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Report from STA president, Glenn Barlow

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Norman Gottlieb obituary


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Welcome to the Spring issue of Connections


ome people aren’t that fond of winter, but for the specialised textiles industry it has one certain highlight: the annual expo, conference and trade show. Were you at SpecTex15? And, if so, did you also find it an invigorating and thoroughly enjoyable experience? There were so many highlights to this year’s event and you’ll find a lot of them covered in both words and pictures in this issue. Check out our wrap-up from page 28 onwards and don’t forget to trawl through the photographs to see if you or anybody you know is featured. One of our favourite aspects of SpecTex15 was the historical timeline displayed on the trade floor. There was so much information, it was difficult to take it all in at once and, seeing as this issue celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Specialised Textiles Association, we’ve encapsulated the standout points of that display in the magazine. Go to page 34 to see more. Of course one of the other greatest focal points of the industry’s annual event is the Awards Dinner. From page 36 you can see and read about all of the winning and specially commended entries announced on the night. This year we had Paul McDermott keeping everyone entertained and were so pleased to be able to share the proceedings with our friends from OFPANZ who held their awards at the same event as a tribute to the Association’s milestone anniversary. Our spring issue also focuses on the marine side of the industry and so we have an article from Shane Beashel, explaining the ins and outs of warranties in the marine industry. Also our member profile this issue is of an inspirational young woman – Abbey Sykes, who established her own marine trimming business at the age of just 24. You can read all about her experiences on page 50. We also have the usual small business and training articles, plus plenty of local news about the industry and the instrumental players within it. I hope you enjoy this issue of Connections. Madeleine Swain Editor

Editorial Contributions by the STA Editorial committee ASSOCIATION MANAGER Ana Drougas EDITOR
 Madeleine Swain Design ART DIRECTOR
 Keely Atkins
 Jamuna Raj

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NEXT ISSUE OF CONNECTIONS The Summer edition of the magazine is the design and innovation issue, with a focus on shade sails, tents/marquees and the outdoor recreation industries. If you have any suggestions for articles or features that you think may be appropriate, please don’t hesitate to contact the editor directly at or Ana Drougas in the STA office at or on 03 9521 2114.


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President’s report


fter what has been a very positive event in SpecTex15 where, on top of all of the networking, learning, exhibiting and sharing, we also celebrated our 75th Anniversary as an Association, I can say it’s a very proud time for me to be president. A huge thank-you to all sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and all who attended the event in any capacity; it’s fabulous to have your ongoing and strong support. Congratulations must also go to both Ana Drougas and Kiah Struck from the Specialised Textiles Association office for organising such a professional event. It was a thrill having the opportunity to spend some quality time with so many of the people that have contributed so much to the Association in one way, shape or form over many years, including past presidents and life members. Another key aspect of SpecTex15 was the cooperation and sharing of the event with the great New Zealand association, OFPANZ (Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand). Many thanks to Mike Konig and Megan Cummins, along with an incredibly dedicated and professional contingent from New Zealand, who certainly added many positives to this great event. There is fabulous synergy between the two associations and we are very excited at what the future holds in terms of a strengthening relationship and future cooperation. With another STA year over, we now turn our attention to what promises to be a big year for the Association and to the industry as a whole. Some of the big issues, such as training, accreditation and the draft review into the shadecloth Australian Standard, follow us into the 2015-2016 year, while at the same time new challenges and opportunities are presenting themself to the Association. Our long-term vision of sustainability and relevance in society as an industry relies on great dedication and ideas from a continually strong Council of Management (CoM). I’m happy to say that our CoM has been bolstered with the addition of Tim Bell (Nolan.UDA) and Kearon Drake (Kenlow) to an already great team – well done, gentlemen. At the recent AGM in Melbourne, it was great to see a very large attendance rate and a real sense of determination, faith and support regarding much of the direction that CoM was proposing. We are only as strong as our passionate members, so having fantastic turnouts at events like the AGM make us collectively stronger. With government regulation constantly changing, environmental issues and many other factors affecting our industry, never has there been a more important time to be an active member and be a part of a larger voice. As preparations are now well underway for our exciting new joint venture with the Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia (BMAA), Super Expo 2016, we look forward to a very positive and prosperous 2015-2016 for the industry as a whole. On a final note, it was an honour to be a part of presenting our most recently awarded Life Member, Keith Bartlett, with this honour at SpecTex. Congratulations Keith, not only are your achievements in the industry impressive, but you’re a great person and very popular recipient to boot. Glenn Barlow – President


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UPDATE FROM THE SPECIALISED TEXTILES ASSOCIATION OFFICE In this issue of Connections, manager Ana Drougas gives you a glimpse of just a few STA projects that would normally not receive too much fanfare. STA eNewsletters are a great way to keep up with the Association’s daily activities and updates – so if you have not signed up to receive these please do so via the website.

Just over two months since SpecTex15 (see the post SpecTex15 wrap-up from page 28), our industry is now looking forward to the joint venture between STA (Specialised Textiles Association and BMAA (Blind Manufacturers Association Australia) taking place on the Gold Coast in 2016. This is the second time our two associations have joined forces to bring to life the biggest event seen by the two industry segments focusing on indoor and outdoor products – together, under the one roof. Rightly named, SuperExpo2016 will be taking place between 8 and 10 June 2016 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sponsorship and exhibition spaces opened to members of both associations in August with a view to extending to nonmembers in September. With many of our programs and incentives now underway, as an Association we will now be focusing on delivering and establishing these over the next 12 months. Our main program is business accreditation, which is open to all members of STA. The objective of business accreditation is to ensure businesses

in the industry – beginning with STA members – are operating as genuine businesses with bona fide business practices. As a national member-based industry, it is in all of our interests to ensure we are a self-legislated industry, thus providing confidence to consumers and government bodies. This month we congratulate three STA members on attaining Business Accreditation (see page 11). Training has been another major project for STA this year. We have lobbied with training institutions and skills councils for the delivery in our certificate training to continue – nationally. There are many changes planned in the way training is structured, delivered and funded (read more about this on page 22). In order to have a viable industry, we need to consider opening our doors to the younger generation – any training package (no matter how modern and relevant it is) will not help any industry unless it is taken up. Take a look at the events calendar on page 62 and take part in the various activities and events taking place over the next few months. Learn from one another and develop relationships with people that do what you do on a daily basis.

NEW MEMBERS The STA is pleased to welcome the following individuals and companies to its membership.



Shadecom has been supplying shade sails and shade structures to Brisbane and the Gold Coast for over 20 years. Its professional and experienced team now supplies and delivers a wide range of shade products and solutions Australia and New Zealand-wide. Products include architectural structures, shade sails and shade structures, barrel structures, hip roof structures and architectural umbrellas. Contact: Phillip Morrissey Email: Tel: 07 3208 4518 Website:

Located at the East Coast Marina in Manly, Queensland, Bayside is a family owned business specialising in custom made boat canopies, biminis, clears, side curtains, dodgers and covers to suit whatever boat you bring in. All products are proudly Australian made to suit any marine application. Contact: Shane Dimech Email: Tel: 0428 324 575 Website:

FLATWATER MARINE PTY LTD UMBRELLA PARADISE Located in Berwick, Victoria, Umbrella Paradise supplies a range of shade umbrellas for both the residential and commercial markets. Through its suppliers, it provides a design and fabrication service for streetscape umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas, side post umbrellas and giant umbrellas for shade in the summer sun or a waterproof environment in winter. Contact: Mark Bryant Email: Tel: 0458 281 515 Website:


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Flatwater is a marine and commercial upholstery company, established in July 2009 by Cody Purchase, who did his apprenticeship at Bundoora Boat Upholstery. The company specialises in boat covers and marine trimming, but also works with shopfitters and architects for its commercial work. Contact: Cody Purchase Email: Tel: 0438 367 689 Website:

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he new Council of Management (CoM) for the Specialised Textiles Association was voted in at the annual general meeting on Saturday 27 June at the beginning of SpecTex15. During the AGM, the future plans for our Association were unveiled and two new councillors were voted in by members. David Burton and Jamie Howard were thanked and farewelled following their three-year term on the CoM. While the newly elected Tim Bell (Nolan.UDA) and Kieron Drake (Kenlow) were both welcomed onto the CoM. Bell and Drake join president Glenn Barlow (Positive Resolutions), vice president Beatrice Moonen (Abacus), treasurer Kent Williamson (RMIT University), Connie Hellyar (One Link Agencies) and Daniel Gollan (HVG) to make up the CoM for 2015/16. The new line-up was duly announced at the Awards for Excellence Dinner on the Sunday evening of SpecTex15. If you’d like to contact a member of the Council of Management, please find their contact details below. PRESIDENT Glenn Barlow Positive Resolutions NSW VICE PRESIDENT Beatrice Moonen Abacus Shade Structures NSW COUNCILLOR Connie Hellyar OneLink Agencies NSW COUNCILLOR Daniel Gollan HVG Fabrics SA COUNCILLOR Tim Bell Nolan.UDA WA


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Above: New Council of Management announcement at SpecTex15: Glenn Barlow, Kieron Drake, Daniel Gollan, Connie Hellyar, Beatrice Moonen (Kent Williamson not pictured). Left: New CoM member, Tim Bell.

COUNCILLOR Kieron Drake Kenlow (1982) Pty Ltd WA TREASURER Kent Williamson RMIT University VIC The CoM’s role and vision for the next 12 months is to create opportunities and stability for all members while being a strong voice and resource when dealing with some of the larger picture issues that members face. During the AGM, the CoM relayed some of the areas on which it will be focusing over the next year: MEMBERSHIP This year the CoM will explore options and opportunities around the STA’s membership structure and how it may better fund the Association going forward. Any possible change will be conveyed to the membership base as part of a consultation period, with feedback welcomed.

TERMS The term on the CoM according to its Statement of Purposes and Rules is for a maximum of three years with a one-year presidency. Over recent times, this has become an obvious weakness for the STA. Accordingly, over the next 12 months CoM will look at a possible change to the Statement of Purposes and Rules, with a view to present an up-to-date, fair and viable new CoM term and model by the 2016 AGM. Once again, members will be consulted should any significant developments arise. BUSINESS ACCREDITATION Although some companies have taken the opportunity to apply for and receive STA Business Accreditation, the CoM would love to see that number grow rapidly. As many members already have a focus on quality control, training, professional development and safety etc, accreditation gives all the chance to collectively show that to the greater public. COLLABORATION With the huge success of the last joint Super Expo with the BMAA (Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia) in 2013, the two associations have joined forces once again to bring you Super Expo 2016 next year on the Gold Coast. The CoM is excited about this positive direction for the relationship between STA and the BMAA.

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ACCREDITED MEMBERS OF STA The STA is proud to announce the latest members to gain its business accreditation.

CAMPBELL & HEEPS Tel: +613 9880 2500 Campbell & Heeps is an Australian, family owned and operated company, which has been well-established in the Melbourne blinds and awnings industry for over 80 years. Founded in 1932, Campbell & Heeps comes to you and offers experience and expert advice. It designs, manufactures and installs custom made blinds and awnings to meet all needs. PATTONS Tel: 1300 799 980 Pattons promises to always exceed its clients’ expectations across the entire project timeline. Clients can choose from a range of colours and fabric types to complement their space, taste, budget and purpose. Whether it’s for the home, festival or commercial property Pattons guarantees: Licensed Works (Lic # 240451C), high quality workmanship and materials, to

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listen to your needs, provide expert advice and appropriate solutions, fast and efficient turnaround of work and solutions to suit clients’ needs and budget. Every Pattons’ product is manufactured to individual specifications following a detailed collaborative appraisal. SKYSPAN Tel: 1300 667 176 Skyspan Umbrellas, based on Brisbane’s south side, in Australia, is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial shade products. Skyspan is constantly working to provide a pioneering design approach, precision engineering and the reliable delivery of all sizes of architectural commercial shade products. Skyspan is fully equipped to meet clients’ needs in its specially adapted factory, where each individual shade product is personally assembled and checked to ensure that each and every product is up to the standard of quality for which Skyspan Umbrellas is renowned.

