How responsible, local sourcing and manufacturing creates a sustainable economy

By Varushka Padayachi
Digital Manager

For more than 30 years, Lemaitre has supported South African workers with locally manufactured, top-quality safety footwear, and responsible sourcing that supports local industries. Now more than ever, it’s about one worker supporting another in order to play our part in boosting the economy and getting South Africa back on its feet. 

Lemaitre Safety Footwear, part of the BBF Safety Group, has long been a staunch supporter of not just manufacturing locally, but also sourcing local suppliers and components as far as possible to support the people and communities of South Africa. With the economic potential SA holds, it is essential to support local products, services and businesses wherever possible, to fast-track the route to an economically strong South Africa.  

‘With the economic potential SA holds, it is essential to support local products, services and businesses wherever possible, to fast-track the route to an economically strong South Africa’

One worker supporting another

Local Procurement 

Lemaitre is committed to playing its part in building a strong and sustainable local economy, and it starts with procurement processes. The brand recognises its responsibility to earnestly support local businesses and SMMEs by sourcing key components, and outsourcing some of its production work. This ensures that Lemaitre is contributing to the local economy and the communities beyond its own workforce. 

Local Manufacturing 

Lemaitre believes in what it can accomplish locally. With over 400 employees, it is serious about job creation. Most of the work and labour required in manufacturing its safety footwear goes into the upper construction. Lemaitre uppers are produced in South Africa in its factory in Port Elizabeth and through various independent CMTs. Together, Lemaitre and these CMTs produce proudly South African safety footwear that protects workers across various industries and lays the foundations of positive change. 

Lemaitre uppers are produced in South Africa in its factory in Port Elizabeth and through various independent CMTs

Local Distribution 

Lemaitre’s safety footwear is in demand throughout Africa, so it uses the capability of local companies to get it there – which includes transporting, warehousing and reselling. After all, South Africans have always shown the ability to go the extra mile.   

Keeping Workers Safe Across Industries and Applications  

By manufacturing and distributing safety footwear products of the highest quality, Lemaitre is looking out for the hardworking people who are building a stronger South Africa.  

Lemaitre has been working behind the scenes on a number of new ranges for various applications. 

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