Tastex Update 2014

Tastex EO, Vicki Hawker
Tastex EO, Vicki Hawker

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Tastex Vision—“Equality In Employment, Quality In Product”

The 2013/2014 financial year has once again proved to be both interesting and challenging. Highlights included the installation of our latest Stoll Knitting Machine which incorporates state of the art technology with ease of operation. This welcome addition has increased our production capacity and reduced lead times for our increasing customer base.

The introduction of our “Envirowoolly” range of Australian Native Animals, which are aimed at the tourist market is proving very successful. Being made here in Tasmania increases their sales potential. “Envirowoolly’s” are made from our own recycled waste wool product which makes them both sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Our lasting success is due to the determination and versatility of our highly skilled production team. Combining this with the superior quality of our Australian made knitwear, together with the excellent service provided by our experienced sales team, ensures our customers receive excellent value and the best possible service.

We continue to explore opportunities which may increase sales and augment the already wide range of training options which we provide for our supported employees who have intellectual disabilities.

As always, our heartfelt thanks go to our customers! Their continuing loyalty and support enables us to provide both a diverse and satisfying workplace.

We embrace our Mission!

“To enable people with intellectual disabilities to experience meaningful employment in a supportive environment.”

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Tastex Staff

Vicki Hawker—Executive Officer
Support Staff—8
Supported employees—15

Committee of Management

Maurie Harris
Elizabeth Young
Peter Sully
Ruth Drummond
Bronwyn Lysaght
Stuart Barry

Tastex Update is designed, and written by Vicki Hawker

Elizabeth Russell

“The Envirowoolly Family Are a Hit!”


First came the “Critter”, cute little toys made from scrap woolen offcuts, destined for our factory outlet shop.

Enviro Bear

Then came the “Enviro Bear”, originally made for Canberra Girl’s Grammar School, he is proving to be an extremely popular fellow with schools who want a keepsake for year 12 students.

Bear can be individualised by incorporating school colours and the school crest.

Mini Enviro Bear

“Enviro Bear” was followed by the “Mini Enviro Bear”. He is a smaller bear, easier for young children to handle. Sometimes a new friend may be just the thing when a bit of encouragement is needed to leave Mum behind at the start of a new kindergarten year!

Envirowoolly Tassie Devil, Tassie Tiger and Koala

Our latest innovation is the “Envirowoolly”, which is aimed at the niche local tourist market. We currently produce a Tassie Devil, Tassie Tiger, Koala, and both a black and a white sheep. Envirowoollys fill a gap in the market for locally made animals which appeal to our growing tourist industry.

Our Critters, Bears and Envirowoollys are all made from knitted woolen offcuts. Their filling is made from our own recycled waste wool product which makes them both sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The Envirowoollys have been a great hit with Supported Employees as they enjoy making these cute little fellows! They also provide an ideal training opportunity for practicing sewing skills and improving hand, eye co-ordination techniques.

Every family boasts a "black sheep."

A number of Tasmanian tourist ventures are selling our “Envirowoolly’s”, including The Tasmanian Devil Park, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctury, Made in Tasmania Salamanca and the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.

The demand is growing steadily, with suggestions that we might add to our “Envirowoolly” family.

Envirowoollys, uniquely Tastex!
100% recycled and 'Made in Tasmania.'

Perhaps a Wombat, or a Spotted Quoll. What an exciting prospect!

These innovative toys are not only fun to make, they are providing Tastex with both ongoing training opportunities for Supported Employees and a welcome additional income stream.

Softwear - Wash & Wear

Comfy to wear and easy to care for.

Glen Mill Logo
Glen Mill Softwear: First choice for School knitwear

Your Glen Mill Softwear school knitwear is not only comfortable, but tough and durable.

To maintain the smart look of your quality knitwear, follow the washing instructions on the back of the label.

Firstly, it is important to separate dark and light colours.

Simply turn the garment inside out and place in the washing machine. Use a Wool mark approved detergent as these do not contain bleach.

Set the machine to Wool Cycle and warm machine wash. Warm rinse and normal Spin.

Glen Mill Softwear garments can also be tumble dried. Use the dryer on the low heat setting.

Australian Wool Softwear
Australian Wool Softwear

Following the washing instructions will ensure that your Glen Mill Softwear knitwear will stand up to the test of time, giving you and your family great value for money.

Our “Softwear” range is available in a variety of styles. We can also design and manufacture to your specifications. Our range includes Jumpers, Cardigans, Vests, Rugby Tops, Scarves and Beanies.

Tastex delivers direct to your school with no added freight costs. We offer a 5% discount for all indent orders which allow 12 weeks for delivery!

Tastex Sails the High Seas

The Wooden Boat Festival is held in Hobart each January.
Tastex supplies and embroiders polos, jackets and caps for the festival organisation.

tall ships in Hobart

The organisation asked us to supply embroidered garments for The International Tall Ships Festival which visited Hobart in 2013. We were also recommended as the preferred supplier of merchandise for a number of the vessels participating in the International Tall Ships Festival .


