Silvertex Aqua GmbH, with its location near Berlin, was founded from Mrs. Birgit Dürsch in 2015. The start-up produces and distributes a unique textile for water preservation by using silver ions to reduce antimicrobial contamination in drinking and industrial water. The product is developed in cooperation with the Technical University of Dresden and is worldwide patented.

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

Silvertex Aqua: The main areas of activity are within drinking and industrial water segment. For instance, throughout Germany over 80.000 mobile drinking water canister in Caravans and Boats are suited with silvertex® as number one choice to prevent water contamination through microbes. Silvertex® is also used in air humidifiers as well as in cooling towers and in warm water circulation systems hospitals. Agriculture also plays an additional role in our activities aiming to reduce the microbes in drinking water of breeding animals such as for chickens and turkey. Wherever standing water exists silvertex® is of use to prevent microbes from growing.

silvertex installed in intermediate drinking water storage

E.E: What’s the news for 2021 about new products?

Silvertex Aqua: In 2021 we will be focusing on pushing our own brand GooWaCo (Good Water Company) into the Camping/Caravan market offering a new line of silvertex® in different sizes from xs – L, hence enabling people to preserve water amounts varying between 3,6 m³ and 140m³. Additionally, we will offer a range of complementary chemical based disinfection products.

E.E: What are the ranges of traded products?

Silvertex Aqua: Silvertex® can be used to preserve water amounts from 1l to 500.000 l. As it is produced on a roll it can be cut into pieces with size depending on amount of water to be preserved. Besides the textile we offer complementary products such as chemistry based disinfections as well as a water quality quick test. Additionally, we distribute a portable filtration system call PAUL – the water backpack. PAUL, which stands for portable aqua unit for lifesaving produces up to 6.000 l of fresh water per day. As you can carry the filtration system as a back pack it offers a mobile solution to filtrate water, especially in case of emergencies caused by nature. To summarize, all products in our portfolio aim to enhance quality of water.

analysis done by TU Berlin showing the effectiveness of silvertex

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

Silvertex Aqua: The need to keep clean water clean is given since mankind hence we can say it is a very mature market we play in. We offer a very easy to use solution to preserve water for various markets and applications. Silvertex® designed for the use in mobile tanks is well established in the Camping/Caravan/Boats market to name one of the markets in which we play a role. Generally, there is a strong need to preserve water – either at an industrial or private level – at all time and at any level hence innovation is a key driver in our industry. Due to that one focusses our activities is on product development to address needs given to us from different markets. As we distribute our product world wide there is always the need for innovation to address distinct market needs.

silvertex installed in a water tank

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

Silvertex Aqua: People are looking for environmentally friendly products that are easy to handle and which to keep their clean water clean. As it will become more and more a necessity in large parts of the world, the need for an easy to use solution to preserve water will raise. Innovation to address needs of different markets will be one of the key factors of future success.

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed?

Silvertex Aqua: Our core product is Good Water silvernet suitable for the use in containers ranging from 10 l to 10.000 l in tank size. This product line suitable for common tank sizes in Caravans and has been awarded as a test winner in 2018 and 2019 under the distributor name WM Aquatec Silbernetz.

silvertex installed in cooling towers

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2021?

Silvertex Aqua: To have access to clean water and to maintain clean water will become more and more important in today’s people life hence we see our market growing. Our product aims to address the need for people to obtain clean water with an easy to use product. As being a young company there are still a lot of obstacles for us to tackle, especially of legislative nature in regard to certification. Once, these obstacles refer to the past a lot of people in the world will benefit from the use of silvertex®.