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Delegation from Taiwan’s Pou Chen Corporation (Pou Chen) visits FDDI, Chennai campus

A delegation from Taiwanese footwear manufacturing company, Pou Chen Corporation (Pou Chen) visited Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Chennai campus on 13th June 2022.

The delegation which consisted of Mr. George H. Liu, Vice President, Pou Chen Corporation, Mr. Minston Chao, Ph.D., Vice President, Human Resource Department, Mr. Billy Huang, Ph.D., Director of Public Affairs, Vietnam, Pouyuen Vietnam Company Limited, Mr. Linch, Project Director and Mr. P Mohan, HR Manager visited the entire campus.


Pou Chen is one of the leading manufacturers of non-leather footwear in the world having its factories in China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and they have planned to set up their latest factory in Tamil Nadu, India.

The plant is expected to generate 20,000 jobs and most of the workers will be women. The unit will produce and export footwear from Tamil Nadu. This Taiwanese firm has been involved in designing, manufacturing, and sale of footwear since 1969.

Pou Chen Group is the largest branded athletic and casual footwear manufacturer in the world and is an OEM/ODM for major international brand name companies such as Nike, Adidas, Asics, New Balance, Timberland, and Salomon.


The purpose of the visit of the Taiwanese delegation was to have an interaction with FDDI management to understand FDDI’s role in the development of Indian Footwear Industry and further how they could establish a collaboration for setting- up of their manufacturing unit.

During the meeting, activities undertaken by FDDI were briefed to the Taiwanese delegation through a presentation. They were informed about the various services that are offered by FDDI for setting-up of new factories such as Factory Site Selection Services, Factory Layout Planning Services, Machinery Planning services, and Factory Productivity and Quality Improvement Services, that are offered by FDDI to cater to the needs of the Footwear Factories.

They were also briefed about the customized training programs for production, quality, and maintenance managers.

The delegation discussed about the establishment, functionality & services provided by FDDI to the Indian Footwear Industry.

The delegation visited the International Testing Center (ITC) of FDDI which has full-fledged Chemical and Physical Laboratories, the pilot plant, library, classrooms, etc., and was highly impressed with the infrastructure available in the institute.

They were apprised about the latest machinery, electronic and CAD/CAM based design support present in the Institute to assist those who want to set up their own industry and to help the organization to grow the business.

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