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Architak HISTORY- HEEL WITH INSERT PRODUCTION COMPANY

In 1970 ARCHIATI ARTURO, who up until then had been a farmer, cattle breeder and zoo technical officer, founded the company of the same name with his wife Dolores and started his own street vending business of articles for shoemakers in the provinces of Brescia and Cremona.
In 1975 he changed the name of the company, calling it ARCHITAK and started his first laboratory tests on rubber materials. He cut heels from pre-printed rubber using a hammer and a punch, only later did he use multiple punches arranged on a machine. He understood that transforming materials do not ensure optimal performance and carried out tests on the gluing of materials that no one had ever thought of combining. From these combined materials he obtained women's medium sized heels and only subsequently did he focused on smaller heels.
In 1978 he worked on heels that are fastened to woman's shoe using a plug. The heel is drilled in the centre so as to create housing for a nylon insert which is then press-fitted. In 1982, he replaced the nylon insert with an iron insert specially designed by him and he cast it into a cut material without resorting to drilling the heel.
He received his first orders from outside Brescia and began the construction of automatic machinery, both for cutting the metal insert, which until that moment was drilled manually, and for the casting of the insert into the heel. The finished product was much improved in every respect but the production yield was still too low for the orders that gradually grew.
In 1987 he decided on the creation of a new product composed of a polyurethane layer joined to another layer of pure Vulkollan. In order for the product to be made, more than twenty stages of processing were involved. It was one of the greatest satisfactions so far obtained. In the same year, I, his son Mark, who as a child had witnessed my father's work, started my work at his side. .In 1996 we carried out the first casting tests to wrap the metal inserts in the rubber.
In 2000 we created moulds from which the heels emerge held together by a thin film which still distinguishes our product. The first orders started to arrive, still only at the national level, even though we did not know of more than a few customers to show our article to.
In 2002, we ordered a machine that guaranteed a production four times higher than the previous machine that nevertheless we kept using. The moulds were changed, and this allowed us to achieve a better heel. We improved the characteristics of the raw material, of the technology and of the processing steps.
Confident in the quality of the product we began to offer our products to foreign customers and quickly replaced our two machines with new and technologically superior machines. In 2010 we further changed the moulds as well as improving the composition of the material.