Australian Made Awards 2022

Australian Made Awards 2022

Welcome to the Australian Made Awards 2022 APAC Insider are proud to introduce the Australian Made Awards which is the latest edition to our awards portfolio. This programme seeks to reward a diverse range of manufacturers, suppliers, and creative makers. Manufacturers play a huge role in the Australian economy and is a significant industry across the country. Resources technology, mineral process, food & beverages, medical products, recycling, clean energy, and defence form some of the key areas which cover the manufacturing priorities throughout the nation. APAC Insider’s annual awards were launched to highlight the amazing work done by those firms and individuals whose ceaseless dedication to innovation, customer care, and the continued growth and improvement of their businesses has seen them forge ahead of their competitors and raise the bar for performance and results in their industry. Manufacturing contributes about six per cent of Australia’s GDP and supports 860,000+ jobs. Whilst Australian manufacturing has declined over the last decade, this is a common trend in advanced economies. However, this played a crucial role in supporting the health response to the pandemic (COVID-19) by delivering personal protective equipment and essential medical equipment throughout the country. The government’s long term strategy aims to support productivity growth, leading to more competitive businesses and higher wages. Sofi Bajor, Editor Website: AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

4. Apex Shutters & Blinds: Best Shutter & Cane Décor Experts - QLD 6. Successful Endeavours: Best Complex Electronic Product Business 2022 7. Metal Garden: Best Metal Flower Sculptures Provider 2022 8. Ethan Thomas Collection: Best Luxury Haircare Brand 2022 9. Dolphin Plastics and Packaging: Best Plastic Packaging Manufacturers - QLD 10. Just Tint Melbourne: Best Window Tinting Specialists - VIC 11. SafeGauge: Safety Tech Innovators of the Year 2022 12. Innofocus Photonics Technology Pty Ltd: Best Intelligent Laser Manufacturing Specialists 2022 13. Nina’s Bees: Most Trusted Artisan Skincare & Gift Company - NSW 14. Gould Marketing:Best Business Marketing & Communications Agency - QLD 15. Fabric Conversions: High-Quality Curtains Retailer of the Year 2022 - VIC 16. The Fawcett Group: Plumbing Contractor of the Year 2022 - Adelaide 17. Atturra: Redefining Futures Through Technology Contents

Jan22686 Best Shutter & Cane Décor Experts - QLD Based on the Gold Coast, Apex Shutters & Blinds (Apex) is leading the way when it comes to creating bespoke shutters for customers across Australia and New Zealand. Believing a house becomes a home when it is personalised, the team creates one-off pieces just as their customers envision them; beautiful in form and in shape, they sit proudly in the most prestigious of homes. As an Australian Made and Owned Business, Apex Shutters & Blinds is a third-generation family-run local company known for manufacturing outof-the-box, handmade, luxury pieces. Managing Director, Eduardo Murillo’s passion for craftmanship, design, and fine materials hails from his parents and grandparents – The Murillo side of the family being the founders of this strong manufacturing business in the Philippines, which continues today on the Gold Coast. The company offers a large range of superior window and door shutters, providing a solution to suit any homely need, from the intimacy of the bedroom to the relaxed and contemporary ambience of the casual dining area, or the classic sophistication of a period dining room. With skilled hands and expertise, its team combines style and practicality to create a beautiful and versatile design feature which gives a fresh and inviting look to any home. The Apex team works extensively with clients, architects, and interior designers at all stages of planning and construction to provide a personal service and the knowhowtoensurevalue for money addition to any building. They are highly trained in their fields and have a meticulous eye for detail, handling each individual job with the utmost ease and efficiency. Indeed, being a small family business, the quality of work produced is of the most personal importance to the team, priding themselves in their quality of work and the people they craft these pieces for. It comes from the heart; theywant the final piece to look as exceptional in the home as the customer does. Eduardo says, “It is thrilling and very rewarding to interpret a project design with a truly surprising outcome that a client might never have expected or imagined.” The team’s outstanding quality of work is enhanced by the company’s supportive and positive culture which values trust, generosity, and goodwill. Eduardoviews this as important, commenting, “These days culture is such an underrated element at the workplace that we often attribute hits and misses to other elements – until we get reminded about what we miss about places.” First, he believes that if you trust, you get trusted in return – warmly and supportively. You have people to both ventilate to and co-create solutions with. There is safety and love, and it’s reciprocal. There is active listening and empathy. There is authenticity and the courage to create constructive suggestions into a betterwhole. There is consistency. Second is generosity; unconditional giving, within boundaries, is perhaps most missed when it’s rare. Time, love, intellection, creation – and celebration. And there’s no asking what anyone will get in return. Last is goodwill. Actions, both honest and challenging, are undertaken with goodwill. Because of goodwill, even the most candid utterances are cushioned and considered for their intent to improve, never to destroy. Creating custom-made Aug 2583 shutters is the opportunity to turn design ideas into reality. Eduardo and his team believe that every home is unique, so creating bespoke pieces to fit specific interior and exterior spaces is important. This all really shows through each project, with Apex’s customers falling in love with their living spaces all over again thanks to their remarkable shutters. One customer comments, “We are extremely happy with our shutters. Apex was fantastic fromstart to finish. Requested a quote online and they rung us back immediately. We were able to visit the factory to look at the shutters being made. The final product is amazing, great quality. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for shutters.” Another customer says, “A great family-owned and -run company to do business with. Friendly, professional service from the office staff and the installers, and an excellent result. Took only three weeks from measure to install our plantation shutters.” Someone else shares, “Apex Blinds have just fitted our home with shutters. Could not be happier with the efficiency, service, and outcome. They responded quite promptly to my online enquiry. Had a lovely man out to measure up within days. Quote within 24 hours which came in very reasonable, and the shutters were fitted within a couple of weeks. The email and phone communication was well above standard and professional. I will definitely be using these guys in the future and recommending to anyone that asks. Very happy.” Company: Apex Shutters & Blinds Contact: Eduardo Murillo Email: [email protected] Website:

Jan22686 In a world that ‘needs a better deal’, Successful Endeavours is the Australian manufacturing companymaking this happen. Between its exemplary teamand its continued pedigree forworking, reliable, adaptable products, it hopes to continue fostering healthy localisation of manufacturing, bolstering Australia’s voice in the international product development market and share of global manufacturing opportunities. Critically, it prides itself on being able to make a difference; it also wishes to embody the new idea that businesses are not just for moneymaking, but for improving the world in the macro scale. Best Complex Electronic Product Business 2022 Successful Endeavours exists to change the Australian economy one complex design electronic product at a time. Creating all its productswithin the continent proper, it supports theAustralianmanufacturing sector byway of creating fundamental value, alongside a multitude of different specialised jobs that many other industries do not, both direct and indirect. Nominally, manufacturing is good at spreadingwealth and spreading success. As a result, Successful Endeavours is proud to be a part of the industry it represents, bucking the notion that theAustralian manufacturing industry is dead by championing the strength of its continued growth thanks to the contributions of the people within it. For the past 7 years, it and its staff have numbered among these contributors. Indeed, at present it starts a new product development every 2 days, and most of these are custom IoT and ICT appliances that push the envelope when it comes to what’s possible for the field to achieve. This innovation covers everything from electronics design to printed circuit board layout, physical arrangement, embedded software development, technical web services, prototyping, and niche electronic manufacture including small volume industry 4.0 advanced manufacture. Allowing the design of custom electronic products that can be made in Victoria, it enables the generating of profit and innovation both, able to either fill untapped markets or create a whole new niche by taking an existing product and creating a vastly more competitive one. Thus, its adaptation of existing technology has brought it renown, as well as its augmentation of existing teams for clients. Being based in Melbourne, it boasts that pedigree, keeping the prestige of the ‘Australia Made’ label by way of reliability, long-lasting warranty, and timely support. Therefore, its staunch principles create a rising tide that lifts all ships, dedicating itself to the development of a healthy internal culture that makes for capable and competent staff who know exactly what they’re doing and all work well together. This is also helping it to drive the forward momentum of manufacture towards a better future; setting an example for peers and stakeholders alike, it wishes to push Australia towards better B2B, academia, and public commercial research. Indeed, it will push for this by continuing to create working products with a ‘hot team’ internal organisational structure, moving into a larger premises and focusing on clean energy as well as Industry 4.0, resulting in more years of ongoing opportunity and prosperity. Company: Successful Endeavours Contact: Ray Keefe Website: ul 28

Sep22137 Richard Kloester is the award-winning sculptor behind Metal Garden’s metal flower sculptures and garden art, which enable people to beautify their gardens affordably – with free delivery across Australia. Richard founded Metal Garden using his skills as an “industrial designer”. A graduate from Queensland University of Technology with Distinction, he was placed on the Dean’s list, and he was also admitted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. Richard has exhibited in many gallery exhibitions and his biggest commission was from celebrity interior designer, Shaynna Blaze, from “The Block” and “Selling Houses Australia”. Richard also won first prize for his sculpture at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. His winning sculpture was televised on “Better Homes and Gardens”. Metal Garden is a small husband and wife company operated on a 21 acre hobby farm with beautiful unobstructed views of the countryside. Richard creates all the sculptures from start to finish to ensure they are crafted to his high standards, while Lily carefully wraps them all to be sent via Australia Post throughout the country. Lily and Richard take great pride in looking after their wonderful customers, always going above and beyond to make them happy. There’s a good reason why Metal Garden has a perfect five-star Google rating. One delighted customer who has left a five-star rating comments, “My third order and not my last. Top quality work, top packaging, and brilliant communication. I can recommend most highly. The range of art pieces means there is something for everyone.” Someone else says, “Amazing artwork. I have purchased a few pieces over the last few years and all have been high quality and as advertised. They arrive quickly and any questions are answered swiftly. They are a pleasure to do business with. Great Aussie company.” Another person shares, “We bought a pair of flowers and two different animals – they are all gorgeous pieces and look brilliant amongst the green in the garden. Reasonably priced for their size too, unlike other metal products around. Generous and fast postage too. Thanks so much, Richard, we will definitely be back to purchase more for the collection.” Metal Garden also offers commissions for those who desire a sculpture that isn’t available in its shop. Simply get in touch with an idea and its size, and Lily and Richard will be in touch with a quote. Commissions that are within one metre square are delivered for free, however, if a larger sculpture is required, there will be additional freight costs using a courier. Ultimately, it’s easy to see how Metal Garden has come to achieve such success within the Australian Made Awards 2022, between Richard’s passion for his craft and the exceptional works of art he creates, and his and Lily’s devotion and dedication towards pleasing their customers. We at APAC Insider are truly rooting for the continued success of this outstanding business. Company: Metal Garden Contact: Richard Kloester Email: [email protected] Website: Best Metal Flower Sculptures Provider 2022

