Access global markets by ensuring quality and performance
Footwear is one of the top industries that contributed to Vietnam’s robust economic development in the last 20 years. The footwear export industry in Vietnam has a strong foothold in the U.S. and E.U. markets and maintains 2-digit growth year-on-year. Even if the U.S. has withdrawn from TPP (Trans - Pacific Partnership), Vietnam’s footwear industry kept its annual growth, and continued to export to the U.S. and maintained a 20 percent growth average. Furthermore, the government has pushed more FTAs (Free Trade Agreements) with other regions of the world, which opens more opportunities for international business expansion.
Manufacturing a single pair of shoes can involve over 100 processes, along with a wide range of materials such as textiles, leather, wood, plastic and metal. Because of the complexity of footwear products and other leather goods such as handbags, retailers and manufacturers are increasingly challenged to ensure that potentially harmful chemicals are not used in the product lifecycle. Legislators have responded to growing consumer concerns over chemical safety in footwear and other leather goods with increasingly stringent regulations that differ among countries.
Our footwear and leather testing services
TÜV SÜD is recognised and respected throughout the global retail industry. Our suite of services for footwear products and leather goods includes testing, pre-shipment inspection, auditing, product certification and system certification, as well as training and knowledge services. Our extensive network of laboratories across the globe features state-of-the-art testing equipment and technology for quality and performance testing. We also test for chemicals covered by REACH Regulation (EU), CPSIA (U.S.) and other international standards.