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Although the machines in Hanwags factory are very modern, every single one of them is operated manually.
Leather is a important raw material for Hanwags shoe-production.
During many individual operations, the high-quality skin from european beef is made into bulk stock leather. The dyeing follows after the tanning, as seen in this picture.
No, this isn't a toaster. This machine is heating and activating the glue for putting the shoe and the sole together.
Pure handcraft. The shoe on the picture has already been armed with a rubble-protection. Now the outer sole will be sticked on.
The leather factory Heinen based in Wegberg near Düsseldorf is an important partner of Hanwag. They are producing high-quality leather following european sustainability-standards.
The Development Manager Andreas Settele has been working for Hanwag since July 2016. He is developing new products with his team in Vierkirchen.
At the end every single shoe is checked by a worker. They are removing glue leavings, the bootstrap strecher and are putting shoelaces in.
The developers at Hanwag are aiming to produce a sturdy and robust shoe, that is able to survive many years and a lot of hiking tours.