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Tel Aviv – Seamless apparel manufacturer Delta Galil has formed a strategic partnership with innovative start-up Sonovia to trial the development of new functional fabrics.

As part of the new agreement, Sonovia and its machinery manufacturing partner Brückner will install an ultrasonic fabric-finishing applicator at Delta’s site in Karmiel. Ultimately, the companies hope to cultivate materials with embedded performance characteristics, such as odour protection.

“Sonovia’s ultrasonic technology is the future of high-performance and sustainable fabric finishing,” said Gil Shimon, president of Delta Galil’s Global Upper Markets Division, in a statement. “This partnership enables us to take another step toward fully sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing and we’re extremely pleased to be able to offer our activewear and apparel clients this innovative option for imparting beneficial properties into their garments.”

Delta has its sights on producing active wear off the back of this partnership, and hopes to offer clients an “innovative option” from future products.

It’s reported that Sonovia’s technology enables companies to impart antimicrobial, anti-odour and water repellency properties while maintaining the fabric's performance. The Israeli firm, founded in 2013, uses a patented nanotechnology process developed at Bar-Ilan University that embeds particles, compounds and molecules of desired properties directly into textiles, creating a durable, added-value fabric that retains its properties through multiple washings.

The company’s partnership with Delta Galil constitutes a significant landmark in Sonovia’s path to commercialise its technology, the company added, and strengthens Delta Galil’s position as a global leader in high-performance, sustainable manufacturing innovation.

“This strategic agreement with Delta Galil constitutes a vote of confidence in Sonovia’s eco-friendly, performance fabric-finishing technology from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of activewear and apparel,” said Shuki Herchcovici, chairman and CEO, Sonovia. “I have no doubt that this relationship will yield outstanding results for both companies and I look forward to a long and successful partnership that will support more responsible, sustainable production for many brands.”

Delta Galil develops innovative seamless apparel including bras, shapewear and socks; intimate apparel for women; extensive lines of underwear for men; babywear, activewear, sleepwear, and leisurewear.

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