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WCAA members invitation to attend an all encompassing industry conference

 Hello everyone,

 
This year’s conference and trade exhibition event for manufacturers, installers and suppliers in the specialised textiles industry - is just over 4 weeks away.
 
The value from attending such an event, for fabricators and installers, is endless....product information, networking, tons of learning opportunities and of course loads of fun! There is also an opportunity to tour the Wax Converters Textiles factory to see firsthand how fabric is made and to gain more understanding of the materials you are working with on a day to day basis.
 
Our collaboration with associations that have similar interests to ours has enabled us to bring you a program that has something for everyone.
Thank you to the following associations for their support in making this Conference a must see event: 
  • Light Weight Structures Association of Australia (LSAA), 
  • Window Covering Association of Australia (WCAA), 
  • International Association of Geosyntetic Installers (AGI) 
  • Outdoor Fabrics Association of NZ (OFPANZ) 
 

What can you expect to see at STA’s 2014 Conference and trade exhibition?

 
This year, the 2014 Conference offers a packed program. As well our staple events, this year we've introduced a program that is suitable for everyone – no matter whether you are a fabricator, supplier, installer or distributor – there is something for you.
 
Once again, we have put together a jam-packed program including:
  • A trade exhibition featuring 22 exhibitors (some exhibiting for the first time)
  • Breakfast session with Sam Kekovich
  • A tour of the Wax Converters Textiles facility
  • Technical and business related sessions including:
  • Sales and Marketing business session with Simon Harrop,
  • A two part Geosynthetics Forum
  • Print Media – a look at future trends for printing on textiles; 
  • Outstanding customer service and the future of business with Martin Grunstein
  • Industry focused forums presented by Peter Kneen, LSAA Executive officer
  • STA Young Leaders'  Networking event

Ample opportunity to relax and have fun at one of numerous networking activities including the Welcome Reception, Cowboy boots /red shoes themed dinner, Awards for Excellence celebration dinner as well as other optional activities including a paella, churros and sangria making and the annual golf tournament.

If you are interested in coming along to learn more about what's happening in the specialised textiles industry, please join us:
 
Crowne Plaza Hotel 
Hunter Valley, NSW
Saturday 31 May - Monday 2 June, 2014
 
 
 

ATTEND the 2014 conference AS A FULL DELEGATE – EARLY BIRD RATE extended for wcaa members to Friday 2nd may

 
Book the full delegate package by Friday 2nd May and you will only pay the full delegate early bird rate of $627 -  a total saving of $200. Don't want to attend as a full delegate? No problem. Make up your own package and attend what suits you.
 
With a 3 day jam packed program you will find it difficult to be in two places at the same time. This year we are running several parallel business sessions. This means that you will need to choose which of the two sessions, that are on at the same time, you would like to attend – so choose wisely.
 
The most popular registration option has been the full delegate package – this includes the Welcome bbq reception, breakfast session with Sam Kekovich, business sessions for Sunday and Monday, Awards dinner, all lunches and teas as well as the theme dinner – a total value of $927 for the early bird rate of $627 for members of  WCAA.
 
Click here to download the registration form and once completed, please send to our office via email, fax or post.
 

2014 Conference ACCOMMODATION UPDATE

 
If you need to book accommodation for  the 2014 Conference, you need to hurry as number of rooms available are limited. Read more ...
Accommodation for the 2014 Conference has been reserved for at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (which is the venue where the majority of activities will take place). There are two room/accommodation options at Crowne Plaza:
 
• Deluxe Hotel Rooms at $200 (includes breakfast for 1 person)
• Two Bedroom Villas at $295 per night (includes breakfast for 2)
 
Accommodation bookings are now open and can be made online direct with Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley - click here to book your accommodation.
 

PRE conference  ISSUE OF CONNECTIONS OUT soon with a new look

 
The next issue of Connections will hit the streets with a totally new look.  The completely redesigned Connections magazine will be mailed out in first week of May with all the conference details. Advertising opportunities are now open. If you would like to promote your business by advertising in the pre-conference issue (the most read issue) contact Ana Drougas on 03 9521 2114.
 
I welcome any questions or feedback you may have about any of the items in this newsletter, so please feel free to contact me at any time.
 

 

Attend the Australian Event for Fabricators, Installers and Manufactureres

 Hello everyone,

 
This year’s conference and trade exhibition event for manufacturers, installers and suppliers in the specialised textiles industry - is just under 2 months away.
 
The value from attending such an event, for fabricators and installers, is endless....product information, networking, tons of learning opportunities and of course loads of fun! There is also an opportunity to tour the Wax Converters Textiles factory to see firsthand how fabric is made and to gain more understanding of the materials you are working with on a day to day basis.
 
Our collaboration with associations that have similar interests to ours has enabled us to bring you a program that has something for everyone.
Thank you to the following associations for their support in making this Conference a must see event: 
  • Light Weight Structures Association of Australia (LSAA), 
  • Window Covering Association of Australia (WCAA), 
  • International Association of Geosyntetic Installers (AGI) 
  • Outdoor Fabrics Association of NZ (OFPANZ) 
 

What can you expect to see at STA’s 2014 Conference and trade exhibition?

