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The Bata Shoe Organisation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers of footwear. Activities are carried out in 50 countries on virtually every continent. More than 40,000 people around the world of many races and nationalities are employed. Every day, about 1 million customers are being served throughout its 4,600 retail stores worldwide.
Founded in Czechoslovakia in 1894, Bata was one of the world’s first global manufacturers. Already by the 1930s the company operated in Switzerland, Germany, England, France, Yugoslavia, Poland, India and Holland.. This expansion continued and by 1960, Bata employed 42,000 employees, owned thousands of company stores and many factories.
The foundation of this success was a strong commitment to research and development.
Bata Industrials was founded in the 1970s as a result of a market call for footwear for professionals. Since then, Bata Industrials has evolved into a designer, producer and marketer of safety footwear and hosiery, exclusively to professional end user markets. Today Bata Industrials is one of world’s largest manufacturers of this type of footwear and the only one that is truly a global player. In Europe, the company is widely acclaimed for collections like the BS2000 and The Natural. With offices in South Africa, Australia, Chile and Holland, Bata Industrials serves industries in virtually every continent.
is the foundation of our market success. We are continuously working on
new cutting edge technological developments for footwear and hosiery.
This helps us meet the latest market requirements and ever evolving
industrial working environments.
Our development strategy is based on three elements:
- Overall product performance
- The practical experience of users
- Technical progress
Each and every detail of Bata Industrials’ products undergoes a
lengthy development process, described in detail in the Technology
section of this site. This strategy helps ensure that our products meet
the highest safety standards. Our efforts are aimed at footwear beyond
safety: we put comfort and health in an equally prominent position.