Human Centred Design
Research & Material Testing
Customisation & Prototyping
3D Body Scanning
Online Store Management
Physical Store Management
Warehousing & Logistics
ADA (Australian Defence Apparel) are world leaders in apparel management, tailoring solutions for any business challenges in uniform production and delivery. Here’s the story about how we can take care of the full process from design to distribution.
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A culture of curiosity and exploration across the entire business has kept ADA at the forefront of product innovation for over 100 years. Our in-house R&D team holds qualifications in industrial design and textile science and works closely with renowned academics from Bond University Tactical Research Unit to ensure we provide solutions that incorporate state-of-the-art data-driven methodologies in product development.
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Our dedicated in-house team of garment and product design specialists collaborate with our clients to understand and overcome the limitations of existing apparel. Highly qualified with backgrounds in industrial design, fashion design and textile technology our Melbourne-based designers collaborate with clients to accelerate the design process, using a progressive design process to swiftly produce a single product prototype.
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ADA sources materials from a wide-array of global manufacturers mitigating against supply-chain risk and allowing us access to the highest quality and broadest range of textile innovations. With a spotlight on ethical and sustainable practices, we regularly review all our providers to confirm their adherence to our strict environmental, sustainability, human rights and safety codes of practice, ensuring a better world for all.
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All our production facilities come with stringent checks and quality assurance practices ensuring that all products manufactured or procured locally and internationally conform to agreed specifications and meet world-recognised certifications and standards. This rigorous testing is performed throughout each step of our manufacturing process from the raw materials used through to the final garment.
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While our Bendigo facility is home to over 120 textile specialists and produces over 600,000 garments annually, we also retain a global network of ethical and specialist uniform manufacturers. Our diverse approach provides consistent supply channels and works to reduce supply risk as we remain committed to attracting a diverse and talented workforce, making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we work.
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As specialists in Apparel Management, we know that the creation of each garment is only part of the job. Across Australia, we hold secure warehousing and diverse distribution channels to support both bulk ordering and clients that use our bespoke Total Apparel Management System (TAMS). With custom inventory management, we’re able to track items from order to delivery to make sure it is delivered in full on time every time.
Our Online Store solutions provide a customisable portal with a secure and straightforward ordering interface with online fittings. Also capable of allowing options for facilitating repairs, online returns and booking laundering, our online ordering platform features direct reporting capabilities, is available worldwide, and is open 24/7, 365 days a year
With flexible solutions, our contemporary retail services can cater to all fitting and kitting activities with mobile Point Of Sales, 3D contactless body scanning. 24/7 click-and-collect lockers, store2door delivery and in-store pick-up for more permanent storefronts.
Inventory management is centralized and transparent with live tracking and reporting through our integrated ERP. With secure warehousing and diverse distribution channels across Australia we are able to provide end-to-end warehousing and logistics solutions to make sure your orders are always delivered in full and on time.
RFID technology is a game-changer for product tracking and inventory management. It allows our clients to keep track of items faster and more accurately than ever before. ADA’s RFID solutions offer detailed real-time information on the location, number, and condition of products – giving clients complete visibility over the supply chain. Secure product tracking also aids in accurate forecasting.
ADA offers comprehensive budgeting and forecasting services to ensure the accuracy of your product planning. Our experienced contract management teams can leverage the latest market intelligence to provide accurate projections and financial plans, enabling you to make informed decisions quickly and effectively.
Competitive procurement and value-for-money extraction. Industry Development and Growth.
With an esteemed history stretching back to 1912 supplying uniforms to Australian Defence Force diggers, Australian Defence Apparel Ltd (ADA) was awarded the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Wearable’s Contract in 2020. Currently occupying temporary facilities in Palmerston North, ADA’s new purpose-built headquarters due for completion September this year is located next to Palmerston North Airport, and will include offices, warehouse and showroom.
Australian Defence Apparel has officially opened a Canberra multi-function logistics hub to provide equipment and uniforms for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force.
Australian Defence Apparel camouflage is a common sight on Aussie troops, but now the defence manufacturer has partnered with Legacy Australia to supply 1,500 uniforms for The 2023 Legacy Centenary Torch Relay.
Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), Australia’s primary manufacturer of high-tech uniforms and equipment, and Nova Systems, a leading Australian-owned engineering services and technology solutions company, today announced a partnership to deliver high-tech innovative clothing systems solutions for uniform requirements.
The fashion industry is notorious for reducing designers to tears and ending careers for the mere “crime” of choosing the wrong colour or look. Clothing, textiles and apparel veteran Chris Dixon’s customers potentially face far worse. They can get shot at, stabbed, assaulted, must run into burning buildings and face the prospect of entering a real war zone.
Australian Defence Apparel New Zealand have celebrated a successful year working with NZ suppliers in providing menstruation products to the New Zealand Defence Force.