Industrial thread, yarn and zip specialist Coats Plc has appointed Rosi Heiland as its global manufacturing director.

Heiland joins the company from Henkel AG & Co where she has been since 1997, most recently in the role of vice president of production.

She will be responsible for defining and implementing manufacturing strategy across Coats, which has around 70 production sites across six continents. Her role will include defining best practice, developing global standards, driving performance improvement and ensuring sustainability in manufacturing capabilities.

"Rosi has a first rate track record which will prove invaluable as Coats continues to drive and deliver standards of manufacturing excellence," said Chris Butcher, chief supply chain officer for Coats.