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  1. 1. FOOTWEAR INDUSTRYIntroduction of footwearSpanish cave drawings from more than 15,000 years ago show humans with animal skins or furswrapped around their feet. The body of a well-preserved “ice-man” nearly 5,000 years oldwears leather foot coverings stuffed with straw. Shoes, in some form or another, have beenaround for a very long time. The evolution of foot coverings, from the sandal to present-dayathletic shoes that are marvels of engineering, continues even today as we find new materialswith which to cover our feet.Has the shoe really changed that much though? We are, in fact, still wearing sandals – the oldestcrafted foot covering known to us. Moccasins are still readily available in the form of the loafer.In fact, many of the shoes we wear today can be traced back to another era. The Cuban heel mayhave been named for the dance craze of the 1920s, but the shape can be seen long before thattime. Platform soles, which are one of the most recognisable features of footwear in the 1970sand 1990s were handed down to us from 16th century chopines. Then, high soles were anecessity to keep the feet off of the dirty streets. Today, they are worn strictly for fashion‘s sake.The poulaine, with its ridiculously long toes is not that different from the winkle-pickers worn inthe 1960s.If one can deduce that basic shoe shapes have evolved only so much, it is necessary to discoverwhy this has happened. It is surely not due to a lack of imagination – the colours and materials ofshoes today demonstrate that. Looking at shoes from different parts of the world, one can seeundeniable similarities. While the Venetians were wearing the chopine, the Japanese balanced onhigh-soled wooden shoes called geta. Though the shape is slightly different, the idea remains thesame. The Venetians had no contact with the Japanese, so it is not a case of imitation. Even themystical Chinese practise of footbinding has been copied (though to a lesser extent) in ourculture. Some European women and men of the past bound their feet with tape and squashedthem into too-tight shoes. In fact, a survey from the early 1990s reported that 88 percent ofAmerican women wear shoes that are too small!
  2. 2. As one examines footwear history, both in the West and in other parts of the world, thesimilarities are apparent. Though the shoemakers of the past never would have thought to pair asandal with a platform sole, our shoe fashions of today are, for the most part, modernisedadaptations of past styles. Footwear historyFootwear is estimated to have started its long history of human use during the Ice Age some 5million years ago. Unkind weather conditions are said to have created the necessity for footwear.Other evidences show that footwear came to use at the end of the Paleolithic Period, at about thesame time the early humans learned the art of leather tanning.Early pieces of footwear were made of wrappings, usually made of leather or dried grasses. Lateron pieces were developed from an oval piece of leather which is bound by a piece of strongleather thongs. Sandals, which are the first crafted footwear, are the successors to thesewrappings.In Egyptian funeral chambers, paintings show the different stages in the preparation of leatherand footwear. The images also show that in Egypt, footwear depicted power and class.The Pharaohs‘ sandals were distinguished by the turned up toes, a characteristic which is missingin the commoners‘ footwear. Egyptian sandals were crafted using straw, papyrus, or palmfiber.Lateron, Egyptian women adorned their footwear with precious stones and jewels.Material evidences showed that the Greeks loved and took good care of their feet by usingdifferent footwear for different activities. Greek women began wearing sandals to signify theirsocial class. Their footwear signified beauty, elegance, refinement, and extravagance.It has been said that Greek women of bad reputation attracted men by wearing elevated sandals.These sandals create a ―clacking‖ sound when the wearer moves, and this sound was consideredas a symbolic flaunting of sexual charms.In Mesopotamia, leather wrappings are tied to the feet by a strip of the same material.Romans, on the other hand, created durable leather thongs so their legions can travel to places onfoot. It is also believed that foot fetishes began with the Romans when Senator Lucius Vitellusfrequently kissed the shoe of his mistress which was hidden in his tunic.
  3. 3. In Rome, footwear also exhibited social class. The consuls wore white shoes, the senators worebrown shoes, and the uniform footwear for the rest of the region was a short pair of boots thatuncovered the toes.But in all of these early civilizations, footwear indicated social status. Footwear consists ofgarments that are worn over the feet. They are worn mainly for protection and hygiene, but alsofor fashion and adornment.Footwear items come from a wide range of materials including leather, rubber, canvass, wood,and plastic. But early pieces were made from available materials like straw, leather, cowhide,and grasses.When footwear is assembled, the main components are adhesives, cushion, counterfort, heel,hook, insole, laces, sole, steel shank, tack, toe puff, tread, and welt. Generally, footwear isclassified into: boots, industrial footwear, shoes, and sandals.Boots are available as cowboy boots, galoshes, ski boots, thigh length boots, and so on. Industrialfootwear includes plastic boots and rubber loafers which are used in laboratories, constructionsites, and production lines.Shoes include athletic shoes (or running shoes), climbing shoes, clogs, high heels, maryjanes,moccasins, mules, loafers, tap shoes, and cross-training shoes. Sandals, on the other hand,include espadrilles, flip-flops or thongs, slide-ons, and slippers.Footwear is considered an extension of one‘s personality. Well-maintained footwear says thingsabout the owner, with cleanliness as the most important concern. Although the intricacy of thiscraft may have been lost to modernization, their influences are still present in shoes today.The moccasins worn in early times by people in cold countries are still being worn there, whilethe sandal patterned after the Egyptians‘ creation is still frequently used in hotter countries.Classification of Footwear.
  4. 4. Shoes, Slippers, Sandals, Boots, Chappals ShoeA shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect andcomfort the human foot while doing various activities.Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design ofshoes has varied enormously through time and fromculture to culture, with appearance originally being tied tofunction. Additionally fashion has often dictated manydesign elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear varies widelyin style, complexity and cost. Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and simple strap. High fashion shoesmay be made of very expensive materials in complex construction and sell for thousands of dollars a pair. Othershoes are for very specific purposes, such as boots specially designed for mountaineering or skiing.Shoes havetraditionally been made from leather, wood or canvas, but are increasingly made from rubber, plastics, andother petrochemical-derived materials.Until recent years shoes were not worn by most of the worldspopulation—largely because they could not afford them. Only with the advent of mass production, makingshoes available very cheaply, has shoe-wearing become predominant. History of footwear The oldest known leather shoe, about 5500 years old, found in Armenia. The earliest known shoes are sandals dating from about 8000 to 7000 BC and found in Oregon, USA in 1938.[5] The worlds oldest leather shoe, made from a single piece
  5. 5. of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back, was found in a cave inArmenia in 2008 and is believed to date to 3,500 BC. Ötzi the Icemans shoes, dating to 3,300BC, featured brown bearskin bases, deerskin side panels, and a bark-string net, which pulledtight around the foot. However, tanned leather, the material most commonly used for makingshoes, does not normally last for thousands of years, so shoes were probably in use long beforethis. Physical anthropologistErik Trinkaus believes he has found evidence that the use of shoesbegan in the period between about 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, based on the fact that thethickness of the bones of the toes (other than the big toe) decreased during this period, on thepremise that wearing shoes resulted in less bone growth, resulting in shorter, thinner toes.[9][10]The earliest designs were simple affairs, often mere "foot bags" of leather to protect the feet fromrocks, debris, and cold. Since shoes use more leather than sandals, their use was more commonin cold climates. By the Middle Ages, turn-shoes had been developed with toggled flaps ordrawstrings to tighten the leather around the foot for a better fit. As Europe gained in wealth andpower, fancy shoes became status symbols. Toes became long and pointed, often to ridiculousproportions. Artisans created unique footwear for rich patrons, and new styles developed.Eventually the modern shoe, with a sewn-on sole, was devised. Since the 17th century, mostleather shoes have used a sewn-on sole. This remains the standard for finer-quality dress shoestoday. Until around 1800, shoes were made without differentiation for the left or right foot. Suchshoes are now referred to as "straights". Only gradually did the modern foot-specific shoebecome standard.Since the mid-20th Century, advances in rubber, plastics, synthetic cloth, and industrialadhesives have allowed manufacturers to create shoes that stray considerably from traditionalcrafting techniques. Leather, which had been the primary material in earlier styles, has remainedstandard in expensive dress shoes, but athletic shoes often have little or no real leather. Soles,which were once laboriously hand-stitched on, are now more often machine stitched or simplyglued on.
  6. 6. Part of shoeSoleThe bottom of a shoe is called the sole.InsoleThe insole is the interior bottom of a shoe, which sits directly beneath the foot under the footbed(also known as sock liner). The purpose of insole is to attach to the lasting margin of the upper,which is wrapped around the last during the closing of the shoe during the lasting operation.Insoles are usually made of cellulosic paper board or synthetic non woven insole board. Many
  7. 7. shoes have removable and replaceable footbeds. Extra cushioning is often added for comfort (tocontrol the shape, moisture, or smell of the shoe) or health reasons (to help deal with defects inthe natural shape of the foot or positioning of the foot during standing or walking). Basically, thisis a main part of shoes which can absorb foot sweat. Footbeds should typically use foamcushioning sheets like latex and EVA, which provide good wearing comfort of the shoe.OutsoleThe outsole is the layer in direct contact with the ground. Dress shoes often have leather or resinrubber outsoles; casual or work-oriented shoes have outsoles made of natural rubber or asynthetic material like Polyurethane. The outsole may comprise a single piece, or may be anassembly of separate pieces of different materials. Often the heel of the sole has a rubber platefor durability and traction, while the front is leather for style. Specialized shoes will often havemodifications on this design: athletic or so called cleated shoes like soccer, rugby, baseball andgolf shoes have spikes embedded in the outsole to grip the ground.MidsoleThe layer in between the outsole and the insole that is typically there for shock absorption. Sometypes of shoes, like running shoes, have another material for shock absorption, usually beneaththe heel of the foot, where one puts the most pressure down. Different companies use differentmaterials for the midsoles of their shoes. Some shoes may not have a midsole at all.HeelThe bottom rear part of a shoe is the heel. Its function is to support the heel of the foot. They areoften made of the same material as the sole of the shoe. This part can be high for fashion or tomake the person look taller, or flat for a more practical and comfortable use.
