VAPESOL opens EVA sole facility
The company's new plant is expected to have an annual capacity of one million pairs.
Portuguese solings manufacturer VAPESOL has reportedly invested EUR 2 million (USD 2.1 million/GBP 1.7 million) to meet the increasing demand from customers for ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) outsoles.
This new operation is said to have created 50 new jobs, 44 of which are in production, and it is expected to have an annual capacity of one million pairs. According to company head Décio Pereira, there has been a considerable increase in the demand for EVA soles over recent years and, at the start of the pandemic, VAPESOL – which was already making outsoles in thermoplastic rubber and thermoplastic polyurethane – decided to diversify its product range.
“EVA is the ‘fashionable’ sole material,” remarked Mr Pereira about his company’s new unit, adding: “Major brands worldwide are increasingly using this type of sole for the development of their footwear collections.”
This article was originally published on page 2 of the May 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.