Testing specialist SATRA reports that demand for its reference materials and test consumables has grown considerably over the past two years, with sales of these items during the first four months of 2018 up +30% on the same period in 2016.

The company sees this growth as evidence that many test laboratories around the world acknowledge the importance of using high quality reference materials and consumable items that satisfy relevant test methods.

"The importance of using the appropriate reference materials and consumables is often overlooked," says SATRA chief executive, Austin Simmons. "SATRA has identified a global need for properly certified and traceable reference consumables, and has extended its range and customer base accordingly.

"It is not enough to have an appropriate and correctly calibrated test machine if the reference materials used for the testing are of poor quality or do not meet the specification called up in the test method, as these could mask a serious safety issue."

SATRA’s reference materials and consumables range from control materials to ones which form an integral part of the test machine or procedure. SATRA accredits almost 200 test laboratories worldwide, giving it a broad visibility of the quality of consumables being used.