Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 8, 2014.
About this project
After a very successful pilot manufacture and marketing trial, we are now ramping up to begin commercial manufacture of Quikstix which requires parts and processes to be streamlined for quality and efficiency. At this important stage, the micro perforation of the paper for Quikstix is the crucial issue. We also need to get this new product into people's hands. This project on Kickstarter can achieve both!
We have designed the coupling of two machines that takes the paper for Quikstix, laser perforates a specific area then cuts it into blanks ready for manufacture into Quikstix product.
We are inviting you to join us in purchasing these machines, ramp up paper orders into the tonnes, give you a great reward and soon you’ll be making your very own Quikstix cuppa, here down under or half way round the world.
PERSONAL NOTE FROM DAVE
WHAT IS QUIKSTIX?
Quikstix is the new way to make a complete quality plunger or French press cuppa in any location, real quick. Think real plunger coffee or tea, infuser, stirrer, separate sugar and/or milk all in one clever product.
Quikstix is a biodegradable tube divided into two sections. One section with its micro perforated walls contains real coffee, tea or any beverage. The handle section with its tear off end tag contains the other ingredients to make your drink, such as sugar or whitener.
Simply tear, tip, stir and sip.
For example, take the Quikstix of your choice, in this case (above) a black coffee with one sugar, tear off the handle end tag and tip the sugar into your cup and add hot water. Stir the perforated end of Quikstix in the water to infuse the real coffee and mix your drink.
The hot water continually infuses through the micro perforations as you stir. Simply stir longer for stronger.
Quikstix is made from paper which is renewable and biodegradable.
Quikstix is perfect for office, traveling, camping, picnics, outdoors, plane, bus and train travel, hotels, trekking and hiking, retail grocery, community and armed services, boating, mining and heavy industry, aged care, nursing, truckies, fast food, catering, color branding (marketing) etc
Quikstix can also be loaded with any herbal tea, cordial crystals, chocolate, isotonic, medical drink or any infusable drink and also color branded with any logo or text.
Rewards include packs of 50 Quikstix or carton/s of 50Q x 10 packs of all 3 varieties of coffee and tea (white, white with one, black with one). We've tried to keep shipping costs down by absorbing some of the cost in product.
NOTE: You can also on sell packs of Quikstix with your friends and colleagues which basically give you product for free. For example, back with a reward of $200 for a carton of 50 x 10 bags. Keep 2 you will use the most, sell the other 8 for $25 each to return $200 :-)
OUR PROJECT IN DETAIL
Our Kickstarter project involves purchasing two machines and paper which we convert. Here's more info on these three areas...
Paper Sheeting Machine
The paper sheeting machine control feeds the Quikstix paper off the reel, under the laser perforating section then sheets or cuts the paper into blanks ready to be made into the Quikstix device. This machine will also be retro fit with safety guards and mounting hardware for the laser machine. The laser head is synchronized with this paper sheeter and micro perforates a defined section of each Quikstix blank.
Laser Perforation Machine
One of the most critical aspects in making Quikstix is the micro perforation. Laser is becoming an innovative and commercially viable way to micro perforate, score, mark and cut numerous types of food packaging. Many freshly bagged vegetables and salad greens are micro perforated to retain freshness and extend shelf life. Most packs you open now, do so easily due to laser scoring on the tear line.
We are utilizing this proven technology for micro perforation as it offers precision, flexibility, food approved application, and many other unique benefits for Quikstix.
Quikstix Paper and Conversion
The paper for Quikstix is specifically manufactured and this means ordering tonnes as we go commercial. After purchasing, the paper is converted which involves slitting down the large rolls, printing and perforating ready to make Quikstix.
We chose paper over other materials such as metal or plastic for Quikstix as it is far superior and Eco friendly. Paper is a renewable resource, recyclable, biodegradable and has excellent environmental advantages in its natural state (trees). Our paper is manufactured here in Australia in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re into paper packaging, you’ll know that’s an excellent plus.
GOALS WE INVITE YOU TO FUND
The backing for this project has been split into our primary goal and two stretch goals. We’d be thrilled to see them all achieved here on Kickstarter.
