Coats collaborates with leading Spanish fashion design school

4 March 2021: Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread company, has entered a collaboration with ESNE, the largest design and technology university in Spain, to enhance the industry learning of fashion design degree students.

Dedicated Coats spaces will be created on the ESNE campus in Madrid. The Clothing and Pattern Making Workshop and Prototyping room will provide students with access to a wide range of Coats products to enable them to develop their collections. There will also be a separate display area showcasing samples of the latest product launches and innovative design processes.

There will be a particularly strong focus on sustainability related content. Sustainability is core to the strategy at Coats and it is constantly looking to how it can bring about change and provide education in order to make a difference to the industries in which it operates. Students will also be able to learn about all aspects of manufacturing threads, yarns, zips and trims. Coats will also host a series of training courses, webinars, workshops and masterclasses, for both students and teachers.

Feridun Ayirga, Commercial Director, Apparel and Footwear, EMEA, Coats said: ‘The collaboration between Coats and ESNE enables us to share our in-depth industry knowledge and expertise with the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Most importantly, it provides the opportunity to provide education in the vital role of sustainability in design.’

Coats and ESNE are planning to collaborate on a research project which involves creating digital tools that facilitate access to training and knowledge in the textile and fashion design sectors. Competitions are also planned for students to demonstrate how they have used Coats solutions and materials in the most innovative way.

The collaboration with ESNE forms part of a wider partnership programme with colleges and universities specialising in the fashion and textile industries. Coats also supports similar initiatives with VAKKO ESMOD in Turkey and Graduate Fashion Foundation in the UK.


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

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 17,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2019 were US$1.4bn.

Coats’ pioneering history and innovative culture ensure the company leads the way around the world. It provides complementary and value added products, services and software solutions to the apparel and footwear industries. It applies innovative techniques to develop high technology Performance Materials threads, yarns and fabrics in areas such as Transportation, Telecommunications and Energy, and Personal Protection.

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

  • Each year Coats makes enough thread to go into 8 billion pairs of jeans – that is 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
  • Coats’ flame retardant Performance Materials threads can withstand temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius
  • Coats Epic Ecoverde is the world’s first 100% recycled premium sewing thread

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About ESNE

ESNE, University School of Design, Innovation and Technology, is a higher education institution based in Madrid, Spain, with over 1,800 students enrolled in the different Bachelor and Master degrees: Graphic and Multimedia Design, Audiovisual and Illustration Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Business and Communication, Interior Design, Product Design, 2D and 3D Animation, Games Design and Development, Web and App Development, and User Experience. As a highly specialised campus, all the students share the facilities and spend time together, in such a way that interdisciplinarity is much more invigorated.