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Woven Wristbands Australia

The Wristband Industry’s Biggest Secret – Woven Wristbands

We’re constantly talking with our customers, and at a recent team meeting something very interesting came up. Something that we think will surprise a lot of people. It’s the wristband industry’s biggest secret, and AAC is prepared to reveal all!

The background

A lot of events and venues have been using wristbands here in Australia for 20 years. We know, because we were the first ones to supply them! At that time, and as recently as 10 years ago, the vast majority of wristbands used in Australia were Tyvek Wristbands. This made sense at the time, as they were much cheaper than all the other type of wristbands available. They also achieved the main goal of identifying visitors or patrons.

But times have changed.

New technologies, greater demand for a USP (unique selling point), more streamlined manufacturing processes, a tighter focus on security, higher demand. All these factors have resulted in another type of wristband becoming a real option for almost every use. What type of wristband are we talking about? Woven Wristbands.

Reputation of Woven Wristbands

Woven Wristbands have a reputation for being very expensive, and indeed that used to be true. As little as 5 years ago, woven wristbands really were the exclusive domain of the music festival. Music festivals chose woven wristbands because of the additional security benefits they offered, and the difficulty involving in replicating them. But all that came at a price, with bands costing as much as $2 each.

And this is where the biggest secret of the wristband industry presents itself.

WOVEN WRISTBANDS ARE NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU THINK.

This is a secret because the vast majority of events and venues using Tyvek bands are completely unaware of it. They don’t even think to ask about woven bands, because in their minds they are expecting a quote of $2 per wristband. This is simply not the case any more.

Woven wristbands in 2017

2017 presents a whole new ball game for woven wristbands. Not only should woven wristbands be at the top of your agenda for this year, they should be marked with an asterisk, highlighted and underlined.

Woven Wristbands

Loving their wristbands… and the music… but mainly their wristbands!

We know that this is a difficult concept to get your head around, but consider the benefits of woven wristbands vs the Tyvek, plastic and vinyl wristbands you have used for so many years:

  • Woven wristbands present your brand in a better light. When was the last time you really looked at a woven wristband? They are incredible. Beautifully embroidered with quality threads, they elevate your brand to a level above and beyond what a Tyvek wristband can achieve.
  • Woven wristbands are far more secure than any other type of wristband. This is a key factor for music festivals, especially those that last several days. They remain secure, functional and attractive for days at a time.

And remember, we are no longer talking about these wristbands costing upwards of $2 per unit.

So tell us, what do woven wristbands cost now!

Woven wristbands

Woven embroidery looks fantastic

Woven wristbands are now available for as little as 35c each, and rarely cost more than $1, even at low quantities! The steep drop in pricing from several years ago is due to the factors mentioned earlier; streamlined manufacturing, higher demand etc. The benefactor from all this is YOU.

Woven wristbands are now a legitimate alternative to Tyvek, plastic and vinyl bands. The range of colours and scope of artwork available for woven wristbands is diverse. Plenty of  opportunities exist to get your creative juices flowing.

Woven Wristbands and Additional Functionality

Much of the wristband industry is moving towards incorporating additional functionality in wristbands. AAC is at the forefront of this movement, working with technology partners and the biggest events and venues in Australia to continually raise the waters.

The point is that these wristbands allow your business, functions and processes to be scale-able. Whether you are looking at barcoded systems, RFID systems or anything else, woven wristbands can remain your primary wristband, with the additional technologies seamlessly integrated as your venue or event grows.

In essence, you can future proof your business by moving to woven now.

Elevate your Brand

Elevate your brand, and talk to AAC ID Solutions about moving your wristband choice to woven. You won’t be disappointed. Give us a call at 1300 797 478 or email [email protected]

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Wristbands – The 3 Mistakes you are Making

If you’re reading this then you are involved in the purchasing of wristbands. You may manage an event, a night club, an aquatic centre, or be involved in running an attraction, a school or a resort. Whatever your role in the procurement of wristbands is, this article will be an important read.

Top 3 Mistakes made with Wristbands

First of all, we’ll go through some of the key mistakes make with wristbands. Finally, we will present the way to solve these problems.

You are purchasing the wrong type of wristband

This can happen perhaps when you are involved for the first time, or if your wristband supplier did not provide you with enough information. There are many different types of wristbands available, and they all have different features and benefits. They also have their own limitations, which are equally important. The first mistake is therefore not taking the time to understand the wristbands available.

You are getting the artwork wrong

Styles such as Tyvek, woven, photo image etc all offer different printing capabilities. It is important, therefore, that you take full advantage of these capabilities. The security of your event can be greatly enhanced by doing so. For example, when purchasing woven wristbands there are numerous additional features that can be incorporated such as metallic threads and sequential numbering. Firstly, these features do not cost a lot more and secondly, they enhance the security of the wristband. On Tyvek, important artwork often gets moved to the far right of the wristband. This is the area that is covered when the wristband is applied. As such there is no point in placing artwork there.

You are ordering wristbands too late

Even if the two mistakes above have been addressed, it is important to order on time. You may have done your homework and are fully aware of all the benefits of woven bands, but if you have left your order too late, it will be all for nothing. As a general rule, Tyvek bands should take less than 1 week, as should plastic and vinyl bands. Woven or fabric bands take 3 weeks, no more though.

Addressing the top 3 mistakes

Now that we have gone through these mistakes, how can they be addressed? There really is one very simple solution – work with an experienced wristband supplier. of course we are going to say that, but it is true. Talk to us here at AAC ID Solutions. We have been manufacturing, printing and supplying wristbands for almost 20 years, right here in Australia. There is no other supplier with the experience, service and capabilities that match AAC, and that is why the big events and venues only use us.

Stick with the experts, with the genuine Wristband Factory. Call AAC today at 1300 797 478 or email us here.

 

Party Wristbands

Options for Party Wristbands

So you’re having a party! Along with all the usual decisions to make regarding venue, food, drinks and entertainment, there is one oft-forgotten area that you need to think about. The need for party wristbands has grown over the years, with incidents of party crashing becoming very common. Furthermore, the advent of Facebook Events and other online tools has only increased these occurrences.

Party Wristbands – Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are your first and only choice when looking for a low cost and highly effective party wristband! These wristbands are available in a range of bright colours and patterns, and are easily applied to guests as they arrive at your party. Alternatively you can mail your wristbands out to guests in advance, because they’ll thenwear the band on arrival.

The great benefit of Tyvek Wristbands is that there are hundreds of colours and patterns available to choose from. You can select a unique pattern, and even one that is themed along the same lines as the party itself. The wristbands, once applied, cannot be removed. Anyone present at the party who is not wearing a wristband can be quickly identified and asked to leave. The key benefit for all involved is peace of mind.

Party Wristbands – Woven Wristbands

You will be familiar with woven wristbands if you have attended a music festival. Woven wristbands are built to last several days and are used as multi-day wristbands at big events. They are often referred to as fabric wristbands. Many people actually collect these wristbands as mementos. They provide a novelty factor and will make your event feel like something bigger.

Keep in mind is that woven wristband do take 3 weeks to manufacture and deliver. Consequently, make sure you are planning well in advance.

For more information on party wristbands, contact AAC ID Solutions are 1300 797 478 or email us here. AAC has been manufacturing and printing wristbands for 20 years, making us therefore the perfect partner for your event.

Tyvek Wristbands

Uses of Tyvek Wristbands

We’ve seen it all when it comes to Tyvek Wristbands. As the sole manufacturer of these in Australia, and having been selling them for 20 years, that is probably not surprising! So what are some of the uses we have seen for Tyvek Wristbands over the years?

Tyvek Wristbands as Event Identification

Of course, the most common use of Tyvek wristbands is as a means of identifying patrons at an event or venue. The wristbands are secure and non transferable, which means that once they are worn by a patron, they cannot be removed without destroying the wristband. The most popular places that you’ll see wristbands used in this way are music festival, aquatic centres, night clubs and tourist attractions.

Tyvek Wristbands as Luggage Tags

How many times have you gone to pick up someone else’s luggage from the carousel at the airport before realising at the last moment that it wasn’t your bag? Using brightly coloured or patterned wristbands is a unique solution. Not only will the wristband be easy to spot from a distance, but you can still write your contact details in marker pen too. The wristbands will also be secure, due to the strong, commercial grade adhesive AAC uses during manufacturing.

No more looking like a thief at airports!

Tyvek Wristbands as Drink or Food Coupons

Many events around Australia include a complementary drink, snack or gift of some kind. This is especially true at corporate events and parties, networking sessions and after parties. The easiest way to monitor this process is to provide everyone with a wristband that also includes a detachable stub. The patrons simply wears the wristband and then exchanges the stub for the free drink, snack or gift.

Tyvek Wristbands in the Child Care Industry

Following the same theme of the stub wristbands, the child care industry has followed suit. The wristband and the stub are both printed with identical unique numbers. Many centres now apply the wristband to the child (which they cannot remove), and then ask the parent to present the stub when they collect their child. The numbers will match, enhancing the security around pick-up time. Children also find the wristbands fun to wear, and they do not distract from their other fun (and messy!) activities.

Tyvek Wristbands at Cloak Rooms

Another great use of stub wristbands is at cloakrooms. The wristband is worn by the patron when admitting their coat, with the cloakroom personnel keeping the stub with the coat. This greatly reduces the chance of a mix-up, or of someone claiming a coat as their own.

Tyvek wristbands have so many uses, as presented above. For more information on wholesale Tyvek wristbands, contact AAC ID Solutions – the only manufacturer of wristbands in Australia! Call 1300 797 478 or email us here.

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Tyvek Wristbands in Australia

Here at AAC we like to do a little maths. At a recent team meeting someone asked “I wonder how many people have worn one of our Tyvek Wristbands?”. What followed blew our minds.

Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are one of the most commonly used products in Australia. Being the sole manufacturer of these products, and having supplied them since 1997, we certainly have our finger on the pulse when it comes to their usage!

Let’s consider just the past 7 years. AAC has produced 18,000,000 to 24,000,000 Tyvek wristbands annually during that period of time. A safe bet is that we have manufactured 140 million Tyvek wristbands since 2009. That is 6-7 wristbands for every person currently living in Australia!

Wow. And this hasn’t even included all the wristbands we produced from 1997 to 2009, nor does it include the plastic, vinyl and woven bands AAC has supplied to countless events, festivals and venues.

Demographics

Firstly, consider where these wristbands have been used. From music festivals, schools and night clubs to aquatic centres, tourist attractions and events, our wristbands have been worn by everyone from the age of 1-100 and with interests ranging from one extreme to the other.

Geography

Our geographical coverage is extensive, with wristbands supplied to every corner of Australia. From far north QLD, the NT and WA to all major capital and regional cities, AAC supplies its wristbands to a broader range of businesses and locations that any other supplier.

Therefore, if you are reading this, there is an exceptionally high chance that at some point you have worn one of our Tyvek wristbands, which is a pretty great thing for us to say! It is a safe guess that half of the people living in Australia have worn a wristband made by AAC.

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Why Tyvek wristbands?

Tyvek wristbands remain Australia’s most popular wristband for identification purposes. They hit every check point because they are low cost, secure and available in hundreds of colours and patterns. With a commercial grade adhesive, AAC’s wristbands are the most secure available anywhere, crucial for events and venues that take their security seriously. The combination of benefits offered by these bands make them perfect for events and identification.

For more information we’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 1300 797 478 or 07 5665 9333 or email us at [email protected] Australia’s genuine Wristband Factory.

 

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Australian Events Looking for Australian-Made Wristbands

With the Australian dollar continuing its slide against the US dollar, it is forcing many Australian Events to seek locally-manufactured event products and collateral, especially wristbands.

As the only company in Australia to manufacture Tyvek wristbands on Australian soil, AAC ID Solutions has really noticed the difference.

Cost effective wristbands

As the Australian dollar drops, it is leaving those who import their wristbands very little choice. “Every day we are hearing that competitors are raising their prices to account for the weak Australian dollar” said Stuart Blott, General Manager, “As a manufacturer, we avoid that cycle completely”.

