Topics:  business, technology, toowoomba

New technology helps keep up with demand

Trying out the new leather cutting press are (from left) Rob and Garth Delbridge along with Cameron Dinnes.
Trying out the new leather cutting press are (from left) Rob and Garth Delbridge along with Cameron Dinnes. Dave Noonan

TOOWOOMBA businessman Garth Delbridge knows all-to-well the value of having a team of loyal and dedicated employees.

Mr Delbridge is the managing director of Toowoomba Saddlery - the largest manufacturer of stock saddles in Australia.

This week, Mr Delbridge took delivery of a custom-made leather cutting press from Taiwan to help keep up with the growing demand.

"It was purpose built and custom-made to suit our needs," Mr Delbridge said.

"Over the past two years our business has grown by 30 per cent.

"The new machine is capable of cutting out 30 stock saddles in one hour."

Mr Delbridge said the business was established in 1968 in a shed in his backyard.

"It kind of grew from there," he said.

"Now we supply 1200 shops throughout Australia.

"Our employees are truly the backbone of the business.

"Without them you really have nothing."

Mr Delbridge said the business imports more than 64 tonnes of leather each year.

"We import leather mainly from America but also Italy and Spain," he said

"Technology really has come a long way since I first started out."



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