Beautiful, Functional, Sustainable
Both the Marc Newson Tritan Drinkware Collection and the Palm Sorona® Plate and Bowl Collection have won Red Dot Awards.
The Red Dot Design Award is an international product design prize awarded by the Design Centrum Nordrheim Westfalen in Essen, Germany. It is probably the world’s most sought after and difficult design award to win and the most internationally recognized. IN 2016, participants from 57 nations registered about 5,200 products and innovations for the Red Dot Award.
Only products which set themselves apart through their excellent design receive the sought-after quality seal from the international Red Dot jury.
Palm Caffe Cup – experience the coffee – new for 2017
The Palm Caffe Cup has received a Good Design award.
“Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN™ remains the oldest, prestigious, and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide.
The GOOD DESIGN™ Logo is the world’s most recognized public certification for consumer design excellence and is used by the world’s foremost corporations, manufacturers, and designers to identify their product’s design merit.
For eight decades since its inception, the Chicago Athenaeum continues the organisation of the program to create an awareness about contemporary design and to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.”
THE CHICAGO ATHENAEUM
The significance of winning this award?
It is an independent confirmation of the design values and innovation of the Palm Caffe Cup.
It is confirmation of Palm Products’ ability to create award winning products using the values of Beauty, Functionality and Sustainability through long life and low resource manufacturing.
It follows the winning of a Red Dot in 2014 for the Marc Newson Collection and a Red Dot for the Palm Sorona Collection in 2016.
A common thread is that innovation of each collection is not just based on design using existing technology, but upon design using novel engineering, materials and production techniques. In combination these have allowed the envelop of beauty, functionality and sustainability to be pushed.
The Palm Caffe Cup incorporates a number of unique technical solutions that are protected through patent and design registration.
Its design recognizes that coffee drinking is an emotional experience – it is part of life’s rituals.
In its purest form it is a simple cup in a favorite café. The Caffe Cup should not detract from the experience but enhance it.
The idea behind the Palm Caffe Cup is to be a preferred option to disposable cups by maintaining the emotional connection of an open cup – to be at one with the coffee experience – to be a pleasure to use, to keep the coffee hot for longer and to be easy to clean.
The Palm Caffe Cup is at one with your coffee:
At one with its beautiful sculptural shape and tactile feel.
At one with the coffee’s aroma, taste and visual appeal.
At one with the practicality of its amazing lid that opens and closes with a simple push, with its ceramic-like rim and with its 180 degree opening so you can sip like an open cup. .
At one with twice the drinking time of an open cup and similar to many double walled containers. You can even re-heat in a microwave.
At one with the Caffe Cups scale – it is compact and can be filled directly by your favourite barista and will fit most cup holders.
At one with the Caffe Cup’s ease of cleaning and being dishwasher safe
At one with the environment as it is partially made from renewably sourced materials, it is re-useable 1000’s of times and at the end of its long life it is 100% recyclable.
Each Palm Caffe Cup can save a tram full of disposable coffee cups.
The Palm Caffe Cup is made entirely in Palm Products’ facility in Melbourne Australia.
About Palm Products
Palm Products is a design and technology led company.
It is an Australian owned and operated designer and manufacturer of unbreakable drink and tableware products and of precision plastic automotive and building parts. Palm’s consumer products are sold in Australia and in over 30 countries world-wide. The company is the largest supplier of unbreakable drinkware in Australia. Palm’s precision automotive parts are found in Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Porsche, Hyundai vehicles and Volvo and Iveco trucks. Parts are exported to Thailand, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, India and South Africa. Palm is a leader in automotive lens manufacture and 2-shot moulding.
All products are made in our facility in Melbourne, Australia
Our consumer products are building worldwide markets based upon:
- Beautiful tactile design
- Beautiful functionality
Our products are engineered for long life using the best available materials. We aim to develop the best possible products for their intended use.
We are vertically integrated – designing, producing, warehousing, distributing and marketing. This gives us significant advantages in cost, quality, flexibility and technology.
Our Decisive Edge. Our strategic vision is to maintain a balance between manufacturing Palm branded consumer products and contract moulding. Excellence in manufacturing is the foundation of the company. It is why we are accredited to quality standard IS0 9001, the stringent automotive standard TS16949 and environment standard ISO 14001. Palm uses the principles of the Toyota Production Method to continuously improve, to drive up quality and to drive out waste. Supplying leading automotive companies forces disciplines that gives Palm Consumer products and our contract customers a decisive edge in efficiency, productivity and consistent quality, as well as the assurances that there is no substitution of inferior materials.
Design Driven The winning of a Red Dot Award for our Marc Newson range of drinkware in 2014, and our Sorona® Plate and Bowl Collection in 2016 and now the Good Design Award for the Caffe Cup is a significant achievement that has led to commercial success and sales worldwide – these awards set Palm apart.
Craft Based Values. Palm is more like a craft based company, in the Italian tradition, than a mass producer. It is a place where passion and skill are alive. A deep understanding of injection moulding and a spirit of adventure have led to many “light bulb” moments. Our consumer products and contract products are made in a Hall of Fame finalist facility in Melbourne Australia, using best available environmental and lean-production practices. It is a synergy of state-of-the-art European equipment, robotics, systems and passionate motivated staff. Values of mutual thrust and goal congruence drive innovation, productivity, quality and our customer focus.
