The President of the Republic of Portugal distinguished, on 21 November APICCAPS as Honorary Member of the Order of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial (Industrial Class of Merit).
At the ceremony, which took place in the closure of the 1st Day of the Route of the Local Innovative conducted in the EDV region, the President graced the APICCAPS as an innovator agent on its business. The APICCAPS was founded in 1975 and since then has established itself as the principal entity, which both nationally and internationally, promotes the development and protection of the national footwear industry.
With 450 members, the APICCAPS was determinant in the creation of the Center of Professional Training (CFPIC) and the Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal (CTCP).
Currently, the Association provides various services to the sector, especially in the commercial area, promote and support the participation of companies every international events and in the legal area provides the assistance to the companies or the negotiation of the Collective Labor Agreement.
Recently, APICCAPS certified in accordance with the standards ISO 9000 and was the first association to undertake and certify it in accordance with the standards of social responsibility (SA 8000).