The company was established in 1938 by Ruggiero Cortellino as Cortelgomma, a small workshop where shoes were manufactured using the tyres of military trucks for the soles and military uniforms for the uppers. The founder’s passion and enterprise let the small workshop turn into a company in few years, producing hundreds of pairs per day, distributed all over Italy. In 1983 the company became COFRA which is now managed by Giuseppe Cortellino, the founder’s son, and the internationalization process has begun. COFRA keeps on growing thanks to a wise and innovative management, which has led it to become a leader in the safety footwear market as well as a well-known brand in Europe and all over the world. Since 2004 diversification and product increase has started.



GiuseppeCortellino Giuseppe Cortellino - Managing Director


1938 Cortelgomma was born

1983 Cortelgomma became COFRA

1989 The beginning of the Safety division

1997 COFRA, the first footwear manufacturer in Italy to obtain UNI EN ISO 9001 Quality System Certificate

2003 the beginning of international market expansion outside UE (Middle East, Eastern Europe, Australia, Canada, USA)

2004 the beginning of the Workwear division

2004 establishment of COFRA USA

2008 D&B rating 1 company recognition, acknowledgment for highest creditworthiness, still confirmed

2011 protective gloves collection is launched

2012 protective masks collection is launched

2013 protective glasses collection is launched

2016 personal fall protection equipment is launched




Head office in Barletta

60.000 m² total area

38.600 m² covered surface

30.600 m² stock surface

389 employees

7.000 linked industry employes

21.000 units sold everyday (footwear, workwear, dozens of gloves, dozens of protective glasses and masks)

Factory sited in Albania

40.000 m² total area

20.000 m² covered surface

2.000 people directly employed

9.000 pairs of footwear produced every day



COFRA controls all the whole production process, to grant high quality standard. Production progress begins with the purchase of raw materials, selected with care and subjected to internal tests before accepting to verify the compliance with quality standard.


Magazzino-Materie-PrimeRaw materials warehouse



Laboratory test: two internal laboratories, chemical and physical which test both raw materials and finished product, to be certified by authorized Bodies.

Chemical laboratoryChemical laboratory

Laboratorio-FisicoPhysical laboratory



 1.350 people directly employed in the production of shoe uppers.


 650 people directly employed in the application of soles.



Nine direct injection rotating machineries are handled and adapted to each production demand, with the aid of implemented and integrated anthropomorphic robots. Three rotating machineries are dedicated to production of rubber and TPU sole up to 4 colours.

 Production of rubber solesProduction of rubber soles

TPU solesProduction of TPU soles, 3 or more colours



In the plant in Barletta there is an innovative department dedicated to the production of rubber/polyurethane boots made of excellent quality and technology. One rotating machinery produces polyurethane boots and the other one produces PVC boots.

 Production of polyurethane bootsProduction of polyurethane boots

 Production of PVC bootsProduction of PVC boots

FinissaggioFinishing and packaging department. During packaging, further controls are carried out to guarantee the quality of finished product.

120 people employed in two production lines of workclothing in cutting, wrapping and packaging operations.




In an extraordinarly efficient semiautomatic warehouse of 30.600 m², managed according to the newest logistic standards, with picking operations carried out in radio frequency, everyday we arrange shipments up to 14.000 pairs of footwear, 5.000 pieces of workwear, 2.000 units consisting of gloves dozens, masks dozens, and eyewear.




One of the latest company investments is the semi-automatic packaging department. The semi-automatic packaging, thanks to a computerized control of all steps, guarantees maximum precision and elimination of mistakes, easier carton moving, and, as a consequence, less fatigue for the operators, assisted in their movements by conveyor belts that help moving the loads.


Imballaggio002Every single carton is filmed by a webcam that saves the image before closing.

 Imballaggio003Weight and volume are checked to verify the compliance with the foreseen information indicated on the label applied to the carton. In case of discrepancy, the carton is rejected and double checked.

 Imballaggio004The carton is automatically labelled, covered with a safety film which guarantees its sealing and greater resistance to atmospheric agents, then it is placed on pallets through a system which allows the operator to avoid weigth lifting, thus reducing his fatigue.




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