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Apprentice Awards inaugural launch

STA lunches Apprentice Awards!
 
STA’s Apprentice Awards will shine the spotlight on the achievements of our future tradespeople while encouraging continued excellence in the industry. The awards aim to recognise quality work in textile fabrication.
 
Our younger demographic are the future of our industry and as an industry association we would like to recognise their achievements.
 
Entry into the Apprentice of the Year...Read More

Training returns to WA

State based training for Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products and Cert III in Automotive & Marine  Trimming Technology are only two of the many courses returning to Western Australian Training Institutions.  For almost 2 years now, our industry has had no training delivered in WA. Following extensive lobbying and submissions, we are proud to be working with North Metro Tafe to cater for delivery of our two most prominent...Read More

SpecTex18 Sponsors announced

We are excited to announce and welcome on board our sponsors for SpecTex18:
 
Platinum Sponsor Partner:
 Ricky Richards 
 
Gold Sponsor Partner:
  Gale Pacific
  
Silver Sponsor Partners:
  The Nolan Group
  Weathermax
 
Bronze Sponsor Partner:
 Hiraoka
 
There are still opportunities available for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship remaining.  
 
If you would like to:
• Enhance your...Read More

2017 Award winners announced

Congratulations to all the 2017 Awards for Excellence winners announced in Queenstwon NZ on 27th May 2017.

Category 4: Marine Trimming Exterior
  Winner:  Canvas Barn Marine Trimming for the Vanitee project

Category 5: Automotive/Motor Trimming
  Winner:  North Queensland Trimming for the 1957 Chevrolet Belair Sports Coupe Interior project

Category 7: Window Furnishings -Commercial  
  Winner: Versatile Structures for the...Read More

Conference speakers announced

We are excited to share with you our confirmed speakers for the two day Queenstown Conference. The speakers will take the stage between 26th and 27th May to share with you their insights and knowledge on key topics of relevance for our industry. 

Knowledge is Power! Here is a great opportunity to learn about the materials used in OUR industry.

The programme is designed to empower industry members with knowledge of materials and...Read More

2017 Queenstown Conference programme

 

We are excited to share with you details about the programme for the 2017 Queenstown Conference taking place 25th to 27th May.

This joint event between OFPANZ and STA is focusing on technical, industry related and business topics which will be presented by local and international speakers and will include: 
•    case studies
•    fabric construction sessions
•    pre-stress tension
•    design of footings
•    forces on...Read More

Sponsors for 2017 announced

Only 3 sponsorship positions left for the 2017 Queenstown Conference: 1 Platinum and 2  main sponsorships remaining.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their support

Platinum Sponsor Partner
Serge Ferrari
 
Gold Sponsor Partners
Contender NZ
Gale Pacific
HVG Fabrics
Reid & Twiname
Ricky Richards
Sattler
W. Wiggins Ltd
 
Silver Sponsor Partners
Cool Awnings
Dasec
Hiraoka
Rainbow Shade Products
W.L. Gore &...Read More

2017 Conference in Queenstown

STA and OFPANZ are excited to be bringing you the 2017 Conference in Queenstown, NZ between 25-27 May next year. 
 
Accommodation
Rydges in Queenstown is the hotel that will cater for our 2017 conference. All speaker sessions will take place at Rydges.
Accommodation rooms have been allocated and are available for bookings now.  
 
Accommodation at Rydges starts from $152 per night for a standard room (breakfast rate of $25pp has...Read More

2016 Awards for Excellence winners announced

Congratulations to all Specialised Textiles Association members who were recognised with an Award for Excellence and/or Special Commendation this year: 

  • A&B Canvas Australia
  • Abacus Shade Structures
  • Campbell & Heeps
  • Canvas Barn Marine Trimming
  • David’s Custom Trimmers
  • Fabritecture
  • MakMax Australia
  • Pattons
  • Sail Structures Pty Ltd
  • SB Marine Trimming
  • Shade to Order

All winning project images and descriptions are now...Read More

SuperExpo2016 on this June

The largest Australian industry trade exhibition and conference (held only every three years) for the window furnishings and specialised textiles industries is on again this coming June on the Gold Coast.

SuperExpo2016 is an industry only event brought to you by the Specialised Textiles Association and the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia.

When: Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th June 2016

Where: Gold Coast Convention and...Read More

ExpoWA on 11th September 2015

For the first time in over 10 years, STA will be holding a one day only trade display and conference in Western Austaralia. Come along to see the latest products in the marine/automotive, window furnishing, upholstery, canvas and shade sails Click here to register

STA Members Win at the IFAI International Achievement Awards

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2014 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held only last week at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

IFAI received a total of 235 entries from 12 countries...Read More

STA Secures Position on Standards Australia Committee to Review Shade Cloth Testing Review Panel

Following STA's Fabric Structures Committee petition for Standards Australia to reopen and review the test methods used for shadecloth material, STA has now been invited to take a position on the review panel.

In late June, Standards Australia agreed to reopen the testing methods used for shadecloth. Now, Standards Australia has advised that committee TX-008 Textiles for Horticulture and Agriculture will be...Read More