About the sector

The Brazilian sector of machines for leather and footwear is formed by a diversified range of products with their technological updating oriented towards the whole industry, meeting the needs of all, from the small to the big industry.

Brazil outstands in quality, brands and style along all the production chain of leather and footwear.  The use of state-of-the-art technology, which makes the industry more productive, is the main quest of the Brazilian manufacturers.

Through the implantation of automation processes, the industry has developed equipment that offers higher speed, precision and interaction.  Added technologies allow for the management of work and productive processes in a more complex fashion, with economy in human resources and scale production gain.

Tradition and Evolution since 1824

The production of footwear is a traditional activity in the Brazilian economy and is one of the industrial sectors with the longest history and relevance in the country, placing Brazil as one of the most important and outstanding footwear manufacturers in the world.

Footwear manufacturing has based the economy of Rio Grande do Sul since 1824, the year when the German immigration started. In this region, it was able to develop sourcing from the abundance of raw material (leather) derived from cattle raising and the production of jerked meat, basis of the economy in the south of the State.  The availability of raw material was used by the German immigrants that colonized a big part of the State starting from Vale do Sinos.

In order to provide technology to this sector, Rio Grande do Sul also developed the sector of machines for leather and footwear, supplying a significant share of the existing technological innovations available in the production of footwear and in the treatment of leather.

A century of exports

The Brazilian machinery and equipment for leather and footwear have been exported for almost 100 years, especially to Latin America, the main foreign market until the present days.

As exports started, the national industry of footwear showed a radical structural change in size and technology, widening its productive complex and successfully meeting the foreign demand for Brazilian machines and footwear.

Derived from the growth of the footwear industry, the sectors of machinery, tanneries, components and services also developed technologically, modifying their productive processes in order to meet the growing demand in terms of volume and lead time.

Brazil – a country of great opportunities

The combination of innovative social policies of income distribution, financial and political stability, sustainable growth and fiscal responsibility have lead Brazil to consolidate among the biggest economies in the planet of the XXI century.

Along the last few year, Brazil has been awarded investment grade by the main international agencies of risk evaluation.  With a diversified industrial network that ranges from capital goods to consumable goods, the country has been opening borders and establishing sound partnerships in several nations in the world, and this has significantly favored the diversification of exports, paving the growth of the country.