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