May22239 Having been a mobile hairdresser for over 12 years, Ethan Thomas has founded his bespoke, outstanding, and rigorously quality tested hairdressing products platform – the Ethan Thomas Collection – in order to give his clients easy access to his product range. Indeed, this is a service that his clients have been clamouring for, as during his mobile haircare he brings the best of the best with him, but to travel with enough stock to supply the demand for those who wished purchase his haircare products off him was untenable. Thus, the Ethan Thomas Collection became the solution. Nominally, the Ethan Thomas Collection is an online service through which Ethan’s clients can access his product range, having it delivered directly to them so that they may work it into their usual haircare routine. Thus, Ethan Thomas Collection as a business has become a trusted and well-known provider of such products. It posts its products to clients all over Australia in order to give even his clients on the furthest reaches of the continent access to the founder’s own expertise, resulting in another benefit as the business began to use the website to collate feedback on various items in stock. This has allowed it to give increasingly accurate expectations and directives regarding what kind of hair type each product is best for, and in what sort of routine each product would work best, always dedicated to acting on the comments, concerns, and queries of its clients in order to better its own business. Fundamentally, its organic, Aussie-made, vegan-friendly, sulphate-free, and parabenfree range has been developed to suit a wide diversity of the market segment. It also does not carry products with overpowering smells, preferring subtle tones that do not denote the involvement of harsh chemicals. Having started the platform in 2017, the Ethan Thomas Collection has grown exponentially since, and shows no signs of stopping. Moving from the tiny bedroomwhere it began to the warehouse it currently has space in, it can store and send so many more products, made possible by its incredible team of hard-working staff; this warehouse – Fairhaven – is also NDIS certified for accessibility. This means that the Ethan Thomas Collection is manned by many differently abled people, all of whom are equally thanked for their incredible efforts in supporting clients. Moreover, this staff is how the Ethan Thomas Collection was able to pull through the tumult of the pandemic, pushing through challenges such as supply issues that made it hard to keep up with demand, hitting bottle caps and labels as well as raw ingredients, but its people helped it power through. Supporting Australian made pedigree both within the continent and internationally, Ethan Thomas himself ensures that his business remains a friendly, locally minded enterprise no matter how big his collection grows, with a VIP Facebook group that allows him to have a one-on-one relationship with his clients. He promises that this will remain true in the coming years of growth that the Ethan Thomas Collection is expecting, excited to see what products he can introduce to his clients next. Company: Ethan Thomas Collection Contact: Ethan Thomas Hinchcliffe Website: Best Luxury Haircare Brand 2022 Sep2 005