  8. 8. Vamp/upperEvery shoe has an upper part that helps hold the shoe onto the foot. In the simplest cases, such assandals or flip-flops, this may be nothing more than a few straps for holding the sole in place.Closed footwear, such as boots, trainers and most mens shoes, will have a more complex upper.This part is often decorated or is made in a certain style to look attractive.Lateral/medialThe outside part of the shoe is referred to as the lateral and the inside facing part of the shoe isthe medial. This can be in reference to either the outsole or the vamp.WeltA welt is a strip of leather, rubber, or plastic that is stitched to the upper and insole of a shoe, asan attach-point for the sole.Types of shoesDress and casual shoes
  9. 9. Dress shoes are characterized by smooth and supple leather uppers, leather soles, and narrowsleek figure. Casual shoes are characterized by sturdy leather uppers, non-leather outsoles, andwide profile.Some designs of dress shoes can be worn by either gender. The majority of dress shoes have anupper covering, commonly made of leather, enclosing most of the lower foot, but not coveringthe ankles. This upper part of the shoe is often made without apertures or openings, but may alsobe made with openings or even itself consist of a series of straps, e.g. an open toe featured inwomens shoes. Shoes with uppers made high to cover the ankles are also available; a shoe withthe upper rising above the ankle is usually considered a boot but certain styles may be referred toas high-topped shoes or high-tops. Usually, a high-topped shoe is secured by laces or zippers,although some styles have elastic inserts to ease slipping the shoe on.MensThis male dress shoe, known as a blucher, is distinguished by its open lacing.Mens shoes can be categorized by how they are closed: Oxfords (also referred as "Balmorals"): the vamp has a V-shaped slit to which the laces are attached; also known as "closed lacing". The word "Oxford" is sometimes used by American clothing companies to market shoes that are not Balmorals, such as Blüchers. Blüchers (American), Derbys (British): the laces are tied to two pieces of leather independently attached to the vamp; also known as "open lacing" and is a step down in dressiness.
  10. 10. Monk-straps: a buckle and strap instead of lacing Slip-ons: There are no lacings or fastenings. The popular loafers are part of this category, as well as less popular styles, such as elastic-sided shoes.Mens shoes can also be decorated in various ways: Plain-toes: have a sleek appearance and no extra decorations on the vamp. Cap-toes: has an extra layer of leather that "caps" the toe. This is possibly the most popular decoration. Brogues (American: wing-tips): The toe of the shoe is covered with a perforated panel, the wing-tip, which extends down either side of the shoe. Brogues can be found in both balmoral and blucher styles, but are considered slightly less formal.Mens shoes on display in a shopping outlet.Formal high-end mens shoes are manufactured by several companies around the world, mostnotably in England, France, Italy, and America. Notable British brands include: Churchs EnglishShoes (est. 1873), John Lobb Bootmaker (est. 1849), Edward Green Shoes (est. 1890), andCrockett & Jones (est. 1879). Both John Lobb and Edward Green offer bespoke products. Inbetween the world wars, mens footware received significant innovation and design, led bycobblers and cordwainers in Londons West End.[11]The most notable French product is made byJ.M. Weston. Armani of Italy was a major influence on mens shoe design in the 1960s-1980suntil they returned to the larger proportions of its forebears, the welt-constructed Anglo-American dress shoe originally created in Edwardian England. Another well-known Italiancompany is Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A.. The remaining elite American companies areAllen Edmonds and Alden Shoe Company. Alden, located in New England, specializes in
  11. 11. genuine shell cordovan leather from the only remaining horse tannery in America (Chicago)[12]and is completely manufactured in America, whereas Allen Edmonds, of Wisconsin, is a largercompany that outsources some of its production.[13]WomensWomens shoes on display in a shop window, 2005There is a large variety of shoes available for women, in addition to most of the mens stylesbeing more accepted as unisex. Some broad categories are: High-heeled footwear is footwear that raises the heels, typically 2 inches (5 cm) or more above the toes, commonly worn by women for formal occasions or social outings. Variants include kitten heels (typically 1½-2 inches high) and stilletto heels (with a very narrow heel post) and wedge heels (with a wedge-shaped sole rather than a heel post). Sneaker boot or sneaker pump: a shoe that looks like an athletic shoe, but is equipped with a heel, making it a kind of novelty dress shoe. Mules are shoes or slippers with no fitting around the heel (i.e. they are backless)
  12. 12. Slingbacks are shoes which are secured by a strap behind the heel, rather than over the top of the foot. Ballet flats, known in the UK as ballerinas, ballet pumps or skimmers, are shoes with a very low heel and a relatively short vamp, exposing much of the instep. They are popular for warm-weather wear, and may be seen as more comfortable than shoes with a higher heel. Court shoes, known in the US as pumps, are typically high-heeled, slip-on dress shoes.Womens high heel pumpUnisexThe flip-flop sandal, worn both by men and women Clog Platform shoe: shoe with very thick soles and heels Moccasin: originated by Native Americans, a soft shoe without a heel and usually made of leather.
  13. 13. Sandals: open shoes consisting of a sole and various straps, leaving much of the foot exposed to air. They are thus popular for warm-weather wear, because they let the foot be cooler than a closed-toed shoe would. Espadrilles are casual flat warm-weather shoes of a style which originated in the Pyrenees. They usually have a cotton or canvas upper and a flexible sole of rope or rubber. There are high-heeled versions for women. Saddle shoe: leather shoe with a contrasting saddle-shaped band over the instep, typically white uppers with black "saddle". Slip-on shoe: a dress or casual shoe without laces; often with tassels, buckles, or coin-holders (penny loafers). Boat shoes, also known as "deck shoes": similar to a loafer, but more casual. Laces are usually simple leather with no frills. Typically made of leather and featuring a soft white sole to avoid marring or scratching a boat deck. The first boat shoe was invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry. Boots: Long shoes (covering the ankle) frequently made of leather. Some are designed to be used in times of bad weather, or simply as an alternate style of casual or dress wear. Styles include rubber boots and snow boots, as well as work boots and hiking boots. Slippers: For indoor use, commonly worn with pajamas. VibramFiveFingers, meant to simulate the "natural" experience of going barefoot, while protecting the foot Sneakers or Canvas shoesAthleticToday the most popular shoe globally: the sports shoe adapted for everyday use
  14. 14. Mens and womens athletic shoes and special function shoes often have less difference betweenthe sexes than in dress shoes. In many cases these shoes can be worn by either sex. Emphasistends to be more on function than style. Running shoes: very similar to above, with additional emphasis on cushioning. Track spikes: lightweight; often with plastic or metal cleats Cleat (shoe): a type of shoe featuring molded or removable studs. Usually worn while playing sports such as rugby, football, American football, or baseball. Golf shoes: with "spikes" for better grip in grass and wet ground. Originally the spikes or "cleats" were made of metal but replaceable "soft spikes" made of synthetic plastic-like materials with prongs distributed radially around the edge of each spike are much more common today (and are required on many golf courses since they cause less damage to the greens). Bowling shoes: intermediate style between ordinary dress shoes and athletic shoes. They have harder rubber soles/heels so as not to damage bowling alley floors. They are often rented or loaned at bowling alleys. Climbing shoes: a shoe designed for rock climbing. They typically have a close fit, little if any padding, and a smooth sticky rubber sole with an extended rubber rand. Hiking shoes or boots: usually have a high somewhat stiff upper with many lace eyelets, to provide ankle support on uneven terrain, with extra large traction on the sole. Walking shoes: have a more flexible sole than the running shoe, lighter in weight than the hiking boot, may have air holes, may not be water proof. Skating shoes: typically called skates. They have various attachments for skating on the bottom of the shoe portion. o Ice skates o Roller skates o Inline skates Ski boot: a large, thick plastic boot specially designed for attachment to the ski. Skate shoes: specifically designed for use in Skateboarding, the shoes are manufactured with flat soles as to allow a skateboarder to have better grip when riding a skateboard. They are very wide and have extra layers of padding to protect the skateboarders feet.
  15. 15. Cycling shoes are equipped with a metal or plastic cleat to interface with clipless pedals, as well as a stiff sole to maximize power transfer and support the foot. Snowshoes are special shoes for walking in thick snow. In temperate climates, snowshoes are used for mostly recreational purposes in winter. Wrestling shoes are light, flexible shoes that mimic bare feet while providing additional traction and protection.OrthopedicOrthopedic or "comfort" shoes are made with pedorthic and anatomically-correct comfortqualities, such as padded removable footbeds, wide toe boxes and arch support are madeespecially for those with problematic feet.Dance Pointe shoes are designed for ballet dancing. These have a toe box that is stiffened with glue and a hardened sole so the dancer can stand on the tips of their toes. They are secured by elastic straps and ribbons that are tied to the dancers ankles. Ballet shoes are soft, highly pliable shoes made of canvas or leather, with either continuous or two-part sole (also called split-sole). The sole is typically made of leather, with thicker material under the ball and heel of the foot, and thinner and thus more flexible material under the arch so that the foot can be pointed to its utmost. Ballet slippers are usually secured by elastics that cross over the top of the foot. They are most commonly pink, white, black, or pale tan, although they may be made in specialty colours such as red or blue. Ghillies are soft shoes that are used in Irish dance, Scottish country dance, and highland dance. Jazz shoes typically have a two-part, rubberized sole (also called split-sole) to provide both flexibility and traction, and a low (one inch or shorter) heel. They are secured to the foot by laces or elastic inserts. Tango and Flamenco shoes are used for dancing the tango or flamenco.
