Founded in 1894, The Bata Shoe Organization is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and retailers of quality
footwear. With over 30,000 employees, 24 production facilities, 5,000 international retail stores and a presence in
over 70 countries.
The company was first registered in the town of Zlin Czechoslovakia, from humble beginnings the small family
business expanded rapidly under the vision and guidance of founder Thomas Bata. Thomas was a ninth generation
shoemaker determined to become a manufacturer who could provide customers with value for their money.
Bata became an international business in the first half of the 20th century and by the second half of the century
had established a true global footprint (production in Australia had commenced in 1961). A progressive and market
leading pioneer of the modern footwear industry Bata is now an iconic brand recognised all around the world.

Bata Shoe Company of Australia Pty Ltd was established in Australia 1961. Production commenced in Mornington,
Victoria Australia in 1981, and remains our Head Office location today. The Australian company is registered as a
quality endorsed company complying with ISO 9001 and AS/NZS 2210.3 and is proud to be part of the world wide
organization. With a strong industrial focus, the company manufactures and wholesales over a million pairs of
footwear each year through its industrial and wholesale retail business streams.
A working relationship between the Bata Australian and European industrial companies was the platform for the
development of an association between the specialized industrial companies within the organization. In 2004
the first meeting of the Bata Industrials World Wide Group was held at Bata Best in the Netherlands. Involving
companies from South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the enormous potential for
the group to synergize information, product development, manufacturing, and sourcing became apparent. The
combined technical and R&D resources of the group have lead to a cross pollination of ideas and the capacity for
production development has never been stronger. This is epitomized by the development and re-structuring of the
Bata Industrials ranges in Australia between 2005 and 2007

Bata Industrial Footwear will showcase their latest equipment and products on the IMARC exhibition floor. Register your complimentary expo pass here.

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