The story of Nokian Footwear has its roots in 1898 when the idea of making high-quality rubber boots designed specifically for northern conditions emerged. Berner has its own web store and The core business is high-quality, handmade rubber boots, manufactured in two factories located in Europe and also in China. “This is the second time we have visited Expo Riva Schuh,” says Katja Semberg-Blomqvist, Brand Manager. We were positively impressed by the fair, there is a lot of buzz and products in various price and quality ranges, with manufacturers from all over the world”. “Our goal is to expand our business, as we are mainly focused on a niche product like rubber boots. We are looking for something new, innovative and environmentally friendly materials, because today sustainability is also increasingly important in footwear. We found interesting companies from Spain, Portugal and China’.

On the subject of sustainability, she adds: ‘Sustainability is at the heart of our company, and this is demonstrated by the fact that our boots are made to last. Berner is a member of amfori BSCI, whose goal is to ensure and to develop the fulfilment of labor and human rights in global supply chains. We are committed to a constant development of our sustainability and an open dialogue with our stakeholders”.