Coats Colour Express the world's fastest thread sampling service

  • 28 Jan 2013

World leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, Coats plc has launched Coats Colour Express - a revolutionary web-based service that provides the apparel and footwear industry with the world’s fastest and most colour accurate sampling facility for industrial sewing thread.

This unrivalled service offers customers a tool to help them select a precisely matched colour sample thread for their needs. It is the only truly integrated thread sampling service that connects brands, retailers and manufacturers online with Coats sales teams, laboratories and production facilities.

Coats matches the thread to the fabric using the revolutionary Coats Colour CAPSURE device.  The CAPSURE uses a one-click colour matching system that accurately identifies colour components present in any material and matches them in seconds to a colour in Coats extensive database of more than 14,000 shades, which is pre-loaded in the CAPSURE device given to customers.

The sample order is then digitally transferred to our network of colour labs.  The lab uses the electronic data to generate colour and immediately start sample production.  All the sample details will be stored in the individual clients’ Coats Colour Express account.

If the colour does not already exist in our database, a dedicated Coats Field Colour Expert can help with colour selection.  Equipped with a Mobile Colour Reader - the latest innovative technology in colour management - our experts can analyse any fabric, create a perfectly matched thread colour and digitally transfer the results to the nearest lab for production.

Frazer Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, Coats plc, said: ‘Coats Colour Express was developed in response to customer feedback and our own research which found that customers were finding it difficult to match the thread colour to their samples and turnaround time was too slow. In response, we developed the fastest and most colour accurate thread sampling service in the world, reducing the lead time for thread samples from up to 10 days to between two and three.  Customers wanted fast, accurate colour and that is what we have delivered.’

Colour Express is currently available in nine countries including China, Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Vietnam and is being implemented throughout the UK, Europe and Latin America in the next three months, then rolled out across the rest of the world during 2013.

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Kristina Blissett, Communications Manager,

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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 20,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2011 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
  • 75 million car airbags are made using Coats’ thread every year
  • Coats produces enough yarn to knit 65 million scarves a year
  • In three and a half hours, Coats makes enough thread to go the moon and back
  • 300 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

About Coats Colour Express CAPSURE

The Coats Colour Express CAPSURE device was created by X-Rite, the global leader in colour science and technology.