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UK's Coats to invest $10 mn in 5 years to achieve sustainability goals

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Nov '21
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Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread company, is amplifying its journey towards a sustainable future with higher ambitions, in terms of scope, scale and speed, which focus on net zero and circularity. Over the next 5 years, it plans to invest $10 million in scaling up the development of green technologies to accelerate the achievement of its goals.

The Coats Innovation Hub – Asia, in Shenzhen, China, will have a new mission and be re-purposed to focus on the application of biomaterials. Over the long term, Coats aspires to move all products to environmentally friendly materials and chemicals, the company said in a statement.

Rajiv Sharma, group chief executive, said: “Innovation is key to Coats and our wider industry finding a new and more sustainable way forward. We need to facilitate open-source innovation where different parts of the value chain collaborate to create solutions to the challenges we are all facing. Accelerating our commitments is the right thing to do and will strengthen our business for the future.”

Coats has identified five key targets – carbon neutral, renewable energy, materials, waste and social.

By 2050 Coats will reach net zero through accelerating its progress in energy reduction, shifting to more renewable energy and its materials transition; by 2030 70 per cent of the global energy consumption of Coats will come from renewables; by 2030 all products will be made completely independently of new oil-extraction materials such as polyester and nylon; it will shift to a more circular model for its industry; and it will continue its commitment to living wage, fair employment practices and efforts to improve standard of living for communities.

Sharma added: “We are further integrating sustainability into the core of our business operations and strategy with the aim to generate impact on a scale beyond anything so far achieved in our industry. We have a responsibility to support our customers and other stakeholders in creating sustainability in the industries in which we operate.”

Coats launched its sustainability strategy, ‘Pioneering a sustainable future’ in 2019, when it laid out ambitious targets for 2022 and 2024. It remains committed to those targets and as it approaches their delivery is building on them to evolve its sustainability strategy.

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