Research shows noise in the workplace is a major issue. So how can nanofibre technology help?

Acoustics are a major workplace problem

If you work in an open plan office, you may well be one of millions for whom noise and acoustics is a sensitive issue. Research shows you're not alone - it is a major problem. Workplace specialists and industry experts around the world have tried to solve this problem.

One solution has been to incorporate sound absorbing materials into the design of workplace interiors. Traditionally the way to increase the surface area of these materials was to increase thickness, therefore increasing the weight and bulk of the design.

Soft materials absorb sound and can help reduce noise in an open plan office.

How we use nanofibre to address the issue

With this issue in mind our design team began to investigate the option of incorporating nanofibre as a lightweight, yet dense, sound absorption alternative.

Products incorporating nanofibre are scientifically proven to help resolve the issues of noise in open plan space. They do this by improving passive acoustic performance in the mid frequency ranges associated with voice related sounds. In other words, they dull these sounds to a more manageable and less distracting level.

Designed to enhance the absorptive features of the soft walls, the use of nanofibres in commercial furniture is a real game changer in terms of both design and functionality.

Nanofibre is scientifically proven to help absorb sound and dull noise to a less distracting level.

Truly world-leading

By incorporating the use of nanofibre sheeting within our furniture PLN Group has created entirely unique and award-winning products to the market.The enhanced sound absorption of our acoustic collection cannot be matched by any other furniture manufacturer in New Zealand or around the globe. These solutions are already making a difference for our clients around the world.

About Phonix™ Nanofibre

Phonix™ nanofibre is an electrospun nanofibre, designed and created in partnership with fellow Auckland Company Revolution Fibres specifically to enhance the performance of our acoustic furniture.The electrospinning process creates fibres so small they can only be seen under powerful microscopes. This gives Phonix™ nanofibre some revolutionary acoustic properties.

In less than the thickness of a human hair the very fine fibres, invisible to the naked eye, create thousands of layers of sound absorbing fibres. Phonix™ nanofibre creates huge surface area in an incredibly dense, lightweight layer, thus eliminating the bulk and weight of previous acoustic furniture solutions. Our streamlined acoustic furniture is the result and uses Phonix™ nanofibres as an acoustic substrate which enhances the absorptive features of the soft walls of the collection.

What are the Applications?

Our acoustic furniture systems offer a truly innovative and advanced sound absorbing performance applicable to offices, education and health/aged care facilities – anywhere sound quality is an issue.

Case Studies

Our acoustic furniture collection is currently in use worldwide in organisations like HSBC, Citibank, ASB and Motorola, Singapore. It's also used in libraries and universities like Wintec's Rotokauri Campus Hub.

Download our Layman's Guide to Acoustics for more info.

Products utilising nanofibre technology: