Autex was born in 1967 over a beer at the Station Hotel pub. Solidified by a sturdy handshake, that casual after-work drink grew—through trial and error, innovation, and a large helping of Kiwi ingenuity—into an award-winning global design business.
Originally called Auckland Textiles Manufacturing Co. (ATM), the company started making jute underfelt for flooring in a cramped, somewhat haphazard factory on Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn. Quickly outgrowing the dusty Grey Lynn factory, the small team made the move to Avondale.
The 70s brought a name change and new ventures, expanding into overseas markets with offices in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Then, in 2000, with a solid 33 years of manufacturing experience under the belt, Autex took the first steps towards acoustic design, developing Composition®—a polyester wallcovering that functions as both an acoustic panel and pinboard; a game-changer for New Zealand classrooms.