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Bata

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Web: http://www.bata.com
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Phone: +41 416 446 2011
Fax: +41 416 446 2175
Address: (HQ:) Lausanne, Switzerland. (Canada:) 59 Wynford Dr. North York, Ontario M3C 1K3, Canada
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Bata is the world's largest shoe company.

Bata is also one of the world's largest family-owned company's.

Bata operates more than 4,700 stores in about 68 countries.

Bata annually manufactures about 150 million shoe pairs, mainly in facilities located in India.

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History

The Bata Shoe company was founded in 1894 in Zlín in what is today the Czech Republic but was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was founded by Tomáš Baťa whose family had been cobblers for three hundred years. Baťa's company, however, was a very modern industrial concern becoming one of the first mass producers of shoes.

The company grew quickly. It survived handily the upheavals of World War I and the break up of Austro-Hungary. The company quickly spread throughout Europe and developed branches in North America, Asia, and North Africa as well.

In 1932 Tomáš Baťa died in a plane crash and his son Thomas J. Bata became head of the company. The younger Bata established the Canadian operation in 1939 in response to the unstable political situation in Europe.

The company set up villages around the factories for the workers and supplied schools and wellfare. In the Netherlands you can find the village called Batadorp.

The company continued to survive in its adopted home, spreading through the developing world and opening manufacturing plants in India and throughout the world.

The Bata family and the company have been major charitable donors, especially in Canada where they have founded such projects as the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and the Bata Library and Trent University.

In its history the company has sold about 14 billion pairs of shoes.

News

  • Quinte West - Bata shares community plan with residents - Stirling Community Press
  • Downtown lab nabs photo of Bata slipper thief - CTV.ca
  • Nizam's stolen slippers resurface - Hindu
  • Bail on Bata shoe theft rap - Toronto Sun
  • Abducted pupil rescued - Visayan Daily Star
  • Bata gets her slippers back - Toronto Star
  • Bata keeps up with times - Malaysia Star
  • Gumshoes crack case of stolen Bata slippers - Globe and Mail
  • Bata suspect in court after jewelled slippers recovered - CBC Calgary
  • Bata calls return of stolen slippers 'a miracle' - CTV.ca
  • ... more news

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