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mex Creative Products, in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine West, ceased trading in early August. For 17 years the company supplied fabric, external components, awning systems and motors to the internal and external blinds and awning industry. The closure comes as a result of the ill health of owner Khoo Nang Seng (known as Mr Khoo) and an economic downturn. “The owner lives in Malaysia and, due to age-related ill health, was not able to make regular visits, as he had previously done,” says Peter Monkhouse, managing director of ICL, who helped with the logistics of the closure. “The industry downturn was affecting profitability, so he decided that, as he could not be here, monitoring the situation and getting a feel for the economy, then rather than continue a downward profit spiral and be forced into administration, he would wind it up and make sure everyone was paid,” adds Monkhouse. Although a number of other firms showed interest in buying the company, no firm offers were accepted. “The company has ceased trading and is selling off stocks and assets,” says Monkhouse. “Existing orders have been completed and customers placing new orders were given the option of paying upfront and receiving a discount.” Natural attrition means that only five short-term contract staff members were left working for the company, two of whom were retained until the end of August. Monkhouse says that his company, ICL, already directly imports the VSP components and A-OK motorisation ranges that Imex used to offer and will be able to offer them to customers at the same prices.


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efab has announced the appointment of Mark West as the newest addition to its staff. West joins the company with years of experience within the industrial and commercial textiles industry and will be responsible for national sales, where he will also add a wealth of information and support locally for Defab and the team. West’s title will be sales and development manager – canvas and sun protection products and the company says he will play a major part in Defab’s plan to reposition itself back into the market leader position as enjoyed historically by the company. West may be contacted through Defab’s head office, directly via his mobile on 0419 390 419 or, alternatively, via email at mark@ Defab says that West’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has made him a key addition to its team. “We look forward to the exciting new phase that Mark’s appointment will bring to our ongoing dedication to ensure we offer the highest quality Australian made products, as well as offering solutions for our customers,” says a company spokesperson.

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t is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we advise you that our beloved director, Norman Gottlieb passed away on 4 Thursday June 2015. For a number of years Norman has been battling with cancer, and during this time he lived graciously and courageously. On that day in June Norman found peace and started on his next journey, surrounded by his loving family. Norman was a well-loved and respected man that touched the heart of every person that met him. Travel, politics, the economy and food were the favourite things Norman enjoyed talking about, and every person that knows him will have a memory, probably many of conversations they had with him on these topics. While he may not have changed the minds of many with his opinion, he had a heavy influence with his example.


Norman had the foresight to involve us with the industry organisation ACASPA (Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association) in 1985 when we were still a young ‘upstart’ company. His rationale was that you are in the industry and therefore you need to be involved in your industry. Ricky Richards has benefited from its long association with ACASPA/STA and in Norman’s honour we look forward to many more years of mutual growth. Norman’s generosity and kindness will forever be remembered by the many people that love him. Our lives are all enriched from knowing him. – the team at Ricky Richards To find out more about Norman and the wonderful life he lived, log onto the Ricky Richards website with this link: ricky-richards-norman-gottlieb



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KEITH BARTLETT MADE A LIFE MEMBER OF THE STA One of the most popular announcements at the SpecTex15 Awards Dinner in June was when Glenn Barlow and David Burton called Keith Bartlett of C E Bartlett to the stage and presented him with life membership of the Specialised Textiles Association. With his wealth of industry experience and long association with STA, Bartlett was an obvious contender for this prestigious award.


eith Bartlett joins an elite group of just 24 names awarded the honour of STA life membership since 1966, marking the fourth time in the Association’s history that two people in the same family have been made life members – his father Cliff Bartlett received the award in 1994. (The other three were the Dexter, Gair and Evans families.) Like his predecessors, Keith Bartlett is a canvas man through and through, entering the industry at the age of 16, when he left school and began working as an offsider in a one-man blind business. His first job entailed making awnings, flyscreens and doors for Joe Cook, who also taught him how to drive. On Cook’s retirement in 1972, the business was bought by Bartlett’s father Cliff, who had established Ballarat-based C E Bartlett in 1956. Keith Bartlett was promptly put in charge of the blind section, which saw him responsible for quoting, manufacturing and installing the blinds. He soon developed a reputation for having a great rapport with his elderly female customers, who would often give him afternoon tea and share garden cuttings with him. His first ACASPA (Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association of Australia, later the STA) function was


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in Canberra back in 1977, when the company picked up the ACPC Overall Industry Canvas Award for its Phoenix Market project. An unfortunate stroke of timing meant that Bartlett was nearly prevented from attending his own wedding, as the event was two days before his nuptials and his return flight was delayed due to the double whammy of a petrol strike and an airline strike at the same time. He made it though, and his wife Anne has been his firmest supporter ever since, despite his regular trips away and devotion to the family business. He was the developer of several unique products, some of which are still going strong today. And while the business was growing, he was attending field days, constantly on the move in an effort to grow and build the business. His travels took him around the world as he visited such countries as India, Ethiopia, the US, South America, Cuba, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, China and Canada. But, of course, he rarely got to really explore these destinations, with his visits largely restricted to the expo floors, office buildings and events where he was doing business. It was this period that really showed where his true strengths lie: in sales and his undoubted passion for the business and its products.

In 1994, on his father’s retirement, Bartlett became managing director, always conscious of his oft-repeated motto: “It’s not only the employees, but their families I’m responsible for.” From 1997 to 2001, Bartlett was a member of the ACASPA council, serving as president during 1999-2000 and leading that year’s conference committee. During his time on the council, his most notable achievement was turning around the finances. Enlisting the assistance of Greg Penman and James Kelman, Bartlett steered an Association, which was in danger of going broke, back into safe waters. The conference was held at Melbourne’s Hilton Hotel and Bartlett took the reins with the avowed intent to increase numbers and improve both the overall running and the scheduling of the event. He succeeded on all counts. As a company, C E Bartlett has always been a big believer in giving back to the industry and sharing its knowledge. When the STA’s state meetings were suffering from poor attendance, the company held presentations across the country, which in turn led to record numbers attending state conferences. The company also opened its doors to factory tours, again in an effort to share its expertise and benefit the industry. Bartlett’s philanthropic endeavours extend to his personal life too, with his active memberships of such charities and organisations as Apex, Rotary, Australian Industry Group, Portsea Holiday Camp, Australia Day Celebrations committee, Avenue of Honour committee and Suicide Prevention. Also on the personal front, in 2010 he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but is now thankfully in full remission. He has two children working in the business, Andrew (who is the leader in the General Section) and Michelle (the PA to the management team). His illness has curtailed his enjoyment of one of his long-time hobbies – flying small aircraft – but he’s taking up bike riding along the Skipton Trail with his youngest grandson Caleb, while also becoming heavily involved in the photographic documentation of the sporting endeavours of his other two grandsons, Jesse and Tyler.

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Z16 aces endurance test

Fifteen-year-old Z16 fabric conquers the harsh Queensland climate, installed in the Brisbane suburb of Capalaba.


ainbow Shade was founded in 1995 by David and Caroline Rowlands. It has headquarters on the Gold Coast and warehouse facilities in Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand. Rainbow Shade has grown to become one of Australia’s leading national distributors of solar protection brands, which include the extremely popular Z16, Extreme 32 commercial shade fabric and the DRiZ all weather protection fabric. Rainbow Shade, through its association with Innova, is the proud distributor of the Ferrari 502, 702, 802 and STAM 6002 products in Queensland, the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and Western Australia. Quality products, great service and integrity in all dealings remain the core of what the Rainbow Shade team continually strive to achieve for customers each and every day. Rainbow Shade staff are a can-do-crew, who relish the opportunity to provide great quality and service to customers through same day dispatch, cut length service, inspected high quality fabric products, customised on-time freight delivery solutions, together with expert technical assistance and warranty support teams. “When it comes to quality and service, your words and promises have to be backed up with action,” says founding director of Rainbow Shade David Rowlands, who has been involved in the shade industry for more than 25 years.

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“This is why I am excited to present to people the results from the Z16 15-year weather endurance test. In this test we prove and confirm the outstanding durability, UV protection, lasting strength and colourfast characteristics of Z16 shade fabrics.” Rainbow Shade was able to verify the age of a shade canopy structure installed in the Brisbane suburb of Capalaba as being 15 years old. The company made an offer to the owner to replace the canopy so that the fabric could be obtained for testing. The fabric was in very good condition with only a recent falling tree branch leaving a small hole in one panel. Rainbow Shade submitted fabric samples to two independent accredited testing agencies, where breaking force, tear resistance and UV protection tests were conducted. The results that came back from the 15-year-old fabric testing are remarkable. Rainbow Shade’s Z16 15-year weather endurance test is a revealing test case showing the superior fabric durability, lasting strength, exceptional UV protection and colourfast characteristics that are unique to the Z16 fabric. Z16 is a leading worldwide shade protection fabric sold in over 59 countries. Z16 is known for its superior performance record in the Australian market. It is extraordinary to note that Z16 fabric with its ‘Z’ stitch construction has remained unchanged from its original design for more than 20 years. In recent years, Rainbow has expanded its success

15-YEAR WEATHER ENDURANCE TEST RESULTS: THE TESTS REVEALED THE FABRIC WAS EXTREMELY STRONG, STILL HAVING SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 80 PERCENT OF ITS ORIGINAL STRENGTH IN THE WARP. THE TESTS REVEALED THE FABRIC WAS STILL PROVIDING VERY HIGH PROTECTION AT 95.1 PERCENT UVR BLOCK. (TESTED TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARD 2001.1.3.1-2001 AND 4174-1994) with the addition of Extreme 32, another high quality fabric widely sought after for use in a full spectrum of commercial and architectural solar protection applications. To experience the difference Rainbow products and service make, please phone 0755 805 366 or visit A hard copy or emailed PDF of the Z16 15-Year Weather Endurance Test is available from Rainbow Shade upon request.

Pictured from left to right: The Queensland Rainbow Shade Team. Front row: Heather and Jill – Customer Services. Narelle – Finance. Caroline and Dave Rowlands – Directors. Darv and Luke – Business Development Marketing. Back row: Ryan and Ernest – Warehouse. David – Operations.


