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Be a part of a global community

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) is affiliated to the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) of Australia and is a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), based in the United States. OFPANZ members are committed to excellence and awarded for innovation and ingenuity.

OFPANZ provides members with a forum for increasing their industry knowledge, developing new skills, legislation and technology, and networking with other like-minded companies. Take advantage of apprenticeship and management training programs, stay informed and become recognised as an industry professional.

Membership Benefits:

  • Network with NZ’s top fabricators and suppliers – learn how the industry experts run their companies.
  • Learn the skills and gain the confidence to convert your one man band to a fully-fledged business.
  • Business mentoring:
    • Talk to other experienced OFPANZ members about strategy and problem solving in your business.
  • Keep up with Technology:
    • Use the right equipment, fabrics and techniques.
  • Workshops for equipment development on:
    • Welding, plotting, design and sewing machines.
  • Workshops for Business Owners on:
    • Employment issues, resource consents, health and safety, marketing strategies for your products.
  • Exclusive access to OFPANZ Website information:
    • View catalogues of award winning projects online to inspire your clients.
  • Put your company in full view of clients and take advantage of OFPANZ advertising.
  • Keep up with trends and developments with the quarterly Industry magazine Cutting Edge.
  • OFPANZ was instrumental in setting up the Apprentice training scheme with MITO to future- proof the industry.
  • Discounts on Health and Safety, Terms of Trade and Employers assistance.
  • Free copy of The World’s Best Textile and Hardware Buyers magazine (Specialty Fabrics Review).
  • Annual conference and trade exhibition:
    • The only trade  show for NZ outdoor  fabric  and equipment  suppliers -in one place at one time
    • The platform for new business relationships and information sharing.
    • Conference venues change and move around New Zealand on a regular basis.
    • A great way to see the country, our people and national business opportunities.
  • Take advantage of our membership benefits with overseas  organization in the USA (IFAI) and Australia (STA):
    • Communication with and learning from other fabricators abroad.
    • IFAI have a number of LinkedIn groups that are actively communicating and responding to technical queries.