The Project


The Project

Footwear production is an important sector of Albanian economy, which has a long tradition. The footwear sector operates with two types of companies: companies producing and exporting part of product work and companies producing and exporting the whole product. Five types of business models are known: M (Make); CM (Cut and Make); CMT (Cut Make and Trim); FP (Full Package) and OB (Own Brand). Regarding the Albanian consumer the need for footwear is fulfilled mainly by imported footwear products.

A growing number of the companies operating in footwear sector that have shift their business model to Full Package. This change of business model has pointed out the need for qualified workforce from the companies and the data collected from surveys depict the lack of qualified working force. Gaining digital skills should be sustained by footwear companies. All this is accompanied by urgent needs of advanced methods of digital design and production.

The Digi4Wearables project will develop an innovative training methodology using emerging and inclusive practices and tools to improve the knowledge of workers in footwear companies in Albania on digital manufacturing.

Moreover, these digital tools will sustain the sustainable way of production as an emerging need required for every company, in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment.


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Main Goals

The Digi4Wearables project will develop and pilot an innovative training methodology on digital manufacturing using emerging and inclusive practices and digital tools to improve the knowledge of workers in footwear companies in Albania.

Specific Objectives
· Improving staff working skills in using advanced technologies in footwear manufacturing.
· Integrating digital tools for footwear design to help companies to improve product quality, raise productivity and at the same time reduce time to market.
· Sustain companies to be competitive in the globalized business by offering products for every consumer.