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PARTNERING FOR PREVENTION Ricky Richards puts its money where its mouth is to help prevent cancer.


icky Richards has announced a new partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia, the premier institute in Australia in the fight against melanoma. Commencing 1 July 2015, Ricky Richards will be donating a percentage of sales from various sun protection product lines directly to the Institute’s research and education programs. What this means is that when you choose a sun protection fabric from Ricky Richards, you will be supporting its donation commitment of at least $100,000 to Melanoma Institute Australia this financial year. Melanoma Institute Australia provides essential support to individuals and families affected by the disease and is the largest melanoma research and treatment centre in the world. With so many Australian lives affected each year, the company believes it is its corporate and social responsibility to give back


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in support of a community that has supported the growth of this Australian family owned company. “Using our business for philanthropic purposes, that’s number one why any partnership would have been important to us,” says Ron Gottlieb, director at Ricky Richards. “The Melanoma Institute partnership made a whole lot of sense because our business is selling sun control fabrics, fabrics that provide protection to people… Our line is ‘partnering for prevention’ and educating people about melanoma and the risks and dangers is key to prevention.” The Ricky Richards sun protection fabrics supporting this program include the Outlook fabric collection including Outlook Designs, Outlook Fusion, Mode and Mode Privacy, and the Docril Acrylic Fabric collection, including Docril and Docril Nautica. Along with these popular window furnishing brands is the famous

Australian made shadecloth series, Monotec. Monotec 210, 370 and 370FR are also included in this program. Gottlieb hopes that other companies in the industry are able to do something similar. “If we can do it, there’s no reason why other companies can’t do it,” he says. “It’s not about the amount of money you give, it’s more about the concept. “And it is a two-way street. It’s a commercial decision and a philanthropic decision all in one. From the Institute’s point of view, we made a minimum commitment. How do I increase the minimum commitment? By being more successful on a commercial basis. “Philanthropy needs business and business can help philanthropy,” concludes Gottlieb. For further information about this new venture and to get an update on the tally, visit the Ricky Richards website at You are also able to contact the company via its Live Chat option on the website, where you can converse with a member of staff. You can also always contact the company by phone on 02 9735 3333.

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High Performance Fabrics For Any Project Ricky Richards will commit $100,000 this year to Melanoma Institute Australia. By choosing sun protection fabrics from Ricky Richards you too will be changing the future of melanoma.


Combining 30 years of experience with Australia’s best selection of industrial and commercial textiles, Ricky Richards is the most trusted source for a large variety of products.


We are pleased to now launch our program with Melanoma Institute Australia, which will see Ricky Richards donating a percentage of sales from various sun protection product lines directly to the Institute’s research and education programs. When you choose a sun protection fabric from Ricky Richards you will be supporting our donation commitment of at least $100,000 to Melanoma Institute Australia this financial year.

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MAKE A SWAG Whether it’s organising a brand new mentorship scheme or orchestrating a morning tea and speaker at the annual expo, Connie Hellyar has always got some new initiative on the go. Here she explains the latest…


believe that giving back to the community is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Being successful in today’s world is essential to a lot of people, including myself, but I do believe that being successful comes with a great responsibility to provide for others less fortunate than us. When most people think of giving back, they think of monetary contributions and, although I believe that is very important, there are many other ways we can give back to our community. Every community, whether large or small, has people who need to be reached by the kindness of others and that is something that successful people should want to do. This year the Women In Textiles committee would love to drive the ‘Make A Swag for the Homeless’ initiative. There are currently 105,500 people in Australia who are homeless. As an industry we can make a difference. Let’s work together to make as many swags as we can by next winter, which we will then donate to Vinnies around Australia to distribute. Suppliers – please, if there are any offcuts or grading rolls in your warehouse, donate them so that we can get about making swags. Fabricators – if you can spare a few metres of offcuts sitting around your workshops, then make a simple swag. You will be rewarded in knowing you have helped keep someone warm and dry next winter. Let’s set the benchmark at 100 swags across Australia. The WITs will keep you posted during the year as to where we are at with numbers. We already have some generous offers, so let’s all work together and make this happen. Please call Clare on 0408 221 181 or Connie on 0404 086 158 with your pledge.


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WITS MENTORSHIP SCHEME GETS A BOOST Connie Hellyar reports on the raffle at SpecTex15.


knew there was a reason I joined this industry! The overwhelming support that the WITs (Women in Textiles) received from not only the generosity of the suppliers within, but also the wonderful people who came and purchased our raffle tickets to enable us to raise the funds to get the mentoring program underway was brilliant. The positive response far exceeded our expectations. We were blown away by the donations from Bradmill, Coats Australia, Elizabeth Machines, Gale Pacific, Goodearl & Bailey, Hardback Industries, HVG, Imex, Innova International, Miami Stainless, Nolan.UDA, Radins, Rainbow Shade, Stayput Fasteners, Tex Connex and Wax Converters. There were some immensely happy winners among the throng of people who attended SpecTex this year. Now that we have some funds under our belt, we can start to put the wheels in motion and move the mentoring idea forward. There has been a great deal of international research carried out on the benefits of mentoring to a young person, so if you think you could step up and be a mentor, then we are keen to hear from you. Remember most of us have something we can give back with our experiences in our workplace and our well-earned degree from the university of life. Martin Luther King had a mentor, Oprah had a mentor and even Harry Potter had Dumbledore… There is now an opportunity to possibly make a difference and a positive impact on someone’s life. The WITs are looking forward to another great year and if there should be a couple of enthusiastic ladies that would like to be part of our committee, then please let Clare Corban or me know.

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Tempotest Premium Collection


he Shann Group is delighted to announce the launch of the Tempotest Premium Collection, an exclusive selection of Italian crafted acrylic fabrics. Designed with an elegant and timeless aesthetic and constructed from premium 100 percent solution dyed acrylic fibre, the Tempotest Premium Collection “features brilliant block colours and neutrals, beautiful tweed combinations, as well as subtle and distinct patterned textures,” explains Melissa Vine, national product manager with The Shann Group. Boasting outstanding technical features, the Tempotest Premium Collection will easily withstand the diverse Australasian climate, adding style to exterior decor while remaining strong, durable and colour fast. Backed by an eight-year guarantee, Tempotest is the perfect choice for outdoor awning, umbrella and blind applications. The high technical quality and innovative Teflon® Extreme finish of Tempotest makes the product water-, dirt- and oil-repellent, ensuring continued performance in residential and commercial sun protection and exterior decoration applications. “The fabrics are water and dirt repellent as well as mildew and algae

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repellent, making the Tempotest Premium Collection functional and able to retain their beautiful looks for longer,” adds Vine. “And equally as important as their appearance is their interaction with people and the environment. Tempotest carries certification to the strict Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, ensuring there are no chemicals or substances that are harmful to humans used in the manufacture of the fabrics.”

Distributed and stocked nationally across Australia and in New Zealand by The Shann Group, the Tempotest Premium Collection is available in convenient roll widths of 120 centimetres in a stunning compilation of plain and patterned colours. Striking, practical new catalogues, and retail and merchandising solutions are also available to coincide with the new fabric launch. Backed by a full-service, high-energy sales and customer service team, The Shann Group manages and supplies a comprehensive range of products from leading suppliers to a diverse range of industries. The company’s commitment to excellence and superior product sees its staff constantly travelling to trade shows and visiting with suppliers to ensure continual product development and improvement. To learn more, visit the company’s website. For further information, quotes or images contact: Melissa Vine National product manager – Industrial Fabrics, The Shann Group Tel: +61 3 8480 0800 Email:


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ExpoWA15 Meet, play, learn and network with industry gurus at ExpoWA15 this September. For the very first time in over 10 years, the Specialised Textiles Association is coming to Western Australia for a conference and table top exhibition in conjunction with a golf day for one day only on Friday 11 September 2015. This one-day jam-packed event has it all: • golf tournament • trade display • presentations • networking, and • Friday night football on the big screen.

PROGRAM FOR THE DAY: 7am to 1pm: Golf (7am registration with a tee-off at 7.30am. Two-ball Ambrose, 18-hole shotgun start, shared buggy, prizes and novelty holes. Drinks available to purchase on course) 1.30pm to 6m: Trade display with presentations and demonstrations 6pm to 7pm: Networking drinks 7pm onwards: Dinner and football on the big screen Go to to download the registration form or phone 03 9521 2114 for further information.

HVG FABRICS AERONAUT AUTOMATION PTY LTD 4-6 Tepko Road, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 Tel: +612 9450 0800 Email: Aeronaut Automation is a leading manufacturer of fully automated cutting systems including: Blade, Crush, Laser and Ultrasonic cutters. All our machines are made to the customer’s specifications up to 10 metres wide. Aeronaut’s highly developed control software and customised design programs cover applications including window furnishings, membranes, awnings, canvas/PVC and technical textiles. We offer rapid patterning using camera digitising systems with automatic shape recognition and flattening software for 3D digitisers.


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DASEC DURKOPP ADLER 3 Gunya Street, Regents Park NSW 2143 Tel: +612 9645 2500 Email: Dürkopp Adler M-Type is the highest selling triple feed industrial sewing machine in the world. Come along to ExpoWA and test sew this amazing machine for yourself. On display for the first time in WA is the reinforced version Dürkopp Adler H867 with: sewing thread up to M8, safety clutch for security, extremely high sewing foot lift, standard with integrated LED light system, fully automatic minimum lubrication system and greater underarm clearance,. European designed and manufactured ,and excellent value for money. Dürkopp Adler AG has been imported and distributed by Dasec for over 45 years.

29 Henderson Street, Turrella NSW 2205 Tel: 1300 854 811 Email: HVG Fabrics distributes specialised performance fabrics to conversion sectors including blinds and awning, domestic and commercial shade, transport, marine and agriculture. With our 130-plus years of combined industry experience, you can rely on our nationwide sales specialists for the very best in fabric application solutions. National stock support means you have product where and when you need it. With a constant desire to innovate, push boundaries and develop product, HVG Fabrics is an alliance partner with instinct, you can trust.

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NOLAN.UDA 22 Hazlehurst Street, Keworth WA 6105 Tel: 1618 9376 2666 Email: NolanUDA is a leading national supplier of quality industrial textiles, committed to offering service and stock holding at a local level. With a network of local branches in seven major cities across Australia, our WA branch is proudly one of our largest. The Perth team aims to partner with our customers to help them run profitable textile fabrication businesses.

Your Future In Industrial Fabrics & Accessories

PASKAL 9A Lakewood Boulevard, Braeside Vic 3195 Tel: +613 9588 8800 Email: Paskal – your future in industrial fabrics and accessories. Paskal has been operating as a supplier to the industrial fabrics and accessory industries for over 20 years now. In that time, we have grown to become a national company with warehouses located in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Paskal provides quality products at competitive prices.

STAYPUT FASTENERS AUSTRALIA RADINS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD 7 Conifer Crescent, Dingley Village Vic 3172 Tel: 1300 786 698 Email: Radins is one of the largest fabric and component wholesalers in Australia. Our extensive range of national brands like Vistaweave, Hunter Douglas, Dickson, Sunbrella, Brella, WCT, Defab and PVC range (and many more) ensure you have a onestop shop for your manufacturing requirements. Supporting our strong range is Radins’ computerised picking system and superior customer service, ensuring you get what you want when you want it. Radins’ sales staff and customer service teams understand your industry and can offer excellent advice on our extensive range of fabrics and hardware. Our aim is to make our customers’ businesses run smoothly. Come visit us at stand 51/58 and say hello and let our customer service team show you through our range.


63 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs Vic 3201 Tel: +613 9770 8480 Email: Polyfab Australia is a wholly owned Australian company that specialises in the supply of high quality knitted shade cloth, namely Polyfx, Comshade and Architec 400. These products have an outstanding weight to strength ratio and are engineered to comply with the Building Code of Australia’s requirements for flammability (FR). Polyfab also sells a quality range of industrial fabrics such as HDPE Polyfabrics, bird netting and horticultural tunnel house reinforced coated fabrics. Come and have a look at our new 550 gsm, Architec 550TM, which is simply the strongest all monofilament and Ovalon shade cloth available in the marketplace.

