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Retractable Tarps: Covering all your needs


When it comes to tarping systems and components, Brisbane-based Retractable Tarps has set the gold standard in Australia since brothers Bob and George Kulig established the business some 30 years ago.

They’ve built their reputation on delivering customised, quality products that go the distance, in the toughest of conditions.

What’s more, they’re able to do the majority of it in-house at their Brendale HQ; from design, testing, developing and finally manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineer Sam Jones is excited to report that Retractable Tarps is bringing even more of its extensive product offerings in-house in 2020.

Retractable Tarps has recently invested in new facility upgrades and an expansion of the work areas, new long-life product testing equipment, and a brand-new large-scale CNC plotter cutter.

Jones tells Big Rigs that the addition of the CNC plotter cutter results in some of the best possible waterproof PVC products.

These systems can be fully customised to suit the customers application with a wide range of materials, colours, bow heights and drive options available.

“The updated sewing and workshop areas have really improved our production capacity”

“We’re also setting up long-term testing rigs for our electric drive systems, running them constantly to ensure maximum service life of our products before they go out the door.”

Jones says Retractable Tarps has also just released a new updated standalone battery system.

“The new standalone units are far more efficiently packaged and pair well with our premium Roll Rite tarp drive systems”

“This new design looks great and seems to be really popular! We’ve got some more upgrades for it in the near future too.”

Jones says the pandemic is definitely having an effect on the truck and transport industry. However, there has been a recent noticeable spike in business from sole traders getting stuck into re-kitting their trucks, and getting on with the job.

Jones is also looking forward to the imminent launch of a new-look website at

“We’ll have a full digital catalogue up there and customers will then be able to order everything online,” he says.

“You’ll even be able to measure up your truck online – it’s going to make a huge difference.”

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