Feb22538 A leading manufacturer of quality polyethylene products, Dolphin Plastics and Packaging creates quality packaging for quality products. Small enough to put the customer first and big enough to handle the business’s key accounts seamlessly, it manages to manufacture large product runs in its full-service process, made possible by its incredibly dedicated and diligent team of professionals. Working with all different types of plastic, its friendly and front-running attitude and ability to serve a huge range of businesses has secured it a pedigree across all different verticals of the market in Queensland. Having made a name for itself in a wide variety of sectors from retail to industrialproduction, mining, medical, agriculture, and asbestos removal, Dolphin Plastics and Packaging has been utilising its exceptional experience in order to guarantee impeccable service. With a wide range of products that cover cytotoxic waste bags, plants, custom packaging, and more, its knowledgeable, helpful, and experienced people provide the best products on the market, making use of the newest innovations in polyethylene film extrusions. Nominally, the years of procedure development and policy improvement under its belt have allowed it to continue to keep abreast of and to reliably meet the changing standards of the wider world. When it comes to Australian Standards of Compliance, it cuts no corners and takes no risks, operating with the utmost tenacity in order to develop robust packaging that fulfils even the most demanding roles. Critically, it wants to know what its customer’s expectations are so that it can always go above and beyond. Such attitudes have earned it a multitude of accreditations such as the ISO9001-2015, as well as recognition for its environmental commitments and policies, all of which promise to vastly reduce carbon footprint, cut down on carbon monoxide production, and increase the use of its recycling and pelletizing machine. Across the board, diversity is another commitment for Dolphin. Taking pride in its diverse, unique, and tightly knit team, it invites new recruits into a space that values personal differences and a variety of backgrounds, one where everyone shares a crystal-clear vision of what the company is trying to achieve. Empowered in trust, this has cultivated an internal atmosphere of people who know their market, customers, and industry from the demands being made of the company to the constants and opportunities of the manufacturing sector in the macro scale. Today, both challenges and opportunities are numerous. The latter include government support of manufacture and development, as well as increased market respect for environmental sustainability, and the former include the difficulties presented by international trade embargos, procurement issues, and raw supply disruptions. Indeed, with such challenges presented to the Australian manufacturing industry such as new parameters surrounding trade, internal procurement issues, and supply chain mapping, Dolphin’s specialized products are bringing new ways of looking at plastics the world over. Thanks to its exemplary production acumen, delivery abilities, and customization, the industry 4.0 proclivities it has become known for are allowing for growth of its own business and the wider sector proper. In short: watch this space. Company: Dolphin Plastics and Packaging Contact: Emma Shepherd Website: Best Plastic Packaging Manufacturers - QLD Aug22573

May22239 The experts in window tinting in the region of Melbourne, it prides itself on the says that ‘the name says it all’. Just Tint Melbourne never compromises on quality, whether it’s regarding material of craftsmanship; with high-tech, personable, friendly service, and impeccable results that will last yearswithout needing further servicing, itswindow tinting iswidely available throughout Melbourne and promises to be both on time and within budget, respecting the various needs and requirements of its diverse client base. Taking great pride in its work, Just Tint Melbourne will never scrimp on quality, materials, or craftsmanship in car, home, and commerical window tinting. With its high-tech and friendly service, its entire company culture is based around the second-tonone service it provides, and the deeply dedicated attitude that its staff hold towards the clients is served. Nominally, with respect, kindness, and diligence, its work promises to always work hard to remain true to its word and cognizant of client schedules, resulting in a business that actively encourages clients to get in touch regarding all comments, queries, and concerns, from rescheduling to misgivings regarding any aspect of service. Whether the problem is big or small, it will always work hard to resolve it in a satisfactory manner. Of course, the deeply nurturing and highly sensitive team members that make up its staff are the reason it can achieve this, and it wishes to extend its gratitude to all of them as they constantly prove Just Tint Melbourne’s lofty goals as something they achieve for every project. Individuals are celebrated, ideas are valued, and respect of diversity is a bare minimum, allowing it to deliver successful, prompt, and effective window tinting by talented, supportive, and strategicallyminded employees. Having multiple branches within Melbourne proper, as well as having generated significant developments within window tinting as an industry, its innovations set itself apart by way of its exclusive partnerships and world-renowned carcare in the industry-approved workspace it has created for itself. Therefore, its quality standard tools and impeccable working environment has ensured that proper procedures are followed without scruples from the very first interaction with a client to the time they drive away. Indeed, having achieved the rewards of stimulating work, a family-like environment, and educational and training facilities that allow each new member of staff to be onboarded properly and hit the ground running to hit its lofty standards, it promises to keep expanding and growing in the future. Soon, it will be able to assist and deliver its work to so many more customers; and it is excited to do so for manymore years. Company: Just Tint Melbourne Contact: Dan Ekanayake Website: Best WindowTinting Specialists - VIC Aug 562

Feb22538 The developers of smart tools that allow workers to safely maintain heavy machinery, SafeGauge has made itself a front running voice in modern, innovative, market leading equipment. Indeed, with a target of improving safety in themining industry on a global scale, it supports local businesseswith a fervent vigour, keeping a friendly local attitude even as its efforts seek to change an international market for the better. Australian owned, Australian operated, and powered by Australian ingenuity, SafeGauge has been spurring on revolutions in the mining industry since its entry onto the scene. Nominally, its flagship product, the SafeTest PT Series, allowed it to immediately hit the ground running with a new frontier of pressure testing technology that has taken the technician out of the danger zone, allowing technicians to stay clear of the crush zones and increasing accuracy by way of advanced engineering. Leveraging an innovative approach to data capture and recall, the results of such pressure tests have become far more reliable for the technicians in it serves. Ostensibly, diminishing the risks posed by traditional tooling by putting distance between the operations site and the technician has set a new bar for global safety. The drive that made this possible was that of the founder – Luke Dawson – someone who spent many years working as a heavy mobile plant mechanic himself, and therefore understands the risk of bodily harm that workers face on a day-to-day basis. Now, with its SafeTest PT testing kit that uses Bluetooth, its original Transducer series proper, and so much more to come, it has become a household name for the mining industry outside of Australia as well as within its borders; SafeGauge technology can now be found in America, Asia, and Africa too. Fundamentally, its technologies allow technicians and their employers to rest assured that risk to their person has been managed properly. In the event of catastrophic failure, the operator is not near the danger zone. Thus, off the back of its first product’s success, it created a range of other innovative solutions. These have included a Wireless Dial Indicator for measuring movement, an iOS and Android application, and an outstanding capability for further in-house research and development that will ensure continued ingenuity. Being the most efficient market option for hydraulic pressure testing currently available, it is proud to say it has been able to achieve its goal of reducing risk to mine workers by way of simple, accurate, and smart tools, something it is excited to keep sharing with the world going forward. Company: SafeGauge Website: Phone: 1300 222 392 Safety Tech Innovators of the Year 2022 Aug22613