42366_20-21_spec exhibitor.indd 21 In case you didn’t know, Stayput® Fasteners proudly injection mould and assemble all parts right here in Australia. By keeping manufacturing local, we are able to maintain excellent quality with fasteners carrying the Stayput® brand. See us at ExpoWA15 to view our range, collect a sample or product poster, and find out how Stayput® Fasteners can add value to your finished products. We will also have an all-new prototype for you to see.

THE SHANN GROUP 24 Collingwood Street, Osborne Park WA 6017 Tel: +618 9244 4433 Email:

3/15 Kohl Street, Upper Coomera Qld 4209 Tel: +617 55 805 366 Email:


PO Box 2122, Goolwa SA 5214 Tel: +618 8555 4258 Email:

For 25 years, Rainbow Shade has led the way in providing the highest quality shade protection products together with an unrivalled reputation for customer service, quality and integrity. Our shade fabric products include: Z16, eXtreme 32 and the all-weather DRiZ. This range is complemented by our PVC products, which include: Serge Ferrari 502, 702S and 802S and STAM 6002 ranges. Please drop by and meet with the friendly and informative staff at our stand this year.

The Shann Group is a market leading importer and distributor of premium and quality window, awning and screen fabrics, specialised membranes for tension structures, geomembranes, general PVC and industrial fabrics, as well as dedicated materials for marine and automotive applications. The Shann Group is proud of the combined expertise, product knowledge and passion of our team and we look forward to welcoming you to ExpoWA 15.

TRIAX SYSTEMS PTY LTD PO Box 39, Eastwood NSW 2122 Tel: +612 9804 1146 Email: The Triax System of waterproof shade is evolving and we are pleased to introduce our latest innovation. The new Triax Straight Edge makes the system even more flexible and easy to use, saving still more time and money, while at the same time allowing installers the freedom to create individual and customised designs.There is still no welding and no need for critical measurements. Come and visit our display to see how Triax can expand your business and improve your bottom line.


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INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT A KEY OBJECTIVE IN NEW TRAINING PRODUCT ARRANGEMENTS The Australian Government’s new arrangements for the development of national Training Packages and products will place greater focus on employer involvement to determine and address the skill needs of industry. Due to come into effect from January 2016, the arrangements reflect the Government’s reform agenda for Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

INDUSTRY REFERENCE COMMITTEES Employers will be invited to represent their industry sectors via Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), which will determine skill needs and prepare a business case for training product development activity. IRCs will be responsible for gathering industry intelligence for their sectors and driving development projects. It is anticipated that IRCs will also take a role in promoting skill development in their sectors. IRCs will be set up as needed with members that hold the experience, skills and knowledge required to represent the issues and application of training in their sector. The work of IRCs will be supported by newly established Sector Skills Organisations (SSOs) and determined and overseen by the Government’s new national body, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

SECTOR SKILLS ORGANISATIONS The role of SSOs will be to provide technical, operational and secretariat support to IRCs. Primarily, they will act as the conduit between industry and the training system – overseeing the development and quality of training products, and managing the endorsement process. SSOs will be independent bodies governed by professional boards. They will be selected by AISC via an open competitive process and funded according to the


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support needs of specific training package development projects. Expressions of interest are now open (until 24 August) for organisations wanting to provide SSO support services. Applicants must be able to demonstrate capacity to engage with industry, work effectively with the training system and provide value for money. There will be fewer SSOs than the current Industry Skills Council (ISC) structure, and each will able to provide support to IRCs from any industry sector in which they can demonstrate capacity. SSO support services will replace the current Industry Skills Council arrangements.

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY AND SKILLS COMMITTEE The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has been established as the key body to oversee the national training system. ASIC comprises members nominated by Commonwealth and state and territory governments and peak industry bodies. It will receive operational and secretariat support when required, by the Department of Education and Training. ASIC will gather labour market and system wide analysis, assess industry demand for training products and determine industry intelligence gathering requirements. AISC will prioritise and schedule development work based on industry demand and government priority, and endorse training package products. The need for IRCs, the scope of work

required and funding arrangements will be determined by AISCs. AISC will approve the composition of proposed IRCs, allocate work and establish performance expectations. It will also manage the performance of SSOs.

IMPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRY The new structures and processes are intended to bring about a more efficient, responsive and flexible training system by revitalising industry engagement. While for many employers, these structural changes may hold little impact on their input to the development of training products, industry advice, feedback and participation are still paramount to achieving quality training products. For others, IRCs will offer greater opportunity for influence. As reforms continue to reshape the VET sector, there will be adjustments to be made and questions to be answered. Manufacturing Skills Australia is available to support this transition for the manufacturing sectors. C For more information: Expressions of interest for SSOs: Information on new arrangements: Manufacturing Skills Australia:

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MARINE BUSINESS WARRANTY A warranty is the best way to cover both the customer and the provider, says Shane Beashel of SB Marine Trimming, who explains the hows and whys in this article. WHY OFFER A WARRANTY?

● Inspect the item thoroughly and gather

● Offering a warranty gives us the chance

information before you suggest a solution to rectify the problem. ● Start negotiating, suggesting solutions and listening to your client’s ideas. ● If an agreement cannot be reached, it is recommended that you contact the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) in your state for guidance.

to be honest about the quality of our products. ● It gives the client confidence that you will do your best to provide a quality product. ● If offered correctly, it can help protect us from repairs or replacements that are not our fault. ● It gives us the opportunity to offer something our competitors cannot.

WHAT SHOULD YOU OFFER WARRANTY ON? As a supplier or manufacturer, you may provide promises to consumers about what you will do if something goes wrong with a good or service. These promises are often referred to as voluntary or manufacturer’s warranties. Under the Australian Consumer Law, these are called ‘warranties against defects’.

WHAT TO DO IN A DISPUTE ● Listen to the complaint or problem. ● Do not enter into an argument. It’s

important to stay focused on the issue, not your emotions or the behaviour of the other person. ● Give yourself time to think about the issue.


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WHEN YOUR WARRANTY KICKS IN NEGOTIATION CHECKLIST ; Be prepared to negotiate ; Offer possible solutions ; Try to see the other person’s point of view

; Only agree to what you think is fair ; Focus on the issue not your emotion

WHAT HAPPENS AT A TRIBUNAL If a problem reaches a point were neither party can agree on a resolution, a tribunal may be necessary. Both parties, along with all necessary documents, have the case heard for judgement. They are asked to enter a room with a conciliator (mediator) to discuss the issue and try to reach an agreement. The conciliator will document and help each party see the other person’s point of view. All parties are encouraged to reach agreement through conciliation before their hearing can take place. If an agreement still cannot be reached, then a judgement will be made and is legally enforceable.

FURTHER INFORMATION For further information, go to or the Fair Trading website in your state.

; Know when to make an agreement

PROBLEM FREE PRODUCTS What is warranty? A warranty is a voluntary promise offered by the person or business who sold the product or service to you. Once you buy the product or service, the promise becomes a right that can be enforced under the ACL (Australian Consumer Law). Warranties are separate from your automatic consumer guarantees. What is a consumer guarantee? Under the ACL, when you buy products and services they come with automatic guarantees that they will work and do what you asked for. If you buy something that isn’t right, you have consumer rights. So what can we do? Eliminate the potential problems before they become a problem.

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PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE Select the right materials Together with the client, narrow down the choices of material types and colours along with different attaching systems to best serve the purpose intended. The client must decide based on your best advice. False expectations on materials used can disappoint clients and possibly lead to further action. Quote the right price The right price for your product is the price for every decision made by the client. The old ‘you get what you pay for’ will work against you in any argument you may have in defence of a faulty product. By using the best materials on the market, you will reduce the risk of failure and ensure product longevity. Produce the right product The automatic consumer guarantee states that the product must work and be what the client asked for. This is what you must work to. Any changes should be talked over with the client and signed off before moving forward.

Product maintenance program Without proper maintenance, your product will not last. It is up to you to inform and educate the client, preferably in writing, on how to best look after your product. Once ownership is taken over the goods, it’s up to the client to look after the items. It is also in your best interest that they do it properly. C Shane Beashel began his career as an upholsterer in 1991. This led to making boat cushions, which resulted in him switching

to marine trimming and taking the TAFE course. He has worked in the industry for many years, and established SB Marine Trimming with Jenny Beashel in 2002. Based in Newport, New South Wales, SB Marine Trimming concentrates mainly on exterior covers, with a network of local shipwrights, marine mechanics, marine electricians, marine upholsterers, stainless steel fabricators and boat detailers to call upon. It designs and produces covers for a number of new boat manufacturers, as well as refitting existing covers and frames.


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WHAT IS 3DI? In the world of race sail-making a new technology has radically changed the game. Michael Coxon from North Sails explains 3Di.


Di™ is a unique, patented sailmaking technology that allows laminated sails to approach the balanced loadbearing and shape holding of a rigid airfoil. In simplified technical terms, 3Di is a flexible composite membrane built from pre-impregnated spread filament tapes applied in multiple axes and thermoformed on a three-dimensional mould.

WHAT IS A SPREAD FILAMENT TAPE? What we think of as an individual yarn or fibre in a sail is in fact a bundle of very small filaments, each less than the diameter of a human hair.


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3Di filament tape.

3Di layout

A spread filament tape is an individual filament bundle (yarn) that has been spread out until the individual filaments lie side-by-side, forming an ultra-thin ‘tape’ that is then combined

with adhesive and applied to a paper backer. Shown above is a pre-preg carbon/UHMWPE (Spectra/Dyneema) spread filament tape approximately 35 microns thick.

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HOW IS A 3DI SAIL MADE? The illustration on the previous page shows how the ultra-thin spread filament tapes are arranged in layers and then thermo moulded into a sail. Each colour represents a different ply (layer) comprising filament tape(s). The tapes can be any length and oriented in any direction, allowing unprecedented precision in matching sail structure to predicted loads in the sail. Note that all reinforcements in a 3Di sail (blue layers) are applied as an integral (internal) part of the sail laminate. Also note what is not shown... film. Because filament tapes make up the entire surface of the sail, film is not needed to form the laminate. With 3Di technology, designers have such precise control over the disposition and orientation of material within the sail, they can come far closer to achieving the holy grail of sailmaking... balanced resistance to distortion in all directions.

WHAT IS BALANCED DISTORTION RESISTANCE? Sail distortion of any type – stretch, compression, shear or shrink – has a negative effect on sail performance. Most sails concentrate on resisting loads in the stretch (tension) direction. But if you also restrict a material’s ability to compress in the non-load, or bias direction, you concurrently enhance resistance to stretch in the loaded direction. We call this ‘balanced distortion resistance’. Balancing resistance to both stretch and compression means less change in sail shape as the boat moves through waves and changing wind pressures. This is why we call 3Di ‘airfoil technology’. It comes closer to matching the performance of a rigid airfoil than any other sailmaking technology.

Spread filament tapes.

10-metre drying ramp where solvents are burned off and fumes evacuated. At the end of the ramp, the spread filament array is cut into thinner tape strips, rolled up and refrigerated. The spread-filament tape rolls are then loaded into a multi-axis, computer controlled tape head attached to a bridge gantry. The tape head applies each filament tape (in this image UHMWPE [Spectra/ Dyneema] is the tape shown) on a specified axis and cuts it to a specified length. The different tape layers are joined on the mould with tapered scarf-like joints to

ensure consistent sail thickness and strength. The laminate is then pressurised using a vacuum bag and then heat cured. Unlike any other sail laminate, no films are used. C Michael Coxon is the managing director of North Sails, a company he joined in 1979. North Sails is the largest sailmaker in the world, with lofts and manufacturing facilities in 29 countries. Founded in 1957 by Lowell North in a San Diego, California garage, North’s growth and success has been built on a foundation of superior performance, quality, technology and customer service.

