Published on 28-Oct-2021

Global client wins accelerate growth for Scottish remote sensor specialist Novosound

Global client wins accelerate growth for Scottish remote sensor specialist Novosound

- Dave Hughes-led startup secures business wins with Uniper, BAE Systems and GE Avia-tion 

- Novosound’s thin-film manufacturing process underpins the company’s pioneering Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) products - the Kelpie, Belenus and Nebula

- Novosound has benefited from Covid-19 significantly increasing demand for remote monitoring to advance safety and efficiency

- In April, Novosound’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of the West of Scotland was awarded the highest possible grade by Innovate UK

- Novosound appointed Dr Derek Mathieson, former Baker Hughes Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, in 2020

Scottish remote sensor specialist Novosound has secured a series of global customer wins, with the Glasgow-based startup led by Dave Hughes converting sales in the aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, and nuclear sectors.  Recent contract wins include international energy company Uniper and, in the aerospace sector, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

CEO and co-founder Dave Hughes, who featured on a panel at the Boeing Innovation Forum in Glasgow earlier this month, said: “The team and I are really pleased to see our work in ultrasonics converting into sales with so many international industrial groups, including in the aerospace sector, and we look forward to a series of additional corporate milestone announcements over the coming weeks and months.”

Founded in 2018, Novosound’s patented thin-film manufacturing process, which eliminates conven-tional limitations in ultrasound sensors, underpins the company’s pioneering non-destructive testing (NDT) products - the Kelpie, Belenus, and Nebula.  

Novosound’s Kelpie sensor flexes, twists and bends to inspect difficult shapes and surfaces, the Belenus continually monitors corrosion at high temperatures, and the Nebula is a cloud-based plat-form that securely stores and reports client asset data. The Kelpie, Belenus and Nebula all utilise the latest so-called thin film deposition technologies to produce the end product - unique 3D-printed ultrasound sensors. 

Dave Hughes says the onset of Covid-19 has significantly increased demand for remote monitoring to advance safety and efficiency: “It feels like we’ve seen about ten years of progress in the last 18 months alone.  The technology in the space hadn’t really moved on much over the last few dec-ades, and we’re now showing that we can move the dial and add significant value across a number of industry sectors.  It’s also notable that Scotland is starting to build an ecosystem in remote sen-sors, and we’re proud to be part of the growing Internet of Things scene here.” 

In April, Novosound’s ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’ with the University of the West of Scotland was awarded the highest possible grade by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  Also in April, the company won its first major international award, for its Belenus product at the 2021 Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards.   

Last year, the company appointed Dr Derek Mathieson, former Chief Marketing and Technology Officer at Baker Hughes, as its chairman.  Also in 2020, Novosound appointed former BGF in-vestment director Duncan Macrae as chief financial officer (CFO).  

In December 2019, Novosound, originally a spin-out from the University of the West of Scotland, secured a £3.3 million investment round led by private equity investment management firm Fore-sight Group (via the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund).  Par Equity, Kelvin Capital, Gabriel Investments and Scottish Enterprise also participated in the round. 

Derek Mathieson, Chairman, Novosound said: “Novosound is already gaining traction with some of the world’s largest industrial brands, and the next phase of growth for the company will centre around continuing to scale operations, raising the profile of the business across global markets, and increasing sales.”  

About Novosound

Since its launch in 2018, Novosound has become one of Scotland’s technology success stories with its patented, market disruptive ultrasound sensor technology. Based near Glasgow, the com-pany utilises its in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to engineer a thin-film core material that is flexible, extreme temperature resistant, lightweight, low profile, compact, and capable of producing high resolution images. Using its innovative ultrasound sensors and systems technology, Novosound enables its customers to improve their efficiencies and safety when it comes to inspect-ing and monitoring their assets across key industries such as Energy, Power Generation and Avia-tion. The Novosound team is made up of scientific, technical and commercial experts who work together with global clients to develop bespoke ultrasound products and solutions. 

For more information visit www.novosound.net or e-mail info@novosound.net  



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