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HK's young entrepreneurs strike gold in Geneva

By Shadow Li
HK's young entrepreneurs strike gold in Geneva
Co-founders of Acoustic Metamaterials Group (from left) Yang Min, Chen Shuyu and Vincent Fong display their trophies and gold medal of this year’s International Exhibition of Inventions. (P rovided to C hina D aily)

A budding Hong Kong startup has struck gold in Geneva for its pioneering work in experimenting the usage of metamaterials in offering revolutionary better noise control solutions.

Acoustic Metamaterials Group (AMG) clinched the gold medal at this year’s International Exhibition of Inventions held in the Swiss city.

The startup was set up in 2012 by three young entrepreneurs — Vincent Fong, Chen Shuyu and Yang Min — who are in charge of business development, manufacturing, and research and development, respectively.

“The notable achievement in Geneva is a great encouragement for us for commercializing the technology from an R&D (research and development) project into a series of market-ready products,” said Fong, 25.

This year’s exhibition marks its 45th annual event — one of the world’s most recognized invention exhibitions. A total of 1,000 new inventions and products by 700 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions went on display from March 29 to April 2. It attracted 57,000 visitors from the five continents, and global media coverage. “Given the increasingly strict noise regulations globally, industry leaders are seeking new ways to provide better noise control solutions,” Fong said.

Acoustic Metamaterials provide better noise-proof solutions in conditions that conventional materials can’t address. Conventional acoustic materials have strong limitations under certain conditions, such as high air-flow requirements and high temperatures. By contrast, acoustic metamaterials can maintain a strong performance in such conditions, making it highly applicable in various industries, such as power and energy, construction and consumer electronics and data-center server equipment.

The commercial application of acoustic metamaterials had failed to achieve cost-effective and scalable production. AMG cracked the code for mass production by coming up with a systematic manufacturing method, benefiting greatly from their vicinity to one of the largest manufacturing bases on the Chinese mainland — Shunde and Dongguan in Guangdong province.

It has also teamed up with multiple key industry players, by providing customized noise absorption solutions while maintaining ventilation.

The company has been receiving financial support from the Hong Kong government since 2014. It joined the Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities from 2014 to 2016, and secured funding from the Innovation and Technology Commission last year.

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