HOW ARE SPREAD FILAMENT TAPES MADE? Spread filament tapes, the foundation of 3Di, are produced on a ‘pregger’, a machine that spreads yarns into an ultra-thin layer of individual filaments, coats those filaments with adhesive and adds a backer. In the pregger, the individual yarns are spread into a wide array of single filaments, merged with adhesive and applied to a paper carrier. The spread filament array, adhesive and paper backer then travel through a

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SPECTACULAR SPECTEX15! The Specialised Textiles Association hosted another fantastic expo, conference and tradeshow at the end of June, when the prevailing vibe was one of positivity and optimism for the future of the industry. Before it all fades into our collective memories, here’s a brief reminder minder of some of the highlights.

Welcome Reception The Welcome Reception this year was a chance for the Association to celebrate its 75th anniversary milestone with members, SpecTex15 delegates and OFPANZ members. With old photos from past Association events running throughout the night on the big screen and an Andrew Sisters cover band playing the classics from 1940s, it felt like attendees had been sent back in time. OFPANZ president Mike Konig presented the STA with a beautiful wooden carving to commemorate the Association’s 75th Anniversary. This kind gesture was a symbol of the associations’ continuing close relationship and all felt honoured that such a significant delegation of OFPANZ members felt that this milestone was important enough to fly over the ditch to join the celebrations.

Jeff Green

SpecTex15 Opening Breakfast After the success of the breakfast in the Hunter Valley with Sam Kekovich in 2014, it was decided to run this event again in Melbourne. Comedian Jeff Green did not fail to impress, having the entire audience in fits of laughter. But he also had an overall message about ‘change’ that was very powerful and had everyone in an upbeat and elated mood going into the expo that morning.

SpecTex15 Opening Ceremony The STA was delighted to have the Hon Liliana D’Ambrosio, Minister for Industry, address visitors crowding around the front doors to SpecTex15 and cut the ribbon to officially open the show. The Minister had the opportunity to walk through the trade floor and commented on the high level of exhibits with a message to all industry – get involved, grow and learn.


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Hon Liliana D’Ambrosio

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Manufacturers and suppliers of Eyelets and Eyeleting equipment Sheet eyelets manufactured in 316 marine grade stainless steel for auto feed machines. • No. 2 eyelet & tooth washer

• No. 4 eyelet and tooth washer

• Canvas eyelet equivalent SP4

• Canvas eyelet equivalent SP7

Eyelets are also available in brass, nickel-plated brass and black oxide to army spec. Stainless steel & nickel-plated brass snap fasteners. • PSF15-K2 nickel-plated brass snap fasteners

• PSF15-H6 stainless steel snap fasteners


Eyelets Supply Company Pty. Ltd. 11 Newcomen Road, Springvale, VIC. 3171 Tel: (03) 9558 5400 Fax: (03) 9558 5778 Email: Proudly manufacturing and supplying eyeleting solutions since 1924.

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Trade Show

The expo kicked off with a bang on Sunday morning with the floor buzzing with visitors all day. Exhibitors were delighted with the foot traffic and quality conversations they were having with potential customers. With the noticeable lower exhibitor numbers this year, due to the challenges the industry is facing at the moment, it was the general consensus among the industry that visitor numbers would be lower than previous years. Instead the STA was very happy to see there were no ‘tumbleweeds’ to be seen across both days of the expo. The business sessions and workshops attracted large crowds to the back of the halls. The Association believes this was due to the topics selected and quality presenters in the line-up. Kylie Bartlett’s presentation ‘Socialise your Enterprise’ attracted such a crowd some people had to sit in the café to hear the presentation, as the theatre was full! This was the first year hands-on workshops on the trade floor were conducted. It was fantastic to see how popular they were, considering a marine fabricator workshop was held in Queensland only a month earlier. Fabricators from all over Australia that attended said the “takeaway knowledge (they gained from the workshops) was worth the travel”. Workshop and business session attendees wore Bluetooth enabled headsets, so that the noise from the trade floor wouldn’t drown out the presentations. The STA was pleased with how this new initiative worked, but would love any feedback about any of the sessions. Warwick Merry, the expo host, kept the exhibitors’ spirits high throughout the two days, providing tips here and there to ensure everyone’s experience was as valuable as possible. He was certainly a ball of positive of energy to have on the trade floor. There were a few interactive pieces on the show floor this year including a motorboat owned by V8 racecar driver Rick Kelly, which the marine fabricators incorporated into their workshops throughout the two days. The award winning (F)route, glamping style tent by Canvas Barn Marine Trimming was also on display in the centre of the trade floor. Many people even took their meetings into the tent for some extra privacy. And, of course, one of the biggest highlights of the expo was the Historical Display, put together by the STA’s dedicated Historical Committee, who spent tireless hours collecting and unearthing historical information about the specialised textiles industry and the Association dating back to 1940 and earlier.

Kylie Bartlett

Geoff Weaver and James Kelman of WCT

Chris Smith, Fletch, Kelly Morgan and Paul Collins


Colin Har

Russel Fernandes



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STA and OFPANZ Awards Dinner The Awards for Excellence Dinner this year was a first of its kind, as the STA and OFPANZ shared their awards festivities together. There were many highlights throughout the night, including the announcement of a new life member for both OFPANZ and STA. It was a great moment to see past president David Burton and current president Glenn Barlow present Keith Bartlett with his Life Member badge and title. Congratulations to all the awardwinners on the night including the Woman of the Year, Renee Kelly and the Young Achiever of the year, Robert Bull. You can see photographs of all the award-winning entries over the next few pages. The audience was kept laughing throughout the formalities by an Australian comedy legend, Paul McDermott. He certainly kept the night entertaining and even posed for photos with many of the guests afterwards. The photo booth was definitely another highlight, with many guests posing for shots, many of which are now on the STA’s website (specialisedtextiles. com). It was a very special and memorable evening for the industry and all who were able to attend.

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OFPANZ president Mike KĂśnig

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1940s Theme Dinner The theme this year was the 1940s to honour the Association’s founding decade and guests didn’t fail to impress with their costumes. There was a range of fun characters from Rosie the Riveter to Charlie Chaplin, a nun, a priest, some impressive zoot suits and WWII military uniforms, not to mention some very glamorous men and women in 1940s vintage attire. The retro venue tied nicely into the theme and the DJ ensured every decade was well-represented. And, of course, no party would be complete without a little karaoke to round off the night (the singer will remain nameless…) Steve Wormald

Clare Corban and Connie Hellyar

Rosie the Rive ter and Dann y Ashby

George Formosa

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HISTORY TIMELINE The Gourock Works, Port Glasgow, Scotland

1915 Charlie (aka Bert or

1945 Brella is founded as a

Clarence) starts C Ede as a coach trimmer at rear of Murphy’s blacksmith in Townsville, expands to include canvas

textile finishing mill

1917 Wyett Manufacturing company is incorporated

1922 Frank Radin opens business at 548 Flinders Street, Melbourne

1927 Bradford Cotton Mills is founded by Sir Robert Webster

1932 Davies Coop begins weaving and finishing canvas

1937 A and L N Dexter The Specialised Textiles Association is proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. To mark this historic occasion the Association’s History Committee put together a wonderful display at SpecTex15. We’ve now extrapolated as much of that information as we possibly could. With limited space and resources, we are very aware that we are only scratching the surface of this fascinating and huge topic, so please don’t feel aggrieved if you feel we’ve missed something major. Let us know though and maybe we can even do a follow-up!

1736 Birkmyre’s (aka Gourock) Lanark mill in Scotland opens 1788 First Fleet arrives 1852 Thomas Evans supplies tents to the gold rush

1902 J A Flavel begins supplying, hiring and repairing marquees in Rundle Street Adelaide

1913 Evan Evans’ two sons

1877 Evan Evans begins in

become partners and company moves to 680 Elizabeth Street

Warrnambool, transfers to Melbourne

1913 William Wyett patents

1888 Downs and Son is established

process to manufacture haystack covers by tarring jute canvas

is founded as painter and decorator

1940 Canvas Goods Manufacturers Federation of Australia is formed

1940 John Flavel becomes director of Flavel and Sons Ltd and manager of canvas section, expanding Holland blind, Venetian and canvas awning area

is founded by Charlie Tebb

1948 A and L N Dexter patents a striping machine and Australia’s first striped canvas is created 1950 fire badly damages Radins’ Flinders Street building 1951 Harry Gale starts Gale Scarves Pty Ltd 1954 Stayput is founded by Roy Vaughan, to make Stayput Fasteners for his own boat

1956 Cliff Bartlett starts repairing tarps in family home

1956/1957 Birkmyre launchs new fabric PVC coated called PluViac PVC

1950s (late) Nylex Wavelock is introduced

1960 Ricky Richards name is registered by Eric Gottlieb as a women’s fashion label

1940 Ivor Evans is appointed controller of Canvasware for the Commonwealth of Australia (1940-45)

1942 A and L N Dexter is approached by Commonwealth Government to spray white canvas army tents with camouflage

1962 Birkmyre’s new mill in Seven Hills, Sydney, is opened by Robert Menzies and Gourock ceases to exist 1964 Des Tebb joins Tebbs Canvas Products

1964 C Ede’s workshop burns to ground

is first president of Canvas Manufacturers Advisory Body to the Canvas Industry

1965 Canvas Goods

1944 Canvas Goods

1966 C Ede rebuilds and

Manufacturer Federation of Australia is formed

moves to new premises in McIlwraith Street, South Townsville

first world patent for a colouring process developed for canvas

1945 Radins expands into

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1946 Tebbs Canvas Products

Manufacturing is managed by Ian MacGillivray

1944 Lyall Dexter registers


Company moves to Reservoir, begins processing canvas with pigmented emulsions

1940-1970 Wyett

1941 Thomas Doughton

First Fleet painting by Richard Linton, 1986 – ropes and canvas on these ships primarily sourced from Gourock/Birkmyre

1945 Brella Fabric Finishing

fabrication of all types of canvas goods

Manufacturers (CGM) – new constitution set in place

1968-1969 Bradford Cotton Mills is renamed Bradmill Industries Ltd

1969 Evan Evans is taken over by Gairs

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1969 July, first edition of CGMA

1974 Arthur Evans

News – a printed newsletter for Association members

purchases Radins

1969 Davies Coop hostile

Tarpaulins is founded by Graeme Harry, trading as Weathercraft Products

takeover by Bradmill

1970 Harry Gale develops knitted shadecloth using fishing line 1971 Wyett Manufacturing is

1974 Darling Downs

1976 Defab is founded 1976 Gale Pacific launches

1979 Radins moves to Port Melbourne, Graeme Gair joins company bringing piece goods side of business from Sunshine Australia

