The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) was established in 1988. The membership represents enterprises engaged in canvas fabrication, sailmaking, and vehicle trimming and upholstery, as well as suppliers of materials and associated components.
The association is affiliated to the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and became a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in 2008. The head office for OFPANZ is in Christchurch, New Zealand.
OFPANZ is dedicated to promoting, developing and protecting the interests of the manufacture, trading and marketing of all outdoor fabric products to recognized standards and quality both nationally and internationally.
OFPANZ members are committed to excellence and recognized in New Zealand and abroad for their innovation and ingenuity. Membership in OFPANZ is open to any IFAI member interested in this niche marketplace.
Managing Director, Canvasland Holdings Ltd, Levin, NZ
"OFPANZ has grown from strength to strength. Our visibility in global markets has definitely benefited from our association with IFAI. We have received international recognition for our innovation, enterprise and 'Kiwi' ingenuity. For me personally, it is the camaraderie within the membership that I truly value and enjoy. We are there for each other."
General Manager, Watermelon Shade Ltd, Christchurch, NZ
"I was invited to contribute to the IFAI article on shade sails in the award-winning December 2009 edition of the Specialty Fabrics Review magazine. This was a remarkable thrill for our company and a tremendous opportunity for the New Zealand membership to have international exposure."