Ara has made some layoffs at its Austrian production plant and is testing partial production in China, but is playing it very carefully as it is determined to maintain high quality standards. On the other hand, Ara is very satisfied with its business development in the USA and Canada, where it founded a subsidiary in 1998, but the biggest increases in turnover were last year in Russia and Eastern Europe. Exports grew sharply last year and represented about 48 percent of the company’s annual production of about 7.5 million pairs.