Challenges included communicating with the ships whilst still at sea and in a different time zone. This meant that we were working within limited time frames with no room for error. The ships were due in port for a short time only and needed to take delivery of completed garments prior to setting sail as they needed merchandise to sell at their next port of call.

One of the ships, “The Bark Europa” from the Netherlands, needed personalised logos on Tees and Hoodies. Emails with designs to be digitised and embroidered passed between Tastex and the ships Captain.

Tall Ships logo 2013
Tall Ships Hobart Tasmania logo 2013

Tastex staff rose to the challenge. When the ships arrived, we were ready to deliver the finished garments. The results were fantastic, with the ships Captain welcoming us onboard. Everyone was extremely pleased with the outcome!

We are proud to say that Tastex embroidered garments are now sailing the high seas!


State of the Art Technology

The Tasmanian Community Fund made a great "difference" for Tastex.

Thanks to the generosity of The Tasmanian Community Fund, Tastex has been able to purchase one of the latest “Stoll CMS 502HP” knitting machines from Germany.

Stoll Flat Bed knitting machines have been manufactured in Germany since 1873 and are considered the best available.

We needed to expand our production capacity to enable timely delivery of orders to our customers.

Two of our aging machines were becoming difficult to maintain as parts are no longer available, and increased volumes meant our newer machines were already running at capacity.

We applied to the Tasmanian Community Fund for a grant to assist us with the purchase, following increased orders for school rugby jumpers.

Our new Stoll 502HP knitting machine

 Our new “502HP’ machine combines state of the art technology with ease of operation.

A JBOM Knitting Machine, used in the factory since Tastex opened in 1970.

Utilising touch screens, the machine is simple to program and much more user friendly. This has enabled the increased participation of Supported Employees in the operation of the knitting machines. Additional training in machine operation is now an integral part of our ongoing commitment to increasing our Supported Employee’s skill base.
The “502HP” runs faster and more smoothly than our older machines, resulting in very few faults in the knitted fabric.
The decreased wastage and improvement in production has made it possible to reduce time frames which facilitate improved delivery schedules for customers.

We can now look forward to increasing production numbers, improving training options and exploring the possibility of expanding our knitwear range to include additional styles and colours.

Tastex is indeed fortunate to have this opportunity.

We embrace change and innovation and look towards the future with enthusiasm and confidence!

A big thank you to The Tasmanian Community Fund for their ongoing support and generosity!

“Tastex makes a Splash at Water Polo”

Tastex supplied uniforms for the Tasmanian Under 14 Water Polo Team
Tastex supplied uniforms for the Tasmanian Under 14 Water Polo Team

Our growing reputation for providing excellent service and a great product has resulted in a number of local Water Polo teams asking us to supply their uniform needs.

Tastex sportwear supplier
Aussie Pacific, sportswear supplier to Tastex.

This year we have supplied the Tasmanian Water Polo U14 Boys & Girls State Teams, U16 Boys & Girls State Teams and the Sandy Bay Water Polo Club.

Our excellent embroidery service makes it possible for us to assist clubs with their designs, colours and styles, resulting in logos which please the most discerning customer.

At Tastex, we are happy to design logos for your club, or to reproduce existing designs.

Sandy Bay Sea Eagles embroidered logo
Sandy Bay Sea Eagles embroidered logo

We provide a comprehensive range of quality garments to suit all sporting clubs, including polos, singlets, shorts, trackwear, hoodies, caps and bags.

By purchasing from Tastex, you are enabling us to continue to provide ongoing training and support for our Supported Employees who have intellectual disabilities!


“Pride of Workmanship Award”

Congratulations to Elizabeth Russell!

Elizabeth took on the role of embroidery technician when Tastex purchased it’s first embroidery machine in 2008.

pride of workmanship award presentation
Elizabeth Russel is presented with her "Pride of Workmanship" Award by Deputy Lord Mayor, Hayden Neilson.

Elizabeth now operates 5 embroidery heads, digitises all new designs and continues to provide training and support for our supported employees who have intellectual disabilities.

Elizabeth’s achievements and exemplary work ethic were recognised when Elizabeth received a well deserved City of Glenorchy Excellence Award for “Pride of Workmanship ” which recognises outstanding employees. This was presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor at The Glenorchy Civic Centre.

Pride of Workmanship Awards are sponsored by Rotary Tasmania, Glenorchy City Council and the Moonah & Glenorchy Business Association.

Rotary International
Rotary International

Glenorchy City Council logo
Glenorchy City Council logo

Moonah and Glenorchy Business Association
Moonah and Glenorchy Business Association

“Tastex Mission”

To enable people with
intellectual disabilities to
experience meaningful
employment in a
supportive environment

Contact us at:
Tastex Knitwear & Uniforms
12 Mill Lane Glenorchy TAS 7010
Phone: 03 62728877 Fax: 03 62728887
Email: sales@tastex.com.au