Chris Heyring. Inventor/Founder
Chris and his wife Anny arrived with their two daughters Tristin and Cerys in Australia in 1975, where Chris and Anny took up lecturing posts in the Dept of Art and Design at Curtin University in Perth.
After teaching there for five years Chris and Anny started up Tensile Structures Pty. Ltd., designing and building highly innovative exhibition structures, unique corporate tents and special architectural tension roof systems. In 1986 the Heyrings moved to Dunsborough, SW Australia, where they employed up to 27 employees satisfying contracts throughout Australia. Many of these multi design award and iconic structures and designs are still used to this day around Australia and overseas.
In 1989 Chris filed the two original main patents for Kinetic Pty Ltd. Anny and Chris together converted the first Kinetic prototype on their verandah at home in Eagle Bay and after gaining some vehicle prototyping contracts with Jeep, Land-Rover and Mercedes they grew the company and employed 15 engineers and technicians. Over the next decade Chris and the Kinetic team converted over 30 secret prototypes for all the major vehicle manufacturers in their Dunsborough work shop and also overseas at the vehicle manufacturers R&D facilities in England, America, Germany, Japan and France.
Between 1989 to 2000 Chris and the Kinetic team lodged 24 families of patents relating to novel inventions for the suspension systems for cars, SUVs and trucks.
During this time they also converted special vehicles for the MOD and SAS in both UK and Australia.
The Kinetic suspension technology is now factory fitted as standard equipment in various Toyota 4x4s, Nissan Patrols and the acclaimed McLaren MP4-12c and P1 super sports cars.
Kinetic became involved in the Dakar (Mitsubishi) and WRC (Citroen) rallies and Kinetic cars blitzed both events for 3 years until the technology was banned for providing exclusive benefits to Mitsubishi and Citroen teams.
Kinetic was sold to Automotive parts giant "Tenneco Automotive" in 2000 and after consulting to Tenneco for a couple of years Chris moved on and started up another new company Nauti-Craft Pty. Ltd. Many of the original Kinetic team are now working with Chris at Nauti-Craft in Dunsborough.
Nauti-Craft has built up a new IP port folio of five new international patents families dating back to 2002.
In 2011 Nauti-Craft entered a competition held by the Carbon Trust and since then has won four successive contracts to develop suspension technology for boats accessing wind farms in the North Sea.
Since 2009 Chris’ involvement in IP and innovations has also extended to filing four more international patents for a unique solution to the problem of wobbly cafe and restaurant tables. Chris runs No-Rock tables Pty Ltd part time with his son Toby.