On 17th January 2019, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director (MD), Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) and Mr. Vikas Singh, IRS, Executive Director (ED), FDDI visited Minerva Boskovice, a.s.(MB,a.s.), located at Sokolska 1318/60, 680 01 Boskovice, Czech Republic.
The company - Minerva Boskovice, a.s., is a top producer of industrial sewing machines that manufactures Post bed machines, Flat bed machines, Zig-zag machines, Arm machines and Special machines. Development remains one of Minerva’s key competencies, increasing the company’s significance and prosperity.
Since its establishment in 1881, Minerva has experienced many changes, the latest of which was the transformation into a joint stock company in 1991. In 1997, the German company Dürkopp Adler AG Bielefeld became the majority shareholder. And since 2005, when the majority of Dürkopp Adler AG was taken over by the Chinese company SGSB Group Co., Ltd., also a producer of industrial sewing machines, Minerva Boskovice, a.s. has become a part of this international group of companies.
Durkopp Adler has been the constant majority shareholder of Minerva, which has paved the way for many, numerous new prospects in the production of industrial sewing machines. It is not only a production plant, but also a company with a sufficiently experienced development base.
The officials of FDDI were welcomed by Mrs. Romana Spackova, MD and Mr. Jan Borek, Export Manager (EM) of the company who explained them about quality standards and production techniques of the industrial sewing machines.
They were also guided by the experts who highlighted the relevance and overall functionality of industrial sewing machines, certain technical processes besides showing them the functioning of systematic plant & compliances followed in the manufacturing of these machines.
FDDI is trying its level best to streamline the academic structure and methodologies so as to stand proud to the responsibilities that has been cast upon the Institute by the nation through granting the status of ‘Institution of National Importance’ (INI) under FDDI Act 2017.
Post-INI, in line with Institute’s mandate of holistic development, FDDI officials visited MB,a.s., to strategize technology transfer to FDDI so that the various curriculums of footwear & leather goods departments are in sync with the industry requirements and are of International Standards.