Moulds are a critical element used to make the rubber soles of shoes. For every shoe design and size a separate mould must be made. In the past, most good quality moulds were imported into Pakistan. Tabraiz Mold Engineering (TME), one of the leading PET bottle mould manufacturers, has been supplying to the packaging industry for the past 20 years. The company was able to develop a pair of shoe moulds which was approved by a mechanised shoemaker.
MDF is supporting TME in setting up local production by procuring shoe mould manufacturing machinery. This will allow TME to supply shoe moulds to shoemakers more quickly and cost effectively than the imported moulds. Enabling shoemakers to produce shoe samples and process orders quicker than before for international buyers and expand the number of orders they can satisfy for existing and new clients. This will create employment for poor men and women in urban areas, both in terms of the initial growth in the shoe mould industry, and in the footwear manufacturing industry.