Plymouth Française SA was the result of a novel idea and the meeting of 2 continents, Europe and North America.Five firms in the textile industry – weavers and ribbon weavers from the Lyon region, heavy users of elastic yarn – turned to America; they decided to join forces with a rubber processing specialist:Plymouth Rubber Company (Massachusetts) to set up a facility at Feyzin, to the south of Lyon and serve the elastic yarn markets throughout Europe.