OFPANZ Conference

The annual OFPANZ Conference provides an opportunity for delegates from around New Zealand and Australia to network and exchange ideas about the specialty fabrics industry. The event features an excellent line-up of speakers.

Set in the adventure capital of New Zealand, OFPANZ recently held their 2012 Conference and Trade Expo in Queenstown. With only a few minor travel interruptions due to snow the conference was a huge success and everyone had a great time. Outside of the conference the delegates enjoyed some time curling for the OFPANZ challenge, had a drink in the famous Below Zero Ice Bar and ended with the Gala Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant up the top of the Gondola overlooking Queenstown.

During the conference and trade expo we conducted trade presentations and workshops on a range of topics from the evolution of shade sails, including the process of material manufacture and future trends, welding processes, machine maintenance and building consents, and regulatory issues here locally. All the speakers were very valuable and delegates took away some great notes.

Kathy Mattson of IFAI attended and gave an overview of the 100 year celebrations in Boston this year and many of our members are now looking forward to attending.

The 2013 OFPANZ Conference, which marks 25 years, will be held June 21-22 in Tauranga. Check back for further details.