After a rigorous and multi-part testing procedure, LOWA Sportschuh Gmbh, parent company of LOWA Boots in the U.S., has been awarded ISO 9001 status, a highly prestigious certificate of quality for the development, production, and sales of their outdoor, military, and safety footwear worldwide. The announcement was made by Peter Sachs, General Manager of LOWA Boots LLC in the U.S.
LOWA is the only outdoor boot supplier to have achieved this recognition. The status is only awarded after a rigorous and multi-part audit conducted by the PFI providing indisputable evidence that the quality management systems fulfill the requirements of the stringent DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 standards. PFI (The Test and Research Institute Pirmasens) is an internationally acknowledged service and research center and one of the few institutes allowed to certify for ISO 9001 status. There is a 75 page manual of compliance that comes with the certificate. The certificate has to be renewed every three years; and in the interim, there are strict requirements and instructions regarding the procedural, production, and testing documentation that must be continually kept up to date.
LOWA Boots LLC, with headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, is wholly owned subsidiary of LOWA Sportschuhe Gmbh founded in 1923 and based in Jetzendorf, Germany. The U.S. company, launched in 1996, sells, markets, and distributes a complete line of four season outdoor footwear for walking, hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering as well as everyday use. In addition, LOWA offers collections of specialized footwear for field sports and professional task force use. In January, 2007, LOWA acquired U.S. distribution rights for X-SocksÂ®. Based in Asola, Italy, X-Socks designs and manufactures X-Socks and X-Bionic Underwear. In June, 2007, LOWA acquired distribution rights to the Tecnica Outdoor Footwear Division for the U.S. market, beginning with the introduction of the spring 2008 collections. The division encompasses both Tecnica hiking boots and T-Shoes urban adventure travel footwear.