Construction began in April 2022, with the foundation stone laid in August of the same year. The new facility is the single largest investment in the company’s history at around €110 million.

The plant will begin with a team of around 200 people in production and administrative roles before expanding capacity and bringing in another 800 employees in the medium term.

Meanwhile, the company’s Görlitz plant will now focus entirely on cork-latex production. The new factory clears the way for Birkenstock’s “Made in Pasewalk” series of products.