Generally speaking, working on a minesite is a messy job. From the red dirt of the Pilbara to the black dust of coal, no matter where you are in Australia, chances are you will end the day needing a shower.


The same applies to the equipment and vehicles used on a minesite which face the elements come rain or shine day in, day out.


While the exterior of vehicles are designed to repel dirt and dust and can be easily cleaned up with a quick wash, the interior is sometimes a different story. Upholstery on seats is a prime example where dust can become ingrained in the fabric and cause the integrity of the material to become compromised.


This is where Black Duck Seat Covers come to the fore as its covers are designed to protect, even in the harshest of environments.


As a family-owned business that has operated in Australia for almost 30 years, the company has perfected the art of manufacturing high quality, tailored- t seat covers for a wide range of commercial vehicles including 4WDs, trucks, buses and earthmoving equipment.


“As the pioneers of seat protection, Black Duck Seat Covers have been proactive in developing the best in seat cover technology to cater specifically for the tough conditions faced by Australian vehicle owners on a daily basis,” Black Duck Seat Covers Commercial Manager Siri Akre said.


One of its best-known products is its Heavy Duty Canvas range, which is tried and tested, ultra-heavy duty and made using a cotton-based, military grade, 14.9oz Australian canvas.


The product has been tested to meet stringent Australian Standards for strength and endurance with proven durability and stress metrics. Using the latest in advanced fabric treatment technologies, the canvas is treated for resistance to water, rot and mildew.


“Many companies, particularly in the resources and construction industries, use Black Duck Canvas seat covers on their fleet vehicles to protect the original seats against dust, dirt, grime and general wear and tear,” Ms Akre said.


“Having a damaged seat can significantly reduce the resale value of a vehicle when the time comes to offload the asset, so early protection is paramount.


“Investing in a well-fitting, heavy-duty seat cover at the fit-out stage will ensure the seats remain in pristine condition from the outset.”


All Black Duck Seat Covers are made in Australia, using Australian-made materials at both of its manufacturing facilities in Kelmscott, Western Australia and Wangaratta, Victoria.


While manufacturing techniques are growing ever more advanced, Black Duck’s extensive quality assurance process is still done manually throughout the production process to ensure every product delivered meets stringent quality standards.


“Working closely with local fabric manufacturers, Black Duck offers several options to provide solutions for all applications and conditions to keep the original seat in pristine condition,” Ms Akre said.


“The Black Duck range includes seat covers designed to be hard-wearing, water-resistant and tear-resistant and offers superior protection for vehicles that experience heavy use.


“All fabrics used are independently tested to ensure internal and external benchmarks, including Australian Standards, are met with every seat cover produced.”