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05.09.2023

THE NEW BIRKENSTOCK PLANT IN PASEWALK STARTS OPERATIONS ON SCHEDULE

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Linz am Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate / Pasewalk, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, September 5, 2023 - After a construction period of only around 17 months, the new BIRKENSTOCK production facility in the Berlin-Szczecin industrial park near Pasewalk is starting operations today as planned.

BIRKENSTOCK began preparatory work and earthworks in April last year, and in August 2022 the foundation stone was laid for the largest single investment in the history of the company, with a volume of almost 110 million euros. Now the scheduled commissioning of the new production facility in the Berlin-Szczecin industrial park near Pasewalk has begun.

Initially, the plant will start with a team of around 200 employees, who will work in both the production and administrative areas. Subsequently, capacities in Pasewalk will be gradually expanded as part of a ramp-up process up to a level of around 1,000 employees in the medium term. In parallel, the plant in Görlitz will change its focus and will be completely converted to cork-latex production.

After the last official approvals were granted last week, the official handover of the plant from the executing construction company to BIRKENSTOCK took place yesterday. This now clears the way for the start of series production of BIRKENSTOCK products "Made in Pasewalk".

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About BIRKENSTOCK

BIRKENSTOCK is a global brand which embraces all consumers regardless of geography, gender, age and income and which is committed to a clear purpose - maintaining foot health. Deeply rooted in studies of the biomechanics of the human foot and footed on a family tradition of shoemaking that can be traced back to 1774, BIRKENSTOCK is a timeless «super brand» with a brand universe that transcends product categories and ranges from entry-level to luxury price points while addressing the growing need for a conscious and active lifestyle. Function, quality and tradition are the core values of the lifestyle brand which features products in the footwear, sleep systems and natural cosmetics segments. BIRKENSTOCK is the inventor of the footbed and has shaped the principle of walking as intended by nature (“Naturgewolltes Gehen”).

With around 6,200 employees worldwide, we believe how things are made matters as much as the product itself. To ensure these quality standards, we operate a vertically integrated manufacturing base and produce all our footbeds in Germany. In addition, we assemble over 95% of our products in Germany and we source over 90% of our materials and components from Europe. We process our inputs to the highest environmental and social standards in the industry by operating state-of-the-art scientific laboratories for materials testing.

BIRKENSTOCK runs operational sites in Germany, in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Bavaria, Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Headquartered in Linz am Rhein, the BIRKENSTOCK Group also operates its own sales offices in the United States and Canada as well as in Brazil, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Dubai, Singapore and India.

Birkenstock Group B.V. & Co. KG Burg Ockenfels,
Linz am Rhein, Germany

You can find our online shop at www.birkenstock.com

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