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Webinars and Online Resources

Next SATRA footwear webinars announced

Registrations are being taken for SATRA’s live online presentations on issues relating to the production of footwear.

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SATRA’s programme of regular webinars presented on a variety of key industry topics is proving very popular with members around the world. Hundreds of online attendees have taken advantage of this provision, all of whom have the opportunity to pose questions before the event, during the presentation or afterwards. Answers can then be provided either as a live response at the conclusion of the session (when it is presented live) or as personalised emailed advice, which is a particularly valuable service whenever confidential information about the member’s products needs to be discussed.

The following SATRA webinars, which are reserved only for SATRA members, will be presented at 10:00 GMT and repeated at 16:00 GMT to accommodate delegates who are located in North or South America.

Thursday 14th March 2024 – ‘Non-bovine leathers for shoemaking’. While most leather (around 65 per cent) is derived from cattle, there is still room in the marketplace for leather made from many other animals – some of which are quite common, while others are distinctly unusual. This webinar will consider the suitability of some of the more common animals for footwear production and other applications, before reviewing the use of more exotic species.

Thursday 21st March 2024 – ‘Strength, abrasion and flex testing of footwear upper material’. Footwear upper materials must have sufficient durability to withstand all the stresses, strains, abrasion and general wear that they will encounter both in the factory and on the foot. In this webinar, we will discuss the key test methods that are used to assess the strength, flex resistance and abrasion resistance of leathers, synthetics and textiles.

Thursday 28th March 2024 – ‘Understanding foot and last lengths’. How to measure foot length and last length is not quite as simple as it sounds. We will examine some of the key measurements that last makers and shoemakers might make when developing and fitting new products, how the way measurements are made can influence the final size marking, and how inconsistencies in using the different methods through the supply chain can result in errors in size marking.

Online library of video presentations

In addition to the regular live events, SATRA has built an online library of recordings of the webinars as well as supplementary video presentations on many key footwear-related issues, access to which is reserved for member companies. This online provision ensures that all members who were unable to watch the live online events can still benefit from the experience of SATRA’s experts and other industry figures by logging onto the dedicated website section at whenever they choose.

SATRA members can also access a comprehensive library of SATRA Bulletin technical articles and other industry-related information at this location.

How can we help?

Please visit to register your interest in attending the live webinars, and to view the complete library of past webinar recordings. 

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 36 of the February 2024 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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