SATRA China Advisory Board meets in Kettering
As part of SATRA’s 100-year celebration week, the SATRA China Advisory Board was invited to hold its May 2019 meeting at SATRA’s Wyndham Way headquarters.
The meeting of the latest SATRA China Advisory Board (CAB) started with a tour of SATRA, and many members took the opportunity to see the latest developments and ask questions. Chief executive Austin Simmons then presented the highlights of SATRA’s work over the last century, including the Everest boot and the development of moist heat setting.
The CAB was pleased to welcome Kimo Liang – president of Wei Hua Shoes – as a new member, after which he was presented with a CAB member certificate. New SATRA China general manager Anthony Mak then updated the board on the latest developments relating to SATRA’s China operations. It was announced that 2018 was the China laboratories’ busiest year to date and that the number of SATRA laboratory accreditations had also increased. Several China-based SATRASumm installations were also reported.
Mr Mak indicated that he was investigating a possible expansion of the laboratory.
Senior footwear technologist Mike Wilson explained the latest developments related to slip resistance technology, including different surfaces, and showed a new prototype swivel sole shoe which reduces strains to the knee when twisting.
The board was then introduced to John Hooker, SATRA’s current deputy chief executive, who will replace Mr Simmons later this year. It was agreed that he would become the new CAB chairman. After the formal meeting, the CAB visited the new Northampton University campus and a number of local buildings of historical interest in Northampton.
The photograph at the beginning of this report shows members of the SATRA China Advisory Board outside SATRA's headquarters in Kettering.
This article was originally published on page 48 of the June 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.