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One Hundred Years of Expertise

The first world war had accelerated technical innovation and, by its end in 1918, people with vision in many industries were aware of the need to embrace technological change to improve the manufacture of products.

Photo: Edmund Hillary visits SATRA

Edmund Hillary visits SATRA where the Everest mountain final assault boot was designed and tested in 1952.

Footwear production was at the forefront of this, moving from a craft to a mechanised factory-based industry. SATRA was formed in 1919 by an enthusiastic group of Northamptonshire-based footwear experts who started by applying science to shoemaking and working with individual footwear company members with the unified purpose of helping each other to move forward in the 1920s and beyond.

Over the past 100 years, SATRA has developed cutting-edge technical facilities in Europe and China, and serves customers throughout the world. No longer dedicated exclusively to footwear, SATRA tests a wide range of products, including furniture, personal protective equipment (PPE), toys and automotive components.

The story of this pioneering organisation’s growth is a fascinating journey from the 1920s to the present day. As a part of centenary celebrations, links to new articles describing SATRA’s history will be added to this page throughout 2019. Please see below.