The companies belonging to the Italian footwear cluster of the Riviera del Brenta, near Venice, generated overall revenues of €2,087 million in 2018, contributing 20.7 percent of the overall turnover of the Italian shoe industry, according to the local trade association. The district has 553 companies, which employ more than 10,000 people and produced 20,088,500 pairs of shoes last year, mainly for women, or 10.9 percent of the total Italian output. The district exports 92 percent of its production. Siro Badon, who has been the chairman of the local industry body for the last few years, Associazione dei Calzaturieri della Riviera del Brenta, was confirmed last month as the new president of Assocalzaturifici, the Italian shoe industry association. He and his brother Roberto run a manufacturing company in the region, De Robert, that makes more than 100,000 pairs a year for various labels, employing around 60 persons. The company, which was founded in 1955 by their father, Zeno, moved last August into a new factory at Saonara, across from the former plant, that uses solar panels and a maximum of wood fixtures.