Another Australian world-first from Solidteknics: seamless one-piece stainless saucepans

Updated 4/7/17:

Our nöni Kickstarter has launched, and it's 'on fire'! 

Here we are, four days in, and 55 to go:

What an amazing first few days in the campaign! We've had some big successes with our iron pans, particularly the AUS-ION Satin launch, but nothing comes close to the groundswell of support we're witnessing for nöni

Social media is also abuzz, with more strong support online than we've seen for any of our products to date. See Facebook posts here. These are big stats, for the cookware industry..... 

It all bodes well for the future of this fledgling Australian cookware industry, based on a vision for only healthy, sustainable, multi-century durable cook's equipment. Perhaps the start of a whole new era? Only time will tell, but we believe we're witnessing something very special here.

Apart from expanding the noni range, lots more innovation is under development. Some big announcements are coming soon, so be sure to sign up for our Solid Supporters newsletter here to never miss the launch of another Aussie world-first!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your solid support for our Australian cookware!


 

Updated 27/6/17:

News release: Imminent launch of long-awaited breakthrough in cookware design

Solidteknics Pty Ltd, the engineers behind the wildly successful AUS-ION Australian-made wrought iron cookware, have announced that they will next month launch a whole new category in the cookware industry: seamless one-piece stainless steel saucepans. That would be another world first from this innovative Aussie company.

 

No need to ever wrestle with a wobbly pot handle again. This new innovation completely eliminates all rivets, welds, or joins of any kind. The entire saucepan is formed from a single sheet of special stainless steel (more on that later), making these pots virtually indestructible.

Heirloom quality

"The technology is basically the same as our pioneering seamless AUS-ION skillets, and in fact uses the same patents." said Mark Henry, founder and development engineer. "The big difference is that saucepans are much deeper than skillets, and this type of stainless steel is very difficult to form from flat sheet into a deep pot.....with an integral handle. It was a long and tortuous development path, but we got there in the end, driven on by the belief that serious cooks would be attracted to the world's most durable saucepans."

How durable?

Like their seamless iron skillet siblings, Solidteknics is offering a multi-century warranty. Mark says, "We know that sounds crazy at first, until people realise how tough this material is, and that it is made from one seamless piece. It won't crack like cast iron, there's no synthetic coatings, and there's no joins or seams to fail. Any engineer would look at these pans and say, 'Yep, definitely more than a century of life in those!'

"We want customers to buy our pans only once, and hand them down for multiple generations. That's why we engrave the date of manufacture on every pan. We want Solidteknics cookware to become treasured family heirlooms, with future generations marvelling at their durability, and thinking about all the shared food love through the centuries. Parents and grandparents are already talking like this about our wrought iron pans, and that's what has made us most proud of all."

The prototype base stamp for the new Australian saucepans reveals a lot.....

The prototype base stamp for the new Australian saucepans reveals a lot.....

So what is the secret behind this particular stainless material?

The new saucepans are called, in full, 'CoSSNoNi', for 'Conductive Seamless Stainless No Nickel' ("We'll call them 'nöni' for short!" promises Mark), and that's the clue. The nöni pans are formed into shape from one solid piece of Nickel-free stainless steel, which is more conductive than regular Nickel-based stainless steels (eg. '18-10 stainless' means 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel). This makes the material more conductive. It's also magnetic, so it is perfectly compatible with induction. (Most stainless steel pans need a 'sandwich base' of magnetic material to work with induction.) 

According to Solidteknics, being Nickel-free their pans won't leach Nickel into food. "Studies have shown that there are significant levels of Nickel leaching into food, particularly when stainless steel pots are new. It's something to be aware of, even though the full health implications of this heavy metal aren't yet understood. We're not biochemists, but we just wanted to avoid any doubt, after our engineering research." said Mark.

