19 May 2024, 08:57
By Furniture News Jan 31, 2022

Expansion and expertise at SATRA

This year, research and technology centre SATRA is embarking on a major drive to support the furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings industries – starting with the appointment of experienced technical expert, Tristine Hargreaves …

Last month, SATRA appointed Tristine Hargreaves to lead its furniture and flooring section. As divisional manager, she will drive SATRA’s strategy to be the UK’s preferred testing and technical partner for companies in these industries.

Tristine has over 27 years’ experience in the furniture industry, having worked directly for manufacturers, importers, retailers and trade associations including FIRA and the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Currently a technical committee member on many British Standards Institute (BSI) furniture, textile and flammability standards committees, Tristine is also one of the UK experts representing BSI on European and international standard committees relating to furniture and flammability.

The combination of her knowledge of standards and regulatory requirements, product safety, compliance, risk assessments and technical files has enabled Tristine to provide a broad range of technical advice and consultancy services to the furniture industry.

SATRA chief executive John Hooker comments: “We are delighted to appoint Tristine to this senior management position at SATRA, which further strengthens our commitment to offer world-class services to the furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings industries. We have ambitious plans for the division, investing in further testing capacity, expanding our training and consultancy services and enhancing our technical knowledge hub.”

SATRA boasts unparalleled expertise in testing furniture, floorcoverings and associated consumer products, and has one of the most comprehensive test facilities in the UK. This is utilised to provide not only structural assessments, but also the evaluation of textiles, leather, flammability and emissions, as well as chemical testing.

Tristine’s appointment continues to enhance SATRA’s expertise and knowledge in this industry sector, complementing the expertise of Phil Reynolds, who has worked with SATRA since early 2021 and continues to provide his significant industry experience and knowledge in furniture testing, standards and regulation.

In addition to having Phil as part of the team, Tristine will be working with SATRA’s head of furniture and floorcoverings Geoff Bindley, senior team leader Johnny Worthington, and team leader Phil Weal, to grow the division.

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