The New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association (LASRA) has served the leather and footwear manufacturing industries for 82 years. LASRA’s blend of facilities, expertise and experience has made it the premier Australasian research, technology and training provider for the leather, upholstery and footwear manufacturing industries, by delivering focused industry-specific research and analysis to provide solutions to industry challenges. LASRA’s strengths are in developing practical opportunities for companies, and in making commercial sense of analytical and testing work for clients. The LASRA analytical laboratory is accredited worldwide (ILAC-MRA) for performing testing in accordance with ISO, EN, ASTM and other internationally recognised standards. LASRA acts as an information provider to industry and runs correspondence courses to assist in providing training in leather manufacturing technology.