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Being a relative new-comer to our industry (9 years this month!) I continue to be amazed at the ingenuity and skill shown by the fabricators in the outdoor fabrics industry. Every day I can see evidence of yet another colourful installation or an intricate design beautifully executed. We consider it a privilege to be part of an industry skilled to make the complex look simple and the mundane look stunning. We look forward to seeing the array of award entries at the OFPANZ conference in May as companies proudly display their key projects.

In this issue: 

  • Sundream - a proven performer now even better
  • Ziptrak® Motorisation
  • New Z16 Colours
  • Win yourself a “smoko” shout
  • OFPANZ Conference

Why Sundream is such a dream

Sundream translucent PVC is a proven performer on all types of tensioned structures where you are seeking peace-of-mind, longevity and high light transmission.

Manufactured by Hiraoka, an innovative, Japanese, multi-generational company in the field of high quality outdoor fabrics, Sundream has grown rapidly in popularity in our industry in New Zealand as more and more fabricators trust its performance.

The standard Sundream H has just become even better.  Hiraoka have yet again delivered on their “continuous improvement” promise with some cosmetic and functional enhancements of the Sundream H
  • A change in base cloth has resulted in a subtle new look for this PVC, giving it a crisp, lighter appearance
  • A change to the topcoat formulation has improved the fabric’s weathering ability, reducing adherence of mould and dirt even further
  • The same change in topcoat has improved Sundream’s weldability
Light transmission up to 64% with 99.9% UV block. 
Key benefits of Sundream: 
  • High quality, highly stable architectural PVC
  • Proven and reliable performer on pergolas, framed structures, awnings, canopies and in sail format
  • 10 year UV warranty with an excellent patented PVDF top laquer
  • Light transmission up to 64%, with 99.9% UV block
  • Also available in popular tints – Charcoal, Azure and Bronze
Charcoal Sundream reduces glare
Sundream can be tensioned across many different structures
Ziptrak® Motorisation
Rainbow Shade is New Zealand’s original and premier supplier of Ziptrak® to our industry. With that we are also New Zealand’s only stockist of the Ziptrak®-recommended motor option for Ziptrak® screens, the Simu 240V E Hz tubular motor accompanied by the snazzy new single channel remote control unit launched recently by Simu.
How cool would it be to offer your clients the convenience of motorisation for your next Ziptrak® mesh screen project. 
This excellent Simu motor features
  • Proven performance over many years (over 10 million Simu motors in operation world-wide)
  • Exceptionally silent operation
  • Easy to set limits using the remote control
  • Self-setting top limits (automatically reset every 40 cycles)
  • Obstacle detection to protect both motor and screen in case the screen jams
  • Thermal cut-out protection
  • The optional 5 channel remote can operate up to 4 screens with a single push of the button
Available in 10, 20 and 35 Nm strengths, these motors are ideal for Ziptrak®, wireguide and similar outdoor screens.
With well over 10 years of in-depth experience in Ziptrak®, Rainbow Shade also offers:
  • Technical expertise to answer your queries relating to fabrication and installation, or other tricky situations you may find yourself in
  • Cutting, prepping and or powder-coating of kits
  • Fabrication of screens – at very competitive rates
Please contact our office on 0508 665 665 or Grant on 022 508 6656 for more information.

New Z16 Colours

We’re really excited to now have stock of the 2 new Z16 colours Paprika and Moss. Over the next few weeks we will be updating your swatches with these new colours and look forward to seeing some stunning shade installations with these 2 trendy colours
Rainbow Shade wants to make sure we are providing you with the best service. To do this we have created a survey. Anyone that fills out this survey by 14th April will go in the  draw for a Smoko Shout on us. 

Simply click on this link  to complete the survey and be in to win. 

Register for the OFPANZ Conference

The OFPANZ Conference is just around the corner. The conference this year will be held in Queenstown May 25-27 at the Rydges Hotel. This conference is open to both members and non members (you get a discount and can enter in the awards if you are a member). Email to receive more information or simply click here to register.

2017 Apprentice of the Year Awards now Open

Last year, Jasmine Dheda won the Tier 1 apprentice of the year award with this stunning messenger bag. Do you have an apprentice that would enjoy some recognition? Have them enter the awards here

Contact Rainbow Shade Today

Please call us on 0508 665 665 or e-mail us for more information on any of our products such as Z16, E32 and DriZ shade fabrics, the translucent Hiraoka Sundream and Sunclear range, Ziptrak® components and screens and Simu motorisation.

Rainbow Shade is the OFPANZ 2015 Supplier of the Year.

Rainbow Shade Website

We continue to update our website with useful resources such as specifications, colours and brochures. We trust this is useful for you and look forward to any feedback you may have.

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