Dr Ron Whittaker, SATRA's chief executive, has become the only non US-based board member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).

The association is a new organisation, formed from a recent merger between the American Apparel Manufacturing Association and the footwear Industries of America - the latter being SATRA's partner in the USA.

The AAFA is the leading trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of clothing and footwear in the USA and has more than 800 members.

Dr Whittaker says: "It is a great honour for SATRA to be represented in such a way and recognises the close relationship built up over many years between the large American apparel and footwear suppliers and SATRA."