Ecco has opened a high-tech leather-cutting plant next to its tannery in Xiamen, China. The company says it wants to establish the facility as a center of excellence for leather cutting. To minimize the environmental footprint, it is equipped with photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop. The renewable energy makes the plant energy-neutral, while its surplus is exported to the company's tannery. Ecco runs several programs to reduce water and energy consumption, as well as waste, to minimize the impact of its activities on the environment. Once these developments are successfully tested, they are rolled out to all of its units. Ecco sells its products in 99 countries through more than 2,250 stores, over 14,000 points of sale and online. In 2018, the firm generated revenues of €1.31 billion from the sale of leather, shoes and accessories, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year. The profit grew by 8 percent to just under €149 million.