GOAL ONE funds the sheeting machine that control feeds the paper and cuts it into blanks ready for manufacture into Quikstix.
Funding of $40,000 Australian dollars achieves this.
We also have two stretch goals...
GOAL TWO funds the paper and conversion, which involves slitting, printing and reel reduction. The paper for Quikstix is specifically manufactured and this means tonnes as we go commercial.
Total funding of $60,000 Australian, or additional $20,000 dollars achieves this.
GOAL THREE funds the laser head that is synchronized with the sheeting machine in GOAL ONE to perforate the paper.
Total funding of $120,000 Australian dollars or an additional $60,000 achieves this.
THE QUIKSTIX BACK STORY
Quikstix was invented by Dave Hopper, an Aussie Industrial Design Teacher who identified with the frustration of over 30 staff trying to make their morning cuppa at recess. Bad coffee was one thing but when that includes queues, crusty sugar, missing or licked spoons, cross contamination, off milk, dripping tea bags and mess, Dave decided there must be a better way.
Applying the design principles taught, Dave's idea took shape. “My original prototype was made by drilling holes in plastic irrigation hose and using yellow earplugs to divide the sections.”
"The name Quikstix came from my mother calling out on our farm... 'Quick sticks David, hurry up!' The rest is textbook trademarks 101. It IS a stick and it IS quick."
After securing patent and trademark international protection, Quikstix went through extensive research and development, materials and process trials, pilot manufacture and market research. Quikstix is now at the commercialization stage and that’s when we thought it's a cool idea to give you the opportunity to be part of the action and be first to use this clever product! Kickstarter was the perfect choice.
Quikstix Australia P/L is set up to commence manufacture on the beautiful Australian coast north of Sydney. Quikstix will be packed in a HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point) food approved facility including the machines from the pilot manufacture.The production plan relating to Kickstarter includes...
Rewards and sales will initially be into food service where we will be selling 50 Quikstix in a resealable Ziploc packs, 10 to a carton. These will be in coffee and tea in the standard white, white with one and black with one sugar combinations.
QUIKSTIX AWARDS AND FEEDBACK
- Finalist for the Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards for Australian consumer product of the year.
- Australian Packaging Awards. Bronze for the Design Innovation Award from the Packaging Council of Australia.
- Quikstix was a finalist for the NEC Award for Best Technology in a SME from MyBusiness.
- Quikstix product sponsored the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
- Quikstix on TV's Dragon’s Den: Peter Higgins, co founder of Mortgage Choice, millionaire and good bloke. “Mate, two words... Bloody Brilliant!”
The way we do things in the world is always changing and crowd funding is one of the positives if managed well. We feel the coolest thing about Kickstarter is encouraging community and helping like minded people around the world connect with genuine results. I plant a small Quikstix seed here in Australia and through Kickstarter, people from all over the world can water it and share the first fruits. Most excellent!
WHO WE ARE
Dave Hopper is the inventor of Quikstix and has driven and personally funded much of the R & D and first generation machines to manufacture Quikstix. Quikstix Australia P/L includes a talented team of excellent people providing financial assistance, engineering, administration, machine operation, packing, product marketing and distribution.
I am genuinely excited about the opportunity that Kickstarter presents and to share Quikstix with like minded people from all over the world who can get involved and be well rewarded. Personal thanks to Steph, Errol, Mike R, Mike W, Tom, Jewel and my awesome friends.
Thank you in anticipation for your support. I know you’ll love your reward from Kickstarter or should I say, Quikstarter ;-)
Risks and challenges
You’ve come at the right time as most risks have been addressed over past years of research and development. We have sourced, trialed and locked in all material, part and ingredient suppliers.
The main risks and challenges presently include…
Quikstix has to compare favorably with current beverage costing. Two of our largest grocery retailers in Australia approved a RRP of $5.95 AU for 10 Quikstix packed in a foil pouch (60¢ per Q retail).
Quikstix is clever and easy to use however, any new product needs to be introduced to customers. Product education. We learnt this at our first camping show stall.
We have proved there is a market for Quikstix. Supply and demand will be addressed via licence agreements to manufacture and make Quikstix your own.
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