SATRA Technology Centre has purchased the share capital and business of Hampden Test Equipment Ltd, a private UK manufacturer of test equipment based in Northampton.

Hampden has worked with SATRA for many years and is a recognised supplier of hardness, resilience and abrasion test machines.

Announcing the deal, SATRA's chief executive Dr Ron Whittaker said that SATRA's Equipment Sales business had grown considerably in recent years, particularly in global markets. The acquisition of Hampden will assist that growth and provide an overall test equipment manufacture and sales business worth more than £2 million annually - considerably enlarging the range offered to the footwear industry.

Hampden will be run as a separate business under Stephen Andrew, manager of equipment sales.