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Top innovators honoured

Ljubljana, 13 October (STA) - Products developed by nine Slovenian companies, including foldable skis, a special steel, and cutting-edge valves, have been declared top innovations as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) honoured the country's best innovators.

Castoola won the award for a platform for targeted TV advertising, sports equipment maker Elan for Voyager foldable skis, and the winery Radgonske Gorice for the first sparkling wine produced and drank in the dark.

A novel regulation valve brought the honours to valve producer Danfoss Trata, electric motor maker Domel developed and commercialised a new type of motor, and industrial conglomerate Hidria devised a new type of electronic ventilator.

Electronics maker Red Pitaya received the award for a new type of device for data capture and processing, cleaning technology developer Iskra Pio for a decontamination system, and steelworks Metal Ravne for a new type of steel with better electrical conductivity.

The Occupational Activity Centre Zasavje won a special commendation for a project called Building an Inclusive, Innovative and Connected Zasavje, which was also the innovation of the year as selected by the public.

Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek told the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening that the innovators were the flag-bearers in the transition from the "commercialisation of brawn to commercialisation of brain".

"The only way to achieve a successful transition to a more advanced economy is to fly on the wings of innovation. This is a key factor of corporate success," according to Počivalšek.

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