The awards were conferred in Brdo pri Kranju as part of the 2018 Innovativeness Day, featuring among others Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek.
The event was held in English
The golden awards went to Danfoss Trata for its automatic balancing valve ASV, Domel Holding for the development and industrialisation of a modular EC vacuum unit, Efos Informacijske Rešitve for the automated pest monitoring system Trapview, Gorenje for Asko Pro Home Laundry, a new generation of premium washing and drying machines, and Iskraemeco for an electricity meter.
Krka received two golden awards for the development of a fast degradable tablets with imatinib for treatment of cancer and for the development of coated tablets with a crystal form of toricoxib and the procedure for preparation of the polymorphic form.
Radeče Papir Nova received the award for a solution for paper processing and a procedure for surface processing of paper for improving its strength and resistance, while Swatycomet was awarded for its Solid-Core technology for its ultra-thin grinders.
Last but not the least, car parts maker TPV received the award for an integrated door latch which functions in a wide temperature range. The company also received the award for the best innovation of the year selected by the public.
In his address to the participants, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec praised Slovenians as always having been a nation of innovators.
"We have always had the know-how, will and also obstinacy ... If we always listened to those who say that something has not been done yet, we would still be riding around in horse carts," he illustrated.
The work of innovators and engineers must be cherished, the prime minister said, because "we enjoy the fruits of their work every day".