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STA Life Member Story: Bill Meneham

Bill Meneham Bill Meneham’s interface with the converting industry started around 1977/78 when he was the National Dales & Marketing Manager for the Industrial Textile Products Group for Rheem Australia Ltd. He joined Rheem within the Hot Water Division in…

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Become an Apprentice

Specialised Textiles Association has an Australia wide membership of businesses. There is a current skill shortage of textile fabricators and Australian businesses are actively seeking up-and-coming apprentices. There are gaps everywhere in the market – meaning great job prospects for future apprentices…

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History of Canvas in Australia

The history of specialised textiles in the southern hemisphere naturally begins with the history of canvas production in the region. And this production was massively influenced by some significant historical events. There were the gold rushes, of course, and the…

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Types of Fabric Structures

Fabric Structure Terminology LARGE SCALE Air-inflated – uses air-pressurised membrane beams, arches or other elements to enclose space. Occupants of such a structure do not occupy the pressurised area used to support the structure. Air-supported – in which the structure’s…

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Buying shade with confidence

Wading through the complexities of building a shade structure or awning may appear overwhelming at times but with the right installer contractor on your side this process will be far less daunting and much more rewarding. Below are some useful…

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