Jan22686 FeFbe2b225233869 Innofocus Photonics Technology is a world-leading technology innovation company focusing on intelligent laser nanofabrication technology and equipment to enable development of advanced photonics devices, miniature optoelectronics components, green-energy new materials, and other advanced manufacturing applications. Innofocus developed the world-first intelligent laser nanoprinting system, named NanoPrint3D Intelligent Laser Nanofabrication System, capable of fabricating arbitrarily designed 3D/2D nanostructures with high resolution of less than 100 nm (approximately 1/1000th of the thickness of a hair strand), and high precision in positioning accuracy of 1nm. NanoPrint3D is a truly intelligent system that meets the customers’ needs from both academia and industry, with capabilities of a high degree of automation, intelligent advice on parameter configuration, scenario-oriented solution package, SOP-based software modules, embedded optimised fabrication algorithms, surface autolanding and auto-tracing, fibre core auto-tracing, multifocal parallel fabrication, laser beam shaping, and the world unique in-situ 3D refractive index characterisation functions. Established in Melbourne Australia, Innofocus completes all its R&D, testing, and manufacture in Australia. Innofocus system equipment has been certified to use the “Australian Made” logo with its complete intellectual properties and patented technologies representing the Australian standard as a worldleading position in the global nanofabrication industry. After been awarded as the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards Finalist 2022, Innofocus is honoured to have the attention and recognition from the industry for its Highly Encrypted Laser Nanofabrication Method for Colourful Digital ID Tags, which can expand possibility of digital transformation in an all-connected world, with capabilities that go beyond authentication, providing future information confidence and visual presentation. Innofocus believes that “Keep Innovating, Stay Focused” is the key spirt in its team to bring out high-value solutions. Consisting with a crossdisciplinary R&D team, Innofocus gathers a group of experts in fields including photonics, algorithms, automation and precision control, software engineering, machine vision, data analytics, optoelectronics, t e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s , and nanomaterials. The comprehensive coverage in team expertise, allowing the Innofocus team to collaborate to find the most cost-effective solutions based on market needs and industry challenges. Looking forward toward future development, Innofocus is dedicated to further enhancing and extending its nanomanufacturing capacities for Integrated Quantum Photonic Chips (I-QPC) development in the next five years. Throughout the development of information technologies, higher speed, larger bandwidth, lower energy consumption, and higher security and stability, are the ever-increasing demand the human world has. Integrated Quantum Photonic Chips (i-QPC) meet all these stringent requirements and are deemed to be the successor of silicon chips, which are now the core of computers and communication networks that have seen a physical limitation within years. The key functions of QPC rely on sophisticated nanopatterns. Laboratory research into QPCs have been carried out for decades based on customised nanopatterning equipment, which is extremely expensive, requires expert knowledge to operate, and is notorious for low productivity. As QPCs enter the commercialisation and industrialisation era, the existing fabrication capability on precision, reproducibility, and scalability faces tremendous challenges. Based on the extensive experience on precision manufacturing, automation, and photonics nanostructure design and fabrication, Innofocus solves this problem by its entirely intelligent NanoPrint3D system, which can produce reliable 3D nanostructures with minimum human intervention. This purely Australian made system is the only one in Australia and represents the state-of-the-art in the world. It solves the following key sector challenges: 1. High fabrication resolution, precision, flexibility, and reproducibility: Using the world’s best nanopositioning technology combined with AI-Vision powered image recognition, Innofocus’s system achieves nanometric resolution with subnanometer position accuracy and unprecedented reproducibility. The intelligent system combines both structural versality and reliability, which delivers the best performance and flexibility without the need of extensive expertise. It has therefore promoted the wide adoption of laser nanoprinting in the scientific community. 2. Reliable and scalable production: High precision and high throughput are completing requirements and have never been achieved simultaneously before. Based on the patented parallel and automation technology, Innofocus can deliver reliable nanoprinting at a speed 400 times faster than the market best product. This capability has ultimately enabled Innofocus to push the nanoprinting technology in the lab to nanomanufacturing in the industry settings. Innofocus’s unique high-end equipment manufacturing capability makes it the number one technology supplier in the academic field in the past few years, and is gaining more attention and recognition of the industry, for example “TOP10 Photonics Solutions APAC 2021” by Semiconductor Review in the United States, “Australian Tech23 DeepTech Gamechanging Company 2021”, “Finalist of Hello Tomorrow Challenge APAC 2022”, and “Semi-finalist of Australian Technologies Competition 2022” (finalist to be announced soon). With the establishment of the high-yield manufacturing technology, Innofocus is perfectly placed to lead theworld revolution towards nanomanufacturing in the QPC industry, which is estimated to reach $65 billion by 2030. In its next phase development, a Nano Manufacturing Plant (NMP) will be established in Australia by mid-2023, allowing the scaling up of the technology to provide both key components manufacturing and supply of industry-scale manufacturing systems. Innofocus is expected to become a key player in the i-QPC manufacturing space, occupying a significant market share. Company: Innofocus Photonics Technology Pty Ltd Contact: Frank Yao, Founder and CEO Email: [email protected] Website: Best Intelligent Laser Manufacturing Specialists 2022 Aug 641

