Coats, world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, has opened the first of three Innovation Hubs at North Carolina, US. The Innovation Hub comprises three zones. The Innovation Gallery features a video wall, display pods of most recent product developments and a timeline tracing Coats from its origins in Paisley, Scotland to the FTSE 250 global manufacturing company it is today.
The Materials Lab will enable customers to collaborate directly with R&D technologists in the idea generation and creation processes. The Prototyping Area will aid in creating ideas and prototypes. It will include a pilot factory with a full range of manufacturing machinery that can used to fine tune production processes in a controlled stand alone environment.
The company will open the remaining two innovation hubs in Turkey and China in early 2019. These Innovation Hubs will develop pioneering new products and processes in apparel and footwear and performance materials, which encompasses hi-tech products for end users in automotive, oil and gas, protective wear and telecom. They will provide creative and inspiring spaces to develop innovative ideas.