Coats launches revolutionary Lattice Lite Eco for footwear

Coats is launching Lattice Lite Eco, a revolutionary fibre-laying technology using sustainable materials to create footwear composite materials for the next generation of high performance supershoe.

Revolutionary fibre-laying technology enables yarns to be precisely positioned in the required place and direction. This means the thickness, flexibility, torsion and rigidity of each section of the footplate can be specifically created to ensure they support every part of the foot. This also helps address the constant challenge for developers of footwear to combine high performance with comfort.

Lattice Lite Eco eliminates the need for additional resin steps, such as prepeg or resin transfer moulding, which speeds up the manufacturing process and it also reduces material waste to 5%, from over 30% for more traditional composite operations. It can use a range of eco-friendly materials including recycled carbon, recycled nylon or materials from natural resources such as basalt and flax.

Adrian Elliott, President, Apparel and Footwear Coats, said: ‘Coats Lattice Lite Eco technology is revolutionary and eco-friendly. It enhances performance on multiple levels: the consumer wearing the end product and our customer who is able to create components faster, optimise manufacturing and reduce waste.’

The technology was developed in the Coats Innovation Hub EMEA in Turkey. As well as footplates, Lattice Lite Eco can also be used in toe caps, torsion bars, heel counters, bindings and knuckle protection. It creates components that are both lightweight and robust which enables products to go further, faster and stronger.

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 2020 were US$1.2bn.

The pioneering history and innovative culture of Coats ensures 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, fabrics and composites in areas like personal protection, telecoms, energy, transportation, and household and recreation.

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 member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It has also committed to developing a long-term target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the highest level of ambition on climate change under the Science Based Target initiative.

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