Only when he’s ascertained a clear path does he make a crisp 90 degree turn. And he says everyone who works at the auto giant must do 90 degree turns on Toyota property. That’s part of the Toyota way, along with dozens of other rules, some of which he describes:.
Kangaroo leather is being used everything from luxury car interiors to gloves for US firefighters and boots for world class soccer players. (Landline)For more than three decades, the business on Brisbane’s northern outskirts has turned kangaroo hides into everything from luxury car interiors to the fire retardant gloves favoured by US firefighters.For durability, strength and lightness, kangaroo leather is unsurpassed the world’s best soccer players wear boots made from it, as do Premier League baseballers.Grand prix motorcyclists wear kangaroo leather suits.The global sporting footwear market, notably Adi Dassler, the founder of German multi national Adidas, realized the merits of kangaroo leather early.”He was the first one to recognise the quality for making football shoes,” said Graham Packer, who handles the company’s overseas sales.Today, the company supplies about 80 per cent of the major global sports brands, as well as many international and domestic fashion brands, including Nike.Late next year, the company’s tanning expertise will be put to the ultimate test.Hobart is scheduled to host the first cricket Test match played under lights.Packer Leather is supplying the cow hide for the pink coloured cricket balls being made by Kookaburra Sports.Melbourne based Kookaburra is the largest maker of cricket balls in the world and performance of the leather ball is one of the most crucial determinants of the game.”It’s probably the only game where the condition and the wear of the ball is part of the game,” said Kookaburra’s Ross Thompson.”There’s no other game that actually has that within its playing conditions. So the ball itself becomes very much a big focus for everybody that’s playing the game.”The company also supplies leather for Sherrin footballs for the AFL.2008 GFC leads to refocus after shedding staffWhile the unique qualities of kangaroo hide give Packer Leather a competitive edge against cheaper conventional leathers, the global financial crisis of 2008 almost spelled the death of the family run enterprise.Kangaroo leather is expensive to produce and the number and quality of pelts fluctuates with Australia’s erratic climatic conditions.And six years ago, a surging Australian currency combined with economic doldrums in Europe suddenly made kangaroo leather close to unaffordable.You can’t survive at that no matter how good you are.