ECCO opens new R&D centre
A new ECCO research and development centre in the Danish town of Bredebro – just north of the border with Germany – has been officially opened by Panos Mytaros – group executive vice-president for global shoe production and chief executive of ECCO Leather.
The footwear producer’s new facility is in a former warehouse located at its headquarters site. During the ceremony, Mr Mytaros described the company’s R&D centre as having a modern design that reflects what he referred to as ‘the reality of the future factory space, in which humans, machines and nature will interact’.
ECCO was founded by Copenhagen-based shoemaker Karl Toosbuy, who in 1963 moved with his wife Birte and daughter Hanni (the company’s current owner and chairman) to Bredebro to establish his own shoe factory. Today, ECCO operates factories in six locations around the world, and also owns and operates four tanneries.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the November 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.