4 things you didn't know were invented in Toowoomba

FROM water saving technologies to specialised concrete and more, there have been some great discoveries made by Toowoomba inventors.

Slikfit

Nathan Ennor is the brains behind the Slikfit Tonneau Cover System.

The system allows canvas goods manufacturers and auto trimmers to custom make and fit a tonneau to any ute.

It clips neatly on to an aluminium track without the need for bunji-cord, lugs, presstuds, clips or nylon buttons.

"We have designed our product to have a number of advantages over standard pre-made, off-the shelf items," he said.

"We believe this is a great achievement; to be a able to design, patent, produce and distribute our product Australia wide, given that we are such a small business.

"It has been very exciting to have so many trimmers and canvas fabrication shops start and continue to use the Slikfit Tonneau System on everything from tonneau covers on brand new utes to older classic utes, and even ute canopies."

Wellcamp airport was build with earth friendly concrete.
Wellcamp airport was build with earth friendly concrete.

Earth Friendly Concrete

Wagners Group developed the earth friendly concrete product that includes a geopolymer binder system made from the chemical activation of two industrial waste by-products.

Blast furnace slag, waste from iron production, and fly ash, waste from coal fired power generation, are combined to create this award winning product.

The carbon emissions associated with the product are much lower than normal Portland cement and the engineering and construction properties of this new environmental concrete are as good, and in some areas better, than normal concrete.

The product was used for construction of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

Wagners announced on Friday it was entering into a $11 billion deal with JSW Group's JSW Cement to bring the technology to India.

SOLID START: ( From left ) JSW Cement managing director Parth Jindal and Wagners Earth Friendly Concrete director Joe Wagner sign a business agreement. Friday Oct 21, 2016.
SOLID START: ( From left ) JSW Cement managing director Parth Jindal and Wagners Earth Friendly Concrete director Joe Wagner sign a business agreement. Friday Oct 21, 2016. Nev Madsen

Enviro Save Water System

Lloyd Linson-Smith invented the Enviro Save device which diverts and saves cold water that flows from taps before hot water arrives.

The kit can be retrofitted to your existing plumbing or incorporated into new plumbing.

The main components of the system are a patented Thermo Valve, a Pressure Reducing Valve and a metal tank lined with an expandable rubber bladder.

This is designed to capture the initial cold water flow from the hot water tap, then to release that water through the cold water system. 

People using the system have to get used to the fact that when the hot water tap is turned on, no water will emerge from the tap for a few seconds. 

"It will save a heck of a lot of water," Mr Linson-Smith said.

"It is certainly a worthwhile invention."

 

 

Lamington

This one is controversial, with both Ipswich and Toowoomba laying claim to having invented the cake, made from squares of sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate, known as the lamington.

The delicacy was likely named after Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901, or his wife, Lady Lamington.

According to legend it was invented by Lord Lamington's chef, the French born Armand Galland.

Another story goes that the lamington was first served in Toowoomba, when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to escape the steamy heat of Brisbane.

What do you think needs to be invented in the Toowoomba region? Have your say in the comments below.

 

Get innovative

Businesses in the Toowoomba region are invited to attend Innovate Queensland's free The Innovation-Powered Workshop on Tuesday November, 8.

The Innovate Queensland Pathways Program offers skills-based and collaborative solutions for businesses seeking smarter and more rewarding ways to benefit from innovation.

Impact Innovation Group will run the workshop at the Highfields Cultural Centre from 9.30 am to 3.30pm.

IIG managing director, Brian Ruddle, said the workshops would help local business owners understand how they could translate innovative ideas into commercial outcomes and incomes.

"Innovation isn't just about new or clever 'things'.

"It's about creating value from the way you do business, and just having good ideas isn't enough.

"Businesses that innovate are 60% more likely to increase their profits.

"Employment and training are twice as likely to increase, as well as productivity."



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