  16. 16. Ballroom shoes fall into two categories: Ballroom and Latin American. Both are characterised by suede soles. Mens ballroom shoes are typically lace-ups with one-inch heels and patent leather uppers. Ladies ballroom shoes are typically court shoes with two- inch heels, made of fabric that can be colored to match the dancers dress. In contrast to the low Ballroom heel, which evenly distributes weight across the foot, Latin American shoes have higher heels designed to shift weight onto the toes. Latin shoes are also more flexible than ballroom shoes. Mens Latin shoes typically have 1.5- to 2-inch high, shaped heels, while Ladies Latin shoes have 2,5-inch to 3-inch heels. Ladies shoes are typically open-toed and strapped. Dance sneakers. Also known as dansneakers, these are a combination of a sneaker and a dance shoe, with a reinforced rubber toe. Character shoes have a one to three inch heel, which is usually made of leather, and often have one or more straps across the instep to secure it to the foot. They may come in soft- soled (suede) or hard-soled varieties. They may be converted to tap shoes by attaching taps. Foot thongs are known by various names depending on the manufacturer, including dance paws, foot undies, and foot paws. They are slip-on, partial foot covers that protect the ball of a dancers foot from skin abrasions while executing turns. From a distance, flesh colored foot thongs give a dancer the appearance of having bare feet. Tap shoes have metal plates mounted to the bottoms of the toe and heel. The metal plates, which are known as taps, make a loud sound when struck against a hard performance surface. Tap shoes, which are used in tap dancing, may be made from any style of shoe to which taps can be attached.Few Interesting Facts:
  17. 17. - The Indian footwear retail market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 20% for the periodspanning from 2008 to 2011.- Footwear is expected to comprise about 60% of the total leather exports by 2011 from over38% in 2006-07.- Presently, the Indian footwear market is dominated by Mens footwear market that accounts fornearly 58% of the total Indian footwear retail market.- By products, the Indian footwear market is dominated by casual footwear market that makes upfor nearly two-third of the total footwear retail market.- As footwear retailing in India remain focused on mens shoes, there exists a plethora ofopportunities in the exclusive ladies and kids footwear segment with no organized retailingchain having a national presence in either of these categories.- The Indian footwear market scores over other footwear markets as it gives benefits like lowcost of production, abundant raw material, and has huge consumption market.- The footwear component industry also has enormous opportunity for growth to cater toincreasing production of footwear of various types, both for export and domestic market. Indian footwear industryIndian leather industry is the core strength of the Indian footwear industry. It is the engine ofgrowth for the entire Indian leather industry and India is the second largest global producer offootwear after China.
  18. 18. Reputed global brands like Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, Gabor, Clarks, Nike, Reebok,Ecco, Deichmann, Elefanten, St Michaels, Hasley, Salamander and Colehaan are manufacturedunder license in India. Besides, many global retail chains seeking quality products at competitiveprices are actively sourcing footwear from India.While leather shoes and uppers are produced in medium to large-scale units, the sandals andchappals are produced in the household and cottage sector. The industry is poised for adoptingthe modern and state-of-the-art technology to suit the exacting international requirements andstandards. India produces more of gent‘s footwear while the world‘s major production is inladies footwear. In the case of chapels and sandals, use of non-leather material is prevalent in thedomestic market.Leather footwear exported from India are dress shoes, casuals, moccasins, sport shoes,horrachies, sandals, ballerinas, boots. Non-leather footwear exported from India are Shoes,Sandals and Chappals made of rubber, plastic, P.V.C. and other materials.With changing lifestyles and increasing affluence, domestic demand for footwear is projected togrow at a faster rate than has been seen. There are already many new domestic brands offootwear and many foreign brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Florsheim, Rockport,etc. have also been able to enter the market.The footwear sector has matured from the level of manual footwear manufacturing methods toautomated footwear manufacturing systems. Many units are equipped with In-house DesignStudios incorporating state-of-the-art CAD systems having 3D Shoe Design packages that areintuitive and easy to use. Many Indian footwear factories have also acquired the ISO 9000, ISO14000 as well as the SA 8000 certifications. Excellent facilities for Physical and Chemicaltesting exist with the laboratories having tie-ups with leading international agencies like SATRA,UK and PFI, Germany.One of the major factors for success in niche international fashion markets is the ability to caterthem with the latest designs, and in accordance with the latest trends. India, has gainedinternational prominence in the area of Colours & Leather Texture forecasting through its
  19. 19. outstanding success in MODEUROP. Design and Retail information is regularly made availableto footwear manufacturers to help them suitably address the seasons requirement.The Indian Footwear Industry is gearing up to leverage its strengths towards maximizingbenefits.Strength of India in the footwear sector originates from its command on reliable supply ofresources in the form of raw hides and skins, quality finished leather, large installed capacitiesfor production of finished leather & footwear, large human capital with expertise and technologybase, skilled manpower and relatively low cost labor, proven strength to produce footwear forglobal brand leaders and acquired technology competence, particularly for mid and high pricedfootwear segments. Resource strength of India in the form of materials and skilled manpower is acomparative advantage for the country.The export targets from 2007-08 to 2010-11 as tabulated below reflects the fact that footwearsector is the most significant segment of the Leather Industry in India.India has emerged in recent years as a relatively sophisticated low to mediumcost supplier to world markets –The leather industry in India has been targetedby the Central Government as an engine for economic growth. Progressively, theGovernment has prodded and legislated a reluctant industry to modernise. India was noted as asupplier of rawhides and skins semi processed leather and some shoes.In the 1970‘s, the Government initially banned the export of raw hides and skins,followed this by limiting, then stopping the export of semi processed leather andencouraging local tanneries to manufacture finished leather themselves. Despiteprotestations from the industrialists, this has resulted in a marked improvement inthe shoe manufacturing industry. India is now a major supplier of leather footwearto world markets and has the potential to rival China in the future (60% of Chinese exports aresynthetic shoes).
  20. 20. India is often referred to as the sleeping giant in footwear terms. It has an installedcapacity of 1,800 million pairs, second only to China. The bulk of production isin men‘s leather shoes and leather uppers for both men and ladies. It has over 100 fullymechanised, modern shoe making plants, as good as anywhere in the world (including Europe).It makes for some upmarket brands including Florsheim (US), Lloyd (Germany), Clarks (UK),Marks and Spencer (UK).India had mixed fortunes in its recent export performance. In 2000, exports ofshoes were US$ 651 million, in 2001 these increased to 663 million but declinedin 2002 to 623 million dollars (See Statistics).The main markets for Indian leather shoes are UK and USA, which between themtake about 55% of total exports.India has not yet reached its full potential in terms of a world supplier. This is duemainly to local cow leather that although plentiful, has a maximum thickness of 1.4– 1.6mm, and the socio / political / infrastructure of the country. However, Indiais an excellent supplier of leather uppers. Importation of uppers from India does not infringeFTA with Europe or the USA.The potential is set to change albeit slowly, but with a population rivalling China for size, thereis no doubt the tussle for world domination in footwear supply isbetween these two countries.Major Production Centers The major production centers for footwear and leather products are located in: Tamil Nadu - Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Trichy, Dtndtgul
  21. 21. West Bengal - KolkataUttar Pradesh - Kanpur, Agra & NoidaPunjab - JallandharKarnataka - BangaloreAndhra Pradesh - HyderabadHaryana - Ambala, Gurgaon, Panchkula and Karnal,DelhiImport ,Export of Footwear & Leather ProductsIndian Footwear Industry in a Nutshell: --Second largest footwear producer after China-2.06 billion pairs produced in an year-16 % of the global production is produced in India-Contract manufacturers supply to leading global brands- 644 Member produces situated as clusters at Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Kanpur, Agra,Mumbai, Delhi and KarnalThe export of Leather and Leather Products for the period April-March 2007-08 touchedUS$3477.52 million against the performance of US$3059.43 million in the correspondingperiod of last year, registering a positive growth of 13.67% in Dollar Terms. In rupee termsthe export touched Rs.140007.33 million against the previous years performance ofRs.138437.84 million showing a positive growth of 1.13%.The export value during 2006-07 was revised upwards by DGCI&S, from US$2981,79million (Rs.134924.39 million) to US$3059.43 million {Rs.138437.84 million).
