Industrial thread maker Coats has installed a rooftop solar power generation unit at its manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – one of the first and largest installed within the country's textile industry. 

The unit, which has a generation capacity of 1 Megawatt, was unveiled this week as part of Coats 30th anniversary celebrations.

"Integrating renewable sources of energy, like our new solar power generation unit, into our operations is important for our business in Vietnam and also supports the wider Coats priority to put sustainability at the heart of our company strategy," says Bill Watson, managing director, Coats Vietnam. "We will be looking at every opportunity to increase our sustainability further to see us through the next 30 years, and beyond."

Coats Phong Phu was named as one of the 'Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2018' by HR Asia magazine. It also has an extensive community engagement programme to achieve its objective of creating long-term, real benefits for the communities surrounding it, as well as the environment.

It supports the Ta Oi people in the mountainous region of A Luoi in central Vietnam by supplying them with excess threads to help sustain ancient weaving traditions. The woven textiles are sold to designers of ethical products, which supports further economic development. Other projects include renovating local primary schools, providing computers and books to students and installing clean water supply systems for citizens in Ninh Thuan, a province in south east Vietnam.