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The Factory


The factory is in Mandeni in northern KwaZulu Natal region, and 80km from Durban. The industrial area where the factory is situated is KwaSithebe which in in the rural area on KwaZulu Natal. The factory is high-tech and features some of the best advances in technology for footwear manufacturing in the World. This factory has imported the technology that will enable ZETU to produce product on par with the world-class footwear produced in Europe and only the best factories in the East. ZETU is implementing high-tech solutions throughout the factory and in all departments from design to finished product. The strategy is to position ZETU as a design and quality focused factory in local market.

The factory set up is designed by TORIELLI in Italy. Their expertise is technology solutions and setting up of production processes, which they routinely put in place for some of the best factories in Europe. 

All the machines in the factory are European brands that are leading in the footwear industry for their technical innovation, high quality manufacture and operation. The machine brands we have opted for is Durkop Adler from Germany and Global from Czech Republic. Both are reputable world-class brands.

The cutting department is equipped with NESTOR cutting table, which is the best solution for a cutting operation in a modern factory. The system combines the Swiss and Italian best characteristics into one. The system is integrated with SHOEMASTER CAD system, which sends patterns directly to the system for cutting. This eliminates use of costly steel knives and greatly eliminating human error. The cutting department is equipped with NESTOR cutting table, which is the best solution for a cutting operation in a modern factory. It combines the Swiss and Italian best characteristics into one. The table can cut, punch and mark in one operation eliminating a whole department of preparation while speeding up the process.

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