Learn more 2024 Awards for Excellence

Showcase your Projects at the Conference in Christchurch
19-21 June 2024

Enter before 22nd April 2024
2023 Awards for Excellence Winners

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P1030145 Industrial Textile Fabrication Apprenticeship

ATA NZ offers opportunities for apprentices to get recognized in the industry through our annual awards.

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Keep up with what’s happening in advanced textiles

The Advanced Textiles Association New Zealand (ATA NZ), formerly the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand, provides members an international forum. We are dedicated to promoting, developing and protecting the interests of the manufacture, trading and marketing of all outdoor fabric products with exceptional quality and to recognised standards, both nationally and internationally.

  • The annual conference is an absolute must-do. Every year we come away with measurable benefits that exceed the cost of attendance. At the last conference, we learned from another member of a good source for a particular product that we buy a lot of. It turned out they had a comparable product but were much cheaper, saving us $500 a month. A year later, that “casual” conversation at the conference has saved us over $5000.

    Mike Alsweiler
    Dave Giddens Sailmakers
  • Peter and I have been attendees at most of the conferences since joining the association. Each year we are reminded of the reason we attend the conference. Not only does it allow us to speak in a relaxed environment with our suppliers and see new and existing products, but it allows us to network with our peers, old and new. To discuss shared challenges, successes and failures all in the spirit of understanding and support.

    Toni May
    Peter May Ltd
  • Our business won an award of excellence in the Awards for Excellence in 2013 with a contemporary version of the Mongolian Ger or as it is commonly known ‘Yurt’ that complied with the NZ building code. The entry then went on to be entered in the IAA awards for 2013 and also received an award. Our own perception of our business and our products was enhanced and improved by gaining this recognition and gave us fresh impetus to keep refining our package.

    Rowan Boot
    Tasman Canvas
  • Baytex has been a member of the association since its inception. Being a part of this organisation and attending conferences, Baytex has managed to establish good supplier relationships very quickly with all potential suppliers and their new innovative products, all in one place. Networking among our peers, or at the regional meetings, has offered us interesting collaborative opportunities. The conference awards present to our peers how creative and innovative you can be as a business in the fabric industry.

    Andrew Lingman
    Operations Manager, Baytex

Industry Sectors

Our membership covers a broad range of industrial textile fabrics

Tensioned Structures

Fabricators, installers, designers and engineers working together to promote the use of tension structures, shade sails and all fabric structures

Marine & Auto

Fabricators of marine and auto products – interior and exterior – such as upholstery, enclosures, tops and much more



Fabricators, wholesalers and installers of awnings and awning related products

Liners & Covers

Fabrication and installation of dam and tank liners and covers, stockpile and bunker covers, hay and cotton tarps, temporary shelter and dome covers

Tarps & Transport

Fabricators of truck tarps and covers, agricultural tarps and covers, sporting field covers, gym tarps and more.

Window Furnishings

Fabricators, wholesalers, retailers, designers and installers of all types of window furnishings for internal and external projects

Tents & Marquees

Manufacturers and installers of tents, marquees and portable shelters for domestic and commercial use


Fabricators, installers, designers and engineers of inflatable products including bouncy castles, inflatable games, advertising products

Fabric Suppliers

Suppliers, manufacturers and distributers of fabrics for the industrial textile fabrication industry

Machinery & Component Suppliers

Manufacturers, distributors and suppliers
of equipment and components
utilised in all types of industrial textile fabrication