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Clarks builds UK unit

Clarks, the UK-based casual footwear brand, is building a manufacturing facility in the Britain. The facility will use state of the art technology at the forefront of shoemaking innovation. Initially, Clarks aims at building capacity to produce up to 3,00,000 pairs a year, using an innovative, unique volume production method applying robot-assisted technology to specific shoe constructions.

This cutting-edge technology will be combined with both specially trained and skilled employees, creating up to 80 technical and managerial jobs. Once the facility is operational, Clarks will be able to implement and support trans-seasonal collections, leading the way in a seasonless approach to its ranges. It will allow greater flexibility and innovation in the process of how Clarks designs and develops shoes.

Looking to the future the company plans to roll out similar production units to other locations across US, Europe and Asia, building a global network of regional supply chains that complements its current sourcing network to enable shorter lead times and a faster response to changing trends and consumer demand.

Clarks wants to bring shoe manufacturing back to the UK. Clarks has always led the way in shoe design and manufacture, having developed a significant proportion of modern shoe construction technologies. This new facility will help it continue that tradition of innovation.