  22. 22. A Statement showing the Product-wise Export performance during April-March 2007-08 vis- a-vis April-March 2006-07 is given below: (In Million Rs.)Major Highlights Export of Footwear (leather, footwear components & non-Leather footwear) has increased from US$1236.91 million in April-March 2006-07 to US$1475.83 million in April-March 2007-08, registering a growth of 19.32% In Dollar terms, Leather footwear has alone grown by 19.45%, footwear components by 21.05% and Non-Leather footwear by 7.39% Export of Leather Garments has increased by 11.00%, Saddlery& Harness by 28.53%, and Leather Goods by 11.14% Export of Finished Leather has increased by 5.93The export targets from 2007-08 to 2010-11 (In Million US$)
  23. 23. Product 2006-07 2007-08 2008-0 2009-10 2010-11 Actual ExportLeather 688.05 726.85 785.00 847.80 915.63Footwear 1212.25 1967.88 2597.60 3428.83 4526.05Garments 308.98 358.53 372.87 387.78 403.30Leather Goods 690.66 733.34 798.69 870.06 948.04Saddlery & 81.85 105.66 127.85 154.70 187.19HarnessTotal 2981.79 3892.26 4682.01 5689.17 6980.21 export target from 2007-8 to 2010-11 product 686.05 leather footwear 1212.25 2981.79 garment leather goods 308.98 690.66 saddlery & harness 81.85 totalINDIA ’S FOOTWEAR EXPORT GROWTH OVER THE LAST FOURDECADES
  24. 24. Current Export of Footwear and Projections by 2010-11Port-wise Export PerformanceAs per the Port-wise compilation for the period April-March 2007-08, export of Leather andLeather Products from South, West, East and Central Regions are showing positive growth.However, there is a decline of 0.16% from Northern Region.(In Million US$)Indian Scenario:
  25. 25. The Footwear Industry is a significant chunk of the Leather industry in India. India ranks secondamong the footwear producing countries next to China. The industry is labor intensive and isconcentrated in the small and cottage industry sectors. While leather shoes and uppers areconcentrated in large-scale units, the sandals and chappals are produced in the household andcottage sector. India produces more of gents footwear while the world‘s major production is inladies footwear. In the case of chappals and sandals, use of non-leather material is used tomanufacture these in the domestic market.Reputed global brands like Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, Gabor, Clarks, Nike, Reebok,Ecco, Deichmann, Elefanten, St Michaels, Hasley, Salamander and Colehaan are manufacturedunder license in India. Besides, many global retail chains seeking quality products at competitiveprices are actively sourcing footwear from India.The industry is on the edge of adopting the modern and state-of-the-art technology to suit theexacting international requirements and standards. The Indian Footwear Industry is all set forleveraging its strengths towards maximizing benefits. Strength of India in the footwear sectororiginates from its command on reliable supply of resources in the form of raw hides and skins,quality finished leather, large installed capacities for production of finished leather & footwear,large human capital with expertise and technology base, skilled manpower and relatively lowcost labor, proven strength to produce footwear for global brand leaders and acquired technologycompetence, particularly for mid and high priced footwear segments. India has the competitiveadvantage over other countries in the form of materials and skilled manpower.The Indian footwear retail market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 20% for the periodspanning from 2008 to2011. Footwear is expected to comprise about 60% of the total leatherexports by 2011 from over 38% in 2006-07. Presently, the Indian footwear market is dominatedby Mens footwear market that accounts for nearly 58% of the total Indian footwear retail market.By products, the Indian footwear market is dominated by casual footwear market. As footwearretailing in India remains focused on mens shoes, there exists a plethora of opportunities in theexclusive ladies and kids footwear segment. The Indian footwear market scores over otherfootwear markets as it gives benefits like low cost of production, abundant raw material, and hashuge consumption market.India is now a major supplier of leather footwear to world markets and has the potential torivalChina in the future (60% of Chinese exports are synthetic shoes).
  26. 26. India is often referred to as the sleeping giant in footwear terms. It has an installed capacity of1,800 million pairs, second only to China. The bulk of production is in men‘s leather shoes andleather uppers for both men and ladies. It has over 100 fully mechanized, modern shoe makingplants, as good as anywhere in the world (including Europe). It makes for some up market brandsincluding Florsheim (US), Lloyd (Germany), Clarks (UK), Marks and Spencer (UK)Major Markets for Indian Footwear:The European Union and the USA are the major markets for Indian Footwear accounting for79.95% and 9.22% share respectively in India‘s total footwear export. The major markets forIndian Footwear are Germany 16.66%, UK 16.31%, Italy 15.32%, USA 9.22%, France 7.81%,Spain 5.10%, Netherlands 4.91%, Portugal 2.50%, UAE 2.48% and Denmark 1.18%. These 10countries together accounts for nearly 81.49% of India‘s total leather products exportIndian Footwear Market Forecast 2014India is standing on the threshold of a retail revolution and witnessing fast changing retailscenario, with footwear market set to experience phenomenal growth in coming years. Besides,the entry of numerous international players has had a significant impact on the Indian footwearmarket and the demand for Indian footwear will continue to grow in future as well, says ourrecent report, ―According to our latest study on the sector, Indian footwear industry possess significant potentialwith overall market anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 9% during 2011-2014. The reportthoroughly discusses factors, which will drive the growth of the footwear market during theforecast period.Our research highlights that, the success mantras for footwear market in India lies in theadvantages offered by the country, such as low labor cost, skilled working professionals, etc.
  27. 27. Footwear industry in the country ranked second across the globe after China in terms ofproduction. Additionally, it is the main growth driver of the overall leather exports from thecountry, with majority of the share acquired by footwear components and leather & non-leatherfootwear.The report covers various aspects of the Indian footwear market. It presents detail analysis of thefootwear market in terms of segment (men, women, and kid), category (casuals, mass, sports,premium). Each section sufficiently explains the current and future market trends, anddevelopments in the Indian footwear market. Our research foresees immense opportunities forvarious industry players including domestic as well as international.Besides, we have comprehensively analyzed the emerging trends, like medical shoe and e-commerce, which are expected to prevail in near future. This will help clients in understandingthe present and future outlook of the footwear market and developments in the country. Further,the study also evaluates various strategies that will boost the footwear market in India.Positive Outlook for footwear and leather industry: The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has identified the sector as one of the twelve focus manufacturing sectors in terms of competitiveness and untapped potential in the country. The sector is one of the top eight foreign exchange earners of the country worth Rs. 10,000 crores per annum and accounting for 2.5 percent of the global leather-related trade of Rs. 387,200 crores. An estimated 15 percent of total purchase of leading global brands in footwear, garments, leather goods & accessories, in Europe, and 10 percent of global supply is outsourced from India. Deliberating upon the current scenario, the Report states that the leather industry employs about 2.5 million people and has annual turn over of Rs. 25,000 crores. Nearly 60-65 percent of the production is done by small / cottage sector. In tune with the whole sector, the Indian footwear industry too obtains 90 percent production in SMEs, having about 42,000 units registered under SSI, concentrated largely
  28. 28. in Agra, Kanpur and Tamil Nadu. Most of the SSI units are also into the production ofnon-leather footwear.The footwear segment is the pride of Indias leather industry, and ranks second in theworld, next to China. The global trade in leather footwear is US$ 30 billion and in non-leather footwear is US$ 18 billion; however Indias share in both segments is onlymarginal -1.4 percent and 0.15 percent respectively.In the last five years, the leather footwear and footwear component production increasedby 60 percent, the consumption of footwear in rural India is 75 percent of the total. Aninteresting aspect of Indias footwear industry is that India produces more of gentsfootwear while the worlds major production is in ladies footwear.Analyzing the export - import potential of the sector, the Report informs that importsmostly comprise of hides and skins, semi finished and finished leather. Product importsare low.On the other hand, almost 50 percent of the total domestic production is exported. Nearly75 percent of the total export of footwear components is from the Southern Region, theNorthern Region, being a poor second with 13 percent. Increased value of export offootwear from Rs 2957.5 crores in 2005 to Rs. 11,000 crores by 2012 is envisaged.Annual export earnings from the Footwear and Leather sector were US$ 2.1 billion in2003-04 and the sector ranks 8th among the top 10 sectors in Indias export list at 2.74percent.In addition to the global market, Indian Leather Industry is yet to capture the existinguntapped potential in the domestic market. India has a large and growing consumer class
  29. 29. (annual income > US$ 449), estimated to constitute nearly 90 million households by2006 - 07, having with a CAGR around 12 percent. This is a large and growing marketfor Footwear and Leather goods, the Report further stressed.The distinct advantages of the Footwear & Leather industry in India, highlighted in theReport are low costs; variety & abundance of raw material; quality consciousness andback up; R & D facilities with extension support enables India as a significant participantin the world Footwear & Leather market. As per the current scenario; the Footwear &Leather Industry in India is spread largely over unorganized sector, comprising tanning &finishing, footwear & footwear components, leather garments, leather goods includingsaddlery& harness, etc.Stressing on the improvement areas in infrastructure and investment in the Sector, theReport states that an estimated investment in the entire footwear and leather sector inIndia is approximately Rs. 4,500 crores and annual production is at Rs. 22,000 crores.However, India seems to have missed out the investments in the footwear industry withChina getting most of the benefit by attracting 10 times more investments than India inthe last 20 years.It can be said that India has not been alive to its potential in this matter. Indias loss hasbeen Chinas gain. Indias lack of awareness of its potential and its belated recognition ofthis sector have been to be made good speedily.Though the Leather Industry, especially the Footwear industry has made a strongcontribution to the Indian economy, Indias share in global trade remains low, howeverbeing a labour intensive industry, its contribution to employment is significant.In a recent study carried out by NMCC, it was highlighted that total employment in thissector would amount to 2.5 million (30 percent of which are women).Footwear industry provides employment to the uneducated population - 40 percent ofemployment is represented by unskilled workers doing table work operation in theassembly line.Large employment opportunities on the input side - minority community and low castepeople have their sole source of livelihood from collecting carcasses, skinning deadanimals and tanning leather.
  30. 30. The Footwear industry has potential to provide employment across all sections of the economy Industry estimates of employment potential 3 lakh jobs in next 3 years. The potential for employment is across all skills to the tune of semi-skilled and unskilled labourers - 92 percent; technical supervisory, shop floor - 7 percent; entrepreneurs, senior managers and technologists - 1 percent. Indian Footwear and Leather industry is clearly optimistic about the future. To protract this optimism, State Governments must ensure that they are able to create an attractive and enabling environment. CII believes this can be achieved through openness to investments, good governance and robust infrastructure. SWOT Analysis of Indian Footwear IndustrySTRENGTHS: - Existence of more than sufficient productive capacity in tanning. Easy availability of low cost of labour. Exposure to export markets. Managements with business background become quality and environment conscious. Presence of qualified leather technologists in the field. Comfortable availability of raw materials and other inputs. Massive institutional support for technical services, designing, manpower development and marketing. Exporter-friendly government policies. Tax incentives on machinery by Government.
