The National Bed Federation (NBF) has signed an agreement with SATRA for the research and testing organisation to supply a comprehensive package of technical support and guidance to the UK’s trade association for bed manufacturers and their suppliers.

Starting in January 2022, the deal comes as the NBF’s technical manager for the past four years, Tristine Hargreaves, departs?the NBF – to a new role as divisional manager at SATRA, leading its furniture and floorcoverings division.

Tristine has over 27 years’ experience in the furniture industry, having worked directly for manufacturers, importers, retailers and trade associations, including FIRA and the NBF.

Currently a technical committee member on many British Standards Institute (BSI) furniture, textile and flammability standards committees, Tristine is also one of the UK experts representing BSI on European and international standard committees relating to furniture and flammability.

The combination of her knowledge of standards and regulatory requirements, product safety, compliance, risk assessments and technical files has enabled Tristine to provide a broad range of technical advice and consultancy services to the furniture industry.

SATRA chief executive John Hooker comments: “We are delighted to appoint Tristine to this senior management position at SATRA, which further strengthens our commitment to offer world-class services to the furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings industries. We have ambitious plans for the division, investing in further testing capacity, expanding our training and consultancy services and enhancing our technical knowledge hub.”

The package of support from SATRA for NBF membership – all of which is free of charge for members – includes: a?dedicated email advice hotline for any specific technical queries; regular feedback, consultation and updates on developments in British, European and international standards, and on REACH and other chemically?related topics; and technical support on any queries relating to the NBF’s Code of Practice audits.

“We are very sad to see Tristine go,” said NBF executive director Jessica Alexander. “However, it’s great news that it is not goodbye, as our new partnership with SATRA will ensure we continue to receive and deliver excellent technical support and advice for the NBF and our members.

“The package of technical support that SATRA has agreed to provide is unprecedented and significant, and we are sure it will deliver first-class technical support for our members whenever they need it.”