1991 Wax Converters is

1980 A E Champion and Sons centenary

1993 Brella begins marketing Sunbrella acrylics

1982 CGM becomes ACASPA 1983 Wyett Manufacturing

1995 Defab introduces

bought by David Kux, present owner

1995 Gale Pacific develops first

sold to Gair Evans

first knitted shadecloth into Australia

1971-75 John, Keith and Max

1977 Thomas Evans closes

Bartlett join C E Bartlett


1983 Ricky Richards is

1972 Gough Whitlam ends

1977 Hugh Quin makes

founded by Norman Gottlieb

tariff protection barrier of 40 percent, slashes 25 percent of all tariffs and duties, leading to negative protection of five percent or zero

the largest round top tent ever made in Australia for Michael Edgeley and Bullen Bros for the Russian Circus on Ice Show. 6500 yards of canvas and 15,000 feet of wire rope 15 feet high, 270 by 210 feet

1983 Max and Margaret

1973 Wyett Manufacturing is taken over by Sunshine Group 1974 C E Bartlett uses polyethylene fabric for first time

1977 C E Bartlett uses PVC fabric for first time

Brady buy Warwick Tarpaulins and change trading name to Darling Downs Tarpaulins

1984 Ron Gottlieb joins Ricky Richards

1985 introduction of 38-hour week for factory workers

1985 ACASPA newsletter

finished canvas 95% UV block Commercial 95

1995 Innova signs exclusive agreement with Sauleda

1995/96 first ACASPA product directory is produced

1997 J A Flavell dies, last foundation member of Australian Canvas Association formed in 1940

2000 ACASPA decides to give equal voting rights to associates and full members

2001 Bradford Cotton Mills is placed into receivership, but Bradmill Outdoor Fabrics continues to trade

1987 Jeanette and Keith Hollingworth rename Stayput Fasteners Australia and begin exporting to North America

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with Serge Ferrari

1986 ACASPA becomes 1986 Gale Pacific introduces product for architectural use

1992 Innova signs agreement

appears in February incorporated

Robert Menzies opens Birkmyre factory in Seven Hills, March 1972

founded – now the only producer of PVC in Australia

2005 Gale Pacific opens manufacturing plant in Beilun China and closes Australian manufacturing operation

2007 Gale Pacific closes

1988 Innova is founded

NZ manufacturing

by Ian Knox

2012 ACASPA becomes STA 2015 C Ede centenary

1989 Gale Pacific launches Enviroshade


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AND THE WINNERS ARE… AWARDS FOR CATEGORY MARINE TRIMMING INTERIOR WINNER COMPANY: David’s Custom Trimmers PROJECT: Leather seating FABRIC SUPPLIER: J P Egan & Co FABRIC NAME: J P Egan & Co “The owner and, especially, his wife were ecstatic with the project and change from old to new. The fresh clean look was exactly what they were looking for. The ottomans added the storage they required and they fitted exactly where they wanted and were better that they expected.”


EXCELLENCE The announcement of the winners and special commendations in this year’s Awards for Excellence took place at a Gala Dinner during SpecTex15. For the first time ever, and in recognition and celebration of the STA’s 75th Anniversary, OFPANZ decided not to have a separate awards ceremony this year, but joined the STA in a combined event. The festivities were held at Aerial restaurant on Melbourne’s South Wharf, hosted by the ever irreverent Paul McDermott. Out of a large field of contenders, nine winners and three special commendations were announced in nine categories. In the following pages you can see the fabulous projects that took home the prizes.

“An aesthetically appealing spray dodger that is structurally sound, watertight, easy to remove and refit using the best of the best fabrics and fittings. And an extremely happy client who has referred business to us since his project was completed.”

CATEGORY MARINE TRIMMING EXTERIOR SPECIAL COMMENDATION COMPANY: S B Marine Trimming PROJECT: Jeanneau 57 DS FABRIC SUPPLIER: Bainbridge, Nolan.UDA FABRIC NAME: Sunbrella, Achilles “The client requested some type of lighting as the area was so large with no overhead lights. With some R&D we were able to sew a clear window into the pocket of the bimini and install an LED strip light. This provided more than enough light for the whole cockpit.”


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CATEGORY MARINE TRIMMING EXTERIOR WINNER COMPANY: Canvas Barn Marine Trimming PROJECT: Shikova Kings Yacht Fly Bridge Enclosure FABRIC SUPPLIER: Nolan.UDA, East Coast Plastics FABRIC NAME: Riviera, O’Sea 0.75mm, Makrolon Polycarbonate, Solarfix thread “Her owner lives alone on board, and is 94. He is, however, reasonably mentally agile and quite a savvy old fellow, but his severe rheumatoid arthritis and age are a problem. The client and his family are really happy that there’s a warm, functional place with good views to hold their party and two-up games. We were delighted to complete the project while the client is still alive.”



“The walls were constructed from bricks and, given the hotel’s age and the fact it suffered extensive damage in the Newcastle earthquake, there was no way the frames could be attached to these walls. The first half of the wall, we had to magnetic drill through the structural steel frame inside the hotel and use special cantilever supports to carry these fastenings to the outside brickwork.”

CATEGORY SHADE SAILS OR STRUCTURES COMMERCIAL (USING KNITTED SHADE CLOTH ONLY) SPECIAL COMMENDATION COMPANY: Abacus Shade Structures PROJECT: Castle Hill Primary School FABRIC SUPPLIER: Ricky Richards FABRIC NAME: Monotec 370 “The structure is unique as it was built on only two posts, but provides nearly 250 square metres of shade. The scale of the project is deceptive and the huge amount of shade it provides is difficult to see in two-dimensional photos. The photographer taking these photos was awestruck by the sheer size of the cover.”


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CATEGORY SHADE SAILS OR STRUCTURES COMMERCIAL (USING KNITTED SHADE CLOTH ONLY) WINNER COMPANY: Fabritecture Australia Pty Ltd PROJECT: Piara Waters FABRIC SUPPLIER: Pro Knit FABRIC NAME: Monotec “The steel framing design was the most complex and unique part – at one end it is supported off block walls and then extends out on main supports to meet the saddleback structure, achieving a unique look of two structures that is actually one. Creating a link between the alfresco area and playground provided the desired outcome. Kids can play while mums and dads can enjoy the café.”



“The family love their cave. Yes, their cave. They sit in it, read in it, dine in it, they light it up at night. They even have a pizza oven in it. The more you look the more you see in this veritable ‘Aladdin’s cave’. The criteria for the structure was that it provide plenty of coverage over their cave patio to extend the living area beyond the cave in all weather. It had to be unique because the Marlins are a unique family.”


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CATEGORY TENSION AND AIR SUPPORTED STRUCTURES (COATED FABRICS/PVC/ MESH PTFE) 250 TO 2000SQM WINNER COMPANY: MakMax Australia PROJECT: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre FABRIC SUPPLIER: Hiraoka FABRIC NAME: Hiraoka 212T2 and Hiraoka 212T2 SA “There is a unique combination of fabric types that were used to create a flowing patterned theme and one of the fabric types has a higher translucency, increasing the natural light into the area. Installation of these structures was particularly difficult as the area needed to remain open during business hours and the hotels nearby reduced our ability to install at night.”



TENSION AND AIR SUPPORTED STRUCTURES (COATED FABRICS/PVC/ MESH PTFE) GREATER THAN 2000SQM WINNER COMPANY: MakMax Australia PROJECT: Expo Milano FABRIC SUPPLIER: Mehler FABRIC NAME: Mehler FR1000 “The project is unique as it is a design for the 2015 Expo in Milan. The design itself is also a unique walkway structure and the sheer size made it complex in terms of design and also transport/installation. A key challenge was also the very short lead-time.”


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CATEGORY GENERAL – BANNERS, FLAGS, INFLATABLES, FABRIC ART WINNER COMPANY: Canvas Barn Marine Trimming PROJECT: (F)route Pod FABRIC SUPPLIER: Radins FABRIC NAME: Radins AGT Enterprise Collective “The client’s design called for a skin on a ‘garlic shaped’ bamboo frame, with a door, two windows and an opening awning. The Pod was to sit bolted on a base of 14 separate recycled pallets. The construction of the frame included eight ribs made up of six split bamboo strips, burned and bent with a jig to the required shape, then bolted together.”

CATEGORY PRODUCT INNOVATION (TECHNOLOGY, FABRICATION AND FABRICS) WINNER COMPANY: TOUGH-AS Products Pty Ltd PROJECT: HeaderTarp FABRIC SUPPLIER: HVG FABRIC NAME: Enduroflex “Waterproofing a door zip of this shape using flaps was difficult and costly to manufacture. Also using a zip in a curved application in a dusty environment was just asking for trouble. After seeing a sample product of a magnetic zip at the STA trade expo on the Gold Coast, we knew then this was exactly what was needed to close the base of the door.”



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Robert Bull capably demonstrates what can be achieved through a combination of training, determination, hard work and the desire to embrace the opportunity presented with challenging projects. His key roles and responsibilities are overall operational management of the business across two sites – Sydney and Melbourne – with the special emphasis on production. This sees him involved in the business process right the way from sourcing and responding to customer enquiries and quoting to specifying the product/project response, through to fabricating and installing the end result. He manages a workforce of 24 and mentors Brett’s trainees, including one who has completed an assisted traineeship, which catered for his special needs while on a Disability Support Pension. Robert was also instrumental in the winning of two STA and one IFAI Awards for Excellence. (pictured above right with STA president Glenn Barlow left)


Fabricator Renee’s progress through her traineeship and at work is proof of her desire to learn, where she has quickly come to grips with the core competencies of the traineeship and put this to good use in the workplace. In her first year, she found herself in the position of leading a small team of fabricators making heli-banners, often with extremely tight deadlines. While this situation initially arose due to a staff absence, Renee demonstrated she was capable of the role and handling not only the technical aspects of design, CAD and fabricating, but also efficiently managing and communicating with a small team of fabricators, all of whom were much older than her, often with many years of fabricating behind them. The quality of Renee’s work has resulted in her already winning the 2013 My Gateway Manufacturing Trainee of the Year, the 2014 STA Young Achiever and the 2014 My Gateway Trainee of the Year (Overall – i.e. all traineeships).

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RECYCLE FOR AN INNOVATIVE FUTURE Currently most PVC coated fabric in Australia ends up in landfill, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Vinyl Council of Australia is aiming to raise awareness of recycling and repurposing.


ursuing a strong future for recycling of material in Australia, the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) is calling on leaders and innovators. The VCA is building upon recent successes and wants others to join in, to improve recycling and productivity of Australia. In recognition of such partnerships on recycling PVC, in June Monash University with Studiobird won the ‘Small Project Architecture’ in the Victorian Architecture Awards. Their innovative design made the most of pre-loved truck tarpaulins in making a totally modern, shiny pop-up security kiosk. When so much architecture is grey and boring, they blitzed the field with their blue, flexible fabric for waterproof walls. This award-winning initiative is the sort of innovation that stems from actions by the Vinyl Council of Australia in the last few years. Through 2014/15 the VCA worked with Monash University, Rojo


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This will be the second such recycling forum, after the highly successful first session in 2011. This event is open to anyone involved in the PVC supply chain and there will be a special session on coated fabric. It is also open to those innovators looking for materials for non-traditional applications for PVC given its highly suitable properties. The Summit will feature two keynote speakers, Stephen Beaman, director of Waste and Resource Recovery, NSW EPA (New South Wales Environment Protection Authority) and Helen Lewis, product stewardship specialist, along with extensive workshop sessions focused on priority materials. Whether building design like the Monash pop-up Kiosk, or other sensible applications like road cones, the future with recycled materials is up to the industry. To find out more about the Summit and the Banner Recycling project with Monash University, visit the VCA website, au/sustainability/recycling-pvc/recyclingyour-product/coated-fabric. The Resource Summit 2015 presents a rare chance to engage with manufacturers, brand owners and recyclers on sustainability and resource recovery. Tuesday 29 September, 8am registration, 8.30am – 1pm plus lunch. Monash University, Clayton Enquiries: Helen Millicer, VCA, 0413 875 872, Pacific, Welvic and PMG Engineering to trial recycling PVC coated fabric. The team was awarded a Victorian Government grant to employ four chemical and design students to destroy and seek a solution to the recycling of PVC coated fabric. Currently almost 100 percent of PVC coated fabric goes to landfill in Australia, and in most countries in the world. It is a big challenge, however. The team has been exploring mechanical reprocessing of PVC material for it to be made into moulded or extruded components and durable product, like traffic cones, or adding to asphalt with Close the Loop. These approaches may have significant benefits and implications for speciality fabric in Australia. Keen to engage with more companies importing, distributing, making and disposing of this material, the VCA is inviting interested parties to come to the forthcoming national Resource Summit.

