Testing and certification specialist SATRA has appointed Johnny Worthington to the position of senior team leader in its furniture and floorcoverings department, where he will act as a deputy to the head of department, Geoff Bindley.

Johnny's appointment is part of a programme of expansion in SATRA's furniture and floorcoverings department, both in staff and in testing equipment, in response to an increasing number of new customers and extra demand for furniture testing.

Johnny has moved internally from SATRA's chemistry testing team. He says: "Having worked in most departments in my 20 years at SATRA, I am thrilled to go back into the furniture and floorcoverings team. My experience in quality services and work in laboratory accreditations will be of huge benefit to my new role." 

Johnny will be responsible for managing the workflow in the laboratory, handling technical customer enquiries, health and safety, maintaining the ISO 17025 accreditation with UKAS, and driving continuous improvement in the quality and integrity of the work produced by SATRA.

Geoff Bindley says: "We are delighted with the growth in furniture testing at SATRA this year. This has meant we have been able to invest in our team, and Johnny’s appointment to senior team leader is an important step for us, allowing me to concentrate on more client visits and expanding our customer base.

"We are continuing to invest in growing the team with internal promotions, and have already recruited two additional technicians this year and are currently looking to add to the team. SATRA has also invested in a new state-of-the-art universal fatigue tester for assessing chairs, cabinets and beds, which will double the current testing capacity.

"This is a very exciting time in furniture and floorcoverings testing and certification at SATRA, as there is potential in the whole market. So far this year, we have seen that table and bed testing work has tripled, cabinet testing has doubled, chair testing is also extremely busy, and we will be continuing with the SATRA Diamond Product Certification Programme. We have a very helpful and experienced team, and we continue to look forward to a busy and successful second half of this year."