Kettering, UK - Footwear and testing group SATRA is planning to expand its Far East operations and has started by adding Geoffrey Graham to its China team, as Far East operations manager. Graham will be based in SATRA's Dongguan office, but will travel extensively to liaise with members and co-ordinate activities in China and the Far East.
Graham has been at SATRA for over 10 years and has substantial experience of footwear testing, in particular safety footwear to European and US standards. SATRA said he has more recently been responsible for conducting EC type examinations of a number of personal protective products including fall protection, gloves and high visibility clothing.
"China and the Far East are very important areas for SATRA," said Graham, in SATRA's statement. "My appointment further demonstrates SATRA's commitment to its members and customers in the region."
Satra is also holding seminars on 'Challenge & Opportunity in the Footwear Supply Chain,' both in the UK and in China.
• Maintaining manufacturing quality away from core centres of business
•Future labour bases
•Maintaining quality material supply in a global industry
•The challenge of training to prevent industry knowledge loss
•Meeting the environmental challenge
•What customers want and how the supply chain can deliver
•The opportunity of new technologies
•Ongoing research and innovation
Speakers include staff from key industry players and SATRA experts: John Hubbard, Johs Knudsen (vice president business development, ECCO), Klaus Freese (general manager, DESMA), Lesley Roberts (director corporate responsibility, Pentland Group), Reg Hankey (managing director, Pittards), Steve Rose (quality services business manager, SATRA), Steve Smith (supply chain director, Clarks).
Only SATRA members can attend, the group says.
The UK meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 30 Sept 2009, while the meeting will also be held in Dongguan, China, on 27 Nov 2009 (speakers to be announced).
PIC: China role for SATRA's Geoffrey Graham