Australian startups are carving a new niche in metal manufacturing

In an era when fintech startups get most of the love, metal manufacturer FormFlow is among a cluster of pioneering manufacturing startups revamping Geelong’s industrial profile.

The list of influential Australian inventions is long. Some of these, such as the Hills Hoist, dual-flush toilets and the Esky, are wonders of both domestic usefulness and deceptive simplicity. If its founders have their way, the FormFlow Bend and the bending process behind it will help expand that list.

The company is commercialising a process in collaboration with Deakin University that allows corrugated steel to be cold bent at a sharp angle, creating a distinctive look, sealing out air, water, animals and embers, and doing away with the need for roof capping and flashing.

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