Mar22270 Aug 61 When we look towards impressive skincare, we should look for products which are as natural as possible. Using all natural resources, with honey and beeswax from their own apiary, Nina’s Bees has risen to new heights of success. In the Australian Made Awards, the team were recognised for this stunning achievement. We dig a little deeper to find out more. Based in the Blue Mountains, Nina’s Bees is more than a family apiary. It’s the home of a sustainable revolution offering stunning skincare products to those who need it most. The team are on a mission to protect dwindling bee populations as well as offering their customers 100% natural products that are of the highest quality and made with love. At the heart of the business, however, are the bees. Nina Tverskikh’s natural approach is part of every aspect of the business,withaholisticapproach meaning love and respect for the colony is paramount. Nina’s beekeeping ethics means there are no Queen excluders, plastic frames or pesticides in the hives. All the bees are from natural swarms and all their colonies build their own comb. Outside influence is as low as possible at all times. Since opening their doors, the Nina’s Bees team have been consistent in their ambitions to create some of the world’s safest and sustainable skincare products. The healing power of Mother Nature comes first at Nina’s Bees and only the finest natural ingredients are part of their range of skincare delights. Oils, herbs and honey is carefully sourced in as environmentally friendly a way as possible to give customers the healthy glow that they’ve been looking for. Too often, people turn to toxins and chemicals when nature has the solution all worked out. To this end, it’ll come as little surprise that they have partnered up with such a renowned company as Native Oils of Australia. Together, both Nina’s Bees and NOA manage to source single origin, Australiangrown native essential oils and natural ingredients for all their products. Over the years, the team have seen the same oil containers returned, cleaned and refilled with the same ingredients on a regular basis reducing landfill considerably. Because bees play such a crucial role in the development of new skincare products, the Nina’s Bees team has made education in the community a vital part of how she operates. She regularly gives talks about the importance of bees to our ecosystems by conducting bee talks at local schools, gardening communities and local business clubs. Through this understanding, people begin to comprehend how connected we all are and how important it is to consider bees and insects in our day to day lives. Nina’s Bees is small, but mighty. It’s a family business in the best sense of the phrase, offering incredible customer service and an awareness of the industry that is second to none. Infused through every product is an awareness of the power of Mother Nature and a determination to ensure that it can thrive at all times. We celebrate the team’s tremendous success and look forward to what they offer in the future. Company: Nina’s Bees Email: [email protected] Web Address: Most Trusted Artisan Skincare & Gift Company - NSW

