The MakMax Australia brand name is a combination of the Japanese word “膜(maku)” meaning membrane, and “max” as in maximize. Together they symbolize our continuous pursuit of limitless possibilities of membrane architecture.
Architectural Fabric Structures, or tensile membrane structures, are created with a blend of engineering efficiency with architectural expertise. Our core capability is to create innovative fabric structures to enhance the environment and inspire our customer.
40 Years Of Australian Innovation;
100 Years Of Global Membrane Knowledge.
MakMax has been continually operating in Australia for almost 40 years. Originally formed in 1984 as Shade Structures Pacific, MakMax Australia pioneered the tensile membrane industry in Australia and rose to prominence through its innovative shade structures for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2001, Shade Structures Pacific joined with US tensile membrane leaders Birdair, with both companies then becoming members of the Taiyo Kogyo group two years later. Founded in 1922 in Japan as the Nohmura Tent Company and rebranding as Taiyo Kogyo Corporation in 1947, TKG is the largest membrane company in the world and has a global reputation for technical innovation. With worldwide offices and fabrication facilities, as well as a cutting-edge R&D testing centre in Japan, the group shares an extensive knowledge and resource base.
We still maintain our strong local expertise, and today, MakMax Australia is the market leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom fabric structures and commercial umbrellas for a variety of applications. We create unique award-winning tensile membrane structures in Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and take an active role in many global projects as part of TKG.
Research & Development
MakMax Australia is proud to be part of the Taiyo Kogyo Group, ensuring our clients benefit from the global experience, knowledge and technology of the largest tensile membrane structure company in the world.
Research and development is invested in new materials, technologies and innovations at the Taiyo Kogyo testing facility in Japan, the latest developments can be seen first-hand at the MakMax Flex Experience Centre in Osaka and the group directly employs academic staff who lecture at leading universities.
The MakMax Australia Full Circle of Support
MakMax Australia offers our clients a full circle of comprehensive professional service and support;
- In-house designers, engineers & fabrication.
- In-house project managers & construction managers.
- Agents, partners & installation crews in every State and Territory.
- In-house RPEQ/NER qualified engineering inspectors for regular routine maintenance programs.
- In-house maintenance, cleaning and technical support.
Our in-house design team works collaboratively with clients to create and deliver their project vision. Design function, constructability and aesthetic considerations are at the forefront of all details, including connections, cable design, supporting structural steel and membrane seam layout.
We combine architectural designs with engineering solutions, anticipating any and all onsite challenges to ensure your project quality is second to none. Our experience and expertise in value management allows us to create complex structures economically.
Part of the global Taiyo Kogyo group of companies, MakMax Australia fabricates our structures using premium quality materials in our advanced fabrication facilities in Japan and Shanghai. Our custom-created fabric structures are built to withstand the harsh Australian environment for years to come.
Offering a complete end-to-end solution, our expert installation team delivers on the commitment of the project, priding ourselves in on-time delivery with minimal impact on your venue’s activities.
Inspection & Maintenance
To maximise the lifespan and maintain warranties of your tensile membrane structure, MakMax offers a routine inspection and maintenance program through our qualified builders and engineers .
What Our Clients Say
MakMax Australia partners with architects, consulting engineers and directly with clients to develop concepts into bespoke designs. Our clients range from developers and construction companies to government departments and municipalities.
We work directly with organisations from many market sectors including hospitality, tourism and entertainment venue owners, building and retail centre management companies, mining and agricultural corporations and commercial vehicle distributors.
City of Geelong Bowls Club
” In my estimation MakMax Australia has the most superior product on the market, their engineering is far superior to what is available in the market and their dome cover product has an exceptional life span, their after sales service is excellent.
The installation of the MakMax Australia bowling green canopy dome at the City Of Geelong Bowls club has enabled the club to play night-time pennant matches and also carry out evening barefoot bowls sessions, which are a great revenue source for the club. The club is also able to conduct bowls sessions irrespective of the weather once again the club is able to continue to have a revenue stream when other clubs have to cancel events.
The dome has given the club a high profile within the district, as it has become a highly recognizable structure and it is easy to market the club using the dome as a marketing tool; for example, we are now the City Thunder taken from the thunder dome.”
Daryl Marendaz, City of Geelong Bowls club
Merthyr Bowls Club
“We met with MakMax to help us configure a new customized design that would both not only protect every customer from the elements, but enhance their enjoyment of this historic boutique setting. They presented a single modular shade and waterproof structure that created such a beautiful shade canopy, we highlight this as a feature on our promotional materials. MakMax’s shade structure has allowed Merthyr bowls to offer year round functions. Their assistance with DA, BA and city council in guiding us to our new look was invaluable“. Read more …
Phil Shilvock, General Manager
Moama Bowling Club
“When Moama Bowling Club made the decision to engage MakMax Australia to deliver our Bowling Green Shade Cover, it was based on their ability, experience and reputation within the industry. It was also became evident to us, when discussing the finer points of construction, engineering and project detail that MakMax would deliver a superior service and product. MakMax have an in-house team of qualified engineers, drafts people and architects. They were responsive to our club’s needs, capable of customising our structure, delivering a final product that would enhance our club, maximise green usage and with the best price.”
Liam Fleming, Operations Manager
Torrensville Bowling Club
“The dome cover has given us surety of play during the winter months after resuming from COVID-19. It has also given us surety of play for events/tournaments we plan for the future”.
Brenton Rolton, Secretary – Torrensville Bowling Club, South Australia
Would You Like More Information?
Contact us today to discuss your project requirements. We are the market leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom fabric structures for a wide variety of applications and industries. We have extensive project experience and offer endless possibilities when it comes to custom design solutions to meet your needs.