Less but Better Products. We believe that people should own less but better products – ones that give pleasure in use. So our products are beautiful and timeless and avoid trends, they have outstanding functionality and quality, and use the best available materials for a long life. This is Palm’s commitment and contribution to sustainability.
About Our Products
Designed to be Beautiful and to Perform Beautifully
Beautiful design and beautiful performance are central to Palm Products’ strategic vision.
Our aim is to develop products that are functionally, aesthetically, and commercially more efficient, improving people’s lives and leading to the smallest possible impact on the environment.
The core idea is that our products should give pleasure in use. Pleasure in use is an emotional reaction that is a combination of the sensibilities of the consumer which encompass the aesthetic, the functional, the health and safety and the sustainable.
We seek that indefinable magic that elevates great art, or great music or great architecture from the noise.
Guaranteed Unbreakable and Dishwasher-safe – their long life saves resources and saves land-fill
All products made from Tritan and Sorona® (except Caffe Cup) are guaranteed unbreakable and dishwasher safe in normal use for 10 years in private use and 1 year in commercial use and are microwave safe for re-heating.
These guarantees are possible because only the best materials for the application are used, because of the structural integrity of the designs and because of the rigid control production conditions.
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Automotive Quality Standards
Fundamental to export success is quality. Suppliers to the Automotive industry must deliver zero faulty parts. The disciplines to achieve this quality level are applied to all our products. Palm’s manufacturing facility in Melbourne is accredited to automotive quality standard ISO TS16949, to manufacturing and design standard ISO 9001 and to environment standard ISO 14001.
Palm has been making instrument cluster lenses for Toyota for many years. Best practice skills learnt on how to achieve ripple free, mirror-polished lenses have been further refined and applied to the production of exceptional quality consumer products.
All products are made in Melbourne, Australia. Out-sourcing production to Asia is viewed as compromising the close relation between design, engineering and production necessary to produce these high-end products with the required quality and utility levels. This close relationship drives product innovation, continuous improvement and our commitment to quality.
Quality and pride are our driving forces – not short-term cost saving. Our goals are different to those of most of our competitors. We aim to do things the right way with a clear vision – each decision, by all members of staff, whether large or small, is made with this vision. It guides us each day. Doing things the right way over the long term results in the lowest cost and the highest quality as it drives out waste and inefficiency.
Visitors to our Melbourne factory are amazed at our levels of technology, systems and productivity.
Palm Products is certified to Environment standard ISO14001. This standard mandates that there is an effective on-going improvement plan to reduce environmental inputs and outputs
Palm Products is committed to using industry best practice and to introduce ever-more sustainable and safer materials and production processes as they become available. We aim to be at the leading edge.
Sustainability is determined by such factors as whether a product contains renewably source material, the material’s energy of manufacture, the economy of material usage in the product, the energy used during processing, the products useful life, and disposal. Palm Products has taken the following actions:
- Using Sorona®, a new 35% Renewably sourced material from DuPont, is used in the new Sorona Plate and Bowl collection and Caffe Cup even though it is significantly more expensive than alternatives.
- In sourcing raw materials, the energy used from extraction, through useful life to disposal is considered
- Energy efficient European equipment is used
- Long life materials are used
- Designs are robust and long lasting
- All materials used are 100% recyclable
Food Safety – BPA-free and Melamine-free
Palm Products is a BPA-free company.
There are legitimate questions on the safety of many plastics and of melamine.
Considerable care is taken to ensure that there are no material related issues with our products.
Palm Products has taken the following actions:
- BPA-containing polycarbonate has been phased out. Polycarbonate is banned in France and in California, under Proposition 65, Bisphenol A is listed as it is known to Cause Reproductive Toxicity, Effective May 11, 2015.
- Ethical Material sourcing occurs from leading companies like DuPont and Eastman, who provide certified materials with 100% traceability.
- Quality certification ensures that systems are in-place to prevent substitution of materials. 100% traceability means that a product can be traced from a consumer, back to the day of production and to the material batch numbers uses. Substitution and trust are considered important issues.
- Product labelling includes material type
- If US or Euro authorities have safety concerns expressed as a “minimum daily safe intake” – such as exists for Polycarbonate and Melamine – these materials are not used.
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Asian-Competitive Delivered Cost
Fundamental to export success is cost competitiveness.
A high degree of vertical integration helps keep the final delivered costs down. Vertical integration has been achieved from product development, through automated production, through direct distribution from factory to customer/distributor, through in-house sales and marketing.
Palm Products is a low-overhead company, utilizing technology, robotics, lean-production systems, an integrated SAP IT system, skilled self-managing staff, and rigid quality systems to achieve Asian-competitive ex-factory costs
About Marc Newson
Marc Newson has been described as one of the most influential designers of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe. He is well known for his work with Qantas. He works for Apple.
About Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson is the owner and Managing Director of Palm Products.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Melbourne and an MBA from The Manchester Business School in the UK.
Prior to purchasing Palm Products over 20 years ago, he had a corporate career spanning Factory Management, Sales, Marketing and General Management with leading fast moving consumer goods companies.
He is an engineer at heart who enjoys the process of developing leading edge products, “making things” and taking them to world markets. He has a life-long interest in human engineering and employee participation.
The factory in Moorabbin, Australia is a source of enjoyment and pride.
He strives to maintain a balance in his life between business, family, active sport and the performing arts.
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