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PROTECTING OUR FUTURE
Trace the milestones which have brought us from conception to production and enabled us to bring the KoolPak project to life, whilst staying true to our values and ethos.
Finalist in the Sustainability Category for Cairns Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Finalists include: Cairns Airport, CaPTA Group, Cardzilla, CJS Mechanical/ Marine & Mobile Services, Seville Mercy Conference Centre, Skytrans, TomKat Global Solutions and White Whale Coffee Roasters.
Completion of a successful third capital raise.
TM registered class 35 in Japan. .
Our Rhino Platen Press arrived and was installed in the manufacturing shed. Local small-scale manufacture of KoolPaks for our ten company/ 50 box trial is getting closer.
We completed a successful first funding round to help us grow and develop the KoolPak Project to provide sustainable, traceable, re-usable packaging for transportation of temperature sensitive and perishable products including seafood, agriculture, horticulture, e-Commerce and pharmaceuticals.
We designed and manufactured a prototype drying and storing rack. This rack can hold 60 lids, bases and liners taking up very little space.
Airline Approval Test Report No: 8597 Falcon Test Engineers 23.04.2020 for the Transport of “Live, fresh, chilled and frozen product using ice or gel packs for added thermal protection” by Air. Proposed Use: Transport of Live, Chilled and Frozen Product - Dangerous Goods and Gross Mass no Greater than 25Kg.
PCT Patent Application Published PCT/AU2019/000080 ‘Thermal Insulating Containers’
Received an AusIndustry Accelerating Commercialisation Grant for further development and commercialisation of the TomKat KoolPak.
Focused on building a direct to market business for TomKat Line Fish, we attended a Fish - X Micro Hack in Brisbane. Following that, we were invited to participate in the Fish - X Accelerator program. Many of the amazing people we met during that time are still a fundamental part of our journey today.
We took possession of the first of six prototype, fully programmable, bespoke machines which ORION have been contracted to build. Each machine will be responsible for essential aspects in the production of our thermal liners.
Grant of our First Patent ‘Thermal Insulating Containers’ in China. (ZL 2019 8 0044992. 9).
First pallet of TomKat KoolPaks® scanned, written to our own track & trace Block Chain Smartphone App and stacked ready for deployment to Brisbane and Toowoomba. This is the first consignment of our environmentally responsible, re-useable, flat stackable, durable and recyclable KoolPaks available now for sale & lease for those seeking a greener packaging option. 140 KoolPaks are stacked on a pallet with lids, bases and thermal liners nesting very nicely. This is 3.5 times as many boxes per pallet as existing single use boxes. Significant environmental and economic benefits for sectors involved in transportation and storage of temperature sensitive and perishable products.
Third patent filed “Apparatus for Forming a Blank”. Relates to the design and construction of the bespoke machinery and the processes involved in automating elements of creating a KoolPak including the NFC tags used for tracking.
Completion of a successful second capital raise. Approval received from the triage review for our Advanced Manufacturing Grant application and success in our EOI for Qld Ignite Ideas Fund application.
Fresh premium quality Goldband Snapper were sent to Josh Niland at St Peter Restaurant and Fish Butchery Paddington. On receipt, Josh commented: "All went very well. The fish were stunning and no moisture got into the fish at all. The temp was 1 ° C . The packaging looks stunning but above all and what was most exciting to see was the fish still in rigor, very cold and not damaged at all. Success!"
Pat. Pending No: 2020901223 ‘A Container Blank and a Process for Forming a Container’
Fish 2.0 This was a real highlight. Kath pitched in the 3rd and final round of the program at Stanford University. Previously, Kath had pitched the KoolPak project in Melbourne for the first round and Brisbane for the second round. Our Business Value Proposition received a 97% score from the investor panel judges.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries release official test data illustrating the effective thermal performance of the KoolPak.
Provisional Patent filed ‘Thermal Insulating Containers’ Application No: 2018902424.
Unveiling of our New Look Website.
Completion of our fourth successful capital raise.
Advance Queensland supports programs that drive innovation, build on our natural advantages, and help raise our profile as an attractive investment destination. We are providing opportunities for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business and supporting industry, investors and universities and researchers with programs, funding and grants.
Second patent filed “Process for Forming a Container”. Relates to the unique processes required to make the leak-proof, thermal liners for the KoolPak Box.
Michael Grima and qDesign Enterprises completed our Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) with very favourable findings, especially with the results of reuse scenarios. We look forward to getting qDesign to complete a full LCA soon.
It's going to be an incredible year for the KoolPak, starting with installation of our new R&D/ Pilot Plant machine which will streamline the manufacturing process.
Consignment of fresh frozen portion packs of TomKat Line Fish arrived in Perth in a second use KoolPak. Despite thirty-three hours in transit, which included an overnight stop over in Brisbane, the fish arrived in pristine condition. Our client reported: "Fillets all frozen, and gel-packs all solid." An excellent result which once again proved the reliable thermal performance of the TomKat KoolPak®.
Trade Mark TOMKAT KOOLPAK Registered. Australia 1 495 656 Designations under the Madrid Protocol: European Union, Japan, New Zealand and the United States of America.
As a finalist in the 2019 Seafood Directions - small business award category we had the opportunity to display prototype KoolPaks on our National Distributor Oceanic Agencies stand at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The KoolPak journey really starts with a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Trade Bursary to visit and meet with leading seafood businesses in London and attend the Brussels Seafood Expo Global. One of our aims was to find an environmentally responsible, thermally efficient alternative to polystyrene fish boxes. We couldn't!
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