In Response To The COVID-19 Heath Emergency: Vibram Closes Its Production Facility in Italy, Restarts production in China and Monitors Situation For Production in the USA

March 20, 2020

Albizzate (Varese, Italy), March 20th, 2020 – Vibram, which has always cared about the health and wellbeing of its employees and collaborators, has been committed to monitoring the situation of the health emergency linked to COVID-19 from the start. In order to guarantee maximum safety to its people, Vibram has integrated all the directives provided by the Authorities into the daily activities across its various global centres.

Considering the current developments of the situation both in Europe and in the rest of the world, Vibram has decided to temporarily suspend production at its Italian facility, located in Albizzate, for at least a week, in order to allow all workers to stay at home safely. Also the three Vibram stores in Milan, Boston and Montebelluna (Northern Italy) are closed to the public.

The company also notifies that due to the restrictive measures previously applied, productions in the Far East and in the Vibram headquarters in Guangzhou (Vibram Tech Center) have restarted. In the meantime, production in the USA is under careful control in accordance with the developments of the virus in the United States. The restart in Asia raises hope for a positive outcome also in Italy and in other affected areas around the world.

As a company, and as individuals, we are facing a difficult situation, but we are confident that if we all stand together, we will come out stronger than before.

Vibram is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance rubber soles for outdoor and leisure activities, workwear, fashion, orthopaedics and correction. For over 80 years the yellow octagon that symbolises Vibram has been synonymous worldwide with quality, performance, safety and innovation in the footwear industry. With its international headquarters in Albizzate (Varese) Italy, Vibram produces more than 40 million soles every year, dedicates over one million kilometres to testing, is present in 120 countries and has manufacturing, research and representation bases in the USA, China, Japan, Brazil and Italy. www.vibram.com

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