Dobinsons Spring & Suspension
Throughout the 1940’s and early 1950’s Reg Dobinson, a hard working blacksmith earned a well deserved reputation as an exceptional tradesman and expert spring repairer. He began perfecting his spring repair and manufacturing skills at the Queensland Railway and as a result the demand for his expertise grew. As he began to specialise in spring repair and manufacture, it led him to take on further weekend work for friends, repairing springs in his spare time.
Reg’s keen eye for quality, attention to detail and his passion for blacksmithing and spring repair soon saw Reg spend all his spare time working. In 1953, having more work than he could handle, Reg found ‘Dobinson’s Welding Works’ (now known as ‘Dobinson’s Spring & Suspension’) under a tamarin tree in the backyard of his Rockhampton home.
The next few decades saw the business grow exceptionally as Reg began specialising in the repair and manufacture of springs for the town of Rockhampton and its surrounding areas. With a huge demand for his quality work, Reg was soon working up to 18 hours a day, 7 days a week – without taking holidays for years at a time.
An innovator and a man ahead of his time, Reg purchased Central Queensland’s very first computer in the mid 60’s to improve efficiency. He also began to manufacture his own machinery such as a leaf spring eye roller – designed, engineered and built by Reg himself, utilising manufactured parts and hydraulics taken from ex war-planes.
In the late 70’s, Reg’s sons Glen and Keith Dobinson’s joined the growing family business and immediately showed the same passion and expertise in spring repair and manufacturing, allowed Reg’s work load to be shared. With fresh eyes and more hands on deck, Dobinson’s began to distribute their quality products throughout Australia.
Dobinson’s Spring and Suspension’s success throughout the Australian market sparked a desire for Reg and his sons to share their top quality products with the world. In the mid 1980’s Dobinson’s exported their first order. Whilst Dobinson’s now export to over 50 countries worldwide, in a time before fax machines were prevalent and the Internet existed, this meant a trip down to the local post office to purchase international phone books to find distributors worldwide and in turn make it possible to receive orders internationally.
In 1991 Dobinson’s moved to its current location in Rockhampton, and in 1994 Reg retired leaving Glen and Keith as directors of the ever expanding business. In the mid 90’s their vision saw them design and build an entire coil spring manufacturing line and Dobinson’s began producing world class coil springs from their Australian production facility.
In the late 90’s with over 40 years of spring and suspension experience already under their belt, Dobinson’s began designing, developing and distributing their own range of 4×4 shock absorbers. In the early 2000’s Glen and Keith’s children began working in the family business and with a shared passion for the suspension industry and 4×4’s, Dobinson’s Spring and Suspension continued growing.
In 2009 Dobinson’s began the research, development and testing of their range of 4×4 accessories which have earned a reputation as high quality 4×4 products which complement their extensive range of suspension products.
Over 60 years on, and three generations later Dobinson’s Spring and Suspension’s Rockhampton production and warehousing facility has grown to over 60,000 square feet. Dobinson’s now have over five major warehousing distribution facilities across Australia with an Australia wide dealer network, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.