June 19, 2013

Weipa Bulletin Article 1

Local Business featured in 4wd magazine

‘Dingo Seat Covers’ have hit the Aussie market by storm, and over the past 18 months have created a thriving business for locals Tim and Diane Forsyth.

Tim gained his upholstery experience originally, working for a mate in the marine upholstery business at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. He then purchased that business in the early 80’s. Tim and Diane have now been in Weipa for six years and started trimming again by making canopies for mates. The fact that Tim is such a dirt and grease magnet prompted the couple to utilise Tim’s experience to design a seat cover for their new Nissan Patrol after gaining lots of practice on Vance Wallin’s (Weipa Hire) work vehicles. The couple looked for a fabric that would be strong, soft, cool, and dirt/water resistant.

They settled on Bradmill’s finely woven quality blend cotton/polyester canvas, which provided lots of strength and breathing properties, and is also chemically treated to a water-proof finish.

“Initially we wanted to make a very neat and smart seat cover for our new vehicle, but without the annoying under butt wrinkles so common in canvas type seat material,” Diane explained.

The first cover Tim produced was so good that it sparked instant demand locally, mushrooming into a small, but rapidly growing trimming business. Most business operators in Weipa now have their vehicles fitted with the new hard-wearing canvas seat covers. Comalco also, has had the mine trucks and dozers fitted with the locally designed and made covers.

Tim and Diane recently travelled to the Agriculture Show at Walkamin on the Tableland in the first week in June to display a range of covers to suit different vehicles. They proved very popular amongst the farmers and orders have been flowing in from all directions.

Dingo Seat Covers also supply Opposite Lock in Cairns and make covers to order right across Australia. Interest has also come in from an overseas mine this week, so word is certainly getting around about ‘Dingo Seat Covers’.

As a result, it’s a busy time in the Forsyth household. With baby number two on the way, Diane is still hard at it on her industrial sewing machine as well as looking after Daddy’s busy little one-year-old son, Flynn. Tim cuts the patterns to suit any type of seat, and they are busy getting the paperwork organised.

‘Dingo’ seat covers have sparked enough interest recently in the 4WD sector, that their popularity has made it into the June/July issue of Bushdriver Magazine.

Reproduced from The Weipa Bulletin, Issue 1756, July 19th 2001 (page 1) with the kind permission of Peter Miller.