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- Coats Viyella
- Coats Paton
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Established in 1755 the Coats Group can trace its roots back nearly 250 years. They're the world’s largest supplier of crafting products – from the innovative cotton sewing threads that made their name, to knitting, embroidery crochet, fabrics and accessories. Originally trading as Coats they merged a number of times, most notably in the 1960s with Patons and Baldwins, new company named Coats Paton and in the 1980s with Vantona Viyella, company name changed to Coats Viyella.
Coats Paton faced some criticism during the 1980s concerning its overseas investment, particularly in Apartheid South Africa.
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SEAD. 2016. 1980s. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sead.org.uk/about/30-years-of-action/1980s. [Accessed 26 October 2016].
Coats. 2016. Our Heritage. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.coats.com/index.asp?pageid=20&time=year1900s. [Accessed 26 October 2016].