Funded by the crowd

To maintain confidentiality for another month, the company isn't giving away too much detail at this point. All will be revealed around late June, when Solidteknics launches a new Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds toward tooling, and to produce a batch of limited 'First Edition' nöni saucepans. To be sure not to miss the launch, the company recommends signing up for their 'non-spammy' 'Solid Supporters' newsletter here, which is only used when there is a major announcement, like the launch of a new innovation. (And it sounds like the company has a lot more innovation coming, with at least two more patents pending.)

This crowdfunding method has been successfully harnessed by Solidteknics to launch all their products via Kickstarter, where 'backers' make a 'pledge' to support the campaign in return for a 'reward' (not shares). In this case, the reward is one of the rare pans from the first limited edition batch, destined to become cookware collectibles.

In fact, this will be their 10th Kickstarter campaign (see all past campaigns here). "Yes, the funding sure has been important to turn our dream for a new world-leading Australian cookware industry into a reality. More importantly, we've built a very strong support base among all those who believe in our vision for a healthier and more sustainable new era in cookware. We use no synthetic chemical coatings, and all our products are the opposite of the disposable imports that have dominated for decades. Also the sheer performance of our cookware has attracted a lot of support from the top chefs and food industry experts around the world. Sure, we got the engineering right, but without all that sharing on social media, particularly among top food bloggers and home cooks on Facebook and Instagram, we would still only be dreamers with prototypes! We are forever grateful for everyone who shared the dream."

It's very real now. Solidteknics not only shot to #1 on Australia's biggest kitchenware retailer (KitchenWarehouse.com.au) in their first year, but exports to the USA have skyrocketed, and their recent AUS-ION launch in the UK promises similar success in that region. Let's remember, this company is still less than three years old!

Solidteknics shared one of their early design drafts, containing some more clues.....

Solidteknics shared one of their early design drafts, containing some more clues.....

Lids that aren't just lids.....

You may have noticed that no lid is shown in the teaser graphics here, and that is another closely-guarded secret, for now. Mark said, "Because we're making lids in Australia, they will never be as cheap as the imports. So that motivated us to come up with a lid that serves more than one function. It's probably also a world first, we believe. It's very cool, so we'll try to keep the lid on that news for launch day!"

A long 'wish list'

Australian-made. World-first seamless 1-piece. Healthy. Sustainable. Indestructible. Multi-century warranty. Multi-generation heirloom. Multi-function.....what's not to love about Solidteknics' dream for a whole new cookware category?

Let's all tune in to the Kickstarter campaign in late June to see if the lofty dream becomes a reality. Judging by their track record, it's safe to say this new Solidteknics cookware range will be innovative, and will be loved.


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As much design detail as Solidteknics is willing to release at this point. Advanced CAD model. Now, where is that lid?!

As much design detail as Solidteknics is willing to release at this point. Advanced CAD model. Now, where is that lid?!

The post that went viral* on Facebook, and convinced Solidteknics that support was huge for this world-first seamless stainless cookware. See the original post here. The comments are eye-popping, considering Solideknics never 'plants' or pays for comments. *'viral', on a cookware industry scale..... ;-)

The post that went viral* on Facebook, and convinced Solidteknics that support was huge for this world-first seamless stainless cookware. See the original post here. The comments are eye-popping, considering Solideknics never 'plants' or pays for comments.

*'viral', on a cookware industry scale..... ;-)

With a multi-century warranty, outdoor cooking (and beach eating) is no problem for nöni.

With a multi-century warranty, outdoor cooking (and beach eating) is no problem for nöni.

Everyone who backs the Kickstarter for nöni saucepans (launching late June, 2017) receives limited 'First Edition' pans, a bit like this one from a previous AUS-ION Kickstarter. "We stamp the date in every pan so that future generations can marvel at the history, and all the shared food love, in hundreds of years' time."

Everyone who backs the Kickstarter for nöni saucepans (launching late June, 2017) receives limited 'First Edition' pans, a bit like this one from a previous AUS-ION Kickstarter. "We stamp the date in every pan so that future generations can marvel at the history, and all the shared food love, in hundreds of years' time."


Join the 'Solid Supporters' newsletter list to receive the nöni launch notice: www.solidteknics.com/contact