InnovationAus finalists for the Manufacturing Innovation award

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

Industrial policy and advanced manufacturing are back in focus, with policy makers, investors and innovators looking to take advantage of global changes to revive the domestic sector. At the cutting edge in Australia, innovators are finding new ways to meet surging demand for cleaner, more reliable and sophisticated products.

With billions in new investment about to be pumped into Australian manufacturing through a landmark government fund, the stakes and the opportunity are high.

The 2023 InnovationAus Awards for Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation celebrate some of the country’s most promising companies ready to take full advantage.

The finalists in this category are:

The InnovationAus Awards for Excellence 2023 winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 1 November at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney. You can book your tickets here.

Behind the finalists:

BluGlass is an ASX listed company commercialising breakthrough semiconductor manufacturing technology called Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD). The low temperature, cleaner manufacturing platform offers unique performance advantages for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors.

The Sydney company’s patented RPCVD technology is a key pillar of its GaN laser offering, which is being sold to industrial, quantum, defence, display, and biotech markets around the world.

Mint Innovation is at the forefront of a new circular economy of “green metals”. The New Zealand founded business has established the world’s first commercial scale biorefinery in Sydney to extract metals, such as gold and copper, from electronic waste on a commercial scale.

The extraction occurs through a proprietary low-carbon process of natural biomass and smart chemistry that can be deployed at small scale, stopping ewaste from ending up in landfill or being sent overseas.

Mint Innovation is already processing around 25 per cent of Australia’s annual PCB waste, the harmful pollutants common in electronics like circuit boards and transformers.

Wollongong startup Sicona Battery Technologies is commercialising a next-generation silicon anode to dramatically increase the energy density of current lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

Based on research from the University of Wollongong and backed with a $22 million series A, the company is eyeing a global expansion to the US for its technology, which can the increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries by 50-100 per cent

The InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence are supported by: Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Investment NSW, Agile Digital, CSIRO, METS Ignited, Q-CTRL, TechnologyOne and IP Australia.

The InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence are proudly supported by Investment NSW, AusIndustry, Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Agile Digital, CSIRO, TechnologyOne, IP Australia, METS Ignited and Q-CTRL.

Protecting your great ideas with intellectual property (IP) rights can lead to lasting benefits for your growing business. IP refers to creations of the mind, such as a brand, logo, invention, design or artistic work. Head to the IP Australia website to find out more about IP, and how it might help your business.
Reserve your place at the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence black-tie dinner by clicking here.

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