Spin out acquisition by Merford will accelerate impact of industrial noise control technology
Sonobex, the multi-award-winning spin out from Loughborough University’s physics research base, has been acquired by Merford UK, a leading specialist in industrial noise control. This secures the family company not only more 'brain power', but also brings a revolutionary technology in house: capable of reducing noise using by innovative, novel methods.
Since incorporation in 2013, the Sonobex team of three Loughborough research graduates and an audio engineer has worked on developing innovative technologies and solutions within the noise control sector. Supported by a number of awards from the UK’s Higher Education Innovation Fund and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the team has patented acoustic panel technology, SonoTEC®.
The technology is used to control the hum of large transformers in heavy industry, which are normally hard to mute, it can also be deployed for other uses, such as noise barriers on highways or silencing of industrial pumps, compressors, generators and turbines.
Unlike existing techniques, which rely on solid enclosures to block the sound, the nature of the SonoTEC® system ensures that sound ‘cancels' itself. As a result, light solutions can also be developed which also allow passive ventilation – a significant benefit for machine enclosures.
Joost Vertooren, co-director of Merford, calls the acquisition of Sonobex “the most progressive” in the company's history: “We have made several acquisitions, but these concerned often manufacturing companies or increasing our market share. This acquisition is purely to enhance our research and development function.”
Dr Daniel Elford, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sonobex says: “There is a great synergy between Sonobex and Merford with a shared focus on innovation and product development. We have exciting times ahead.”
Professor Tracy Bhamra, Loughborough University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise adds: “Merford is the perfect partner for Sonobex to take its proprietary noise reduction solution, underpinned by world-class research, to accelerate routes to market and improve the climate of the living and working environment.”
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Press release reference number: February News
About Sonobex Limited
Sonobex is a spinout company from Loughborough University; co-founded by Dr Daniel Elford and Dr Luke Chalmers in 2012. With the support of the University’s Enterprise team and funding from The Higher Education Innovation Fund and Royal Academy of Engineering, Sonobbex has pioneered the development of a patent protected* and award winning acoustic panel technology, called SonoTEC®, using our understanding of acoustic metamaterials.
Sonobex’s proprietary technology SonoTEC® has been integrated into next generation noise control solutions for the global market. Sonobex’s solutions are science and technology focused, delivering the ultimate performance and quality. Sonobex’s team of PhD and Masters qualified acoustic design engineers collaborate with the foremost leading industrial engineering companies and research/academic institutions.
Merford is a Dutch family business that was founded in 1956. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has grown into an international company specializing in noise control, special doors, operator cabins and sheet metal. From five different divisions 180 employees work at solutions that contribute to a safe, healthy and comfortable working environment.
The company also has an office at the Building Research Establishment in Watford.