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formerly J. and P. Coats, Patons and Baldwins
1980s Built a new mill to produce Viyella cloth in Barrowford, Lancashire but this was demolished in 1999.
1999 Sold the engineering business, called Dynacast, which made zip fasteners, and plastic components for razors and for cars, to Cinven, leaving the valuation of the rest of the group at virtually nil
2000 Coats Viyella decided to get out of the clothing industry
2001 Name changed to Coats
2002 Coats underwent major restructuring.
2003 Acquired by a consortium including Guinness Peat Group
2003 Sold off its Viyella and Jaeger fashion retail businesses to Richard Thompson for £1. Weeks later Thompson re-sold them to venture capitalist Harold Tillman. Viyella Ladieswear has since added home furnishings to its range of goods. Viyella is now a fashion brand for clothes and home furnishings made of a variety of fabrics. The original wool/cotton blend is no longer on sale.
2014 Guinness Peat Group renamed itself Coats Group
2014 Coats Group plc. Revenue of $1.6bn. Employs 20,253 persons worldwide.  In the 21st century much of Coats manufacturing (now specialising in thread) was moved abroad and it is no longer possible to buy Viyella fabric.