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The largest Australian trade exhibition for the specialised textiles and blinds & awnings industry took place between 12th and 14th June at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhbition Center,Broadbeach, QLD. 

SuperExpo2019 took 4 days to set up, occupied 6,861sqm of space at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhbition Centre and housed 112 exhbibitors and welcomed close to 4,000 visitors.

2019 Awards for Excellence Winners announced during SuperExpo2019

The 2019 Award winner in the Australian Textile Fabrication Industry were announce at the Specialised Textiles Association's Awards dinner on 12th June as follows:

Marine Trimming Interior

  • Stitch Trim

Marine Trimming Exterior

  • Stitch Trim
  • Special Commendation: Coastal Coverings

Automotive/Motor Trimming

  • North Queensland Trimming
  • Special Commendation: Orsum Upholstery

Blinds & Awnings - Domestic

  • Blinds by Meter Meyer
  • Special Commendation: Canvas & Marine Covers Noosa

Blinds & Awnings - Commercial

  • Versatile Structures

Shade Sails or Structures - Domestic

  • Cheyne Shades & Canvas

Shade Sails or Structures - Commercial

  • Pattons
  • Special Commendation: Fabritecture
  • Special Commendation: Airlie Sail & Shade Solutions

Tension Structures - Less than 250sqm

  • Abacus Shade Structures

Tension Structures - 250sqm to 2000sqm

  • Fabritecture

Tension Structures - Greater than 2000sqm

  • WeatherSafe WA

General - Banners, Flags, Inflatables, Fabric Art, etc.

  • Goldberg Aberline Studio
  • Special Commendation: Pattons

Product Innovation (Technology, Fabrication and Fabrics)

  • ABGAL Liners & Covers


  • D&R Group

Click here to take a look at a short video with images of all the winning entries

Honoured Life Members

During the Awards of Excellence dinner, three STA Honoured Life Members were announced in recognition to their service to the industry and the association.

  • Allan Wormald, Walco Products
  • Alan Long, Abgal Liners & Covers
  • Chris Nolan, The Nolan Group




Marine Fabricator Workshop

This year’s marine fabricator workshop held during SuperExpo2019 ran over two full days and included business topic presentations as well as hands on learning.  Time was also allocated for attendees to interact with suppliers from the marine sector who had taken up a tabletop display.

2019 Apprentice of the Year Awards

  Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Apprentice of the Year Award:
  Samantha Kearney, EH Brett, Level 1 Apprentice of the Year Award
  Natasha Harper, Covergirl Marine Trimming, Level 2 Apprentice of the Year Award







Young Achiever Award Winner Announced
 The winner of the 2019 STA Young Achiever Award is Miklosh Vagvolgyi of Kustom Canvas and Vinyl Products located in Townsville, Qld.






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