A little known family owned business is celebrating its success after taking out the Premier of Queensland’s export award.

Packer Leather is setting a benchmark by going against the economic tide.

Amy Saunders reports.


While most businesses in the import market are struggling, this one based at Narangba is booming.

The local leather processor experienced one of its most successful years to date, exporting almost 85% of its high quality kangaroo hide.

Andrew Luke, Packer Leather: “It’s definitely our attention to detail. We make leathers to very tight engineering specifications that many other tanneries out there are unable to copy.”

Today, fourth and fifth generation Packers operate of one of Australia’s biggest tanneries.

And Packer leather says a lot of its continued success comes down to good old family values.

Andrew Luke, Packer Leather: “Without their involvement and their support the business wouldn’t be around today.”

After 125 years of success, Packer leather aren’t resting on their laurels and are looking to the future.

Andrew Luke, Packer Leather: “We are completely committed to innovation and solving the customers problems.”

And the current exchange rate is helping them do just that, so much so they’ve tipped another $3 million into the business.

Amy Saunders, QUT News.