Jan22686 Gould Marketing, winners of both the above award and the award for ‘Marketing Director of the Year 2022’ thanks to the work of Queensland marketing expert Samantha Gould, has secured its place at the top of the market thanks to its expertise and diligence. With proven results for each of its clients, its numerous accreditations and titles have propelled it to the forefront of its industry, a position that its continual growth promises it will not be forfeiting any time soon. Best Business Marketing & Communications Agency - QLD With proven results, knowledge, and experience, Gould Marketing boasts founders with over 27 years of outstanding work in the industry. Indeed, over the past 16 years, they have seen the market change and develop so much, that when they came set up Gould Marketing 7 years ago, they were incredibly well prepared to hit the ground running, with an in depth understanding of their market segment. Having been recognized for its knowledge, experience, and impeccable work, it has gained accreditation from the Australian Institute of Marketing, gaining an increasingly growing unblemished reputation by way of its physical marketing and online marketing services. Critically, much of this has been made possible by its leading professionals such as Marketing Director Samantha Gould. Her efforts have allowed Gould Marketing’s foundation to be one of expertise and dedication, emboldened by personal and team-based achievements. Nominally, these strategic planning and marketing solutions cover social media, as well as a myriad of other channels, allowing for a comprehensive and holistic approach to market communication. Moreover, tailoring its packages to suit its clients needs and businesses, it secures its place as a fullservice marketing agency. Using the multitude of awards below its belt as springboards from which it can reach broader sections of the market, its holistic services extend to print, radio, and television; it can also handle advertising campaigns, website build and creation, Google advertising campaigns, SEO, social media training, brainstorming, public relations, events presentations, and even influencer or blogger focused campaigns. Above all, it does this to achieve its mission of outstanding marketing and outreach that helps its clients to achieve business growth through intelligence, creativity, and strategy. Primarily, these services are extended tomedium sized businesses inAustralia, New Zealand, the US, the UK, and Europe proper, helping them to secure sustainable growth through strategic marketing and public relations. Achieving thiswith continual investment, innovation, and effective strategy creation, it workswith clients aswell as for them, ensuring positive and dependable returns on investment. Additionally, being Australia made, Australia owned, and Australia focused, it boasts a significant pedigree as a result, something it is proud to serve its market with. It extends its thanks to its clients and staff both in this manner, to its clients for their trust and to its staff for their dependable hard work, repaying some of this by ensuring that their workplace is a healthy, supportive, and balanced one. Thanks to the hard work of its leadership, it is excited to continue staying up to date with the market’s latest trends and developments, especially the changing META policies and IOS privacy laws. Thus, going forward, it will continue to be available 24/7 for its clients, using the client-centric processes that it boasts as a small agency to ensure each client knows just how much their individuality, business values, and business goals mean to it. Company: Gould Marketing Contact: Samantha Gould Website: Sep 144

Sep22533 Transform your house into a home with Fabric Conversions’ diverse range of curtains and soft furnishings. The company, which has become incredibly popular in its catchment area, is renowned for its high standards and outstanding level of quality. Luxury is infused within every Fabric C o n v e r s i o n s product. For over three decades, the company has been producing premium curtains and soft furnishings complete with an Australian touch of quality. Indeed, the familyowned company produces all its custom-made products in its warehouse in Clayton, Melbourne, ensuring attention to detail, creativity, and sustainability. Fabric Conversions works closely with its clients – offering free measures and quotes – to always guarantee the perfect fit for their homes. The companyprovides a unique service by being available to all of its customers for any queries or advice that they may need with their ordering process, and thanks to its large manufacturing facility, it is able to complete large scale jobs on a timely basis. Client-centricity is the company’s main priority. Be it roller blinds, curtains, pelmets, or soft furnishings, Fabric Conversions strives to provide the very best products to its clients, which is why the company has attracted several prestigious clients, including Crown Hotels, Langham Hotels & Resorts, and the internationally renowned Hilton Hotels & Resorts. This attention to detail and customer service is something that stems from the company’s team. Headed by a father-daughter duo, Fabric Conversions is informed by over 40 years of experience, and through this expertise, the company has developed a working environment that breeds innovation, ingenuity, and quality. Moreover, the business wants its employees to have pride in their work, as this means that their quality can mirror that of the company’s. The team is close-knit, professional, and devoted to producing the best possible products, with every item being inspected by one of the directors to ensure that it is up to standard. However, whilst Fabric Conversions has acquiredagreat amount of success, it has also faced a number of challenges over the past 35 years. One hurdle that has remained the same over the years has involved overseas imports; it’s no secret that someone can buy an imported curtain at a significantly lower cost than an Australian-made one. Yet whilst this is a more affordable option, the quality does not compare. Fabric Conversions’ products are durable, long lasting, and are built with care and passion, unlike many massproduced items. In essence, Fabric Conversions’ pieces have character and personality. The most rewarding aspect of working in this industry? Fabric Conversions states that it’s seeing the finished product of something that it has created from scratch. Henceforth, the company is looking to expand its services, primarily through moving locations to a new and improved factory which will allow it to manufacture more products at one time. Simply, the future looks bright and exciting for the Australian company, and therefore, it has earned the title of High-Quality Curtains Retailer of the Year 2022 – VIC. Contact: Kara Wheeler Company: Fabric Conversions Web Address: High-Quality Curtains Retailer of the Year 2022 - VIC

