Australian Export Awards recognising remarkable resilience: WA Innovation keeping Australians safe through science
In early 2020, when the pandemic hit, the company had to put around A$800,000 worth of international project work on hold indefinitely and halt many internal R&D projects. It faced shortages of essential supplies, and reduced income delayed critical equipment purchases and threatened the business.
Innovation meets community spirit
When local gin distilleries reached out to Epichem for help, Colin and the chemistry team didn’t hesitate. They provided free advice on converting gin into ethanol and then into sanitisers, so these small businesses could continue to earn revenue and keep their staff.