Please give us your elevator pitch

SOLIDTEKNICS is the ONLY cookware manufacturer in Australia, everything else is imported and our business is built on the premise that there are enough people like us who are tired of the waste and damage of the disposable consumer world and are willing to think before they buy. To take personal responsibility for their purchasing decisions, and thereby influence corporate and governmental policy by ‘voting with their wallet’. We believe in a more sustainable industry where cookware is not a disposable item and is not coated with questionable synthetics for a little extra consumer convenience. We only want SOLID and healthy cooking tools that are designed to be the best of their kind in the world and made with such quality and integrity that they will last for multiple generations and centuries.

What can attendees expect to see from you at TCS?

SOLIDTEKNICS has developed two ranges of innovative world-first cookware: AUS-ION™ wrought iron (formed low-carbon steel), and nöni™ ferritic wrought stainless cookware. All are made in Australia, all are non-toxic, healthy, sustainable, and multi-century durable. AUS-ION™ and nöni™ are both world-first seamless 1-piece wrought pans, with patents pending. Seamless = no screws, joins, rivets, each piece is made from one piece of metal and thus will last lifetimes. Ideally, every cook interested in healthy, non-toxic, and sustainable cooking would have a mixture of Solidteknics iron and stainless pans in the kitchen, because each has its strengths for different types of cooking.

Can you tell us a little about your background and where the inspiration came from for your business?

Mark James Henry was probably born to innovate in engineering. At age 3 he woke before dawn one Christmas morning and fully assembled a tricky powered construction set that his parents thought they might struggle with in the morning……

Fast forward 40-something years, a metal trade, two degrees, several languages, and a string of patents, brands and businesses later, and you could say Mark is feeling quietly confident about his new innovations and the future of SOLIDTEKNICS.

You might know Mark from his most prominent past business, Füritechnics and the Füri knives and Diamond Fingers sharpeners he patented and sold worldwide, but did you know he was about to launch cookware in Australia before he moved to San Francisco (to focus on growing Füri knives ‘ballistically’ in the USA with celebrity TV cook Rachael Ray)?

After selling the Füritechnics businesses there in 2008 he stayed, went Ducati superbike racing with the AFM in California, and developed structural carbon fibre subframes and titanium exotica for race motorcycles. After his non-compete finished he moved the family to France to partner with his old French distributor, de Buyer Industries, to establish a new division and develop the first knives and sharpeners in the venerable old company’s 180 year history. After successfully establishing those luxury chef products in Europe and the USA he founded his design development business, Innovivant, and stayed in France while developing new patents for his new Australian company, SOLIDTEKNICS…..and ‘la voila’, here we are!

Mark has also been delighted with his role as consulting development engineer/ambassador for Füri knives, under the ownership of the new Australian owners, McPherson’s Housewares: helping re-engineer and relaunch the brand he founded two decades ago, and still loves.

That is as short as we could make the story, so if you’re interested in knowing more about MJ Henry please see Mark’s own development website: www.innovivant.com/about or his LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/markjameshenry

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