Company background

Uticolor Australia has always been Australian owned and operated, beginning in 1972 when Keith Smith purchased the Australian trading rights and technology from Uticolor Japan. The quirky but somehow memorable name was derived from its originators the Utility Color Laboratories in California USA which dealt solely in vinyl welding and recolouring.

Prior to Uticolor, Keith was already a pioneer in plastics since the early 1950s when he and business partner Doug Russell traded as The Filam Manufacturing Company they created such innovations as Australia’s first fibreglass boats, tanks caravans and tractor cabins.

Looking for change and armed with the new Uticolor process, in 1972 Keith began trade in ‘vinyl welding and repairs’ and things soon boomed until there were Uticolor mobile service repairers in most populated regions.  Those early repairers requested greater security of trade to avoid competition between repairers so Keith adopted the then new concept of franchising and thus Uticolor became one of Australia’s first mobile service franchise systems.

Shortly after, Uticolor Japan and USA, which were sales based businesses, ceased to trade. Despite this, the franchised Uticolor Australia grew in size and diversity by developing its own products here in Australia and adapting to changes in the market as they occurred.

The seventies brought a massive increase in the use of plastics in motor vehicles and accordingly Uticolor created materials and repair techniques to bond, weld and finish these plastics.

The eighties saw a resurgence of leather upholstery in both motor vehicles and domestic furniture. Uticolor adapted again by developing its own leather repair materials and processes.   It was at this time Keith’s son Lindsay took on a managerial role with the company after working as a Uticolor sub-contractor in the field and studying plastics and surface coatings.

In more recent years Uticolor has formulated range of highly specialised water-based coatings that perform to the exacting standards of product performance required for modern leather finishes. It is this technology that allows Uticolor technicians to regularly service the furnishing needs of clients such as Australian Parliament Buildings, The High Court and The Reserve Bank of Australia. Not forgetting our roots, our repairers are just as willing and able to attend to the needs of individual clients and households should even a small nick or cut might need attention.

Sadly, founder Keith Smith passed away in 2009 but he has left behind him Australia’s premier mobile plastic and vinyl repair service whose franchisees take pride in their standard of work, the sharing knowledge within the system and our achievements over the passage of time.

Today Uticolor is a truly comprehensive mobile repair service supplying specialised skills to the motor vehicle and furniture trades as well as to many diverse industries where plastics and coatings are used.

We are proud to say that our first franchisee has only just retired after working with us for over forty years.

Uticolor is Australia’s largest mobile vinyl, plastic and leather repair service, performing most repairs on site. We can repair and cosmetically enhance almost all degraded and damaged domestic/vehicle interior and exterior materials, upholstery, trim, carpets, seats, dashboards, steering wheels, bumper bars and other components that are torn, scratched, scuffed or faded. Uticolor services include plastic welding, repairs, recolouring and resurfacing, vinyl welding, re-colouring and conditioning, leather repair and re-finishing, auto carpet, cloth and velour colour rejuvenation and repairs, redying, rebonding and re-finishing, and odour elimination treatments. Uticolor has around 100 mobile repair technicians / franchises Australia-wide. We repair cars, boats, and farm and industrial equipment. We service a wide range of clientele including the automotive trades, the furniture industry, the marine and shipping industry and a diverse range of industrial and agricultural clients.[Note: Uticolor is sometimes incorrectly referred to as Udicolor, Udicolour, Uticolour, Unicolor or Unicolour.]

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