HMA News

July 14, 2019



Australia’s peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced at The Star Casino in Sydney on Thursday July 11 at the 61st annual Good DesignAwardCeremony. Norris Industries was announced as winner of the coveted Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design category, in recognition of outstanding design and innovation for their AP500 high performance commercial dishwasher that uses 50% less power.

Managing Director at Norris Industries, Greg Gates, said the award came out of high commitment to completely change the way a commercial dishwasher supports the busy work environment that is the Australian commercial kitchen.

“Norris Industries has been building and supplying reliable commercial glass and dishwashers to the hospitality industry for over sixty years,” said Mr Gates. “Our focus has always been built-to-last, reliable machines with lower energy consumption, three important things to any good hospitality operator”.

The machine stunned judges, designers and engineers with its unique ability to connect to cold water and clever internal element design.

What the Good Design Australia Awards Judges said about the AP500

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation and celebrates the best new products and services across a wide range of categories on the Australian market, including the commercial and industrial design category for which Norris Industries was recognised.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.”

The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

The Good Design Awards Jury praised The Norris AP500 High Performance Commercial Dishwasher, highlighting “…innovative Australian design and ingenuity” and ” a sustainable product with potential for big energy savings”.

Mr Gates and the R&D team are thrilled with the prestigious award, saying “We reckon there’s nothing like it in the market – and it seems the judges of Good Design agree!”

About Norris Industries & the AP500:

Why the AP500 is an important innovation

Helping busy operators save over 50% a year in power
Greg Gates, Managing Director:
“We wanted to create a range that’s lightning fast, efficient on power and only needs connecting to COLD WATER, a combination of design elements that deliver power savings of up to
50%. A commercial kitchen uses a LOT of power, so a busy kitchen can save thousands!”

Mr Gates explained that the machine has been designed to only use the energy it needs and being connected to cold water means never having to run out of hot water again. “Further”, said Mr Gates”, “once operational, the AP Series machines are always ready, performing back-to-back, 1 minute wash cycles all day long!”

Mr Gates further explained that the technology used in the AP Series has wider implications. “The AP500 is more than a dishwasher”, he said, “it’s a gateway to massive savings across the whole of the commercial kitchen environment, not just here in Australia but in kitchens across the globe”.

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