Tata International aims to increase shoe production
The company encourages local women to work in its factories.
Leather products manufacturer Tata International plans to raise the production capacity of its footwear plant in Dewas, India from some 700,000 pairs to 2.5 million pairs per year within the next three years. This growth is expected to generate employment for 3,000 workers, and the company has said it will give preference to rural women, despite a local taboo against women working in a factory.
Tata International is also reported to have submitted a proposal to the state government to develop what it terms ‘Shoe City’ in the Dewas district, where ancillary units for manufacturing shoe uppers, soles and packaging will be established.
Tata International began to make footwear uppers in 1981. The company commenced shoe production in 2008 when two manufacturing units were opened – the Dewas factory and another in Chennai – and now claims to be one of the largest exporters of footwear in India.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the December 2014 issue of SATRA Bulletin.