The two Australian innovators set to take on Hannover Messe


Two industry leading Australian manufacturers are exhibiting at the world’s largest manufacturing, energy and logistics trade fair: Germany’s Hannover Messe.

Tech start-up GreaseBoss has rapidly evolved from garage operation to innovation leader and is heading to the fair for the first time.

Founders Steve Barnett, Tim Hall and Peter Condoleon launched the AI-enabled system, which ensures industrial machinery is greased correctly, in 2020. It has rapidly captured the attention of industry and customers alike.

“Up until now, our business has been focused on the Australian market only. We have worked with our Australian customers to build the system to suit their needs and solve their problems,” explains Barnett.

Now, they’re ready to take it further.

“The Hannover Messe provides a platform for us to take the product to Europe and prepare for our launch in 2023. We’ll be looking for pilot customers in Europe and looking to start relationships with distributors.”

In addition to exhibiting GreaseBoss, Barnett will be presenting at the Messe’s IoT Innovation World Cup, where they’re one of 15 finalists (from 400 applications). The announcement came just weeks after the product was awarded Australian Innovator of the Year in the Core Innovation Hot 30 for 2022.

“We developed the system ourselves, and have customers in mining, construction materials and utilities. Our supply chain is mostly Australian (except for electronics), we assemble the product in Australia. Eighteen months ago, we were in Tim’s garage.”

The more established EDAC Electronics Australasia is based in Boronia, Victoria and will be exhibiting its complete range of industrial electronics equipment, including a line of battery-powered, intrinsically safe wireless transmitters and sensors.

Also known as the Hanover Fair, Hannover Messe is one of the world’s largest trade fairs and the leading knowledge and networking platform for the manufacturing, energy and logistics industries. This year’s guiding theme is ‘Industrial Transformation’, and it will see industry thought leaders present their technologies and ideas for the factories, energy systems and supply chains of the future.

On from 30 May – 2 June 2022, the fair is organized by Deutsche Messe AG and held on the Hanover Fairground in Hanover, Germany. It stretches across two halls, welcomes 6,500 exhibitors and 250,000 visitors, and has in-person and virtual components. Portugal is this year’s partner country, and in addition to the expo, there are a host of networking, awards and side events to participate in.