Access global markets by ensuring quality and performance
The footwear industry produces around 17 billion pairs of shoes each year, ranging from functional work boots to designer high heels.
India is the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments around the world. Its is also one of the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country. With the government of India facilitating the growth of the leather industry through the ‘India Inclusive Innovation Fund’ worth Rs.5500 crore to help small and medium enterprises move up the value chain, the production will certainly go up.
The key challenges will be to delivery quality and quanitity consistently.This high level of output poses considerable challenges for manufacturers and retailers, given seasonal changes in consumer tastes and complex government regulations for quality, safety and durability.
Manufacturing a single pair of shoes can involve over 100 processes, along with a wide range of materials such as textiles, leather, wood, plastic and metal. Because of the complexity of footwear products and other leather goods such as handbags, belts, purses, retailers and manufacturers are increasingly challenged to ensure that potentially harmful chemicals are not used in the product lifecycle. Legislators have responded to growing consumer concerns over chemical safety in footwear and other leather goods with increasingly stringent regulations that differ among countries.
Our footwear and leather testing services
TÜV SÜD is recognised and respected throughout the global retail industry. Our suite of services for footwear products and leather goods includes testing, pre-shipment inspection, auditing, product certification and system certification and training services. Our extensive network of laboratories across the globe features state-of-the-art testing equipment and technology for quality and performance testing. We also test for chemicals covered by REACH SVHC Testing, REACH Regulation (EU), CPSIA (U.S.) and other international standards.
In India, our footwear and leather testing laboratories are located in cluster of leather and footwear manufacturers and exporters and key locations to faciliate faster delivery and cost efficiency.