced over 30% Energy and 40% Water consumption through various projects, have robust Waste management which has reduced over 27% of waste and have been Great Place to Work Certified 2 years in a row.

Mr. Salman Chowdhury said, the initiative towards the sustainability that has been taken by Coats is phenomenal and exemplary for the other companies operating in Bangladesh. The water bodies are being polluted by various industrial waste streams and this ETP establishment by Coats is an example of pioneering and putting sustainability at the core of the operation from which other companies in Bangladesh can actively learn from and implement too.

Mr. Khalid Gaffar said this effort by Coats Bangladesh is pioneering a change towards sustainability and is an example of a responsible company. He thanked the team and expressed his interest in letting other UK born companies operating in Bangladesh to visit Coat’s Gazipur plant and to learn how to implement this type of advanced technology.

Coats Bangladesh Ltd is a joint venture between Coats and AK Khan & Company Ltd. The Coats Bangladesh operation has been relentlessly supporting the country’s Ready Made Garments industry for more than three decades by providing the highest quality of threads and technical value added services. It has two world class manufacturing plants in Gazipur and Chittagong.

ENDS

For more information contact:
Sabbir Khan, HRBP Bangladesh, HR Leadership
sabbir.khan@coats.com
M: +880 13130 14889

Notes to Editors

About Coats

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread company. At home in some 50 countries, Coats has a workforce of over 18,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2021 were US$1.5bn.

Coats provides complementary and value-adding products, services and software solutions to the apparel and footwear industries. It also applies innovative techniques to develop high technology performance materials threads, yarns, fabrics and composites in areas like personal protection, telecoms, energy, transportation, and household and recreation.

Headquartered in the UK, Coats is a constituent of the FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good Index Series. It is a participant in the UN Global Compact, a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has approved short term Science Based Targets to 2030 and is committed to developing a long-term target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the highest level of ambition on climate change under the Science Based Target initiative.

The pioneering history and innovative culture of Coats enable the delivery of its purpose to connect talent, textiles and technology to make a better and more sustainable world.