Bata was established in SA in 1954. In 1975 Bata South Africa introduced the ‘Bata Industrials’ Brand with the emphasis on the Turtle concept. Production started in the Pinetown factory to make Safety boots and shoes using the Direct Vulcanised Process made on the Union press, offering Specialized products for Mining and Heavy Industry use.
In addition the factory made PVC stuck on soled Safety boots and shoes. Some years ago Bata made gumboots but stopped. Recently Bata South Africa re-introduced manufacturing and are now one of the 3 biggest producers of SABS approved gumboots in the country. Also the company is exporting PVC Gumboots to different countries in Africa Region.
New collection, high standards
Introduced local PU manufacturing during 2013 at our Loskop factory near Escourt in line with Governments legislation that all footwear supplied to Government departments have to be sourced locally. Bata Industrials global ‘Bickz’ collection introduced in 2013, with new styling and superior technology features. Bata Industrials works closely with global test houses to ensure proper standards adherence. In 2014 Bata Industrials is looking to get SABS (South African Bureau of Standards) approval on imported products.