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The SAFT (SATRA Accredited Footwear Technologist) award is an internationally recognised qualification, and is clear evidence that you are a footwear technologist with a proven range of knowledge.
SATRA will be exhibiting at both the NE and the NW Apparel & Footwear Materials shows in Massachusetts and Oregon respectively in March this year.
The first show starts in Danvers 12th March, the second in Portland 19th March. For more information from the organizer, please visit www.americanevents.com.
If you intend to visit, please contact James Corton at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the SATRA stand.
ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) has published a new standard test method, F2913-11, for evaluating the slip performance of footwear and floorings - derived from SATRA Test Method TM144.
The TM144 test principles have been incorporated into a number of major standards and the latest adoption by ASTM further aligns slip resistance testing with SATRA's testing methodology. It is likely to prove a significant development in supply chains throughout the world. The USA is the world's largest consumer of footwear, so manufacturers and suppliers will have a strong incentive to prove their products meet the requirements of a standard that is now recognized in such an important market.
SATRA’s CEO, Austin Simmons, commented: “SATRA recognized the importance of reducing the risk of footwear slip early on, and over the last forty years we have been developing both test methods and equipment for evaluating this critical safety aspect. SATRA TM144 and its corresponding test machine STM 603 are the result of a comprehensive research program based on many years of evaluating the biomechanics of walking.”
The new standard is expected to be of interest to all American retailers and brands that have a duty to minimize slip and fall accidents among staff, customers or the general public. ASTM F2913-11 is also likely to assist Chinese and European manufacturers as it is consistent with other global standards. “We expect demand for the SATRA STM 603 slip tester machine to rise considerably as the industry becomes aware of this new US slip standard,” continued Mr Simmons. “We are already preparing to increase production of the tester so it can be sold for testing at source. And we are allocating more resource to slip testing in SATRA’s own laboratories in the UK and China.”
The SATRA World Footwear Markets publication is the original review of footwear production, import, export and consumption statistics worldwide. It remains the authoritative industry marketing information and is essential for managers in the footwear industry and for everyone with a commercial interest in footwear markets worldwide.
SATRA World Footwear Markets contains a wide range of market information and the figures presented are cross-checked against more than one source before publication. Global and regional industry trends are discussed and reviewed, along with information on industry structure and geographic location. The current edition includes 68 country profiles covering the world's main footwear regions.
SATRA is acknowledged as the leading expert on footwear throughout the world, with heritage reaching back to 1919. SATRA's consultants have been involved directly with many technological and commercial developments in the footwear industry, including the global supply chains of modern times. As well as experience gained in established footwear producing regions, SATRA consultants have often been pioneers in new and emerging markets, for example the Far East where SATRA was the first company to create a leather grading system accepted by Chinese tanneries and Western international brands. Such first-hand experience has helped SATRA gain a feel for markets worldwide. SATRA has been publishing statistics on world footwear markets in various formats since 1975.
The current 2012 edition provides analysis for the period 2006 - 2010 inclusive. For further information or to order your own copy of the 2012 edition, please complete the World Footwear Markets 2012 request form. Alternatively, please contact our Publications Department on telephone +44 1536 410 000 or email email@example.com
Footwear News is published as part of the Condé Nast Group and aimed at senior footwear and fashion experts in USA. In a question and answer piece, Mr Simmons discusses the big picture: footwear companies' needs, green concerns and the changes in global manufacturing.
Held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the NW Apparel & Footwear Materials Show is the long-established predecessor to the NE Show, which is held in Massachusetts during the previous week. This sourcing event houses more than 190 stands from local, national and international vendors. Established in 1994 as an extension of the annual Nike Vendors Fair, the exhibition attracts visitors from many West Coast brands, such as Nike, adidas, Brooks Running, Columbia, Lacrosse, Oakley and American Sporting Goods.
The NW show is growing in size and is the perfect platform for any company involved in the footwear industry supply chain to exhibit. SATRA would highly recommend this well-focused fair, and we hope to see you at the next event in September.
For more information about the NE Show, please visit www.americanevents.com
The NE Apparel & Footwear Materials Show – held at the Crown Plaza Hotel North shore in Danvers, Massachusetts – is a well-focused sourcing event incorporating around 90 stands from local, national and international vendors.
The exhibition attracts many visitors from local brands such as Rockport, Timberland, Puma and New Balance, as well as other nationally-based footwear and apparel companies. The NE Show’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes an ideal venue for networking, and it is growing in both exhibitors and attendees.
As other similar events are losing momentum and, in some cases have ceased altogether, the NE Show is growing in popularity, with a noticeable increase in both attendees and exhibitors. SATRA would highly recommend this fair to anyone in the footwear industry. We look forward to seeing you at the next show in September, whether you are an attendee or an exhibitor.
For more information about the NE Show, please visit www.americanevents.com
For years, the WSA show was undoubtedly North America’s premium footwear event, attracting exhibitors and attendees from across the world. However, with the world recession hitting hard in 2008, numbers began to fall. Blighted by rumors of its future, the exhibition suffered. Poor planning in 2010 caused the fair to clash with the FFANY show in New York, and the WSA looked set to disappear altogether. However, the event fought back for its calendar position in 2011 and show organisers have now teamed up with leading fashion and footwear exhibition organisers ENK.
