ICC invests 2 million and wants to double its production
The Portuguese footwear company ICC, specialized in the production of professional footwear, is investing two million euros in relocating the logistics activity to Póvoa do Varzim and the modernization of the industrial unit in Guimarães, with the goal of doubling its production until 2021.
In an interview with Lusa, within the context of the 17th International Fair Machinery, Equipment and Services for Industry, in which the company participated, Teófilo Leite assured the investment of 2.000 square meters will allow “the possibility of making over 100 expeditions per day to hundreds of exports’ destinations”. “This allowed to grow the logistical space, mainly the expedition of finished products, improve the internal efficiency and the customer service, which is becoming decisive to the business development”, stated ICC’s President.
Additionally, this transfer freed up space in Lavoro’s industrial unit, in Guimarães, therefore allowing the investments in expansion, modernization and automation, necessary to the goal of doubling the company’s production capacity. “We maintain the goal of doubling the production capacity: this year we’re producing half a million pairs of shoes, next year we’re projecting 700 thousand pairs and, this way, we’re prepared for the production of a million pairs within the next following years”.
The automation of Lavoro’s technological center is also predicted next year, called Spodos Foot Science Center, created to promote the development and technical advice in the field of professional footwear and which will have its own business activity within the ICC Group. “In terms of organization, we have been feeling the need of self-sufficiency in certain departments and have been giving them autonomy, although always framed within the group”, explained Teófilo Leite.
ICC is a company with 100% Portuguese capital, employs 200 workers in Guimarães and exports 80% of its production to thousands of clients from over 50 markets with the brands Lavoro, No Risk, Portcal and Go Safe. the company's goal is to go from the 13 million euros invoice, in 2016, to 20 million by 2020.