  31. 31. Well-established linkages with buyers in EU and USA.WEAKNESSES: - Low level of modernisation and upgradation of technology, and the integration of developed technology is very slow. Low level of labour productivity due to inadequate formal training / unskilled labour. Horizontal growth of tanneries. Less number of organised product manufacturers. Lack of modern finishing facilities for leather. Highly unhygienic environment. Unawareness of international standards by many players as maximum number of leather industries are SMEs. Difficulties in accessing to testing, designing and technical services. Environmental problems. Non availability of quality footwear components Lack of fresh investment in the sector. Uneconomical size of manufacturing units. Competition among units vying for export orders leading to undercutting. Little brand image. Poor labour productivity. Lack of awareness about consistent in plant training and retraining- Inconsistent quality high rejection rate Lack of quality job work units Delayed deliveries Weak support infra- structure for exports Low machine and material productivity.OPPORTUNITIES: - Abundant scope to supply finished leather to multinationals setting up shop in India. Growing fashion consciousness globally.
  32. 32. Use of information technology and decision support software to help eliminate the length of the production cycle for different products Product diversification - There is lot of scope for diversification into other products, namely, leather garments, goods etc. Growing international and domestic markets. Exposure to newer markets through Fairs/ BSMs Retain customers through quality supplies and timely deliveries Aim to present the customer with new designs, infrastructure, country & company profiles. Use of modern technology Exhibit strengths in manufacturing, for example, strengths in classic shoe manufacturing, hand crafting etc. De-reservation of the footwear sector.THREATS: - Entry of multinationals in domestic market. Stiff competition from other countries.(The performance of global competitors in leather and leather products indicates that there are at least 5 countries viz, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil, which are more competitive than India.) Non- tariff barriers - Developing countries are resorting to more and more non – tariff barriers indirectly. Improving quality to adapt the stricter international standards. Fast changing fashion trends are difficult to adapt for the Indian leather industries. Limited scope for mobilising funds through private placements and public issues, as many businesses are family-owned.Current trends of footwear industry
  33. 33. The Indian economy has shown a positive growth with gross domestic product expected to growat a rate of over 9 per cent in 2011-12. The leather and footwear industry has been growing atover 20% for the period spanning 2008 to 2011. Footwear alone has been projected to make upabout 60% of the total leather exports in the current fiscal.Given this growth, Indias position as a manufacturing footwear centre and a producer of leatherand fashion accessories has been gaining international recognition. To help boost the Indianeconomic and business environment, fMM&T 2011 provides an ideal platform to meet businessprospects, clients & partners all in one location.Delcams new technology revolotionises the footwear IndustryDelcam, one of the worlds top suppliers of CADCAM software product development solutionsfor the manufacturing industry, has developed rapidly since its establishment in 1977. Alsobeing one of the largest software companies, Delcam witnessed its business expansion in theAsia-Pacific region, particularly in China in recent years.With the launch of Delcam Crispin OrthoScan, a 3D laser foot scanner, many people, especiallythose who need orthopaedic repair and refurbishments have benefited a lot from thiscustomized service. OrthoScan scans the foot, ankle and lower leg using the I-Ware USB 3Dlaser scanner, and provides an STL template of the scanned foot, then to import into OrthoLast,which imports the scanned foot data in STL format.OrthoLast imports the scanned foot STL, template, then modifies the shape from an existinglast into a new customer last, in relation to the scanned foot. It exports the new last for millingand transfers the last data to OrthoStyle and/or Ortho Design that builds on the functionality ofOrtho Style to provide a comprehensive 3D footwear design system.The advanced technique collects accurate information and provides a template of each foot,then the data will be used to help create customers last, and sometimes, more economically,the insoles.
  34. 34. "I have been wearing these insoles since last summer, proximately one year now. As a distancerunner, I run a hundred miles every week, so I am in pain in my knees and hips because I amgetting older, " said Stuart Stokes, a British steeplechaser who won the 4th place in the lastCommonwealth Games."Since I put these insoles in, it comforts my body and my pain has gone. So because the pain inmy knees and hips has gone, it allows me to train harder, mentally as well. Every day when youare in pain, it is very different," added Stokes."Now with the insole, I can train longer. I hope this summer it will increase my performance andhope to have better results in the Beijing Olympics. I have quite a few of personalperformances. Sometime winning races means a lot to you; other time you dont win the race,and you know you did you best. That can be equally as good. " noted the steeplechaser.The future of the footwear industryRepresentatives from some of the most influential names in footwear and leather attended to hearindustry experts provide insight into the rapidly changing global marketplace. Opening the event,Johs Knudsen, ECCO‘s Vice President of Business Development, discussed how completeownership of the supply chain can become a competitive advantage, enabling quick reaction toretail demand. He highlighted a general industry shift from production push and sell commercialmodels to better identification of market demand to generate supply, while using time zones as aglobal production advantage.Pittards‘ Chief Executive, RegHankey, then stressed how maintaining a source of good qualitymaterial is a global challenge and revealed that, post-recession, there could be 5 million fewercattle hides available. He suggested that an important role for SATRA is to help companies
  35. 35. better understand legislation, including REACH and DMF, and determine the most appropriatetesting throughout the supply chain. MrHankey concluded with two thought-provokingquestions: will oil-based synthetic materials be impacted by diminishing global oil reserves, andwhat will global population growth mean for supply and demand of leather and materials?Exploring ethical issuesThe next speaker was Lesley Roberts, Director of Corporate Responsibility at the PentlandGroup, which claims to have reduced its landfill waste by 50 per cent in 12 months. Ms Robertsexplored a variety of ethical issues, including how climate change will affect the amount ofavailable leather, and how synthetic materials require considerable energy to produce. Shesuggested that China is no longer so focused on footwear exports, increasingly finding localmarkets more interesting. Ms Roberts pointed out that the industry needs help from SATRA withrestricted substances and the environment, and left delegates with a probing question: ‗What willyou do if you find child labour in the supply chain?‘Steve Smith, Supply Chain Director at Clarks, described his company‘s online presence andrevealed how control of stock for home delivery and in-store use has been combined to providean integrated control procedure. Mr Smith commented that wholesale customers are starting tolook for retail-type support models, and that his main challenge is to balance minimal stocklevels with high availability – never easy at the best of times.DESMA‘s General Manager, Klaus Freese, picked up on China‘s possible shift from footwearexport to a domestic market, and proposed that modern technology, production processes andquality control at source will mean competitive footwear production anywhere in the world. Hehighlighted that there is currently no cost advantage in using recycled materials in footwearproduction.The conference closed with a question and answers to a panel of speakers and members of theSATRA Research Team, a conclusion being reached that the industry is probably not currentlyinvesting enough in research and innovation to turn challenge into opportunity. SATRA‘sResearch Team Leader, John
  36. 36. Hubbard, commented that investment in innovation will provide the future products demanded by future markets. There was a consensus that the whole supply chain has collective responsibility for consumer needs and future generations. Feedback from the day showed that all in attendance found the event and the subjects discussed useful – even essential. Members see SATRA as being central to the debate and will look to the Technology Centre to play an important part in helping the industry face the challenges and opportunities. Major Players Of Footwear Industry ABOUT BATABata is one of the worlds leading footwear retailers and manufacturers with operations across 5 continentsmanaged by 4 regional commercial business units (CBUs). The MBU approach provides quality resourcesand support in key areas to the companies operating in similar markets such as product development,sourcing or marketing support. Each MBU is entrepreneurial in nature, and can quickly adapt to changes inthe market place and seize potential growth opportunities.Batas strength lies in its worldwide presence. While local companies are self-governing, each one benefitsfrom its link to the international organization for back-office, systems, product innovations and sourcing.Although Bata operates in a wide variety of markets, climates and buying power Bata companies share thesame leadership points. Two important ones are product concept development and constant improvement ofbusiness processes in order to offer customers great value and the best possible service.
  37. 37. Management - Bata India Name Designation P M Sinha Director Rajeev Gopalakrishnan Additional Director U Khanna Director J G N Clemons Director Akshay N Chudasama Independent Director Name Designation M Villagran Managing Director F M Hussein Director (Finance) J Carbajal Director Atual Singh Independent Director UdayKhanna Chairman / Chair Person History of Bata footwear Industry1931- Bata India Limited the Company was incorporated at Calcutta.The Company Manufacture and market of all types of footwear,footwear components, leather and products allied to footwear trade.Bata was originally promoted as Bata Shoe Co Pvt Ltd by LeaderAG, Switzerland, a member of the Toronto-based multinational,Bata Shoe Organisation (BSO). It became a public limitedcompany in 1973 and the name was changed to Bata India Ltd.