The February 2011 show was the first of many to be run by ENK, and the organisers are confident that the fair will grow once again to be one of the biggest. The dynamics of the show have changed somewhat from their original format, with the event following the same path as FFANY and MAGIC and catering almost entirely to retail. Previous WSA shows attracted all the major component and material vendors who exhibited their latest creations, but now there are very few left and in their place are the sourcing agents and retail brands.
The future of the WSA Show looks bright, and this new format will undoubtedly once again attract new attendees and exhibitors.
Visit www.wsashow.com for more information on the WSA Show.
The MAGIC Market Place is one of the USA’s biggest trade events in the international fashion industry. Held in February and August in the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, this growing fair attracts exhibitors and visitors from across the world looking to source apparel, footwear and accessories from well-known brands and niche designers.
The February event is usually much bigger and busier than the August show, and this one was no exception with more exhibitors and attendees and a larger floor space to house them. The footwear area of the show known as FN Platform is a fairly recent addition to the already established MAGIC line up and offers the chance to source footwear and clothing together under one roof. With this addition also growing in size it looks set to become an important show to the footwear industry.
To find out more about the MAGIC Show, please visit www.magiconline.com
A new SATRA course on stitching technology was recently held for the first time. This one-day programme provides delegates with knowledge of all aspects of stitching, with topics including seam construction, needles, threads, the correct use of stitching machines and how to improve quality and productivity. It will be of interest to staff in a wide range of industries, including footwear, furniture, sports goods, luggage and accessories.
“The SATRA course helped us to review many aspects of stitching not normally considered, yet vital, to boosting factory throughput,” said Peter Hearn of Greengate Furniture following the initial sessions. “Ergonomics, machine settings, motors, threads, needles and stitch types were all addressed, and we completed the day with an actionable list of steps to achieve measurably better quality, output and operator satisfaction.”
There are now plans to run this event in the USA – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If you manufacture product or samples in North America and want the convenience of a local testing service with the authority of globally recognized results and test reports, now you can have it.
A SATRA test report offers the most accurate interpretation of results and has considerable authority. It is accepted and respected worldwide and it will help you win new customers.
SATRA is now offering a new service in North America, making it easy and quick to send your products to a US address and have them evaluated by SATRA, often with results and advice delivered within one week of receipt.
Using the service couldn’t be easier. After arranging for your testing with a SATRA technician, simply forward your clearly-labeled packages to our sample receipt service in Phoenix, Arizona and we’ll do the rest.
It is truly carefree.
If you would like more information on the service or you wish to take advantage of it, please contact us.
SATRA Test Sample Receipt Service
3120 West Carefree Highway
Danvers MA, September 7th & 8th 2010
The NE Apparel & Footwear Materials show held at the Crown Plaza hotel North shore in Danvers Massachusetts is a well–focused sourcing show incorporating around 70 stands from local, national and international vendors. Established in 2005 as an opportunity for materials and components suppliers to meet with the region’s apparel and footwear manufacturers, the show was born as an addition to the already successful NW Apparel & Footwear Materials Show in Portland, Oregon which was established in 1994 as an extension of the annual Nike Vendors Fair.
The show attracts many visitors from local brands such as Rockport, Timberland, Puma and New Balance, as well as other nationally–based footwear and apparel companies. The show’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes meeting and sourcing convenient and is ideal for networking between suppliers and potential customers. Being situated in the hotel’s ballrooms allows fellow exhibitors and travelling visitors to network easily out of show hours.
SATRA would highly recommend this well–focused show to any footwear or sports apparel manufacturers and designers.
Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV August 14th - 17th 2010
The MAGIC Market Place is one of the USA’s biggest trade events in the international fashion industry. Held twice a year, in February and August, across the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the show attracts exhibitors and visitors from across the world looking to source apparel, footwear and accessories from well–known brands and niche designers. The ‘FN (Footwear News) Platform’ and ‘Sourcing at MAGIC’ halls are both recent additions to the show and are growing in size each year. The FN Platform was a much needed addition to the already successful show, adding an area for footwear companies to exhibit and buyers to find them all in one place. Sourcing at MAGIC is designed to introduce manufacturers of components and finished items, sourcing agents and services providers and, although not quite up to the WSA show which is held in the Sands Expo Center a few weeks earlier it is seeing continued growth from both exhibitors and attendees.
SATRA exhibited in the Sourcing at MAGIC hall to highlight the importance of testing components and finished shoes to ensure product safety and compliance with CPSIA and Prop 65. We had a huge interest in all areas of physical and chemical testing from both large and small companies, as well as in niche testing such as comfort and slip resistance.
In May 2010, SATRA arranged several workshops which took place on both the East and West coasts of America in Portland Oregon and Boston Massachusetts. Entitled ‘Protecting your Brand’ the workshop aim was to highlight important current issues surrounding testing and manufacturing designed to protect brand image against product failures and recalls whilst reducing costs in the currently tough economy.
For more details about the workshops read this Bulletin report.