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Joint venture STA and LSAA

We are pleased to announce the very first collaborative workshop venture between the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and the Lightweight Structures Association Australasia (LSAA) taking place in 2020!
On Wednesday 16th September, LSAA and STA will hold a joint workshop to focus on small to medium sized lightweight fabric structures.  This will be held at Swinburne University, Hawthorn in Melbourne. The main objective of the...Read More

The Novatex/Option Marine Story

Celebrating 15 years in business this year, Ross Wilkie established Novatex in 2004 after many years in the industry – kicking off with a motor trimming apprenticeship in the 80s and following that with a period spent running his own trim shop. And it’s those formative years that give Novatex its edge. As a former trimmer himself, Wilkie has a great understanding for what motor trimmers are looking for by way of quality and...Read More

Same Again Please! - Aeronaut

There’s a saying that there’s only one thing better than a cup of tea and that’s a second cup. It’s a bit like that being a manufacturer. Repeat orders and recommendations are the best indicator that you’re doing something right. So this is the type of email we love to get... “We are looking to add a third cutter, another laser, to our factory later this year. We would like to continue using the Aeronaut cutters as they have been very reliable...Read More

Gale Pacific Reveals New System

Supplied by SML in Austria, Gale Pacific’s brand new extrusion coating/laminating line was commissioned recently and is now in production. SML is widely recognised as a leader in the extrusion coating industry and Gale Pacific has welcomed the opportunity to double its production capacity through the acquisition. The new line has complementary capability to Gale Pacific’s existing line, meaning product can be matched to the most...Read More

A Partnership For The Future - HVG and Mehler Texnologies®

Leading Australian industrial products distribution business HVG has announced that its HVG Fabrics
division has been appointed the exclusive Australian distributor of Low & Bonar’s Mehler
Texnologies® range of coated textiles.

Mehler Texnologies®, a global leader in high performance materials with customers in more than 60
countries, is the industry standard for technical textiles.
With class leading brands like Polymar, Valmex...Read More

HVG Management Changes

HVG recently announced important changes that will be occurring within HVG Fabrics in the months ahead.

After leading the division since 2009, Daniel Gollan will be leaving HVG Fabrics within the next couple of months. Paul Hunt has been promoted to the role of General Manager of HVG Fabrics and will transition into the role until such time when Daniel steps down.

Whilst at HVG, Daniel Gollan has overseen a period of significant...Read More

Members honoured with Life Membership

During the 2019 Awards for Excellence dinner, held on 12th June on the Gold Coast, the Specialised Textiles Association welcomed 3 new life members: 
  • Allan Wormald, Walco Products
  • Alan Long, Abgal Liners & Covers
  • Chris Nolan, The Nolan Group

Congratulations gentlemen!

Honoured Life Member (HLM) is a designation given to individuals who have shown: 
  • outstanding work accomplishments in the industry or association
  • exceptional accomplishments or...Read More

2019 Awards winner announced

Congratulations to all the winners of 2019 Awards for Excellence.

All winners were announced at the Awards for Excellence dinner which took place ont he Gold Coast, Wednesday 12th June in The Star Ballroom.

A total of 70 entries were received for the Awards for Excellence, 8 for the Appretnice of the Year Award and 4 for the Young Leader Award.

Detials on all the winning projects and individuals who won an award will be shared on...Read More

STA launches consumer website


STA has committed to a future direction which will see a digital marketing strategy and a newly developed consumer-oriented website established to furhter promote our Australian industry of highly skilled industrial textile fabricators, directly to Australian consumers.

One of the biggest threats to our Australia industry continues to be the made-up textile products that are mass produced overseas. These fully imported products...Read More

Register to attend SuperExpo2019

Registrations are now open to attend SuperExpo2019

Now is the time to organise your travel arrangements, book your events and enjoy the must-see industry event of the year.

SuperExpo2019 is an industry only event held every three years - presented by the Specialised Textiles Association [STA] and the Blind Manufacturers' Association of Australia [BMAA].

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 12th to FRIDAY 14th June 2019



 Australia's largest trade exhibition for the specialised textiles and blinds & awnings industries is on for the 3rd time running this June on the Gold Coast.

The Specialised Textiles Association (STA) together with the Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia (BMAA) have once again united to bring the largest Australian industry event for the window furnishings and specialised textiles industries - known as SuperExpo2019.

Following the huge...Read More

Ricky Richards win the title of Apprenticeship Program Partnering Sponsor

We are so very excited to have Ricky’s on board as our Partnering Sponsor for our Apprenticeship Program.  The winning bid was made by Ricky Richards after a tense online auction process. A huge 'thank you' to The Nolan Group for their support in STA's Apprenticeship Program and for participating in the auction.  
Apprentices are the new generation workforce that will ensure the longevity of the specialised texitles industry....Read More

Winners for 2018 Awards for Excellence announced

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2018 Awards for Excellence announced on 28th May at the impressive Optus Oval in Western Australia.

A big round of applause to the following members of the Specialised Textiles Association who have had their projects recognised as being the best in the industry:

  • Abacus Shade Structures
  • Alfresco Shade
  • Cheyne Shade & Canvas
  • Creative Canvas,
  • Fabritecture Australia
  • HNS Canvas
  • Morley Canvas
  • North Queensland...Read More

Creative Canvas successfully attain Business Accreditation

Congratulations to Creative Canvas of Warriewood, NSW for successfully attaining the level of Business Accredited member of the Specialied Textiles Association.

STA's Business Accreditation is only available to members of the association and helps in:

  • ensuring members meet defined industry standards
  • encouraging improvement, innovation and best practice
  • discouraging unqualified or unscrupulous practitioners operating in our...Read More

Apprentice Awards inaugural launch

STA launches 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 Award is open to ALL...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
Bronze Sponsor Partner:
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
W. Wiggins Ltd
Silver Sponsor Partners
Cool Awnings
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. 
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