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Palm Products

Palm Products 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, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.  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, Hungry, Spain, India and South Africa. Palm is a leader in automotive lens manufacture and 2-shot moulding.

The manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Australia 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 and quality and our customer focus.

Palm Products is owned and managed by Robert Wilson.
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Designed to Perform Beautifully

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like; design is how it works.”  Steve Jobs

Fundamental to each of Palm Products’ designs is the imperative that it perform its intended function, is appropriate in its environment and is durable. Outdoor drinkware, for example, should be stable and unbreakable.

This passion for performance sets Palm apart. It has led to many design innovations and to the use of advanced ergonomic design techniques and state of the art 2-shot moulding processes to achieve highly functional ground-breaking products.

Design to be beautiful

Good design is central to Palm Products’ strategic vision.

Products should not only perform well they should also engage the emotions. They should seek that indefinable magic that elevates great art, or great music or great architecture from the noise.

The users’ reaction is a combination of the aesthetic and of the pleasure a product gives in use – this includes functionality, health-safety and sustainability.

The Marc Newson Collection won a 2104 Red Dot Award for high design quality. The Red Dot Design Award is an international product design prize awarded by the Design Centrum Nordrheim Westfalen in Essen, Germany.

This award is probably the world’s most sought after design award.

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The Collection also won a Good Design Award and was selected to be exhibited at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum’s “Success and Innovation gallery”.

The Sorona Plate and Bowl Collection designed by Robert Wilson, won a 2015 Good Design Award.

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The Judges commented:“An intricate intersection of high-end materials, technology, advanced manufacturing and beautiful design – all executed immaculately. The end product is an elegant, functional and highly desirable range that is underpinned by good design and solid environmental credentials.”

These awards are a recognition of these products design and execution credentials. They demonstrate Palm Products’ success.

Beautiful design is central to Palm Products’ strategic vision. Good design results in products that are functionally, aesthetically, and commercially more efficient, improving people’s lives and leading to the smallest possible impact on the environment.

Automotive Quality Standards

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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, manufacturing and design standard ISO 9001 and 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 would compromise the close relation between design, engineering and production necessary to produce these high-end products with the required quality and utility levels.

Guaranteed Unbreakable and Dishwasher-safe 

Products made from Tritan and Sorona are guaranteed unbreakable and dishwasher safe in normal use and are microwave safe for re-heating.

Palm Products offers a lifetime guarantee.(see Environment and Quality More >)

Sustainability and Food-Safety

DSP_DSD_QDSS_PMS032   Palm Products is certified to Environment standard ISO14001

Palm Products is committed to using industry best practice and to introducing more sustainable and safer materials and production processes as they become available.

Food-Safety. There are legitimate questions on the safety of many plastics and of melamine. Palm Products has taken the following actions:

  • BPA-containing polycarbonate has been phased out.
  • Material sourcing is preferred from leading companies like Dupont and from companies with 100% traceability, as substitution and trust is considered an important issue.
  • 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 will not be used

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:

  • Sorona, a new 35% Renewably sourced material from Dupont is used in the new Sorona Plate and Bowl collection, even though it is significantly more expensive than inferior alternatives.
  • In sourcing raw materials, the energy used from extraction, through useful life to disposal is considered
  • Energy efficient European equipment is used
  • Palm Products is accredited to environmental standard ISO14001 which mandates that there is an effective on-going improvement plan to reduce environmental inputs and outputs
  • Long life materials are used – for example, products made from Tritan and Sorona are guaranteed unbreakable and dishwasher safe and so will out-last lesser material many times – saving replacement.
  • Designs are robust and long lasting
  • All materials used are 100% recyclable

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Asian-Competitive Delivered Cost

Fundamental to export success is cost competitiveness. A fully automated factory and lean distribution channels deliver Asian cost competitive products to Asian, European, Middle-Eastern and North American markets.

Safety – BPA-free and Melamine-free

Palm Products is a BPA-free company

BPA-free Tritan has replaced BPA-containing polycarbonate

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Polycarbonate is banned in France and has been listed as a hazardous chemical under proposition 65 in California.

Tritan is a new miracle material produced only by Eastman in the USA. It is the best material for drinkware.

Compared to polycarbonate, it is clearer, more scratch and stain resistant, more dishwasher resistant and just as unbreakable

All materials are certified as passing the relevant European Commission and the US Food and Drug Administration food contact regulations.

Our new Plate and Bowl collection is made from a new Dupont material called Sorona.  This high density material offers similar scratch resistance to Melamine and has the advantages that it is guaranteed unbreakable and dishwasher safe and is microwave safe. Melamine has some safety concerns whereas Sorona has no safety concerns and has the backing of Dupont. And finally, it is made in Kentucky USA and contains 35% renewable material derived from corn waste.

Marc Newson

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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.
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