  38. 38. 1952- In Mokamehgat, a tannery was established and a hide purchasingcentre was also set up there. Another factory was constructedat Faridabad.1973- With the public issue of capital in June, Leader A.G. St.Moritz, Switzerland offered for sale 5,00,000 shares out oftheir holdings at a premium of Rs 20 per share (2,00,000 shareseach to LIC and UTI and 1,00,000 shares to the public).1977- Leader A.G. St. Moritz, Switzerland offered for sale 8,00,000shares at a premium of Rs 8 per share to resident Indiannationals thereby reducing their holdings to 12,00,000 shares or40% of the issue capital.- Another 47,14,000 No. of equity shares of Rs 10 each at apremium of Rs 25 per share were issued to Bata (BN) B.V.,Amsterdam, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leader A.G. St. Moritz,Switzerland, in order to raise their holding in the Company from40% to 51%.1979- 7,50,000 bonus shares issued in prop. 1:4.1984- 15,00,000 bonus shares issued in prop. 2:5 in April.1987- The Company privately placed with financial institutions (UTI,
  39. 39. LIC, GIC & its subsidiary) 15% debentures worth Rs 5 crores.The Company also allotted debentures worth Rs 1.75 crores to theArmy Group Insurance Fund.- The Bata Shoe Organisation consists of 96 independently runcompanies in 90 countries throughout the world.- 52,50,000 bonus shares issued in prop.1988- Agreement was arrived at with Adidas of West Germany formanufacture and marketing of sports and special applicationfootwear, spots goods and sports wear in India and the productswere expected to be launched in December, 1989.- Marketing of `Star clothings designed by MurjaniInternational, New York, U.S.A. and sourced through InmarkBrands Pvt. Ltd., was launched.- A new brand of shoe, `Tigre was introduced during the yearfor sales through wholesalers and independent retailers.1989- The Company sucessfully launched `Adidas collection ofhi-tech sports footwear.- As a result of the R&D activities, special leather board was
  40. 40. developed as a substitute for insole leather.1990- A highly versatile sample 18-station bicolour injectionmoulding plant was installed in the Bangalore factory forproduction of `State-of-the-art injection moulded shoes withsynthetic and textile uppers and specially developed PVCcompounds as soleing material.- Pursuant to a Scheme of Arrangement between the Company andBata Properties, Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company,certain properties constituting the real estate division of theCompany were transferred to BPL for better development andmanagement with effect from 1st July.1991- A promotional brand `Tigre was launched to keep the factoriesfull at all times and thereby reduce losses due to underrecovery of overheads.- The Company issued non-convertible debentures aggregating Rs3.50 crores to SBI Mutual Fund. These debentures are redeemablein three equal instalment at the end of 6th, 7th and 8th yearfrom the date of allotment. Negotiations were in progress forprivate placement of the remaining debentures.1992- The workers at Batanagar factory went on strike from 3rdJanuary, to 23rd May, which resulted in a substantial loss of
  41. 41. production during the initial 6 months of the year.- The Company undertook to set up a green field export orientedunit at Hosur in Tamilnadu with the State-of-the-art technology.- Over the years, the Company with the collaboration of BataDevelopment, Ltd., London, U.K., and its association with Bata,Ltd., Toronto, has been building up its own well-equipped andup-to-date R&D organisation.1993- The Company undertook to expand and modernise its existingplants for capacity optimisation to become cost efficient on aglobal basis. Apart from it also undertook expansion andupgradation of its retail stores. Export Oriented Unit was alsoto be set up at Hosur in Tamil Nadu.- During January, the Company issued 105,00,000 No. of equityshares of Rs 10 each at a premium of Rs 20 per share on rightsbasis in the proportion of 1:1. Allotment of 1,856 No. of equityshares was kept in abeyance since the matter wassub-judice. The balance 104,98,144 shares were allotted.1995- 13,114,000 No. of equity shares allotted to Bata (BN) BVAmaterdown, The Northerlands the holding company.- The Long Term Agreement with the Bata Mazdoor Unionrepresenting employees of Batanagar and Calcutta Offices wassigned at bipartite level satisfactorily without any disruption
  42. 42. of work.1996- The Company has received a notice in writing from a member ofthe Company under Section 257 of the Companies Act, 1956signifying his intention to propose the appointment of Mr Thakuras a Director of the Company.1997- Indias largest shoe company Bata India (BIL) has performedadmirably to stage a remarkable turnaround for the year endedDecember 1996.- Bata has entered into a marketing tie-up with Nike wherein thelatters products will be offered from select Bata outlets.- The companys debt-equity ratio is also set to improvedramatically to 0.60:1 from 1.90:1 in December 1996, and 2.06:1in December 1996.- Bata India, a 51 per cent subsidiary of Canada based Bata ShoeOrganisation, had last revalued its buildings in 1969, and thelatest exercise which will cover all fixed assets is expected tosubstantially prop up its reserves.1998- Bata India, a subsidiary of the Canadian multinational BataShoe Organisation, has suspended its after-sales service.- Every Bata outlet, 1,000 owned and over 600 joint ventures
  43. 43. were expected to sell Hush Puppies, Marie Claire and Adidas.- Bata India has proposed a dividend of 85 paise per share toits shareholders for the year ended December `98.- The shoe major had concluded long term wage agreements withthe workers of its factories at Faridabad (Haryana) andMokamehghat (Bihar) for three years up to 2001.1999- Bata needs to launch new products on a regular basis byexpanding its womens range, and moving into the premiumsegments it had vacated.- The company will launch the `Sundrops line at New Delhi on August 16.- The company signed seven long-term agreements and the last inBatanagar is in an advanced stage of negotiations which will besettled soon.- Batas Faridabad factory workers union finally reached anagreement with the company management, ending the nearlyeight-month-old lock-out at the unit.- Bata India is aiming to achieve a 15 per cent growth inturnover and profits in 1999, to reach the target set out in theVision 2001 plan drawn up by Compass, the international board ofthe Bata Shoe Organisation (BSO).- Shoe major Bata India, which is set to unleash a new
  44. 44. advertisement campaign for its new ladies range `Sundrops, hassigned up film actress Rani Mukherjee to endorse the line.2000- Bata India (Bata) is the largest footwear manufacturer andproduces a wide range of footwear such as canvas, rubber,leather, plastic and so on.- The Company has lifted the lock-out at its Peenya factory inKarnataka. The lockout was declared on March 8th following astrike by the employees union.2002-Withdraws lockout at Bata Indias Peenya Factory on the directionof Government of Karnataka.-Creates its own insider Trading rules in an attempt to protect therights of shareholders and prevent unscrupulous trading in thecompanys share by insiders.-Shareholders approve for the transfer of Tannery and Footweardivision to separate companies.-Appoints MrJaswant Singh as the wholetime Director, Marketing andCommercial.2003
  45. 45. -Shareholders pass all the major nine requisite resolutions.-Appoints GautamThapar, Vice-chairman and MD of Ballarpur IndustriesLtd on the Board of the company.-Forges into a retailing alliance with Lee Cooper Shoes , to retailtheir shoes.-Engages Ogilvy and Mather to devise its Festive season Advertising,side stepping , JWT, its incumbent agency.-Repositions itself as the marketing firm.2004-Bata unveils new flagship store in Mumbai-de-lists equity shares from the Calcutta Stock Exchange AssociationLtd.-Appoints MrConstantinSalameh, Senior VP and CFO of Bata ShoeOrganization as acting Chairman-Bata India has inducted P M Sinha, former CEO of Pepsi ColaInternational South Asia as Chairman of the company2006- Bata India Ltd has informed that Mr. J Carbajal has been appointedas an Additional Director on the Board of Bata India Limited
  46. 46. 2007- Bata India Ltd has set up a new flagship store inThiruvananthapuram.2010- Bata India Ltd has informed that Mr. Fadzilah Bin Mohd Hussein hasbeen appointed as an Additional Director on the Board of the Companywith effect from July 29, 2010. Products Bata Shoes We are the dealers for all types of bata shoes. We are one of the trusted names, when it comes to Bata Shoes. The Bata Shoes offered by us are made from premium quality material that offers strong and durable structure to them.High ankle shoes with full leather upper and excellent soft padding inside. Four eyelets with closed / open Tongue. Perfect grip and most comfortable to wears Foot Wears
  47. 47. We are dealers of all types of foot wear. We offer tastefully designed variety ofmens and ladies leather footwear in diverse designs and styles. Available in various colours andsizes ranging from 5 to 11 (uk standards) and featured with slight toe spring, tone on tonestitching and rubber outsole. Products Manufacturer and Marketer of Footwear products. Specialization The Company manufactures quality leather, rubber, canvas and PVC shoes in wide- ranging designs and styles at affordable prices. Quality Batanagar factory is the first Indian shoe manufacturing unit to receive the ISO 9001 certification in 1993 FacilitiesOperates 4,600 retail stores,Manages a retail presence in over 50 countries,Runs 40 productionfacilities across 26 countries
