US footwear giant Timberland has chosen SATRA’s SATRASumm software to grade leather through its global network of footwear suppliers in countries such as China, Argentina, Indonesia and China.

The deal is more good news for the Northamptonshire-based firm as it comes just months after German sports shoe giant Adidas implementing the programme through its Asian resourcing system.

SATRASumm was first developed more than 20 years ago with the software being regularly upgraded to calculate and monitor cutting allowances, leather assessment and training for the cutters.

As part of the package, Timberland’s leather suppliers are now being trained by SATRA consultants in order to gain accreditation for its use. SATRA says the system can save firms up to 18 per cent of their annual upper leather bill.

Phil Shaw, head of SATRA’s management services business area, commented: "We are delighted that Timberland has recognised the contribution that SATRASumm can make to maintaining product quality throughout the global supply chain.

"There is no doubt that a realistic assessment of leather usability is a key factor in setting and maintaining a world class standard of material utilisation."

Timberland leather specialist, Rick LaTouch, added: "We selected SATRASumm because of its proven technique for establishing leather usability and for how it links to our manufacturing standards."