Flagstix Australia is now under new management and as a result phone
and email contact addresses have changed. Could you please update
your records to reflect the changes that will
.....take effect from Monday 02 March 2015.
The new proprietors names are Ian and Barbara Bennett and they will handling
all enquiries about the products from this point forward.
Keith would like to extend his thanks to those who have have enjoyed using
these products and have recommended them without hesitation to other goal
umpires. Apart from this website the use
.....of Flagstix flags and sticks has never
been widely advertised, yet the use of these products has spread far and
wide since they were first produced close to 15 years ago. It has been
a terrific hobby,
.....but due to personal health issues Keith
has relunctantly handed over the production line to Ian & Barbara
and did so wishing them all the very best in the continuing production
of what are, without
.....doubt the best and most durable goal
umpire's sticks and flags in Australia.
PVC tube used to make the sticks is deliberately marked during the manufacturing
process with information that relates to the date of manufacture, the
standard to which it conforms and the manufacturer's name. This information
is printed (using a special ink) on the external surface of the PVC.
The removal of the printed material is the most time consuming component
of the making of the sticks. Unfortunately on the odd occasion the ink
resists all efforts to remove it, usually because it has been pressed
into (or mixed with) the PVC during the manufacturing process.
The mark usually takes the form of a single line, a fleck or a smudge
and despite every effort to remove it, it has become permanent part of
the PVC tube.
In an bid to keep the price of the product as low as possible, the stick
where these feint marks appear (and defy removal) is used as the top
half of the flag stick. The result is that the flag (when fitted)
covers and hides the mark so that it is not noticeable.
It should be understood that only about 10% of the upper sections are
For those who have used my products over the years, you will know that
I would never compromise the quality of the sticks and I feel that I need
to use as much of the raw material as possible
to keep costs down. The marks produced by the ink do not reduce the high
quality of the sticks in any way whatsoever.
If I was forced to discard the marked PVC - the cost would have to be
added to the final product to cover costs. Therefore if your set of sticks
contains an upper section with a stripe, smudge or fleck, it is due to
the PVC maker's processes and it has been intentionally set aside for
use as an upper section rather than the handle section where it is possible
that it may be noticed or seen.
Should you have any enquiries regarding the above information, please
do not hesitate to contact me by email: email@example.com