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SATRA deepens partnership with Institute for Creative Leather Technologies

SATRA Executive Director Michael Bodsworth and UoN's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Shãn Wareing sign the contract at APLF

SATRA Executive Director Michael Bodsworth and UoN's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Shãn Wareing sign the contract at APLF

The details were announced at the APLF show in Dubai on 30th March 2022

30th March 2022

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, as well as ongoing maintenance and calibration services. This new equipment will be housed in ICLT’s SATRA Physical Testing Laboratory.

This partnership allows ICLT to continue to deliver its world-renowned teaching and research activities in the creative leather space, 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 they do providing testing and certification services to the footwear and leather industries.

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

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 also 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 partnership was formally announced at the APLF Dubai show on 30th March 2022 by John Sinclair, Dean Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology during the University of Northampton’s ‘The Importance of the Symbiotic Relationship between Higher Education and Industry’ talk.