  48. 48. BRANDS OF BATABABY BUBBLES----Shoes (as well as clothing and accessories in Latam) for infants from birth to1-year Bata--Shoes for all occasions in one’s lifeBATA INDUSTRIALS--Protective footwear for various industriesBOBBLEGUMMERS--Stylish and colorful shoes for active kidsCOMFIT---Ergonomic design, soft uppers and cushioned insole support are combined to bringyou a collection of shoes for your ultimate comfort. The Comfit range provides support andcomfort in a quality you can count onECO FIT--Eco-friendly shoes, made from ecological organic and biodegradable materialsMARIE CLAIRE--Stylish and chic shoes for confident womenNIORTH STAR--The vision of youth – daring, exploratory causal shoes.PATAPATA--Our thong brand, ideal for sunny outdoor lifePOWER--Power, our sports brand that brings out the spirit of the gameSANDAK--Practical plastic injected sandal for the mass market.SUNDROP--A women’s comfort shoe designed for office wear and casual evenings.WEINBRENNER--Our shoe offering for outdoors and adventure.New special technologyBata introduces the new special technology footwear for the growing feet. Launched under the School
  49. 49. Shoes umbrella, Bata brings you selections like Champ, Tennis, Scout, Naughty Boy, and Ballerina.The shoes are designed to fight odour round the clock. Besides the in-built Microban antibacterialprotection in the insole material of the shoe; this is designed to reduce unpleasant odours caused bybacteria and helps keep the feet cleaner & fresher. Cushioned insole would ensure total comfort for thelittle ones.Thus these scientifically designed shoes are a complete solution to all the worries of the mothers abouttheir little ones playing for long hours in the sun.Toxicity and dermal studies have shown products with Microban to be completely safe, non-toxic andnon-irritating to skin. The Microban protected liners keep shoes completely bacterial free, which resultin odor reduction, keeping feet clean, fresh and hygienic.What more, School is more fun this year for the kids as well; they can walk out with a cool sipperadorning their favorite toon Ben10. This cool Ben 10 sipper is available at a special price with anyschool product. And this is not all; there are special Ben10 goody bags to be won. So, hurry log on and win exciting Ben 10 goodies.Microban is an anti-microbial agent which, when introduced into the actual molecular structure offibers, fabrics and polymers, provides inherent control over the growth of certain odor and staincausing bacteria, yeasts and fungi.Bata is committed to customer satisfaction and to giving the best services at competitive rates as wellas offer shoeline as per the specific need of customer.Research DevelopmentBata operates 6 Shoe Innovation Centre’s (S.I.C). Research is conducted into the applicationof new technologies, materials and designs for shoe comfort features.Each S.I.C has a product focus to supply complete packages of services for the manufacturingand marketing of innovative shoes.Shoe Making Expertise
  50. 50. Not only is Bata one of the worlds leading footwear retailers but they are also experts in makingshoes, with over 110 years of experience in manufacturing. Currently they operate 27 productionfacilities across 20 countries.While most modern day manufacturers outsource in Asia, Bata manufactures predominantly inOUR OWN manufacturing facilities, guaranteeing quality and expertise.Approximately half of our factories‘ output is destined for sale through Bata-owned retail stores,and the balance is manufactured to the specifications of wholesale customers or under contract toother footwear brands.Bata personnel made key advances in several footwear production techniques in use today,including the Direct Vulcanization Process (DVP) and slush-moulding. Bata inventors alsopatented the original process that adheres PVC outsoles to textile uppers.During the 1990‘s additional patents were awarded, including one for the first removable heelcartridge system for athletic performance footwear.Most of Bata manufacturing facilities have passed stringent ISO 9000 certification, with otherspresently in the certification process.Italy------Bata Premium Collection
  51. 51. The Shoe Innovation Centre Europe (SICE) creates new collections for our house brands such asWeinbrenner, North Star, Power, Bubblegummers and uses innovative technologies for thePremium collection. By investing in multi-talented human resources and the latest technologydesign equipment, (Cad cam), SICE is in a position to realize shoe prototypes, from the earlystages of design thanks to a functional product development centre.SICE works with all Bata SICs worldwide to obtain the best quality/price ratio for productivesourcing. SICE offers a wide and qualified range of fashion shoes thanks to market trendresearch, new ideas and strict attention to production standards. They are the ideal referencepoint for style and design in the fashion industry and also provide better value–added services.Finally, the SICE will be a strategic focal point for European and worldwide BSO Companies forindustry experience and skills and for improvements in the manufacturing process fromproduction planning, control, material consumption, cutting, stitching, assembly and finishing.CanadaPower FootwearPower Athletics Limited (PAL) operations are based in North America, where the majority ofreputable athletic shoe companies are located, and where most athletic footwear specialization,as well as technical features and technologies, originates.The first-class designers on our team are fully dedicated to Power, concentrating all of theirexpertise on creating the best, most up-to-date product and designs. Most of them are graduatesof the highly respected Industrial Design Program at Carleton University. Their training has been
  52. 52. focused on process, from concept and design through to manufacturing and, ultimately, theeveryday use of the product.Prior to conceptualizing and building a new collection, our designers painstakingly analyze pastsales and study the latest trend reports. In addition to investigating other major brand activities,they also consult and collaborate extensively with colleagues in Europe, America, and Asia. Thisdetailed analysis enables them to assess and determine the new styles, new materials and coloursmost suitable to our markets.PALs operations are not just about product design, however. We offer a complete servicepackage that includes design as well as sales, marketing, and finance support. Our designerswork in tandem with our sales, marketing, and finance teams. We also work closely with ourcustomers, ensuring that the final product is designed, developed, and priced to meet specificmarket requirements. Detailed attention is also given to making sure that the product andcommunications are aligned with our target consumer and are consistent with our brand message.All of our products follow a strict and rigorous technical development process, from mould-making and perfecting patterns to prototyping. PALs proficient technical and sourcing managerin China ensures that our products are technically sound and manufactured by dependable andtrustworthy factories. Our sourcing manager has extensive knowledge of the manufacturingprocess and has been able to develop strong long-term cooperative relationships with reliablethird-party factories.The development process includes the careful selection and approval of materials and materialsuppliers, many of whom have been working with us for long periods of time. Prior to launchinga new style, we subject it to a comprehensive testing process that includes fit- and wear-testing,as well as material and technical tests conducted by a reputable North American laboratory.We are a comprehensive service provider and our dedicated team members are inspired by astrong passion for product and are committed to excellence in all of our activities.
  53. 53. NetherlandsIndustrial FootwearBata Industrials is more than just a manufacturer. It is a knowledge enterprise with a progressiveResearch & Development department and extremely advanced test facilities.Research forms the basis of the powerful Bata Industrials brand. Bata knows what people need intheir work environment. Nobody understands human anatomy in quite the way we do.By continuously investing in new materials and technologies, Bata can keep reacting to marketdevelopments and to changing working conditions in an appropriate and innovative manner.Our knowledgeable and experienced R&D team is complemented by a group of outsideknowledge centres, such as internationally renowned universities. This co-operation results in aunique combination of shoes and socks for every professional in every situation.IndonesiaAffordable high-value footwear for mainly tropical climatesThe Shoe Innovation Center in Indonesia works with a variety of frameworks includingtechnologies, methods, production processes, designs, materials, trend lifestyle research,economic oriented product development and it all helps Bata to be a leader in footwear for bothdomestic and international markets.
  54. 54. By investing in multi-talented human resources and the latest technology design equipment, theSIC in Indonesia supplies creative services for the manufacturing and marketing of footwear.Our team is a unique composition of experienced footwear designers and passionate creativedesigners with multiple backgrounds who are able to capture our consumers‘ lifestyle needs.ChinaSourcing from the “Factory of the World”The Shoe Innovation Centre China‘s (SICC) manufacturing sources come from the wide andvaried groups of factories available in China, for different product categories of the differentBata Brands developed for the BSO group of companies worldwide. With a team of multi-talented personnel and investments in new technology and techniques in the related fields, thecentre constantly develops and creates new products with the best price/quality ratio for footwearsourced from the ―Factory of the World‖ – China. All without sacrificing product quality byhaving strict BSO based quality control and quality assurance standards and procedures. Thecentre also provides excellent services in all ways and areas to the BSO companies buying orsourcing from China.In each SIC, international designers and technicians conduct advanced product research andestablish strict quality control procedures. The focus is on introducing new and exciting productsthat are competitively priced and give the best value to customers. Always ahead in new designs,features and products, each SIC will continue their relentless search for better quality in pursuitof excellence.
