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SATRA signs up to new university partnership

A new agreement is forging a deeper partnership between SATRA and the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.

SATRA has further developed its partnership with the University of Northampton’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), agreeing to provide a range of essential leather testing equipment. This includes an STM 601 vamp-flexing machine, a digital lastometer (STM 463) and an STM 461 circular rub fastness tester. In addition, SATRA will provide ongoing maintenance and calibration services. This new equipment will be housed in the ICLT’s SATRA Physical Testing Laboratory located in the English Midlands town.

This partnership allows the ICLT to continue to deliver its world-renowned teaching and research activities in the creative leather space, while providing students with the opportunity to learn about leather testing and familiarise themselves with SATRA’s internationally-recognised suite of tests. Furthermore, students will be given the opportunity to visit SATRA and discover more about the work undertaken to provide testing and certification services to the footwear and leather industries.

Previously SATRA has provided sponsorship, along with other industrial partners, in order to create the ICLT’s state-of-the-art Amanda Michel Microscopy Laboratory.


The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies facility in Northampton

Helping the industry

SATRA executive director Michael Bodsworth commented: “This exciting new agreement further cements the relationship SATRA has already with the ICLT and University of Northampton. Providing a complete laboratory suite of new test equipment will provide students with access to the latest test equipment and methods that will aid their learning and provide great practical testing experience. This will ultimately benefit the students and the industry, as the next generation of recruits will have a greater understanding and practical experience of testing, vital for quality assurance, R&D and compliance.”

Deputy vice-chancellor Shãn Wareing remarked: “At the University of Northampton, we are delighted to deepen our relationship with SATRA for the benefit of our students, our research and for the future of leather at Northampton.”

The photograph at the top of this article shows SATRA executive director Michael Bodsworth and UoN's deputy vice-chancellor Shãn Wareing signing the agreement at the recent APLF in Dubai.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 38 of the April 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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