The Hoselink coupling patent is registered.
Sign a deal with hose manufacturer Dayco Swan to distribute fittings throughout retailers in the USA. Sign a deal with a French direct marketing company. In Australia fittings are distributed via Yates and sold in Bunnings, Big W, Mitre10, Kmart and other retailers.
Tim moves to the UK to try and build the business in Europe, with various attempts to sell direct via QVC TV shopping in the USA, UK & Germany.
After battling along for 9 years and near financial ruin, the retail distribution model is abandoned. Tim re-groups and returns to Australia.
In a last ditch attempt to save the business, the Australian online website is launched.
Tim’s daughter Sally leaves her job to help the business and the first customer service employees are hired. Everyone is working from the Kierath family dining room.
Tim and his daughter Sally appear in the first 4 minute advertorial on Channel 9’s Kerry-Ann Morning Show. The phone line rings hot all day!
With growing sales, operations are moved into a 100sqm warehouse and office space in Brookvale. Sally gets another job and leaves things to Tim to run.
The first TV ad campaign starts, featuring hose fittings, hoses and a hose reel. They strike a chord and the first hose reel shipment sells out.
Tim’s son Ben joins the business full-time.
Inventory and staff is growing rapidly so operations are moved into a 1,300sqm warehouse on the other side of Brookvale.
Tim’s son James joins the business full-time (and gets roped into photo shoots).
Tim ignites his passion for cars and at the same time helps raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service by entering the annual Outback Car Trek in his re-fit 1972 Holden Brougham.
Exhibit for the first time at the Newcastle Home Show. The team is blown away by the positive customer response they receive.
Our Hoselink no-burst fittings are awarded the 2013 Australian Business Award for Product Excellence.
The Hoselink website gets a fresh look.
Start selling Hoselink fittings in the USA via Amazon.
On the move again into a 3,500sqm warehouse & office to cope with growing storage, staff and operational requirements.
This time our Hose Reels are awarded the 2015 Australian Business Award for Product Excellence.
A huge innovation in our hose fittings. After a complete re-design, the new and improved Hose Connector with Flow Control is launched.
We take a new approach to our TV advertising and freshen things up.
Not to be outdone by the boys, Tim’s daughter Sally re-joins the business.
Popularity is high with 73,000+ reviews across the Hoselink website and external review sites and 100,000 likes on the Hoselink Facebook page.
Exhibiting in our portable "container" at the Agquip Field Days.
Invention and innovation is an ongoing process. A number of new projects are in the works with an expected launch in early 2018. Top secret!