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CONFUSED ABOUT SWMS? Denise Zumpe from HR Advice Online clarifies some of the issues regarding Safe Work Method Statements.


afety Advice Online ran a successful Safety Mythbusters session at SpecTex15 in Melbourne in July. We received a number of questions about Safe Work Method Statements, commonly referred to as ‘SWMS’. These originated in the construction industry and are a legal requirement for defined ‘high risk construction work’. Over the last 10 years, their application has spread to just about any work process, but particularly where services are contracted. When providing specialist services as a contractor, you


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will more often than not be asked to provide a SWMS. The purpose of this is to demonstrate/document that you are aware of the hazards associated with the work you will be doing and you will carry out the work a) in accordance with health and safety regulations, and b) safely to prevent anyone being injured. The SWMS should be developed and/ or reviewed as a consultative process that steps through each task, the dangers (e.g. using power tools, working at heights, heavy lifting, awkward postures) and your work methods to prevent injuries. This includes having the correct, fit for

purpose equipment, induction/training, competent personnel and looking more broadly at how your work could impact other workers or members of the public in the area. An SWMS is often generic and pre-prepared, but circumstances can change on the job. This could be a change in weather conditions, a change in personnel or different site conditions to what was expected. Competent, experienced workers need flexibility to maintain awareness of new risks as they arise. An SWMS should be updated to reflect any changes.

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AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ABOVE, THERE IS NO ‘NORMAL’ RESPONSE, AS EACH BUSINESS IS DIFFERENT AND THE WHOLE OF BUSINESS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO MANAGE HEALTH AND SAFETY. Whether you do this by way of an SWMS, or some other process, feel satisfied that you have adequately explored and addressed what could go wrong and do everything ‘reasonably practical’, to ensure the safety of your workers and anyone affected by your operations. Most importantly with an SWMS, if you do have one for work, make sure the team has a copy with them, has been trained in it and works in accordance with the safe methods you have documented. In the event of an accident, the regulator will be asking to see the SWMS and checking that work was done in accordance. If you need help with your SWMS, our team of safety specialists can help you.

WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY/WORKERS COMPENSATION UPDATE Did you know there have been changes to state health and safety and workers’ compensation laws in the last few months? If you’re in Western Australia or Victoria you won’t be affected, but for everyone else, read on… New South Wales There have been changes to way premium is calculated for medium/large employers and claims lodged from 1 July 2015 will be subject to the Return to Work Incentive in year 2015/16. If you are able to get an injured worker back to sustained suitable employment following an injury (that is, working for at least three consecutive months prior to the premium year), you will be subject to a discount on your premium of between five and 15 percent. The sooner the sustained

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suitable employment occurs after the injury, the greater the financial incentive for employers. South Australia Injured workers with a claim in South Australia will now be paid weekly benefits at the rate of 100 percent for the first 12 months and then 80 percent for a further 12 months, upon which time payments will cease, unless the worker is classified as having a serious injury with a whole person impairment of 30 percent. The employer must submit a return to work plan within four weeks of the injury occurring, which is in line with other schemes. Queensland There have been changes to the way common law costs are included in the premium calculation. WorkCover Queensland has launched a performance initiative for innovative employers with wages over $1.5 million. It is taking applications between 1 July and 30 September 2015 and will contribute up to $20,000 or 75 percent of the cost of the initiative. WorkCover Queensland is looking for initiatives that promote and support safer workplaces or improve return to work outcomes within an organisation. There is also a Bill proposing that Incident Notification is extended to include where a person has more than four days away from work because of a work related injury and changes to union right of entry and the powers of elected health and safety reps. Northern Territory Changes to the NT scheme including aligning the definition of contractors under the Return to Work Act to that of the ATO (Australian Tax Office), time-frames for the cessation of payment of weekly benefits and medical expenses and excluding claims for heart attacks and strokes unless it is proven they are work related. As you can see from the above, there is no ‘normal’ response, as each business is different and the whole of business needs to be taken into account to determine how best to manage health and safety. C

The STA is pleased to continue its partnership with HR Advice Online as its HR service provider for its members. HR Advice Online owners Cheryl Disher and Kerrie Canning will be supporting STA members with Award updates and pay information as well as HR advice. You are able to contact the service directly by email or by calling the HR Hotline on 1300 720 004. HR Advice Online will also be providing updates to the Association when HR legislation changes, so you will be kept updated. Further information about the business can be found at

This article comes from the Blog Desk at HR Advice Online. For any further information, contact or visit Denise Zumpe – workplace health and safety specialist, HR Advice Online. Denise has extensive industry experience as an OHS manager (both permanent and contract), injury management adviser and consultant, in a career in OHS of over 16 years. Denise is also on the panel of independent consultants with WorkSafe Victoria and works across a range of industries including transport, waste, wholesale distribution, printing and trades and services.


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FASHIONING BOATIQUE The specialised textiles industry is full of family companies that can often trace their roots back over several generations, sometimes right back to the beginnings of European settlement in Australia. But then there are people like Abbey Sykes, the managing director of Warriewood-based marine trimming company Boatique...


ykes has no family history in the industry, instead discovering it all by herself. “After finishing my HSC at school, I enrolled in a soft furnishings course for one-year part-time. While doing this, I worked one day a week at North Sails at Mona Vale, which led to them offering me an apprenticeship,” she explains. “As part of my apprenticeship, I went to Ultimo TAFE for three years. I also worked for other marine trimmers and did a short upholstery course before starting my business in 2009. Since then I have also attended a short course in the US with Russ Griffin who runs Northcoast Marine Canvas Training. I also find the STA workshops are a great way to keep up-todate with the industry.” But why did she decide to make marine trimming her business? Just 24


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years of age when she started Boatique, Sykes says she listened to the universe… “When I finished my soft furnishings course, I knew I loved sewing, but making custom made bed sheets and soft furnishings for the domestic market was all going overseas. I had about three different people say to me at the same time, ‘You should do marine trimming,’ so I figured there must be demand for that trade. I love marine trimming because of the diversity of the job. It allows you to be creative and always keeps you on your toes! There’s never a dull moment.” Sykes credits a number of mentors for helping her develop the confidence and know-how to branch out on her own at such a young age. “During my time at North Sails, I really looked up to my boss, Michael Coxon or, as they call him in the industry, ‘Cocko’. He

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was very influential to me as an 18-yearold and a great leader. With a staff of about 20-plus at the time, he managed to keep everyone happy and everyone respected him. He was a very fair boss with a very clear vision for the company. I aim to emulate the same environment that he created within my own business now. I learned a lot about systems and processes during my time at Norths and I think this is invaluable when it comes to growing a small business. My dad also ran his own business in real estate for 30 years with about six or seven staff, so I get a lot of advice off him.” Unsurprisingly, Sykes also points to two of the most familiar names in the Australian marine trimming industry as being inspirations. “More recently, I met Dave [Elliott] from Dave’s Trimmers and Neil [Hancock] from Aussie Boat Covers, who are both great mentors and influence my work and ways of thinking greatly. To have the enthusiasm and love for marine trimming after so many years in the trade is really inspiring for me. They have taught me to think outside the box and constantly evolve.” Boatique has been in its Warriewood warehouse for three years. “Before this, I worked from home until I knew I had enough turnover to cover my rent,” says Sykes. The premises are 100 square metres in size with a six-metre ceiling height. “It gets a bit full when we have big upholstery jobs, but generally we have more than enough space,” she says. As managing director, Sykes’s current role consists of meeting with customers, sales, quoting and installing, with the production taken care of by her two staff, Jenny and Emma. “Jenny has worked in the marine trimming industry for 10 years or so and Emma came from the fashion industry,” says Sykes. And with such a small workforce the atmosphere is convivial but honest. “I like to keep a positive vibe at the workplace,” she says. “I often turn on a song requested by one of the girls and have a sing-along, but I don’t sugar-coat the truth. When it comes to quality, it’s either perfect or start again.” Is it unusual to have a marine trimming company solely comprising women? “It is in Australia,” agrees Sykes, “but I know there are a lot of female marine trimmers in other countries. After coming


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from a class full of women on industrial sewing machines, I thought it was funny when I started at Norths and there were a bunch of blokes on sewing machines. “I’ve always been into ‘male’ sport like basketball or hobbies like sailing, so being in a male oriented trade is not a problem for me,” she continues. “At the end of the

day, it doesn’t matter what your age, sex, nationality or appearance of any kind... If you do a good job, that is what customers judge. I think marine trimming is more brains than brawn in regards to strength, unlike other trades such as construction, for which I’m sure you would need a lot of strength.” But what about those customers? Are they surprised to see a young woman running a business like this? “Sometimes when customers call in they say, ‘Can I talk to someone about getting a cover?’, which is funny,” says Sykes. “In regards to my age new customers always ask three questions when they come in the shop: ‘Is it your business?’ ‘How long have you been doing this?’ ‘Do you sew the covers yourself?’” Customer preconceptions aside, Sykes says the biggest challenges of running the company revolve around balancing the production schedule when the annual sailing regattas like Southport, Hamilton Island and the Sydney to Hobart come around. “We have a lot of yacht clients and last minute orders around the time of these regattas,” she explains. “It is always a challenge finding staff or experienced people for these busy times that are beyond your normal requirements of staff.” Those races have also led to some particularly memorable projects for the company though. “In the first year of business I made about 20 rope bags on stainless steel structures for Wild Oats (100-foot racing yacht in Sydney) and recently remade these (six years later!), which was pretty cool to go full circle again. I had to refit this boat with new covers and rope bags two weeks before I got married so I won’t forget that! “The most memorable would be a bow tent for sunshade over a massive sunbed on a super yacht, tube covers for a Sacs 50, boom tent for Wild Oats 100-foot (it was huge and I made it when I worked from home) and a three-metre circular sunbed that was made for one birthday party on another super yacht.” And has she had any humorous experiences? “Last year we had a customer who wanted some work done for the likes of Lady Gaga... I laughed and he stood there with a straight face. Turns out his client was Universal Music and we worked with

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the architects during the construction of their new premises in the city to cover their outdoor furniture and marble benches on the rooftop. I really enjoyed working with the project managers on this job and it was quite a buzz working onsite in their new building.” With seasonal work like marine trimming, Sykes has to ensure the business keeps going all year round. “In winter we do a lot of upholstery work,” she says. “It just seems to come our way in the colder months. We also have a high-end furniture supplier, which we get domestic jobs through and I find the domestic jobs balance out the peak times in the marine industry.” Talking of economic downtimes, how does she feel about the future of the industry? Sykes says she sees reason for optimism.