May22239 From humble beginnings as a family company, The Fawcett Group has grown into one of Australia’s brightest lights. Renowned for their plumbing services, as well as their electrical and maintenance capabilities, the team have grown immeasurably over the last three decades. In the Australian Made Awards 2022 from APAC Insider, the team were rewarded for their sterling work. We took a closer look to see how they’ve grown into one of Australia’s foremost success stories. When you have a plumbing crisis, you don’t want to waste time searching for a plumber who can get the job done. You want someone who is always on hand, able to tackle that mystery leak or that burst pipe with equal aplomb. By specialising in all aspects of plumbing maintenance, they have been able to achieve truly astonishing levels of success. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it’s little surprise that so many people turn to this intrepid crew for support. Company founder and Director, Mark Fawcett started the Fawcett Plumbing business over thirty years ago, and its evolution over the years has reflected the need to serve customers to ever higher standards. Despite the team’s current size, the aim to offer fast and friendly service has never changed. The importance that the team place on the happiness of their customers is reflected in the satisfaction that customers find in their incredible work. The Fawcett Group specialise in residential, commercial and property management, offering solutions to leaking taps, blocked drains, faulty hot water heaters as well as specialised gas repairs and bathroom renovations. As the business has grown, the team have been proud to offer increasingly comprehensive services to their customers. It’s little wonder that they are so highly respected in the industry, and able to offer truly bespoke ways forward. The amazing work culture at the Fawcett Group has been a key reason behind the team’s continued success. Respect in all directions has proven to be an invaluable trait, with leadership actively encouraging high ethical and moral standards in the workplace. Employee achievements are celebrated as part of personal and professional success within the organisation. In this way, the Fawcett Group has been proud to create an environment in which people live to work as opposed to working to live. This commitment to balancing work and life has resulted in a flexible working environment which is constantly moving forward. Giving people the option to work where they are most effective has been a boon to the success of the business. As a family-run organisation, blending family and work life is understood at the highest level, and resources are in place to make this as easy as possible for the work force. The continuing growth of the Fawcett Group has prompted the team to dig a little deeper into what makes the company tick. Small businesses can struggle to scale because they were not designed to expand. By reviewing the various systems and processes that drive the Fawcett Group forward the team have been able to streamline many parts of the organisation. These newways of working will empower staff to go even further than they have been able to before. When the Fawcett Group deal with a problem pipe or fix a faulty heater, they actually change the lives of the people who they are working for. They can increase their quality of life. Often tradespeople are forgotten in the pantheon of industry, but the Fawcett Group stands able to remind us of the power they hold. We celebrate their success and look forward to the future. When looking for plumbing services, there is none finer. Company: The Fawcett Group Name: Mark Fawcett Email: [email protected] Web Address: Plumbing Contractor of the Year 2022 - Adelaide Oct 004

Feb22538 Sydney-headquartered company Atturra (ASX:ATA) is helping Australian businesses understand and unlock the benefits of technology. The ASX-listed company provides its clients with a range of technology and advisory services and solutions. Partnered with global and category-leading technology companies such as Microsoft, Boomi, Software AG, Smartsheet and OpenText, Atturra has some of the largest public and private sector Australian organisations as clients. Atturra is our Best Advisory & Consulting Company - Australia. Helping clients realise their full potential, that’s the mission of the technology company, Atturra. With its culture centred around values of camaraderie, innovation, dedication, excellence, and respect, Atturra helps its clients resolve business challenges and unlock growth. By bringing its specialist experience to the table, the company works handin-hand with clients as they evolve and grow. Atturra currently operates throughout Australia and New Zealand. To date, the company has delivered successful projects for over 600 clients from a variety of sectors including defence, federal and local government, financial services, education, manufacturing, and utilities. The company recently received the CRN Australia Platform Innovator Award for its proprietary ePlanning Integration solution. The solution in question connects NSW councils to the Planning Portal of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), enabling faster processing of development applications. We speak to company representative, Abhi Mishra, to get a glimpse behind the scenes. He tells us, “Australian organisations strive to deliver a superior CX to all their stakeholders. From meeting industry compliance and implementing best practices to building a truly agile connected enterprise and offering change and advisory service, we are an Aussie IT services powerhouse that helps our clients realise their full potential while improving customer experience. Many larger IT companies have a regional office in Australia but a few have specific policies and services designed for the market ‘down under.’ Atturra is an exception. Abhi says, “Atturra is an Australian IT Services story. We have the largest team of onshore integration consultants and a large security-cleared staff in the country. Along with a clear understanding of what works in Australia, we bring to our clients our industry experience and technology capabilities along with our MO of ‘simplify, optimise, modernise’. “Our values outline our corporate strategies. They make us an employer of choice and guide how we work. The environment in which we spend our time largely dictates the quality of our professional life. We nurture a great culture that aligns with personal beliefs and attitudes. It inspires us to work hard and motivates us to remain with the company for the long haul.” Atturra’s innovative approach extends beyond the services offered to its clients, Abhi explains, “We have a simple approach to talent selection. We use our existing network to ensure we attract the best talent. We aim to bring in people with the right skills and cultural fit. Employing both traditional and modern sourcing strategies widens our reach. “The industry-wide resource crunch has been a challenge. Australian borders were closed to skilled immigrants for the better part of two years. Since then, there’s been an acute shortage of IT and technology professionals. We worked around this by strengthening our employer branding, upskilling and cross-skilling, and remote roles. We even sponsor offshore talent with Australian work visas.” Poised for continued growth, Atturra plans to use a combination of organic growth and acquisition strategies. For information on the company and their services, reach out to them at [email protected]. Company: Atturra Contact person: David Dekker Email: [email protected] Website Redefining Futures Through Technology Sep22046 Atturra team receiving the Platform Innovator Award at the 2022 CRN Impact Awards ceremony