First place may have gone to software provider Xero, but manufacturers featured prominently amongst this year’s list of BRW’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.
Xero, a company which provides payroll software that allows small businesses to manage their payroll from anywhere was named most innovative, but no less than eight companies from the manufacturing category made the top 50.
These included: E-Bisprint, Hills, Coca-Cola Amatil, PernodRicard Winemakers, Keech Australia, Orora Group, Pact Group, Birch & Waite Foods.
The list also included mobile phone-based shark alerts, hard-hat-mounted health monitors, waste-saving high-rise building systems and technology to protect embryos during IVF processes.
Commenting on the list BRW editor Michael Bailey said, "Innovation is not just about what happens inside your business, it is also about your company's external relationships,"
"We have seen the best innovators in Australia and been inspired by the partnerships they have developed and the level of creative thinking displayed."