BFA affinity partner celebrates 100 years of innovation in the footwear industry

Satra unveils new sculpture to mark its special celebration

BFA affinity partner SATRA has marked it’s centenary celebrations with the unveiling of a special sculpture.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester attended SATRA’s offices and laboratories in Kettering to celebrate the firm’s 100 years of research and testing within the footwear industry and unveil the sculpture, created by artist Martyn Steele and entitled No Compromise.

SATRA, who supply technical research and testing service, testing equipment and production efficiency systems internationally, has been instrumental in a number of footwear innovations including the award-winning, moist heat setter, which reduced the time needed to make a pair of shoes from weeks to hours and the design and development of the assault boot worn by Edmond Hillary for the first Everest climb in 1953.

Speaking of their 100-year birthday and the firm’s continued success, Chief Executive Austin Simmons said: “Today marks a truly momentous occasion. SATRA was created 100-years ago by forward thinking visionaries who realised that the footwear industry needed a strong technical resource to enable it to develop new materials and manufacturing techniques.

“We have always been immensely proud of the intellectual prowess of our people, without whom SATRA would not have been able to make the contribution it has to industry over the last 100 years.”