The Technology Behind Sonovia,

How It Works and Its Applications

The Technology Behind Sonovia, How It Works and Its Applications

With over a decade of perfecting its innovative patented technology, with its instrumental role in the fight against COVID-19, multiple awards and backings from leading organizations and the trust of hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide, Sonovia has achieved a great deal since its founding. Sonovia’s technology was developed with the goal of saving lives and improving the quality of life through a variety of different textile applications. Sonovia’s eco-friendly production process is revolutionizing the textile industry through the elimination of harmful chemicals and the generation of durable, sustainable low-maintenance products. But what exactly is the innovative technology behind Sonovia, how does it work and what can it achieve? Read on to find out.  

How do we do it? Introducing Sonovia’s technology

Sonovia’s innovative technology is based on a patented process to enhance textile surfaces with high performance applications using sonic energy. Since its establishment in 2013, Sonovia has perfected and commercialized the technology for industrial uses. The unique process, called Sono Finishing, involves the impregnation of fabric rolls or textile with proprietary green chemical solutions in the presence of soundwave energy by a novel sono textile finishing machine. The machine uses soundwave energy to generate high-energy jet streams in the liquid bath creating a phenomenon called cavitation. The high-energy bubbles formed in the liquid allow upon their collapse for the desired properties formulated into Sonovia’s chemical solution to propel their way at high speed to the textile and hence to become embedded onto the textile’s surface. The end-product of the process is a fabric or textile with high surface area enhancement of desired properties which provides high performance and powerful efficacy as per the highest international standards. The process uses only green formulations and ultrasonic energy and requires small concentrations of chemicals to yield high-performance textiles. Different properties and particles can be embedded using this process based on customers’ needs and goals.

Sonovia’s business model

Sonovia operates using two business models. On the B2C side, Sonovia offers consumer products directly to the end customer through its online store. On the B2B side, Sonovia offers strategic partnerships with leading manufacturers who are interested in attaining production capabilities to enhance their textile products. Through this channel, customers purchase Sonovia’s patented sonofinishing machinery and proprietary chemical formulations. The sonofinishing machine becomes an integral part of the production line at the customer’s manufacturing facility. The chemical solutions used in the process are purchased from and supplied by Sonovia and are tailored to the customer’s target performance goals. Sonovia offers ongoing support and knowhow to ensure their strategic partners achieve their objectives.

Sonovia and the environment

The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. The harmful chemicals used in textile finishing processes, the high consumption of water in the dyeing and finishing process along with the rest of the production process are responsible for global greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, and landfill. According to the European parliament, 79 billion cubic meters of water were used by the clothing and textile industry in 2015, and account for 20% of the global water pollution resulting from the dyeing and finishing processes. In fact, the water used up in the production process of just one T-shirt could supply one person’s water drinking needs for 2.5 years! In addition, footwear and clothing production account for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all the maritime shipping and international flights combined. Global leaders and organizations are taking measures to mitigate the impact of textile pollution on the environment. The EU and leading brands are supporting green textile production initiatives through programs like Horizon 2020 and Fashion for Good and promoting innovative companies that are working to change the way textiles are produced for the better. Sonovia’s eco-friendly process uses only eco-friendly chemicals with exceptionally low amounts of formulation needed to achieve high-efficacy and performance.

Sonovia’s recognition through grants, accelerators and awards

Through its transition from an innovative start up to a Tel-Aviv stock exchange traded company, Sonovia has generated excitement, acknowledgement and backing from several notable institutions and organizations at the forefront of change determined to minimize the detrimental impact of the textile industry on the environment. Among these leaders are:

1) The European Union: Horizon 2020 Grant, Grant Agreement No:874050: Horizon 2020, the European Union’s biggest Research and Innovation Program has awarded Sonovia with a €2.4 million grant.

2)   Sonovia was selected to participate in two separate Fashion for Good Programs: The Fashion for Good Plug and Play and the Fashion for Good Accelerator Scaling Programme. Sonovia also received funding from Fashion for Good on top of its participation in the programs. Fashion for Good is a global initiative which is founded on a collaboration with some of the biggest fashion brands. The infrastructure includes startup accelerators, innovation hubs, with support and mentorship from renowned changemakers focused on achieving a better way for the fashion industry to operate. The Fashion for Good Plug and Play Accelerator Programme, being the largest global innovation platform, was established to recognize, invest in, and accelerate innovative startups which possess the capability to positively impact the fashion industry. The Fashion for Good Scaling Programme supports carefully-picked innovative companies that have the potential to change the fashion industry for good. The program provides support as well as access to mentors, customers, and capital.

3)   Sonovia wins a start-up competition initiated by Natan Sharansky with the support of the Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) and Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). The competition was created to recognize 10 Israeli companies with significant contributions to overall global health and the battle against COVID-19 as well as companies with innovations and technologies of notable significance on the verge of implementation.

Sonovia was selected as the finalist of the 2017 MASSCHALLENGE under the Healthcare / Life Sciences Health and Wellness category: The win included a 4-month mentorship created for promising startups through MassChallenge, a global non-profit organization. The program includes ongoing support and an acceleration program to create connections, resources, funding and scaling up.

The applications and future potential of Sonovia’s technology

The applications of Sonovia’s technology are as versatile as the customers who seek them. The added-value properties released and in development by Sonovia range from antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal to UV protection, water-repellency, fire-retardancy, dyeing capabilities and anti-odor properties. Uses can be implemented in multiple industrial sectors including the locomotive, automotive, apparel, medical and hospitality industries to name a few.   Sonovia has set out to save lives and improve the quality of life through innovative, eco-friendly patented technology that can minimize the negative impact of the existing textile industry while providing durable, sustainable, added-value textiles to multiple industries and customers. The options are as versatile as the customers who need them. All of us at Sonovia are looking forward to continuing our work to make the world better with minimal impact on the environment.