Carbonix the top innovator on Australian Hot 30 list

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CORE Innovation Hub 2023 Hot 30 winners and sponsors at the Perth awards night

A New South Wales unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer has been named 2023 Innovator of the Year as part of CORE Innovation Hub’s national Hot 30 awards.

Carbonix, formed in 2012, was one of 80 companies named on the CORE top innovators list, and one of eight firms that won individual awards.

Sixteen of the 30 innovators were from Western Australia, four from NSW, three each from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, and one from Australian Capital Territory.

CORE’s national marketing lead Libby McMichael said Carbonix was a standout company in the eyes of judges.

“We were looking for companies that are developing innovative solutions that solve real-world problems and provide significant impact to the energy and mining sector,” she said.

“We also looked at the growth and the growth potential of this organisation and the leadership team and wanted to help it gain traction within its market.”

Carbonix CEO Philip van den Burg sees significant opportunity for aerial data capture in the estimated $US350 billion of value to be created by digital transformation in mining and metals this decade, driven by the industry’s pursuit of efficiency and safety improvements.

He said the company’s long-range systems enabled high frequency scanning of large and remote assets and stockpiles not easily or economically reached by current methods such as manned aviation, short-range, multi-rotor drones, or satellite imaging.

“Through the combination of high endurance – more than eight hours and 500km range – with heavy payloads [greater than 7kg], we are able to differentiate against our competitors providing limited endurance and payload capability acquiring significantly better data,” van den Burg told

The other individual award winners were Industry OneCARD (Female-Led Innovation award), Koodaideri (Indigenous Innovation award), Magellan Power (Sustainability award), SafeGauge (Equipment Innovation award), Global Energy Learning Solutions (Emerging Industry award), RockAI (Western Australia Innovation award), and Laamp (South Australia Innovation award).

InvestMETS is a proud sponsor of CORE’s Hot 30 awards. There will be more coverage of the winners on

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