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May 2016

Brisbane trumps Silicone Valley heavy weights -
Evolve Group revolutionising design and manufacturing

Brisbane based product design and manufacturing firm Evolve Group has won the coveted 2016 Good Design Award of The Year at the annual Good Design awards in Sydney.

Hundreds of international companies, including Tesla, Google and Audi were no match for Evolve Group’s entry Flow Hive which cemented their victory.

Evolve Group shared the win with Cedar and Stuart Anderson, the inventors of the Flow Hive, an innovative beehive launched last year via crowdfunding.

The Flow Hive campaign broke records and went on to sell over $12.4 million USD in just 30 days with Flow Frames now distributed to 128 different countries worldwide.

Evolve Group was responsible for the design for manufacture and design optimisation of the Flow Hive product as well as the end to end fulfilment of the global orders, all from their new product development facility on Brisbane's Southside.
Evolve Group’s Managing Director Ty Hermans said there are so many great opportunities to design award-winning products and preserve manufacturing in Australia, and Evolve Group are revolutionising the industry with their unique approach.

“With many manufacturers struggling to keep their doors open, we have continued to grow and are reshaping the manufacturing industry in Australia,” Mr Hermans said.

“We have such a rich history of innovation in this country, and there are a lot of great products being designed in Australia but the manufacturing is often completed elsewhere, we are providing Australians with the means to produce their products in Australia and reap the rewards of local manufacturing”.

“The key is concentrating on what we can do well and putting focus on great product design and cutting edge manufacturing technology which will keep Australia's manufacturing future bright,” he said.

Working with customers from beginning to end is what results in Evolves high success rate.

“We often start working with a customer right from the lightbulb moment of a new idea, all the way through to manufacturing and successfully launching conventionally or via crowdfunding and ultimately getting it on the shelf of a major retailer anywhere in the world,” Mr Hermans said.

“To date we haven’t partnered on a project that hasn’t been a success and that’s a great feeling.”

Mr Ty Hermans said manufacturing products in Australia is cost effective while contributing to Australian jobs.

“It’s very frustrating every time a project is taken offshore before considering getting a local manufacturer to quote on the work,” Mr Hermans said.

“We are actually re-shoring jobs that went to China years ago as we demonstrate the many benefits of working with a local supplier that extend far beyond just cheaper part costs.”

Evolve Group was established in 2006 by Ty Hermans, a 33 year old Brisbane based inventor and business person. Evolve won two awards at the 2015 Good Design Awards and were listed as one of BRW’s 50 most innovative companies of 2015.

Specialising in end to end product design, development and manufacturing in Australia at their purpose built facility, Evolve are setting the benchmark for the future of Australian manufacturing.

To Purchase Flow Hive please visit www.honeyflow.com

Product Description

Less labour, more love

Turn the Flow™ Key and watch as pure, fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar.

No mess, no fuss, no heavy lifting, and no expensive processing equipment.

Through the clear end-frame view, you can see when the honey is ready without opening up the hive.

The extraction process is so gentle, the bees barely notice at all.

Our revolutionary Flow system makes the extraction process far less stressful for the bees and so much easier for the beekeeper.

To Purchase Flow Hive please visit www.honeyflow.com

Benefits

"There has to be a better way!"

Many years ago, I went down to one of my beehives, which I knew was a pretty wild hive. It was getting on towards evening and a bit of a grey day, so not the best time for beekeeping!

So I put on the bee veil my grandma made me and pressed the gaffer tape back on the mesh that covered the rips in it. Then I put on my glove, (I couldn’t find the second one). I fired up the smoker and blew plenty of smoke into the hive.

When I opened the lid my suspicions were confirmed. The bees weren’t happy about being disturbed. I pulled my sleeve over my gloveless hand, blew some more smoke into the hive, and pulled some nice frames of honey out.

The hive was packed with bees and it was near impossible to get the honey out without squashing lots of them. I really don’t like squashing bees!

They don't like it either and the bees became grumpier and started to sting me through my beekeeper suit.

I put the hive back together as quickly as I could, squashing more bees as the lid went on and ended up running away across the field, thinking, "There has to be a better way!"

So, my Dad Stuart and I set to work on a decade long task of inventing the beekeeper's dream.

We are so happy to say that now you can harvest the honey with virtually no disturbance to the bees. It's a dream come true for us and we are actually quite surprised ourselves at just how well our Flow™ Frames work.

After a decade of work, it's so exciting to be finally bringing our Flow™ hive invention to the world. You can now buy Flow™ Hives in our shop, join our online community in the Forum, watch awesome videos and read our FAQ pages.

– Cedar Anderson

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