AAC’s prices for Tyvek wristbands have remained stable throughout the last 3 years, something that has been appreciated by its thousands of customers. Many events operate on an annual basis, so the ability to plan in advance is crucial. Projections for the following year are often made in the month immediately following the event. Having to worry about constant changes to price does not make this an easy process.

Quality Wristbands

The other other key benefit to AAC for manufacturing locally is quality control. “We have complete and total control over the substrate we use, the adhesive and production process” said Stuart, “For us, it is all about quality and consistency”.

This is all the more important when events have problems with the quality of Chinese-sourced Tyvek wristbands sold by Australian suppliers. “It’s a totally different product”, said Stuart.

As most event managers know, Tyvek wristbands are used to cost-effectively identify patrons or attendees at events, allowing event staff (security, bars, gates) to quickly know who is allowed where and especially, who is under 18. They are used religiously at festivals, aquatic centres, nightclubs, attractions and sporting events. Waterproof, tamper evident, secure and unique, these products are the “gold standard” of the event identification industry. For more information about quality Australian-Made event identification solutions, talk to the only experts in Australia – AAC ID Solutions at 1300 797 478 or [email protected]

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AAC Wristband Designs

Tyvek Wristbands – Brand New Patterns

We’re lucky at AAC ID Solutions. As an actual manufacturer of Tyvek wristbands, the only such company in Australia, we have complete freedom to design our own wristband patterns.

Following a grueling period slaving over designs, blueprints (huh!) and plans, we have launched no less than 15 new designs and colour variations for the 2015/16 summer season. This  expands upon our already market leading range of Tyvek wristband patterns. Firstly, the designs:

New Tyvek Wristbands

25mm Striped Wristbands

Firstly, we decided that our range of 25mm wristbands needing fleshing out a bit, and following demand from customers for a new pattern with more than 4-5 colour variations, AAC created and manufactured 25mm striped wristbands in no less than 8 different colours!

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm stripes

25mm Camouflage Wristbands

With so many laser tag, paintball and adventure themed customers ordering from AAC, we decided to give them something new! Two colour variations of camouflage  wristbands have been created in 25mm, and are ready to be ordered.

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm Camouflage

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm Camouflage

19mm Happyface Wristbands

To provide some competition for our popular multicolour happyface wristbands in red, we have created a twin version in neon lime! Available in 19mm, this design has been flying off the shelves already and is making people smile.

Tyvek wristbands - lime happyface

Tyvek wristbands – lime happyface

19mm Bubbles Wristbands

Despite having more 19mm Tyvek patterns than any other company in Australia, we have expanded the range once again with the new Bubbles pattern. With four colour variations to choose from, this design will be great for aquatic centres, stadiums and other venues looking to identify  it’s patrons.

Tyvek wristbands - bubbles

Tyvek wristbands – bubbles

To order any of these Tyvek wristband patterns, or others, click here.

More about AAC’s Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek wristbands are currently the most popular form of identification wristband in Australia. They are used at countless venues in their many millions all over Australia to help events, venues and businesses identify who is who.

Only AAC manufactures these wristbands in Australia. This allows us to be obsessed with the quality and security of our products – accurate dye cutting, stronger adhesive, cleaner printing and thicker Tyvek are all hallmarks of an AAC Tyvek Wristband.

To order wristbands of any kind, talk to AAC at 1300 797 478 or contact us today.

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands – Buying Australian Made

It’s a tough choice for any consumer and we see it on a daily basis. There are products we’d LIKE to buy because they represent the same values as we do, whether this is a food product that uses organic growing methods, eggs that are free range, or manufactured products that are Australian Made. Inevitably, if we’re posed the question of “all things being equal (including price), which one would you choose, a locally made product or a product manufactured off shore”, I’d hazard a guess that all of us would opt for the locally made product. But the problem is, often the better products are the ones that cost more, and this puts consumers in a tough situation.

