SATRA Technology Centre has opened a purpose-built technical facility that brings together laboratory services operations with the design and manufacture of test equipment for improved testing in global supply chains, including in-house laboratories.

One significant difference will be a faster and more efficient feedback loop from the laboratory accreditation team in the field to test equipment design personnel, so the next generation of machines can be anticipated and product development aligned with evolving customer demand.

John Hooker, SATRA’s chief executive, says: "The opening of Century House demonstrates SATRA’s continued commitment to the development and close working of our engineering and quality services teams. As well as extending our current portfolio of 300 test machines, this large and modern facility will give us the opportunity to move further towards advanced manufacturing."

The new facility offers laboratory managers in any country video conference access for remote maintenance, training, calibration guidance and problem-solving for specific test equipment and laboratory set-ups.

"Over 200 in-house laboratories around the world have achieved SATRA Laboratory Accreditation," continues John. "The rigorous auditing process by SATRA assesses their ongoing ability to test in accordance with particular test methods and standards."

As well as the continued success of SATRA’s accreditation programme, last year saw substantial growth in orders for SATRA-manufactured test machines. It was also the best year on record for the volume of SATRA test consumables shipped.

"It is fitting in SATRA’s centenary year that we have opened this fantastic new facility,’ adds John, "which shows that SATRA is thriving internationally and at the same time continues to invest and create jobs in the local Northamptonshire region."