For almost fifty years, ECCO shoes have been handmade down to every little detail. As technology has progressed, ECCO has found a fine balance between complete handwork and the newest technology. Still, ECCO’s most valuable strength is the competence and experience of its skilled employees.
As an innovative shoemaker, Karl Toosbuy always saw the ECCO factories as the key to the company’s success. He also realised that shoemaking would always involve a large element of manual work, with craftsmen producing most of the shoes by hand. He tried, therefore, to compensate for this by automating the process wherever possible.
He developed technology, brought in assembly lines and introduced robot technology and large-scale assembly machines. As a result, ECCO is the world leader in direct injection technology. As new shoes are developed and designed in Denmark, construction details are transferred electronically to ECCO’s four main factories in Thailand, Indonesia, Slovakia and China.
Although many processes have been automated, the key to shoemaking remains the handcraft, which is time-consuming and demanding.
Craftsmanship guarantees quality.