Martec Distribution, a wholly NZ owned company, was established in 1992 by joint partners, Martin Healey and Trevor Rowse.
Martin came from a background of 14 years with a national soft furnishings wholesaler, the last 4 years as general manager. Trevor’s background was also in the wholesale soft furnishings industry, for almost 20 years, but the last 5 years was as a regional distributor of curtain hardware. Between us, we had almost 35 years in the industry at that time.
Starting with a range of curtain tapes only, supplied by a Spanish company called Ponsa, we were soon after appointed as distributors of a UK company called Swish and their range of curtain track products.
By 1994, we were already NZ’s leading supplier of wooden track rods to the trade. The point of difference with our curtain rod was that the track was fully concealed by the rimu wooden rod. Although attempts have been made by many to copy this system, it remains NZ’s top selling wooden track rod today.
In 1997, Martin proceeded to buy out the remaining shares held by Trevor, eventually owning the company outright.
In 2007, Martec moved into their own modern, purpose built premises in Heathcote, Christchurch. This improved efficiency immensely and allowed dispatch of most component orders within 24 hours.
Over recent years, Martec has grown to become the leading supplier of workroom accessories to the NZ wholesale furnishing industry, with our large range of innovative products, including the hugely successful Revolution (patented) Roman blind aluminium headrail chain drive system. This system has complete dominance over all others in NZ. We also supply the trade with the largest range of curtain header tapes, buckrams, cording and curtain holdbacks, along with many other popular items, including the innovative Architrac wood rod, which is a flat rod rather than the traditional round wood rod. This is very popular in a painted finish and suits modern NZ homes. Martec Eurotrac, a heavy duty aluminium curtain track, is the only curtain track sold in NZ with a 10 year warranty. Like all Martec curtain tracks and rods, Eurotrac features the lever-lock bracket system, which enables the homeowner to have a ‘no tools’ ease of removal for decorating etc.
We continue to grow, by not only selling innovative products, but also by our improving efficiencies and simplicity for our customer’s benefits. Our focus is on making the experience of dealing with us as easy and as efficient as possible.
N.B. Martec Distribution is a national wholesaler and supplies the retail soft furnishing industry, trade only.
For the nearest retailer of Martec products in your area, please phone 0800 704050.