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World's Second Largest Shoe Manufacturer, ECCO, Celebrates 50 Years Of Passionate Shoemaking

"We see the changes around us every day and recognize that ECCO has inherited an obligation to stay competitive and innovative," said Sorensen. "2012 became an exceptionally good year for ECCO, secured by an extraordinary effort by the entire global team along with solid market performance by many successful products."

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  • 1963, the company was founded by Danish shoemaker Karl Toosbuy
  • 1984, first fully owned factory established in Portugal
  • 1990, establishes ECCO USA - later to grow into the single largest market
  • 1991, builds a factory in Indonesia. The site includes both production and a tannery and today is the largest production unit with more than 5,500 employees
  • 1993, demand rises and ECCO builds a factory and tannery in Thailand
  • 1996, first flagship store opens on the famous Oxford Street in London
  • 1996, enters the golf shoe market - today the fourth biggest producer of golf shoes
  • 1998, opens factory in Slovakia
  • 2002, ECCO goes to Asia
  • 2005, production is established in Xiamen, China
  • 2008, builds a tannery alongside the shoe factory in Xiamen
  • 2011, celebrates 1,000 th store opening at Mall of America, Minneapolis, USA
  • 2013, celebrates five decades of shoes with its 50 th Anniversary

About ECCOECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining fashion and comfort, has built its success on uncompromising quality and innovative technology. ECCO is the only major shoe manufacturer in the world to own and manage every step in the shoemaking process. ECCO employees are the life force behind the products: designing, developing, producing, selling and taking responsibility for every last detail of the brand experience. ECCO is expanding at a fast pace, and today products can be found in almost 4,000 branded sales locations worldwide. However, ECCO's aim has never been to be the biggest - but always to be the best. ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: visit, 800.886.3226.


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