Dunlop Protective Footwear (formerly Hevea), which was spun off by Vredestein in 2004, is the leading global manufacturer of branded protective footwear for industrial, food processing and agricultural usage. The company realizes more than EUR 80 million in sales, sells over 6 million safety boots per year and employs ca. 315 FTEs. Dunlop Protective Footwear has developed a proprietary technology for the manufacturing of polyurethane boots, known as PUROFORT®. Using this technology, the company is able to produce safety boots with superior performance on properties such as insulation, weight, flexibility and slip resistance. These properties are often of critical importance in professional usage. The company has a distribution network spanning over 50 countries worldwide and operates three production facilities in the Netherlands, Portugal and the US.
Management and Gilde aim to continuously grow Dunlop Protective Footwear’s (international) footprint. Growth has been achieved through an increased focus on sales and marketing, leveraging the company’s proprietary PUROFORT® technology, and through the acquisition of US-based Onguard in April 2016. Local presence in North America and the entrance into new markets, supported by new product development, will enable the company to expand further in the coming years.
In 2004, (former) management acquired the company together with Gilde from Vredestein. In 2018, EQT joined as majority shareholder whereas Gilde remains a significant shareholder going forward.