Tropical cover experts
The team from Tropical Covers and Steffi’s Upholstery are local specialists in manufacturing retractable truck tarps, side-toside rolls and side curtains, as well as ute covers, boat covers, shade sails and waterproof membranes – they can even fabricate ute and boat canopies from scratch.
The small family business has been operating out of Babinda for the past four years, however, they have a wealth of experience that goes well beyond that, with the three staff members having more than 60 years of combined experience in fabrication and upholstery.
Co-owners Eduard Toelke and Stefanie Schulz are a fully qualified fabricator and upholsterer, respectively, and Nicolene Haley rounds out the team as the resident sewer.
As well as being a supplier for a number of big haulage companies around Cairns, Tropical Covers also services the mining industry, councils and government departments.
The company’s latest project was a 400sq m cover designed to collect rain water for a remote community in Papua New Guinea.
Equipped with the latest industry technology, including 3D laser templating, computercontrolled plotting and cutting, and hot air and high frequency welding, Tropical Covers and Steffi’s Upholstery can complete both large commercial projects and smaller domestic jobs.
The businesses are located opposite the old Babinda Sugar Mill at 181 Howard Kennedy Drive, Babinda.
“We love Babinda, it’s a great spot to test our products as we have some of the harshest weather conditions up here,” Eduard says.
Boat canopy by Tropical Covers