Dye Manufacturers of Australia began its history at the start of last century as a small chemical company preparing ointments and medicinal preparations.
Colorants were used in the preparations and a progression into the manufacture of package dyes for use in clothing and foodstuff occurred. The company prospered and as medical science developed, diversified into the importation of medical ancillaries.
Larger premises were purchased in Fortitude Valley to accommodate the increased activity. Eventually new medicines became available and the salves and unguents prepared by the company lost favour. The dye business however, grew.
The demand for dyestuff increased as the community endured the restricted availability of clothing and material and the depression following the Great War. Recycling was a necessity and domestic dyeing was one way to dress up the scarce material resources available to the community. Every haberdasher, pharmacist and general merchant carried dyes as a stock item.
As materials became more readily available by the end of the great depression, the demand for dye declined. However, there has been a recent resurgence in demand for Fabric Dyes and Craft Products which has led to the introduction of a host of exciting new products in the TINTEX range.