Lemaitre – much more than just a supplier of safety footwear

Lemaitre – much more than just a supplier of safety footwear

Over the last 30 years, Lemaitre Safety Footwear has developed a stellar reputation for supplying the South African workforce with locally manufactured, superior-quality safety footwear. But, according to Deane Nothard, its marketing manager, the company is far more than just a supplier of safety footwear.

“Now more than ever, it’s one worker supporting another in order to boost the economy and get South Africa back on its feet. Lemaitre Safety Footwear, as part of the BBF Safety Group, has long been a staunch supporter of not just manufacturing locally, but sourcing local suppliers and components as far as possible to support the people and communities of this great country. With the economic and humanitarian challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now up to all of us to support local products, services and businesses wherever possible, to fast-track our economic recovery,” he notes.

Local procurement

According to Nothard, if we’re serious about building a strong and sustainable local economy, procurement processes are pivotal. “Lemaitre recognises its responsibility to earnestly support local businesses and SMMEs by sourcing key components and outsourcing some of our production work. This ensures that we are contributing to the local economy and the communities – even beyond our own workforce.”

Local manufacturing

The company is a firm believer in what can be accomplished locally. “With over 400 employees, we are serious about job creation. Most of the work and labour required in manufacturing our safety footwear goes into the upper construction. Lemaitre uppers are produced in South Africa in our factory in Port Elizabeth and also through various independent local companies. Together, we produce Proudly South African safety footwear that protects the workforce across various industries and lays the foundations of positive change,” Nothard says.

Local distribution

Lemaitre Safety Footwear’s products are in demand throughout Africa. “We use local companies to get them there. These companies handle the transportation, warehousing and reselling. After all, South Africans have always shown the ability to go the extra mile,” he reports.

Keeping the workforce safe across industries and applications

By manufacturing and distributing safety footwear products of the highest quality, Lemaitre Safety Footwear is – of course – contributing to the safety of the hardworking people who are building a stronger South Africa.

“Lemaitre Safety Footwear is proudly manufactured by workers, for workers. It’s time for us to all play our part in rebuilding the economy. As a major enterprise, small business or even an individual consumer – and without ever compromising on quality – we need to start interrogating our purchasing decisions and supporting each in pursuit of a brighter future for all.”

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