Twenty-three Australian SMEs, research institutions and individuals from across the country have made the shortlist for the $60,000 Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards.
Judged by an expert panel, the Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards attracted a record 68 submissions from 33 entrants. They will be presented in six categories as part of the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, held from 26 February ‐ 3 March 2019.
The awards are open to Australian companies and the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. The innovation can be a new product or service to a new approach to business, with entries judged on originality and utility in aerospace, space and defence.
Avalon 2019 CEO Ian Honnery said, "The awards are not about innovation for its own sake, but about creating products and services that solve problems, create opportunities and make a difference in the real world. The fact that this year’s innovation awards attracted a record number of entrants is a tribute to the level of innovation and creativity in the Australian aerospace and defence community."
Past winners have included TAE Aerospace for its Fountx wearable engineering technology, BAE Systems for its EDMAP corrosion management system and Thomas Global Systems for its “plug and play” LCD replacement for legacy cathode ray tube aircraft instruments.
The Innovation program has awarded $305,000 worth of innovation grants and awards since it began in 2013. This year's shortlisted innovators include:
- Cassowary Machining & Fabrication;
- Deakin University;
- Defence Innovations;
- DST Group;
- Inovor Technologies;
- Its Rocket Science Adventures;
- Nova Systems Australia;
- Opaque Media;
- RMIT University;
- Seeing Machines;
- Toll Helicopters; and
- Varley Group.
The Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards were developed by Avalon 2019 organiser and national not-for‐profit foundation Aerospace Australia Limited as part of its mission to promote the development of Australian industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources.
"The key criteria in the Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards is that the innovation must not only be ground breaking, but must also provide a tangible benefit in defence or industry," said Honnery.
The Avalon Innovation Awards are part of a program also involving Maritime, Land and Civil Security Industry Innovation Awards, presented biennially at the Pacific International Maritime Expo in Sydney, the CivSec Civil Security Congress and Exposition in Melbourne and the Land Forces exposition, which has been held in Brisbane and Adelaide.
The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is a biennial global business event, attracting senior civil aviation, air transport, aerospace and defence industry, military and government decision‐makers from around the world.
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The 2017 event included 664 companies from 25 countries, 158 delegations and more than 33,000 accredited trade attendances, with a total event attendance of 210,664.
Avalon 2019 will be held from 26 February to 3 March at Avalon International Airport, near Melbourne, and is supported by the government of Victoria, AirServices Australia and the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence Science & Technology and the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.