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SATRA opens test machine development hub

The organisation’s Century House facility is now fully operational.

SATRA has a new purpose-built technical resource close to its head office in Kettering that brings together laboratory services operations and the design and manufacture of test equipment. This will lead to improved testing in global supply chains, including in-house laboratories, with a significant benefit being a faster and more efficient feedback loop from the laboratory accreditation team in the field back to test equipment design personnel. Requirements for the next generation of machines can therefore be anticipated and product development aligned with rapidly evolving customer demand.

According to SATRA chief executive, John Hooker, the opening of Century House demonstrates the 100-year-old organisation’s continued commitment to the development and close working of the engineering and quality services teams. “As well as extending our current portfolio of three hundred test machines, this large and modern facility will give us the opportunity to move further towards advanced manufacturing,” he added.


This large and modern technical facility will provide faster and more efficient feedback from the laboratory accreditation team back to test equipment design personnel

A global reach

Century House offers laboratory managers in any country video conference access for remote maintenance, training, calibration guidance and problem solving for specific test equipment and laboratory set-ups.

“Over two hundred in-house laboratories around the world have so far achieved SATRA Laboratory Accreditation,” continued Mr Hooker. “The rigorous auditing process by SATRA assesses the ongoing ability of these laboratories to test in accordance with particular test methods and standards.”


Century House will further develop SATRA’s laboratory services operations and boost the design and manufacture of test equipment

As well as the continued success of SATRA’s accreditation programme and its technical reputation within footwear supply chains, last year saw substantial growth in orders for test machines manufactured by SATRA. It was also the best year on record for the volume of SATRA test consumables shipped, which is evidence that many test laboratories around the world acknowledge the importance of using high quality reference materials and consumable items that satisfy relevant test methods.

“It is fitting in SATRA’s centenary year that we have opened this fantastic new facility,” commented Mr Hooker. “This shows that SATRA is thriving internationally and at the same time is continuing to invest and create jobs in the local Northamptonshire region.”

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Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 28 of the September 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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