Show #283 – Mark Henry On Designing A Brighter Future

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And on this week’s show!

What’s so inspiring about a frying pan, I hear you ask? Today I interview engineer, regenerative farmer and entrepreneur Mark Henry, founder of Solid Teknics and we discuss what it means to run a truly ethical, sustainable business from the products you sell and how they’re made, to the employees under your care and the values you uphold. Join us to discuss the future of the planet and what we need to be moving towards for more equity and happiness, as well as having a planet to live on at all. It’s an inspiring chat to have with your walk – can’t wait to hear how you enjoy looking behind one of the finest low tox brands out there! Enjoy the show…


Questions I asked Mark:

  • Were you always destined to build and design things? 
  • What is your mission with Solidteknics, and in life?
  • How could it be that Solidteknics is the only production cookware made in Australia?
  • What is it about your cookware that has made them such a success, despite all the competition from cheap imports?
  • You lived for 15 years in the USA and France, and actually started Solidteknics from France, so why did you come back and go farming?

About Mark Henry:

Mark James Henry was probably born to innovate in engineering. At age 3 he woke before dawn one Christmas morning and fully assembled a tricky powered construction set that his parents thought they might struggle with in the morning…

Fast forward 40-something years, a metal trade, two degrees, several languages, and a string of patents, brands, and businesses later, and you could say Mark is feeling quietly confident about his new innovations and the future of SOLIDTEKNICS.

You might know Mark from his most prominent past business, Füritechnics and the Füri knives and Diamond Fingers sharpeners he patented and sold worldwide, but did you know he was about to launch cookware in Australia before he moved to San Francisco (to focus on growing Füri knives ‘ballistically’ in the USA with celebrity TV cook Rachael Ray)?

After selling the Füritechnics businesses there in 2008 he stayed, went Ducati superbike racing with the AFM in California, and developed structural carbon fibre subframes and titanium exotica for race motorcycles. After his non-compete finished he moved the family to France to partner with his old French distributor, de Buyer Industries, to establish a new division and develop the first knives and sharpeners in the venerable old company’s 180-year history. After successfully establishing those luxury chef products in Europe and the USA he founded his design development business, Innovivant, and stayed in France while developing new patents for his new Australian company, SOLIDTEKNICS…..and ‘la voila’, here we are!

Mark has also been delighted with his role as consulting development engineer/ambassador for Füri knives, under the ownership of the new Australian owners, McPherson’s Housewares: helping re-engineer and relaunch the brand he founded two decades ago and still loves.


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Other helpful links:

Explore the Solidteknics range here: https://www.solidteknics.com/

If you’re interested in knowing more about MJ Henry please see Mark’s own development website: www.innovivant.com/about or his LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/markjameshenry

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