A new footwear and clothing research group has been launched by SATRA Technology Centre to provide more targeted information and services to its member companies around the world.

The Advanced Concepts Research Group is a multi-project programme backed by £250,000 in membership funds. It will investigate a range of topics, such as improving SATRA's comfort expertise in footwear and apparel, methods of speeding up testing, and testing the thermal properties of footwear designed for temperature extremes.

Says SATRA assistant director Peter Perkins: "Members are increasingly looking to us to assist with the choice of materials for optimum performance in footwear and related products. Our new structure enables us to help them develop innovative materials and products to provide specific performance attributes."