Sonneaire SAS Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Teknologi Inovasi Solar Sdn. Bhd.) is a Malaysian company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company focuses on its core business which is research and development and owns the intellectual property and trademark name rights for the energy efficient cooling products branded as ‘Sonneaire’ and ‘Sonneaire Hybrid Air Conditioning Systems’ as well as ‘Sonneaire Solar Air Conditioning Systems’.
All the products are Made in Malaysia, based on the company’s own research and development.
The founder is Mrs. Azrina M. Yusof – Ong, a software engineer by background who founded the company following the life long research conducted by her father (retired) Professor Dr. M. Yusof Sulaiman at the Solar Energy Research Institute in the National University of Malaysia, also known as UKM.
The company is driven by a sole mandate to be an earth friendly company with the mission to create and innovate cooling systems which are:
- Energy efficient – to reduce as much carbon footprint as possible
- Health and environment gentle
- Cost efficient
- Using renewable sources, wherever possible
- Usage of software or IOT, to reduce the carbon footprint wherever necessary
In 2012, the company received its first angel investor via family support through Alam Dingin Air Conditioning Engineering Sdn Bhd (also owned by Datuk Ishak Sulaiman and Mohamad Azan Sulaiman who are both, brothers of Azrina’s father).
In 2013, the company won its first grant amounting to RM500,000 and opened its first factory branch in Bandar Baru Bangi. With the grant, the company successfully developed the first commercial solar hybrid air conditioning systems and installed about 50 units in Kuala Lumpur.
In 2016, the company developed its new patent for its new product; the thermal heat hybrid air conditioning systems called ‘Sonneaire Coolbox Save’ and is now the best selling product for the company.
The company won the Best Pivot Innovation Award under Cradle CGP program in 2016.
Subsequently to that, also in 2016, the company won another grant of RM455,000 from Agensi Inovasi to finance all the regulatory requirements for the Sonneaire Coolbox Save.
Today the company is moving forward and installing its SonneAire Coolbox Save at many sites including prestigious companies such as at Gerbang Alaf Sdn Bhd restaurants – the master franchisee of McDonalds Restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore.