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New Releases Chime With Latest Trends

Designed in line with the latest global trend directions, Australian Window Furnishings’ recent releases have been well received by the market Patricia Seoudi, trend expert at Australian Window Furnishings, attended the Heimtextil expo in Germany at the beginning of the year, where she says she gained insights into the latest developments.

Technical Smarts Drive Business At Gracetech Textiles Australia

Gracetech Textiles Australia is making inroads in the window furnishings industry with its Solar Cool screen fabrics offering quality at a reasonable price.

Romasafe Takes Out Us Award

A child-safe roman blind system part-developed in Australia has taken out a Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) award for best new style concept.

Security Plantation Shutters Offer Retail Advantage

With a 20-year history starting in the security screen industry, Guardian Screens & Shutters was uniquely positioned to spot an opportunity to develop, manufacture and retail Security Plantation Shutters

Cologne visit for Weinor dealers

A number of Australian visitors took advantage of their pilgrimage to R+T Stuttgart in February by heading to the Cologne head office of German folding arm awning manufacturer Weinor.

Acmeda launches Cassette Roller suite

Acmeda has launched a new roller system with a number of key features and benefits.

Study shines a light on shading

A recent study designed to determine which shading products and in which configuration provide the most effective protection, has resulted in new knowledge such as the effect of colour on protective efficacy. It has also opened the way for a star rating system that will allow consumers to make more informed decisions about their purchases.

Ricky Richards promotes outdoor mesh range

Ricky Richards is reminding the market of the unique properties of sun control, cool breezes and uninterrupted views offered by its Outlook Collection.

Pinz to offer Ziptrak interior system exclusively

Pinz will be the first to stock the Ziptrak range of interior blinds after its initial release in December.

Life begins at 50 for Uniline

With leading supplier Uniline celebrating a half century in business this year, the company is by no means resting on its laurels, with a multi-pronged forward strategy encompassing streamlining its operations, overhauling its brand proposition and enhancing its already high quality service offer.

Joining forces

Following the announcement on 2 December 2014 that US giant RollEase and local powerhouse Acmeda were to merge, the future of a new combined entity described as the largest independent engineered component manufacturer and distributor in the window coverings industry looks assured. Belinda Smart spoke to Acmeda general manager Adam Licciardi about the way forward.

Viewscape expos an invaluable business decision

In a strategic move to strengthen and reposition Viewscape in the window furnishings industry, Contract Blinds is conducting a series of expos in Melbourne, Sydney and The Gold Coast throughout the month of May.

Blinds by Peter Meyer to manufacture Somfy Glydea system

Blinds by Peter Meyer has been appointed by Somfy as one of only two NSW manufacturers of the Somfy Glydea Motorised Curtain Track System.

Horiso’s wireless systems targets consumers

Horiso’s engineering division has designed and is currently manufacturing Climate Ready Control Systems (CRCS) that claim to achieve more than automated solar shading operation systems.

Luxaflex Window Fashions’ child safety campaign

With new standards for blind installation on the horizon, and recent tragic cases of child strangulation, Luxaflex Window Fashions has expedited a comprehensive child safety awareness campaign.

Acmeda introduces two key product enhancements

Zipscreen Extreme now coastal approved

Shann rebrands to reflect growth

Shann Australia has launched new branding as part of the ongoing growth and evolution of the company and its structure.

Wilson Fabrics showroom a design coup

Champagne and espresso martinis bring charm to the relaxed ambience at the official opening of the new Wilson Fabrics showroom in Sydney. Ideally located on busy Botany Road in Alexandria, this shopfront looks out onto the main road and is already attracting a passing trade.

Variety and colour from Sheerlight

Blinds by Boronia has released a new collection of blinds offering the market an impressive range of fabrics in terms of colour, texture and construction.

TOSO targets retailers and manufacturers

TOSO Australia is on a drive to promote the benefits of the TOSO Mytec roller blind to retailers and manufacturers.

Invention keeps cords safe and neat

A former blind installer has developed a new child safety device for corded window furnishings.

Beaulieu positioned for growth

Australian fabric manufacturer Beaulieu Pacific is positioned to take on new business opportunities in the arena of high quality woven fabrics, thanks to its direct links to the latest international developments and ongoing investment in research.

Fashionline in membership drive

Fashionline, an Australia-wide association of blind manufacturers, is promoting itself to the market with a view to attracting new members.

Sunshadow a leader in cost, function & eco benefits

Bricos Group is promoting its Sunshadow Sunscreen as “the leader in Sunscreens offering high quality and proven products that have a long list of globally recognised certifications.”

Ultracut adds saws to Ezystop suite

Ultracut Industries has released a range of Up-Cut Aluminium cutting saws to complement its recently released EzyStop system.

Buz website revamped as training and reference tool

Buz Software has upgraded its website to offer a wide range of reference and training materials, with upcoming additions to include industry interview and IT tips.

Bricos celebrates home grown blind fabrics

Bricos Group’s Scarborough, Sassari, Sienna and new Windsor ranges are being promoted as the most sought after blind fabrics in the Bricos roller, roman and panel glide collections.

Bricos drives EcoBalance message

EcoBalance from Bricos Group is achieving a growing profile as a technically advanced 100 per cent PVC blind fabric that “stands above the crowd.”

HVG’s Visiontex Plus stands up outdoors

Halifax Vogel Group is promoting its PVC coated, high tensile polyester woven Visiontex Plus as the ideal solution to all outdoor needs including awnings, pergolas, drop blinds and screens.

Acmeda expands Automate Range

Acmedas Automate S45 range now includes two new additions; the Automate „ S45 - Mechanical Limit Motor & the Automate Q „ S45 - Quiet Electronic Limit Motor.

Luxaflex launches fabrics to reflect current trends

Luxaflex Window Fashions has launched two practical fabrics, Hyams and Acacia, available in a wide selection of colours to mirror evolving interior design trends.

Maurice Kain releases chime with forecasts

Maurice Kain fabrics’ shades, textures and styles meet the upcoming trends for 2013 as predicted by leading forecaster Australian Colourways.

Fallen Hoad moves to sue Westpac

Following its entry into administration in August, the parent company of Hoad Fabrics has launched a court case against Westpac Banking Corporation.

Kresta’s new CEO follows tough trading period

Kresta Holdings’ new CEO Giuliano Di Bartolomeo has inherited a suite of challenges following a lacklustre annual report for the manufacturer and retailer.

Maurice Kain launches Tweed Collection

Maurice Kain has released a new drapery fabric with an emphasis on texture.

Visiontex Plus offers shade without boundaries


Halifax Vogel Group (HVG) is promoting the broad range of benefits offered by its Visiontex Plus line.

OPINION: Crisis averted on the modern award

Crisis averted. Or at least that's the way it feels for now. The crisis? Currently Fair Work Australia is undertaking a review process of the modern award system, with an accompanying opportunity for businesses, government bodies, unions and individuals to give feedback on the modern award system, the legislation that defines the minimum working conditions of all workers.

BMAA welcomes training initiative

A proposal to introduce a Certificate III training program for the window furnishings sector is being welcomed by the Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia (BMAA).

BMAA prepares to launch BERS

Fabrics from Australian suppliers are already being tested in laboratories in the US in preparation for the introduction of a Blind Energy Rating Scheme (BERS) in Australia in 2013.

Acmeda drives Automate S35 “Wire Free” benefits

Acmeda is launching its new wirefree battery powered motorised solution for its 35mm tubes, offering an easy, hassle free installation.

Unique features drive Alpha Motors’ sales

Tubular motor specialist Alpha Motors is experiencing “extraordinary” sales growth thanks to a number of key points of difference offered by its product.

Bricos Group releases code-standard FR fabric

The Bricos Group has released an FR blind fabric that meets *Australia’s Building Code and is priced for the highly competitive commercial blind fabric market.

Bricos promotes Roman Ezy

Bricos Group’s Roman Ezy is a lightweight yet robust solution for creating modern and crisply folding roman blinds.

Bricos brings texture to fabrics

The Bricos Group is capitalising on demand for highly textured fabrics, with the release of a number of new textured blind fabrics to be swatched under the company’s Roller, Roman & Panel Glide Collection brand.

BUZ Retail goes 24/7

BUZ Software is extending the round-the-clock functionality of its wholesale e-commerce facility to retailers for the benefit of both consumers and retail outlets.

Coulisse expands Asia Pacific presence

European global window furnishing brand Coulisse has set up a new subsidiary in South-East Asia.

Four simple defence mechanisms for local blindmakers

OPINION: It’s hearsay, but the word is that a local importer of finished blinds is claiming his company will “wipe every local blindmaker off the face of the earth”, writes James Boston, editor, Window Furnishings Australia.

Luxaflex Pirouette Shadings launches new fabrics

The Luxaflex Pirouette Shadings range has been extended to include five distinct choices of fabric and a wide range of modern colours, along with a new four-step swatch book system to assist consumers in their product selection.

Sky’s the limit with cloud computing from Buz Software

Buz Software has launched a cloud computing solution that enables businesses to expedite their operations without the limitations of relying on an in house server or the necessity of purchasing quickly out-dated hardware and software.

New Edge roller blind design from Australian Window Furnishings

Australian Window Furnishings has launched a new design across its roller blind offering, featuring ergonomic design and greater efficiency.

Wintex Solutions UltraEase gives roller blinds a lift

Wintex Solutions has released the new UltraEase roller blind system, which has a three-spring 1:1.7 gear ratio to promote lighter, easier lift movement.

Basford Brands launches home décor line

Basford Brands has launched Zaab Homewares, an on trend home décor collection with a price accessible market positioning.

Shann Australia expands Aspect Porto range

Shann Australia has expanded its Aspect Porto range with the addition of new colours and widths.

Ultracut release set to boost production

Ultracut has released a simple device designed to have major beneficial impacts on production levels.

Innovations unveiled at Mermet

Mermet Australia is promoting its collection of blind fabrics with a new sample box, having also new fabrics and new manufacturing lines in Australia.

New Acmeda system bigger than ever

Acmeda is launching a new Extreme Roller Blind System, designed to work with larger, heavier commercial shade systems applications.

Texture at Bricos Group

The Kiribati range from Bricos Group is enjoying a renewed surge in popularity thanks to the introduction of block out fabrics. Two new colours, Milan and Miami, have added more interest to the range as they reflect growing popularity for new-style grey tones.

Bricos Group - Individual style from Windsor

Bricos has released a new blind fabric with an individual aesthetic positioned between classic elegance and retro styling.

Luxaflex - Duette Architella a force against rising energy costs

Luxaflex Window Fashions has undertaken to raise awareness about the role of well-considered window fashions in generating energy savings for the consumer.

Hunter Douglas hails successful Q&A events

A purpose-built product launch trailer was the setting for promoting Hunter Douglas Components’ ‘Q&A’ offer at an event in Brisbane on 31 July 2012.

Colour injection at Sekers

Sekers has introduced stronger colour and design into its latest selection of fabrics as the trend to ‘de-neutralise’ homes accelerates. General manager Jason Fry highlighted the Madagascar design, a bright novelty print featuring a bird and butterfly design that is bold and substantial in size.

Alpha Motors - new motorisation player hits market

Alpha Motors announced its entry into the motorisation category at the recent Specialised Textiles Association Expo in Melbourne.

Maurice Kain’s Bloomsbury adds blooms to drapes

Maurice Kain’s latest curtain fabric range is designed to “bring the outdoors in” with a blend of on-trend florals and prints.

New window furnishing fabrics from Charles Parsons

Charles Parsons Interiors has launched a new range of drapery textiles: Grandeur, Flaxton, Molteni, Pascal, Pazzo, Cote d’Azur, Michka, Ashbourne and Broadway.

Blindware to release variable openness sunscreen from Copaco

European brand Copaco has launched a ground-breaking flexible sunscreen product, to be released in Australasia later this year by Blindware.

Warranty extension for Bricos Designer Collection

The Bricos Group has increased the warranty period on its Designer Collection of blind fabrics to three years.

Mix ‘n’ Match from Bricos

The Bricos Group’s mix ‘n’ match’ concept is offering a wider choice of window furnishings solutions to the market by combining purpose, colour and fabric styles within ranges and across collections.

Bricos launches wider width Romaline

The Bricos Group has responded to market demand with the launch of a wider 280 cm width version of its popular Romaline fabric.

Acmeda launches streamlined motorisation offer

Acmeda has launched a new motor range targeting everyday users with a simple, streamlined solution.

New Accessories for Luxaflex PowerRise Platinum Technology

New accessories are now available for PowerRise Platinum Technology, the motorisation solution that features convenient control, superior features, quieter operation and a cordless, child safe window covering solution for the entire Luxaflex Soft Shades range.

Hunter Douglas set to launch new diffusion range

Hunter Douglas Components is launching HD1953, a range of diffusion fabrics specifically targeting the Australian market and positioned as a value-for-money offer.

TBS flexibility means customer-focused solutions

TBS is promoting its capabilities in producing curtain hardware componentry to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements, catering to customers’ individual specifications.

Sekers’ Ikat print blends old and new

Sekers has launched a new fabric range including an eye-catching Ikat design.

Luxaflex - PowerRise Platinum Technology for Duette Skylight Shades

LUXAFLEX DUETTE Skylight Shades are now compatible with PowerRise Platinum Technology, meaning that skylight, sloped or hard to reach windows can now be operated with the single touch of a button.

Blindware’s WireGuide system promises energy savings

Blindware’s new WireGuide outdoor blind system promises to reduce power bills by helping to cool homes naturally.

Blindware has 320cm blinds covered

Covering wide windows has been made easier with Blindware’s 320cm SunBloc blockout and matching Picturesque+ Sunscreen fabrics.

Shann opens out awning fabrics range

Shann has launched an extension to its Planosol awning fabric range to reflect the latest seasonal colour trends.

Shann widens internal mesh offer

New additions to Shann View internal mesh fabrics N-Vision and S-View have been released as demand for such products hits a seasonal high.

Luxaflex’s iRevolution

Luxaflex Window Fashions has aligned with uRemote to deliver a simple, cost effective way of controlling Luxaflex Motorised Roller Blinds from an existing Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Luxaflex innovates external shading solutions

Luxaflex Window Fashions has expanded its Contemporary Series of Awnings with the new designer Evo Range.

Slidetrack exterior shades

Slidetrack Blinds Pty Ltd has released a new range of exterior window shade blinds to complement its existing verandah and cafe blinds.

Duette adds IllumaCell

Luxaflex has added another benefit to its energy efficient Duette Architella Shades, which now features Aurora Fabric with IllumaCell technology.

A brand on the move

From humble beginnings operating from the Licciardi family home in Melbourne’s north-east, Acmeda has become known as one of the most trusted complete hardware systems developers for window furnishings in Australia and New Zealand.

Tanami now available at Mermet

Mermet has unveiled its new Tanami blackout which promises to provide sun protection at an affordable price.

Stylish roller systems from Windoware

Windoware has introduced a versatile range of roller blind components.

Honeycomb Essence from Turnils

Honeycomb Essence Shades by Turnils offer a range of essential colours, available in both translucent and blackouts.

New perspective on sun protection

Shann has launched a blind and awning range to provide cost effective protection from the elements.

Mermet's Tanami blackout

Mermet’s soon-to-be-launched Tanami blackout is a simple, contemporary fabric with a white backing that reflects solar energy while aiding insulation.

Campaign & collateral for HD fabrics

Hunter Douglas has launched a new brochure and campaign to communicate the benefits and points of difference offered by its fabrics range.

Chatswood store's new ownership

The Chatswood, Sydney, outlet of specialist curtain and blind retailer Material World has a new proprietor.

Kresta to manufacture offshore

Kresta Holdings Limited has moved its Venetian blind manufacturing operations offshore as part of a raft of structural changes at the company.

Campaign and collateral stress HD benefits

Hunter Douglas has launched a new brochure and campaign to communicate the benefits and points of difference offered by its fabrics range.

Texstyle appoints Scottfree to enhance QLD service

Window covering fabric specialist Texstyle Australia’s appointment of Andrew Scott of Scottfree (Aust Pty) as its distributor looks set to boost Texstyle’s presence in the Queensland market.

Windoware’s new motorisation options

Windoware has introduced a range of motorisation options for roller blinds, folding arm awnings and curtain tracking.

Bricos extends Kiribati into block outs

The Bricos Group has released a block out range to match and enhance the functionality of the Pacific Islands-inspired Kiribati fabric range.

R+T Asia 2012 launches

The organisers of R+T Asia have confirmed the expo will be held at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre from 27 to 29 March 2012.

Mobile internet the latest Buz

Software specialist Buz believes the “revolution” in tablet sized computers will be a boon for its browser operated wholesale ordering system, which has also been enhanced for retail quoting.

All change at Lifestyle

Lifestyle Blinds & Shutters has announced a raft of staff changes across a number of its operations.

Hunter Douglas expands palette

Hunter Douglas components division has released new colours across its top selling fabric ranges.

Turnils launches Honeycomb Essence

Turnils has launched a new honeycomb fabric range, The Honeycomb Essence Collection.

Sekers opens up in Hawthorn

Basford Brands has opened a new showroom for its Sekers brand in the décor heartland of Hawthorn, Melbourne.

Breakfast with an expert

World renowned trend expert Milou Ket will share her insights at a breakfast hosted by the Textile Institute Southern Australia section (TISA) next week.

Blindware launches motorised option

Blindware has revealed plans to release a new range of motorised curtains featuring a number of value-add benefits.

Mokum’s future secured with new ownership

New product and supply chain synergies look set to emerge from the recent acquisition of Mokum by James Dunlop Textiles.

Innovations enhance Luxaflex panel glides

Luxaflex has expanded its panel glide offer with the introduction of new textiles, fabric treatments and componentry.

ACASPA and WCAA join forces

A new alliance between the Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association (ACASPA) and the Window Coverings Association of Australia (WCAA) will result in an expanded format for the 2011 ACASPA Expo.

It's time for the 2nd edition of the Window Furnishings Trade Directory

If you missed out on getting in the first edition, this is your chance to include your details in the comprehensive guide that enables retailers, manufacturers, interior decorators and architects to easily find suppliers of a specific product or service from Australian window furnishing manufacturers and wholesalers.

Green shutters from CW Products

CW Products says that their new SolarSmart range of automated roller shutters is the most advanced technology in solar powered roller shutter automation in Australia.

Sticky style by Hoad

Three years after launching Gecko in the market place, Création Baumann is again expanding its innovative collection of self adhering textiles.

Good Awning from Ricky Richards

Richards has released its 2010 collections for two popular awning fabric collections: - Outlook/Mode mesh fabrics and Docril 100% Acrylic fabric.

New Colours for Newport

The Newport range from The Bricos Group now available in 12 fashion colours including four brand new recent additions – Beach, Dune, Shell and Rialto.

Super Soft Thermal Suede Lining

Charles Parsons is offering what it says is the latest Australasian made development in thermal coating.

New Living with Charles Parsons

Charles Parsons has released a number of new ranges as part of its Living Studio Collection.

Blindware's clean chain

Blindware recently released a polished stainless steel ball chain that won’t dirty operator hands and has the added benefit that of a highly polished appearance.

Sheer’s externals

Paul “Ando” Anderson, the General Manager of Sheer Blinds said that the company’s External Wire Guided Roller Blinds are still generating a lot of interest from the industry.

Pittwater by Charles Parsons

A trend towards more natural looks and fibres is reflected in the latest fabrics from the Living Studio range from Charles Parsons.

Bricos' Italian style

True to its Italian origins, Sassari yarn presents the subtle textured elegance of Europe while considering the practical requirements of baking hot Mediterranean-style summers.

Parsons adds Verve

Verve is another stand-out drapery textile recently launched from Living Studio by Charles Parsons.

Leading technology motors

Elegine is launching into the Australian market a technology leading range of network curtain and blind motors.

Research delivers for software partners

Continued research and development has led to a number of new offerings from the team at Software Partners.

Ashwood offers raw bamboo

Ashwood Bamboo Blinds has recently introduced a new bamboo material for interior roman blinds.

Scarborough Fair

The Bricos Group has released a number of new fabrics to their 2010 range including the textured and opulent Scarborough Blind Fabric.

Hunter Douglas’s new view

Hunter Douglas has introduced a new 2 x 2 weave Everview Screen Fabric which creates more exterior design possibilities than ever before.

Blind online with Peter Meyer

Four years in the making, Blinds by Peter Meyer has just launched its new 62 page online brochure.

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