In the world of wristbands, consumers are presented with the same dilemma. Faced with a plethora of options manufactured off shore, and with a market that has become increasingly price driven with a focus on cost cutting, events and venues can be left with products that do not meet their requirements due to poor production, printing and security features.

AAC ID Solutions has been a part of the Australian Made Australian Grown campaign for many years, being the sole manufacturer of Tyvek Wristbands in Australia. Founded in the 90’s, AAC quickly became the leading wristband supplier in Australia, expanding quickly in to manufacturing, printing and more, launching new products and reaching new markets. Key to it all has been a focus on quality; both of product and service, and with a special emphasis on Tyvek Wristbands.

Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are used more than any other wristband in Australia. They are secure, waterproof, lightweight, and (with the right adhesive) non transferable. Australian events, venues, schools, councils, governments, memberships etc purchase tens of millions of Tyvek Wristbands annually; plain, patterned and custom printed. They are used primarily as an identification wristband, allowing quick and easily recognition that person A is wearing a yellow wristband which means that today they are allowed access to the pool, for example.

Casestudy – The challenge that the industry is facing is one that has happened all over the world. In Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, in the face of a coup and then several months of well publicised smog brought about by slash and burn agriculture, the tourism industry was in crisis. Tourists were staying away in the hundreds of thousands, hotels were empty, tourist spots were quiet and thousands of people and businesses were in big trouble. The prices for tours starting dropping dramatically as business fought tooth and nail for any revenue they could generate, simply to pay running costs for vehicles and guides if nothing else. Suddenly, a price war was on the cards and a tourist could now purchase a full day adventure package with transfers, guides, lunch, elephant trek and rafting for as little of Baht 200 (AUD$6). The problem of course was that once the market picked up, tour agencies were stuck in the cycle of cheap tours, so they downgraded their buses, hired inexperienced guides, went to less reputable destinations, provided worse lunches and suddenly, the product offered was not recognisable from where it started, resulting in damage to the reputation of the Northern Thailand tourism product in general.

The lesson – quality should be the last thing sacrificed by a business.

Back to Wristbands

The importance of quality – wristband quality is paramount for an event such as a music festival, nightclub, leisure centre, or anywhere they are used to identify someone who has paid to obtain access. The consequences of utilising a non secure tyvek wristband at these types of events and venues can be very damaging. The main damage is caused by lost revenue, with one patron removing their wristband and finding a way to pass it to a non paying patron, allowing them free access to the venue or event. The term we use to describe this feature is transferability – as a secure event, you really want a non-transferable wristband.

How might a poor quality wristband be less secure? – If you look at the construction of a tyvek wristband, they are actually quite interesting, with several key areas that, if manufactured poorly, can lead to a poor quality product. Firstly, the adhesive. A strong adhesive ensures that once the wristband is applied to the wrist, that it is incredibly difficult to remove. Imagine using a lower quality adhesive; patrons will simply peel the wristband right off, especially when the wristband is exposed to wet or moist environments like the rain, a sauna or swimming pool.

Secondly, the dye cut. At the end of your wristband you will note a pattern of cuts on the front side of the band, over the adhesive area. These cuts need to be exactly the right depth because their job is to, basically, tear the wristband apart if and when someone wants to remove it from their wrist. If the dye cut is too deep, it the wristband will come apart when the adhesive sticker is removed. If the dye cut is too shallow, the wristband will be much easily to remove. A quality wristband will therefore be manufactured to consistently high standards.

Thirdly, the quality and depth of colour is crucial in a wristband, especially when considering the need for the neon or fluro colours that are available. The difference between a genuine neon pink wristband and a washed out pink is important, especially if your event is identifying under 18’s, or runs at night when the wristband really needs to stand out. The same goes for printing of text on custom wristbands; if this is undertaken with poor quality inks, or via a means other than screen printing or flexographic printing, then the ink will run, smear and smudge.

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

An event or venue must utilise secure wristbands in order to protect their revenue. AAC believes strongly that in order to best serve our customers, a high quality wristband is required. This is why we manufacture tyvek wristbands in Australia, allowing ourselves full control of quality, material, adhesive, inks and testing, which we take very seriously.

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