ECCO opens leather cutting plant in China
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ECCO Leather chairman, Dieter Kasprzak and vice director of Tong’an District, Ms Zhang Binna recently cut a ribbon to declare open the company’s new leather cutting plant in Xiamen, China. According to ECCO, this new operation – which is located next to the company’s tannery – is one of the most advanced cutting plants in the world, featuring state-of-the-art technology and a reduced environmental footprint.
The new unit covers an area of 7,134 m2 and is intended to be an ECCO Leather Group centre for cutting excellence. The factory design, cutting systems and machinery are said to have been selected to ensure minimum usage of energy while maximising the utilisation of leather material. In order to minimise ECCO’s environmental impact, the new plant has been equipped with rooftop photovoltaic solar panels. These reportedly have the potential to produce more than three times the expected energy consumption of the new cutting plant, allowing surplus energy to be exported to the ECCO tannery.
ECCO Leather runs several programmes through which it aims to reduce water and energy consumption, as well as waste production, in order to minimise the impact of its activities on the environment. Once these developments have been tested successfully, they will be rolled out to all of the company’s production units.
A family-owned business, ECCO was founded in Denmark in 1963 and employs 21,300 people worldwide. Its products are sold in 99 countries through more than 2,250 own-branded stores and over 14,000 sales points.
The photograph above shows Tong’an District vice director Ms Zhang Binna and Dieter Kasprzak (ECCO Leather chairman) cutting a ribbon to open the company’s new leather cutting plant in Xiamen.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the November 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.