Notes to Editors
The flag was created using Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds yarns: Chunky, DK and Bouclé. These socially and ecologically responsible yarns aim to support the livelihoods of the British hill farmers. The yarn is an annually renewable natural resource and has a low carbon footprint.
Rowan is an internationally renowned handknitting company, whose reputation for inspirational and creative handknit design is unsurpassed. Rowan distributes its products throughout the world. Yarns, magazines and dedicated yarn brochures are available from independent and national retailers as well as department stores.
In 1996 Rowan Yarns was acquired by Coats Crafts.
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
- Coats produces enough thread to reach around the Equator every 11 minutes
- Thomas Edison used Coats’ thread in 1879 to invent the light bulb
- Coats is the second largest and fastest growing global zip manufacturer
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