Autodec Sup­plies Ltd


New Zealand Classic Car - - Trade Professionals -

s clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts we some­times over­look the fact that one of the eas­i­est ways to up­grade a car’s in­te­rior ap­pear­ance is to strip out that old car­pet and re­place it — brand-new car­pet will im­me­di­ately en­hance the cabin of any ve­hi­cle, plus there’s the po­ten­tial ben­e­fit of in­creas­ing the car’s over­all value. Re­plac­ing in­te­rior car­pet is also a way to re­store a vin­tage car to its for­mer glory, and for those of us who rel­ish the chal­lenge of restor­ing older cars and re­build­ing them, re­plac­ing the car­pet is one of the first things to do in or­der to cre­ate a new ap­pear­ance for a car.

The ex­pe­ri­enced team at Autodec is well aware of the chal­lenges faced by re­stor­ers and en­thu­si­asts alike. Autodec started as a fam­ily busi­ness back in the late ’60s, and in 1990 was bought out by Shaun Smaill and Philip Yuill, whose par­ents were the orig­i­nal own­ers.

While they still make com­plete re­place­ment car­pets for ve­hi­cles, over the years they have moved into pri­mary man­u­fac­tur­ing, and they make all their own car­pet — right from scratch. Autodec im­ports the yarn from over­seas, tufts it into car­pet, bonds the back­ings on and con­verts it into fin­ished goods. This is the raw ma­te­rial for the com­pany to pro­duce a car’s re­place­ment car­pet set, be it sewn or press-moulded. The car­pet re­place­ment in­dus­try is pre­dom­i­nantly cen­tred on pre ’90s clas­sics. Once the vol­ume of im­ported Ja­panese be­came larger here, the ren­o­vat­ing of ev­ery­day cars re­duced dramatically. How­ever, this also sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the num­ber of those want­ing some­thing just a lit­tle bit spe­cial for their ’60s to ’80s clas­sics.

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