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How a casual after-work drink grew into an award-winning global design business

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1967

Humble beginnings

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.

1967

2021

Global leaders in acoustic design

Since 2000, Autex has been developing a range of beautiful, high-performance interior acoustics with a simple goal: Create inspiring products for spaces where people come together to work, learn and live.

Good design is not stagnant; it is constantly evolving—shaping the future with confident curiosity and a brazen disregard for conformity. Those who are up to the challenge are the ones who make real change. As true believers in the value of good design, we can’t sit still. We need to get our hands dirty, pushing the limits and testing the boundaries.

In 2021, we decided it’s time our acoustics brand reflected this.

The reimagining of Autex Acoustics honours its humble roots, yet refuses to be stuck in the past. The new brand identity juxtaposes simple elements and a refined palette with bold, textural landscapes and dramatic architectural storytelling—highlighting the beauty of acoustic design and the spaces they inhabit.

People have, and always will be, the heart of Autex—so it seems fitting that our work centres around creating spaces where people can truly thrive. As an award-winning global design business—with offices, manufacturing capabilities, and design studios across New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America—Autex Acoustics in 2021 continues to establish strong creative partnerships with architects and designers, working hard to build better built environments.

2021—and beyond

No one can predict the future, but we can shape it. Today, and tomorrow onwards, Autex Acoustics is dedicated to continuous growth, brave innovation, and upholding the practice of brainstorming game-changing ideas over after-work beers.