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Sonobex closes funding round and launches acoustic noise reduction solutions into global markets

Sonobex a high tech spin-out from Loughborough University are congratulated by Nicky Morgan MP after closing their series A funding round.


Sonobex design and produce next-generation noise reduction solutions, utilising a patented technology for applications in noise damping, engineering designs. The company has recently secured funding from two private investors which will enable them to launch their high value, acoustic noise reduction technologies across a number of sectors, worldwide.

The Sonobex business development began in 2007, when Dr. Daniel Elford and Dr. Luke Chalmers began their PhDs at Loughborough University, where they built on sonic crystal research led by Professor Feodor Kusmartsev and Dr Gerry Swallowe. The breakthrough technology attracted significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Technology Strategy Board and The European Regional Development Fund, to accelerate its commercialisation.

Sonobex was one of only seven companies showcased at Alstom Transport’s Innovation Day, at its corporate headquarters in Paris, highlighting the strategic importance of its technology to Alstom Transport’s supply chain.

Newly appointed CEO, Paul Gooch will lead the business into global markets. Paul is a successful entrepreneur who has previously invested and worked with a number of high-tech ventures over the last 15 years. Prior to joining Sonobex he was the CEO of Conduit Partners, a market leading commercial consultancy and VP Global Operations for Celoxica plc.

The Sonobex technology harnesses the powerful sound dampening effect of sonic crystal design to control, direct and manipulate sound. The Sonobex products are designed to address the specific noise spectrum to deliver increased sound reduction over competing products. Sonic crystal designs also allow air flow to combat over heating issues and overcome the need for expensive cooling systems required for current industrial enclosures and can provide up to a 40% reduced wind loading effect in acoustic barriers.

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