Fagus-GreCon expands its mould making machine park for industrial shoe production

Shoe lasts and moulds


New project opportunities for customers, greater efficiency and more sustainability: with the addition of a new universal milling machine to its machine park, Fagus-GreCon is strengthening its business unit for shoe lasts and moulds.

Fagus-GreCon has invested in a new five-axis universal machining centre with cutting-edge technology in order to meet customer wishes even better, to further optimise the production of moulds of the highest quality, and to shorten delivery times.

“We support our claim to being a quality leader with solutions from a single source for global automated shoe production with this investment in the production of aluminium moulds and aluminium lasts for direct soling of shoes,” Dr. Michael Gawronski, managing director at Fagus-GreCon and head of the “Fagus shoe lasts & moulds” business unit, emphasises in the scope of the festive inauguration in the presence of the Fagus team.

More efficient production

The new machine is used to produce aluminium moulds, aluminium lasts, and plastic lasts for direct soling.

Preparation for production of moulds for shoe production is greatly simplified in the new universal milling machine that can do without any elaborate equipment processes, while offering a higher pallet system capacity to increase the raw material feed.

This way, lasts, moulds, and other milled products can be produced over night or in the course of several days fully automatically, following the corresponding preparation and entirely without requiring any supervision, thereby creating the prerequisites for short-term implementation of customer projects that demand timely delivery.

“Short times to delivery are vital. Producers are facing many challenges at the moment, e.g. increasing prices and transport delays. We aim to offer short times to delivery as reliable partners without accepting any compromises in quality,” explains Sebastian Möhle, head of production of the business unit “Fagus shoe lasts & moulds”.

Greater sustainability– less CO2

In addition to advantages for quality and efficiency, the new milling machine also reduces CO2 emissions by replacing two old machines from the inventory. Calculations suggest that the lower power consumption will save approx. 84 tons of the greenhouse gas per year, corresponding to, for example, the COemission of seven middle-class cars with a mileage of approx. 60,000 kilometres each, or the CO2 amount bound by 6,720 beech trees per year.

This places the investment in a series of measures the company from Alfeld has already taken to clearly reduce its carbon dioxide emission. A photovoltaic facility is covering part of the company’s energy demand already, and further projects are in the planning stage.