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FDDI's ITC, Chennai gets accredited by SATRA

May '10
The International Testing Centre (ITC), Chennai of the Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has been successfully accredited by the Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA), UK for both its Physical as well as Chemical Laboratory.

“The SATRA accreditation of FDDI's ITC Chennai will provide significant benefits to the manufacturers who wish to export their products by way of saving the cost and time and thus facilitate trade and economic growth.” Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI.

SATRA was formed in 1919 to serve the footwear industry, but has since expanded to serve other consumer industry sectors including furniture, safety products, clothing, floorcoverings, leathergoods and fabric care. It is also a Notified Body for the EU Directives on personal protective equipment, toys, medical devices and construction products.

Exuberant with this development, Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI, said, “The SATRA accreditation of FDDI's ITC Chennai will provide significant benefits to the manufacturers who wish to export their products by way of saving the cost and time and thus facilitate trade and economic growth.”

SATRA is the world's leading research and technology centre of its kind and employs more than 180 scientific, technical and support staff across two sites in the UK and a China office.

Dr. Graham Rowley, SATRA Auditor spent his valuable time from 19th to 21st May 2010 and conducted a series of audit & checked all the documents & equipments of ITC, Chennai.

“For the growth of the Industry, timely response is a top priority at ITC and the goal is to process reports and issue certificates with minimal delay as per the International Standards,” added Mr. Lakhara.

The FDDI's ITC Chennai, equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art equipments and highly qualified team of technical experts is greatly helping the footwear and leather industry, through a host of testing solutions and services & delivering accurate, consistent and reliable results with minimum possible time at the doorstep of one of the major clusters of India in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Its Physical lab is providing comprehensive range of tests on footwear, footwear components, leather, textile, plastics, automotive parts etc. The laboratory maintains the highest standards of physical & mechanical testing, quality control and all related activities.

Similarly, its Chemical lab is well equipped with all the modern instruments/techniques of chemical analysis.

FDDI's ITC is providing excellent services to the industry in testing the materials and products, export inspection, reverse engineering and quality certification.

The SATRA accreditation of FDDI's ITC Chennai will overcome the problem of inconvenience, time delay and higher expenditure of industries due to the footwear tested outside India.

Now, FDDI is the one-stop-shop solution provider for all the testing requirements, well equipped with several accreditations and is able to provide testing services for each & every type of footwear industry.

FDDI is the only Institute having its laboratories accredited by PFI, Germany for safety, protective & occupational footwear and SATRA for fashion and casual footwear. The accreditation cover whole range of footwear and it will be of immense help to the exporting industries.

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI)

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