Coats launches new reflective thread

Coats Group plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Coats Signal thread, an innovative reflective thread.  The specially developed premium thread has a high level of retro-reflectance when illuminated in dark or low visibility conditions.  The new thread will be showcased on the Coats stand (hall 5.1, stand B30), at Texprocess, the international fair for the processing of textile and other apparel materials, held in Frankfurt, Germany, 4-7 May.

Coats Signal thread is silver and designed primarily for fashion applications.  It can be used as an embroidery thread to differentiate products by creating decorative reflective features in logos, stitching patterns and seams.  While it is mainly decorative, when sewn on outdoor and active wear it also helps enhance visibility at night time or in difficult weather conditions.  Coats Signal thread combines the tenacity of a polyester filament cover with a retro-reflective core and has excellent strength and durability.

Rajiv Sharma, Global CEO, Industrial, Coats Group plc, said: ‘At Coats, we understand the production challenges apparel manufacturers can face when using innovative new types of thread.  Using that knowledge we have created a unique thread which can withstand the rigours of the sewing process and still retain its reflective functionality in the end product.’

Coats Signal thread has a special lubricated finish to protect it from needle heat and ensure smooth sewing so it retains its reflectivity after the intense sewing process during apparel production.  When used in the top cover of flatseams, the combination of an intricate stitch formation and reflective property of the thread gives an eye-catching appearance to the seam which also adds a premium look to the product.


Coats is Diamond Sponsor of the Innovative Apparel Show, a new event at Texprocess.  Four German colleges of fashion and design will present their visionary designs for technical textiles created with modern processing technologies.  The event runs for 30 minutes and will take place a total of seven times, twice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and once on Thursday.

To find out more about Coats Signal thread go to:


For more information contact:
Kristina Blissett, Communications Manager
T +44 (0)208 210 5084, M +44 (0)7714 539887

Notes to Editors
To download a high resolution photo of Coats Signal thread go to:

Coats Signal thread is primarily for use in fashion applications.  For further information on the Coats Signal zips and trims range which meets industry standards of reflectivity required in safety and high visibility applications go to:

To find out more about Texprocess go to:

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 2014 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
  • More than 100 million car airbags are made using Coats’ thread every year
  • Coats produces enough yarn to knit 70 million scarves a year
  • Every three hours Coats makes enough thread to go to the moon and back
  • More than 450 million pairs of shoes are made every year using Coats’ thread
  • In 1879 Thomas Edison used Coats’ thread in his experiments to invent the light bulb
  • Every week over 10 billion teabags are brewed using Coats’ thread
  • Coats produces enough thread to reach around the Equator every ten minutes
  • Thousands of surgical operations take place every day using Coats’ thread
  • Coats is the second largest and fastest growing global zip manufacturer