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“I think the industry has really advanced in the last five years,” she says. “The level of quality has risen and I think the industry is gaining momentum. The sailmaking industry has had to change and evolve to survive manufacturing in Australia, so its technological advances have surpassed marine trimming. It wasn’t too long ago that they were marking out sails on the floor with pins and string. I think we can use the same technology in marine trimming in different ways and this is really exiting. I think it is still about five to 10 years away before we start to really understand how to emulate threedimensional shapes into two-dimensional shapes for biminis and dodgers, but its not unachievable. Seeing this type of equipment already being used in Phil Baker’s shop in Queensland was awesome

and shows that the industry has great potential for the future.” With sole responsibility for Boatique’s success, Sykes says work takes up much of her time, but she still tries to get out on the water herself when she can. “I have committed every weekend for the past six years to being part of the crew on two different boats down at Middle Harbour Yacht Club at Mosman and also been on the board for membership. I’d organise events at the club and help bring new members in. It was a great way to socialise when I started the business because running your own business by yourself can get pretty lonely. “This year I have had to fully focus on the business, as there hasn’t really been a downtime, so I have had to cut down on sailing… My life philosophy is that you never stop learning, so I relish any opportunity to learn. I read a lot about different subjects like business, property, psychology and interior design. I wish I had another lifetime to learn about everything!” And, finally, that cute name – where did it come from? “One afternoon while sitting down with my parents and brainstorming business name ideas, my mum had a sudden light bulb moment and said ‘Boatique!’ Unfortunately, three years later she passed away from cancer, so I love that she is somehow still a part of my journey.” C


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54 PRODUCT SHOWCASE Connections is delighted to present its first ever Product Showcase, highlighting some of the best and most exciting products in a range of industry categories.

AWNINGS Channel-It and Channel X Tried and tested now over 10 years, Channel-It and Channel X give you simple fabrication, easy installation, low maintenance and big customer satisfaction. Suitable for crank or motorised operation, Channel-It and Channel X is available in kit form, open pack, pack and customised production runs, offering a better alternative package. ICL Tel: +618 8352 9400 Email:

Dickson ALTO Goodearl and Bailey’s ALTO FR (fire resistant) fireproof range is designed for professionals – people who need to guarantee maximum safety for their customers. It’s finished with Cleangard special dirt resistance and water resistant treatment, has waterproof and UV ray proof coating on one side and holds a five-year warranty. Goodearl and Bailey Tel: +612 9316 1300 Email:

Dickson Orchestra MAX Goodearl and Bailey’s MAX is a self-cleaning water resistant fabric. Multipurpose Orchestra Max is particularly wellsuited for permanent installations with constant exposure to pollution and ever-changing weather. It’s primarily designed for shops, hotels and restaurants, but also provides a stateof-the-art solution for the most demanding homeowners. Goodearl and Bailey Tel: +612 9316 1300 Email:


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Dtrack Dtrack incorporates all the features expected in a side retention system. ICL’s experience gained in research and development has made it better. Gone are the angles and edges, replaced with Dtrack’s soft framing curves. The slimline bottom bar and side channels have a smoother, rounded look, adding value and orders. ICL Tel: +618 8352 9400 Email:

WeatherMax FR is the perfect balance If you require a canvas product that is fire resistant, highly water resistant, strong, stable, lightweight and will look the part for years to come, then WeatherMax FR is your answer. WeatherMax FR is available in 10 colours and has a weight of 305 grams per square metre. WeatherMax Tel: 02 9997 4099 Email:

EQUIPMENT/MACHINERY Aeronaut Elektron Quattro The Aeronaut Elektron Quattro is a computerdriven textile cutter that can carry up to four steered tools on a vacuum table made to measure. It can be configured with software and tools to suit the specific needs of your work. Save time and material with an automated cutter. Aeronaut Automation Pty Ltd Tel: 612 9450 0800 Email:

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Dasec Durkopp Adler H867 On versions of Durkopp Adler class H867 features include: reinforced M-Type 3XL bobbin, 140 percent more bobbin capacity, single oil point for full machine lubrication, 25-millimetre foot lift, powerful triple feed, with/without automatic functions, single or twin needle, up to M8 sewing thread, European designed and manufactured. Dasec Durkopp Adler Tel: +612 9645 2500 Email:

SiliconEye Vision System SiliconEye machine vision system is the answer to interactive nesting, nesting into irregular shapes, pattern matching, pattern recognition, image tracing and alignment with registration marks. SiliconEye consists of a digital SLR mounted over the cutting table that captures the image for processing and nesting in Tangent cutter software. Aeronaut Automation Pty Ltd Tel: +612 9450 0800 Email:

PathWorks CAD software PathWorks CAD is the quick to learn and easy to use CAD software ‘learn to use in 30 minutes’ that makes the creation, digitising and nesting of shapes ready for cutting fast, simple and affordable. Adopting the right technology is increasingly important. To discuss contact Wayne Walker at Pathfinder. Pathfinder Australia Tel: +613 9338 3471 Email:


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FLAGS/BANNERS Zip Kedar Zip Kedar is a revolutionary product designed to replace kedar. The shape and design of the beads reduces friction when threaded through standard sail track or key way tube. The tape is weldable or sewable for ease in manufacturing. Choose single or double tab in black or white. Paskal Tel: +613 9588 8800 Email:

LINERS AND COVERS XPO XPO is the next generation in flexible membrane textiles that offers exceptional performance in strength to weight ratio and abrasion resistance. Ideal for industrial and transport covers and liners, XPO is manufactured using a UV stabilised blend of polypropylene and is 100 percent recyclable. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

MARINE Riviera Riviera is a lightweight, yet sturdy fabric suited to marine canopies and covers. It’s uniquely engineered with core-stabilised technology that provides a smooth and wrinkle-free fabrication. Riviera offers exceptional performance and a smooth clean look that complements the current designs of boats. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

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Strataglass “I manage many motor yachts and I select only Strataglass for enclosure curtains. Scratch resistance, the ability to roll, the lack of distortion in corners is a huge benefit for situational awareness. Finally, consistent quality makes the product the best I have found for durability and ROI value.” F Henley Herculite Tel: +1 954 581 2221 Email:

SHADE Dickson St Clair PVC range Goodearl and Bailey’s St Clair PVC Collection is a durable, stainfighting, ultra-wide outdoor fabric. With four flexible ranges, it’s perfect for large scale roofing systems, architectural structures and custom sails. Features include: 30-centimetre width, system Lowick coating, flame retardant, choice of finish available in grain, 3D and pattern textures. Made in France. Goodearl and Bailey Tel: +612 9316 1300 Email:

Triax Straight Edge Looking for a sharp, modern finish for your projects with the proven versatility of the Triax System? The newest addition to the Triax product range, Triax Straight Edge, (TSE) further simplifies the already easyto-use Triax construction system while providing a clean, crisp edge along the length of your structure. Triax Systems Tel: +612 9804 1146 Email:


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TENTS AND MARQUEES Polyplan Polyplan is a European made range of architectural fabrics. The comprehensive offering provides scope for creating outdoor structures with a variety of colours, unique product features and qualities. Polyplan is designed for stylish applications and features key elements such as quality, exceptional strength and longevity. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

TRANSPORT Polyweld Tan Polyweld is Australia’s premier manufacturer of truck curtains and reinforced vinyl and membrane products. A family business established in 1968, Polyweld initially manufactured above ground swimming pools. Polyweld now produces and exports ‘Tenacitex’ Load Restraint Truck Curtains, and recently introduced a range of large membrane water tanks utilising ‘Tenacitex’ technology. Polyweld Tel: +613 9305 3337 Email:


Inside/Out Upholstery ‘Real fabrics for real life’ – whether it be for outside, a cosy corner in the home or a boat, then we have you covered… literally! Sunbrella fabrics offer legendary style and cleanability for every space in your customer’s home, backyard or boat. Goodearl and Bailey Tel: 02 9316 1300 Email:

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WINDOW FURNISHINGS Achilles Clear PVC The Achilles range of clear PVC is Australia’s most comprehensive and trusted brand. Its approach to innovation has positioned the company as a market leader. Just launched is the revolutionary ‘Dimensionally Stable’ (DS) clear PVC, which provides endless benefits to both the fabricator and the consumer. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

Horizon Horizon is a versatile woven mesh designed for external blinds, awnings and outdoor applications. The unique weave combines a stylish finish with excellent solar protection. It is designed for Australian conditions with colours that have been inspired by the Colorbond range. Horizon creates privacy from the outside without compromising the visual aspect. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

Mansel Goodearl and Bailey’s unique Mansel colIt’s available in eight organic shades in both light filtering and blockout to ensure the same fabric can be used throughout the home. With a versatile 3000-millimetre width, Mansel is suitable for roller, roman and panel blinds. Goodearl and Bailey Tel: +612 9316 1300 Email:


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Sonesse Somfy offers a complete range of quiet motorisation solutions for interior window applications, with the Sonesse range of motors. Sound is recognised as a key factor for well-being and Somfy is committed to helping improve acoustic comfort, with Sonesse. Setting you apart from the competition and helping gain new business. Somfy Tel: +612 8845 7200 Email:

Telis 6 Chronis RTS Remote Control The Telis 6 Chronis with timer controls groups of up to six Somfy applications, including awnings, screens, roller shutters and blinds. By partnering with Somfy for interior and exterior motorisation solutions, you maximise your product’s functionality and gain flexibility for your customers that is not possible with manual systems. Somfy Tel: +612 8845 7200 Email:

Ziptrak® Track Guided Blind System The Ziptrak® track guided blind system offers stylish solutions for domestic and commercial outdoor blind applications. The robust and functional system has a proven history of success. Features like the central locking system make Ziptrak® simply the original and the best outdoor blind system. Nolan.UDA Tel: 1800 357 585 Email:

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Upcoming events for the Specialised Textiles Industry STA AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS


Awning Systems




Goodearl & Bailey




Miami Stainless




Rainbow Shade


Ricky Richards


Shann Group


Super Expo 2016




EXPOWA15 11 September 2015 Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley, Western Australia This one-day event is the first of its kind to take place in WA and starts early with a golf tournament followed by a variety of exhibits and demonstrations in the afternoon. To register go to: For further information, call 03 9521 2114

IFAI EXPO 6 to 9 October 2015 Anaheim Convention Centre, California US If IFAI Expo is your marketplace for speciality fabrics, advanced textiles, shade and weather protection applications, Anaheim is your marketplace for family fun. For further information go to

MARINE FABRICATOR WORKSHOP – SYDNEY 19 October 2015 TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, Ultimo Campus Calling all marine fabricators – attend this one-day workshop to meet others who do what you do and learn about warranty, business planning, technology for your small business, insurance, work cover and tips and tricks to help you in your workshop. To register go to: For further information, call 03 9521 2114

ITMA2015 12 to 19 November 2015 Milan, Italy ITMA has been the world’s leading textile and garment manufacturing technologies showcase since 1951. For further information go to

SUPER EXPO 2016 (STA AND BMAA JOINT EVENT) Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 June 2016 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland For further information contact project manager Brett Greene on: 07 3262 3114 or email:


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Connections Spring 2015  

The Official Magazine of the Specialised Textiles Association

Connections Spring 2015  

The Official Magazine of the Specialised Textiles Association