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SATRA China seminars are a great success

The Technology Centre’s annual technical seminars have once again proved to be popular with members in China.

Held recently held in Dongguan, these events were heavily subscribed, with well over 300 delegates from nearly 50 member companies registering. Several SATRA experts from the UK joined their colleagues from the SATRA Dongguan office, to ensure that a wealth of knowledge was available for the seminar presentations and to answer technical questions from members. In total, 14 separate subjects were presented, either as half-day or full-day seminars. All were given in both English and Chinese.

The technical experts in attendance for this year’s seminars were: John Hubbard, SATRA’s Environment and Sustainability Consultant, Steve Rose, SATRA’s China Office General Manager, Mark Southam, Footwear Testing Manager, Rebecca Shaw, Senior Chemist, and John Reed, Laboratory Services Consultant. SATRA’s experienced Chinese technical translators, Canny Gan and Joan Huang, also attended and their translations ensured that the seminars were delivered in both languages. Representatives of SATRA’s membership department were also available to help with general membership enquiries.

The comprehensive seminar programme covered a variety of critical technical issues currently affecting the footwear industry. The continuing problems with microbiological growth during transport and storage was considered, as was REACH and restricted substances regulations, factory health and safety practices, European safety footwear certification and relevant issues concerning ‘green’ manufacturing and sourcing.

A comprehensive programme

On consecutive days, detailed presentations explained the best testing regimes for uppers, solings, components and whole shoes – vital in today’s quality-conscious supply chain. Specialist footwear topics were also covered – particularly outdoor ‘performance’ footwear and children’s shoes.

The quality theme was continued in the presentations on in-factory quality control testing and factory efficiency systems, which can save manufacturers a considerable amount of money.

Much feedback was collected from those attending, which will help in preparing future events for SATRA members in China and other Asian countries. We would also welcome suggestions for future seminar topics.

How can we help?

Copies of each of the seminar presentations are available on CD at no charge should any members who could not attend wish to learn about the subject. Members should contact the SATRA China Office on for further information. Members are invited to make a date in their diaries for SATRA’s spring seminars to be held in Dongguan, China, during the week of 14th-18th May 2012.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 38 of the January 2012 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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