 
This year, the 2014 Conference offers a packed program. As well our staple events, this year we've introduced a program that is suitable for everyone – no matter whether you are a fabricator, supplier, installer or distributor – there is something for you.
 
Once again, we have put together a jam-packed program including:
  • A trade exhibition featuring 22 exhibitors (some exhibiting for the first time)
  • Breakfast session with Sam Kekovich
  • A tour of the Wax Converters Textiles facility
  • Technical and business related sessions including:
  • Sales and Marketing business session with Simon Harrop,
  • A two part Geosynthetics Forum
  • Print Media – a look at future trends for printing on textiles; 
  • Outstanding customer service and the future of business with Martin Grunstein
  • Industry focused forums presented by Peter Kneen, LSAA Executive officer
  • STA Young Leaders'  Networking event

Ample opportunity to relax and have fun at one of numerous networking activities including the Welcome Reception, Cowboy boots /red shoes themed dinner, Awards for Excellence celebration dinner as well as other optional activities including a paella, churros and sangria making and the annual golf tournament.

If you are interested in coming along to learn more about what's happening in the specialised textiles industry, please join us:
 
Crowne Plaza Hotel 
Hunter Valley, NSW
Saturday 31 May - Monday 2 June, 2014
 
 
 

ATTEND the 2014 conference AS A FULL DELEGATE – EARLY BIRD RATE Ends Friday 18th April

 
Book the full delegate package by Friday 18th April and you will only pay the full delegate early bird rate of $727.00 ($627 for STA members)  a total saving of $200. Don't want to attend as a full delegate? No problem. Make up your own package and attend what suits you.
 
With a 3 day jam packed program you will find it difficult to be in two places at the same time. This year we are running several parallel business sessions. This means that you will need to choose which of the two sessions, that are on at the same time, you would like to attend – so choose wisely.
 
The most popular registration option has been the full delegate package – this includes the Welcome bbq reception, breakfast session with Sam Kekovich, business sessions for Sunday and Monday, Awards dinner, all lunches and teas as well as the theme dinner – a total value of $1,027 for the early bird rate of $727 ($627 for members of STA or affilated associations).
 
 

2014 Conference ACCOMMODATION UPDATE

 
If you need to book accommodation for  the 2014 Conference, you need to hurry as number of rooms available are limited. Read more ...
Accommodation for the 2014 Conference has been reserved for at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (which is the venue where the majority of activities will take place). There are two room/accommodation options at Crowne Plaza:
 
• Deluxe Hotel Rooms at $200 (includes breakfast for 1 person)
• Two Bedroom Villas at $295 per night (includes breakfast for 2)
 
Accommodation bookings are now open and can be made online direct with Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley - click here to book your accommodation.
 

PRE conference  ISSUE OF CONNECTIONS OUT soon with a new look

 
The next issue of Connections will hit the streets with a totally new look.  The completely redesigned Connections magazine will be mailed out in first week of May with all the conference details. Advertising opportunities are now open. If you would like to promote your business by advertising in the pre-conference issue (the most read issue) contact Ana Drougas on 03 9521 2114.
 
I welcome any questions or feedback you may have about any of the items in this newsletter, so please feel free to contact me at any time.
 

 

Guidelines for Shade Structures

Specialised Textiles Association, the peak national industry body for industrial textile products, has released a set of Guidelines for the design, fabrication and installation of shade sails.

The Guidelines highlighting that despite shade sails being around from many years as a cost effective and aesthetically attractive shade solution, the growing number of installations and general public interest, required a structured framework to ensure optimal results for all involved. In many ways, these Guidelines formalise what Specialised Textiles Association members have been doing for many years.Specialised Textiles Association members include many professional businesses involved in every aspect of shade sail construction – from architects and engineers specialising in efficient shade design and structural integrity, right the way through to fabric manufacturers and installers.

Specialised Textiles Association, with over 200 members nationally and 60 years of experience in making quality products from the best indsutrial textiles - inckuding shade cloths and architectural PVC's - is ideally placed to set the benchmark for what to expect when purchasing and effective shade sail or tension memberane.

We see it as a major responsibility in the industry to ensure the best possible outcomes in shade design and construction, using fabrics. Indeed many of our membes have reputations worldwide for leading the way in this field. We are also committeed to ensure that the end users which include schools, businesses, restaurants and home owners are provided with a quality product rather than one which is substandard, not meeting shade expectations, or even worse, potentially dangerous because basic design and engineering benchmarks have not been met.

The Specialised Textiles Association Shade Sail Guidelines will help ensure all important aspects are appropriately dealt with, including design, engineering, fabric selection and safe location and installation of the sturcture.

They also provide a common point of refernece regardless of where you ar in Asutralia, also regardless of differing building codes or consumer protection laws from state to state. This was an importnat goal in stablishing the Guidelines and one made possible by our national coverage of membership.  By addressing each of the key areas, the result is an effectice shade solution at a considerable cost saving when compared to a more conventional hard roof structure.

The aesthetic attraction of fabric structures has always been apparant to installers and end users alike. By ensuting these other important areas of design are dealt with, engineering and safety, only improves the outcome for all and ensure Australian manufacturers remain at the forefront, worldwide with shade sails.

The Guidelines are available for use by all Shade Sail Installers.

Click here to download the Guidelines for Shade Sails document

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