  55. 55. Each Bata SIC supplies model making, components and accessories for the production ofexclusive footwear to factories throughout the world. Exclusive designs and technologicallyadvanced shoe lines are developed by a team of designers supported by a pool of internationallyrenowned freelancers. Quality is ensured by best-in-class processes of:... Raw materials selection Sophisticated and strict control of all production process steps Respect of Bata quality specificationsRetailCity StoreBata operates stores in many of the world‘s fashion capitals. Bata City Stores offer urbancustomers the best in today‘s fashion footwear and accessories. These stores are in city centres‘prime locations, and provide a high level of customer service, exclusive fashion shoelines withcomplementary accessories, and contemporary shopping environments to discerning shoppersLarge Format StoreBata Superstores offer a wide assortment of fashion, casual and athletic footwear for the entirefamily. Located primarily in urban and suburban shopping centres, these spacious stores offer thebest value by providing good quality shoes at great prices. Service is fast thanks to a selfselection shopping environment with qualified staff to serve and assist.One of the cornerstones of the Bata Superstore is the sports area: a real store within a store. Allthe key international sports brands are featured, carefully selected for the most discerningcustomers
  56. 56. Family StoreBata is the world‘s leading family footwear chain thanks to the wide assortment of everydayfashion footwear available in our stores from Milano to Delhi. The products are primarily theBata brand, with a carefully selected assortment of articles from both local and internationalbrands.Factory StoreFactory stores first opened in 2003 and are the largest and the most value-oriented stores of ourretail chain.They are ideally located in power centres, commercial parks and outlet centres with easy parkingfacilities.The product selection offers more than 10,000 styles of ladies, mens, childrens and sport shoeswith related accessories and apparel sold at attractive price points.It is based on a self service concept with helpful staff available for service at anytime.Achievements Bata initiated and propelled thedevelopment of a modernfootwear industry inIndia.According to the Brand EquityMost Trusted Brands 2009Survey, Bata is Indiasmosttrusted name in brandedfootwear, today.The recognition has followedsustainedeffort.The companyhas beenundertakingaggressivemeasuressince 2004, tore-structureand reengineeritsoperations.Theupshot: growing popularity amongstconsumers,augmentation in net profit, acomplete turnaround with anupmarket productrange, new designs and high visibility in chic locations .Indeed, such has been theturnaround for Bata that it was recently chosen by Business Week, as one of The Worlds 25Unsung MostInnovative Companies.PromotionBata has optimised its product range to includeexciting and innovative designs at knock-outprices. It is the companys belief that value,comfort and quality are the three imperativesthat sell footwear. To bring this message home to consumers, Bata has recently launchedtheBe Surprised – New Range, GreatPricesadvertising and promotions campaign.Thiseffort has already coursed across thecountry riding on bus and metro stations,billboards,TV,
  57. 57. print and point of purchase (POP)materials.In a first-of-a-kind initiativeinthe footwear retailindustry, Indias leading retailer has alsointroduced Bata Gift Vouchers. Ideal forcorporategifting, employee incentives andconsumer promotions, these vouchers can beused in placeof cash and are available in various denominationMarket ShareThe company enjoys the highest market share in India and this is evident from the fact that thetotal retail presence of the company currently is more than thrice that of its closest competitor(Liberty: 381 stores). Bata has over 15% market share in Organized Retail market and around6.5% share in Unorganized retail.Bata: Indian market offers a big opportunity to growHDFC Sec | 04 Jan, 2011A higher consumer spend is a positive development for the FMCG industry as it translates intohigher pricing power and revenues for the players in the industry. BIL with a market share of35% in the organised shoe market could be a major beneficiary of the rising consumer spends asit could drive the revenues of the company and also a better pricing power could boost theoperating margins of the companyBata India: Best foot forward
  58. 58. PunamChoudhary | 19 Apr, 2010The consolidated revenue and EBITDA of the company has grown at a CAGR of 11% & 41.6%respectively over the last 4 years. This growth was driven by strict cost control, improvedproduct lines, modernization, consolidation of manufacturing operations, and transformation ofthe wholesale business. At a current market price of Rs.252.6, the company is trading at 20.8times its estimated FY10 earnings and 16.5 times its estimated FY11 earningsBata Q2CY09: Revenue up 8%Hem Securities | 03 Aug, 2009In Q2CY09, revenues surged 7.72% at Rs3089.96 mn from Rs2868.50 mn in Q2CY08Export BIL (Bata India Limited) exports around 3 million pairs of shoes and other footwear annually, primarily to Western Europe, Middle-East and Far-East markets. Majority of the export is Canvas shoes under leading private labels to customers in the United Kingdom and France. Mens leather shoes are sold to established retailers in Europe, Middle-East and Far-East. BILs most modern leather shoe Factory is located in Hosur (Tamilnadu) and is geared to make international quality footwear for export. This Factory is comparable to the best anywhere in the world with high degree of flexibility and is fully equipped to manufacture Mens, Ladies and Childrens cemented and Moccasin shoes and other footwear
  59. 59. Ownership: CompanyCompany Type: ManufacturerSpecialisation: FootwearAddress: Liberty House, Liberty Road, P.O. Box No. 103City: Karnal,Haryana [India]Liberty Shoes Ltd. is the only Indian company that is among the top 5 manufacturers of leatherfootwear in the world with a turnover exceeding U.S. $100 million.We produce more than 50,000 pairs of footwear a day covering virtually every age group andincome category. Products are marketed across the globe through 150 distributors, 350 exclusiveshowrooms and over 6000 multi-brand outlets, and sold in thousands every day in more than 25countries including fashion-driven, quality-obsessed nations like France, Italy, and Germany.
  60. 60. With 50 years of excellence, today Liberty produces footwear for the entire family and is atrusted name across the world. In the domestic market it is one of the most admired footwearbrands and holds the largest market share for leather footwear.History of LibertyIt was the 25th December of 1954 when India was nurturing its growth as a free country, threedreamers in a small town in erstwhile Punjab thought of producing an Indian brand of footwearto make a basic necessity available to their countrymen.Mr. D P Gupta, Mr. P D Gupta and Mr. R K Bansal allowed their vision to cross every barrierand brought cutting-edge technologies to their own country. Within a short span of time, thename, Liberty became a synonym to quality footwear in the domestic market and thisencouraged the company to invest further for enhancing production capacities and to cater to thedemands of international markets. With 50 years of excellence, today Liberty produces footwearfor the entire family and is a trusted name across the world. In the domestic market it is one ofthe most admired footwear brands and holds the largest market share for leather footwear.Corporate PhilosophySteeped in a philosophy that has at its core innovation, technology and advancement, we atLiberty, pride ourselves over and above everything else on our healthy and heart-felt respect forthe human ethos, which projects itself in the expectancy and excitement with which one greetsthe arrival of the new combined with a sincere and deep regard for the old, which is appreciativeof and adopts at every stage the unique balance between modernization and tradition.Liberty as a brand is constantly evolving to keep pace with the changing trends, styles, beliefs,and aspirations of people while maintaining the sanctity of certain traditions like workmanshipand good value.
  61. 61. Our CredoTo ensure that the method we use is the latest technology the world over. To follow the higheststandards of honest workmanship in whatever we make. To walk the extra mile to ensurecustomer satisfaction worldwide. To remain a true cosmopolitan to the spirit. To remain a greatcorporation to associate with, to work for.Liberty Retail Revolutions LimitedIn the elite shopping avenues of fashion capitals "Revolutions" has begun its walk. The fashionaccessory and footwear stores have begun operations in Chennai, Bangalore , Mumbai, Kolkatta,Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Delhi & NCR and Pune with upcoming Revolutions Stores inNoida, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad.These are company managed and owned outlets where theemphasis is to deliver high fashion to the customers backed by quality service making it adelightful shopping experience.Management - Liberty ShoesName DesignationAdesh Kumar Gupta Executive Director & CEOShammiBansal Executive DirectorSatish Kumar Goel DirectorRaghubarDayal Independent DirectorPrem Chand Garg Independent DirectorSiddharthSanghi Independent DirectorName DesignationAdarsh Gupta Executive DirectorSunil Bansal Executive DirectorSurendra Kumar Arya Independent Director
  62. 62. Amitabh Taneja Independent DirectorVivekBansal Independent DirectorAbout LibertyEstablished in the year 1954, Liberty Shoes Ltd. is a leading leather shoes brand and isengaged in the manufacturing, supplying and exporting of the same. With an annualturnover of U.S. $100 million, it is the only Indian leather shoe brand that occupies fifthranking among the top shoes manufacturing companies in the world. With 50 years ofbrilliance, today we are a preferred brand in more than 25 countries including style andquality addicted countries such as France, Italy, and Germany. Our far reachingcapabilities are due to our extensive marketing network of 150 distributors, 350 exclusiveshowrooms and over 6000 multi-brand outlets We have a wonderful combination of themost talented minds with the most latest in technology. Enjoying the credit of introducingPU technology in India, we are working constantly to introduce newer and better conceptsthat can help in the efficient manufacturing of various types of shoes like leather shoes,black leather shoes, brown leather shoes, ladies shoes etc.Product ProfileWe offer a flawless collection of footwear for men, women and kids, manufactured usingadvanced technology. High quality leather is procured from well known vendors to bring outexclusive footwear that can be worn in all the seasons. Our collection is available under brandnames Coolers, Freedom, Footfun, Force 10, Fortune, Gliders, Senorita, Tiptopp, Warrior andWindsor. Freedom is our popular collection which includes industrial safety shoes such as gumboots, fire protection boots etc that are ideal to be worn during hazardous industrial works. We
  63. 63. manufacture gliders that include leather shoes, non leather, gliders Eva and many more. Theseinclude are formal shoes as well as casual footwear. These are also available with built-inacupuncture facility for proper blood circulation. All our products share following features:Durable Water resistant Excellent finish Perfect fit Comfortable QualityWe have always led maximum emphasis on quality. Our products are quality tested under the ableguidance of quality analysts who know the quality control process. Furthermore we also havemanagement systems and tools in place such as : In the year 2000, KAIZEN was implemented and is practiced throughout the organization. The concept of 5S was introduced in the company in the year 2001 and presently it is in matured stage and is followed religiously. We have received ISO 9001:2000 certification and are in the process of acquiring the same for the entire group. We have established waste management system and we are proud of its being our pilot project. We follow the ISES-200 norms to ensure social, health & environmental safety. This standard is closely monitored by Indo German Export Promotion Council of India. Also we have ENGERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM in place which is one of the unique of its own kind. Cemented Construction Direct PVC Injection Direct PU Injection Direct EVA Injection
  64. 64. Direct TPU Injection SYMPATEX water proofing technology Eva Compounding technology Thermo Plastic Elastomer technologyWe have a patented technology "HUMANTECH" which states our philosophy of the optimumutilization of human craftsmanship and technological excellence. Our production unit isequipped with a unique ERP Solution called SAP. This software interlinks the modules relatedto finance logistics & supply chain. SAP was used first time in Indian footwear Industry by“Liberty”. Distribution NetworkOur extensive distribution channel has enabled us to develop a firm grip over the market. Ourpresence in the global front led us to penetrate deep into the various markets of world andoffer our qualitative range of products. Our presence across the world is in the form of 02 Overseas Offices 14 Branch Offices 20 Overseas Showrooms 300 Liberty Exclusive Distributors 375 Retail Stores (10 outside India). Social ResponsibilityWe being one of the most admired brands across the globe understand our responsibilitytowards the society and therefore ensure the practice of the following:• We perform all our business activities with utmost sincerity, and reliability.• We deliver not just quality products and technological innovations but also ensure that allour business dealings with customers, suppliers, government officials and all those who areoutside the Liberty Group are equally qualitative.
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