BOXS AG

Start-up with passion

After the outbreak of war in Syria in 2011, the socially responsible idea of improving the lives of those affected started to grow within our team. In 2013, triggered by the resentment about continuous lack of conditions within the refugee camps in Syria, we started to work on our own first prototypes. We were driven by the fact that although the available tents met the emergency nature of the situation, they failed to provide a decent home for those who might have to stay in them for years. 

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The history and milestones of BOXS AG at a glance.

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1st International Project 

The new BOXS Light system is being tested in Jordan. The project shows a concrete end application for plastic waste.


 6/2019

Foundation of UpBoards GmbH

BOXS AG founds the subsidiary UpBoards GmbH.

The company specialises in the manufacture and sale of all types of recycled panels.


 1/2019

BOXS Light

Together with the Hightech-Zentrum Aargau (HTZ) and the Hochschule Luzern (HSLU), the lightweight construction system "BOXS Light" is being developed. The main focus is on the use of recycled plastic waste from the sea or land for the construction of robust and safe living spaces.

BOXS thus combines a sustainable improvement of the environment with the construction of adequate accommodation for people in need.


10/2018

Landanzeiger

(News article in German)
Innovatives Start-Up zieht nach Gränichen

Kleinwohnformen und Tiny Houses sind im Trend. Das wissen auch die Spezialisten der Boxs AG. Mit dem Umzug von Wohlen nach Gränichen in die Ex-Spielinsel «Purplefrog» erweitert das Jungunternehmen seine Produktionsfläche auf knapp 300 m2. Denn die Nachfrage nach modularen Raumlösungen für mittelfristige Einsätze boomt.


9/2018  

1. Outdoor-Solution

A living pavilion in 4 weeks. This is the conclusion of the realization of the first "BOXShelter" as an outdoor solution. In an unbeatable construction time of 20 days (from foundation) a living pavilion with 3 1/2 rooms with kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms was created.


7/2018  

Advisory Board

Wit prominent members to Success

The Start-up BOXS AG gets a prominently composed Advisory Board to support and accompany the founding team.


4/2018  

New Production Site in Gränichen

In a major effort, the team moves the production site from Wohlen to Gränichen and thus increases the production area from 200 to a total of 300 m2.

However, the new location will not only provide a larger area. The accessibility, the proximity to the motorway and the development possibilities in terms of production lines are future-oriented and open up new planning possibilities.


4/2018  

Swiss Innovation Challenge

Platz 15 von über 100 Teilnehmern.

Im Rahmen der Preisverleihung der Swiss Innovation Challenge 2017 am Tag der Wirtschaft in Basel, wurden die Finalisten im "Innovation" mit einem Portrait präsentiert.

 4/2017

kommunalmagazin

Mehr Raum für Gemeinden

Sommer ist Ferienzeit. Das stimmt, aber nur zum Teil: Zehntausende Flüchtlinge nutzen die warmen Monate um ihre vom Krieg oder Armut gezeichneten Länder zu verlassen.

 4/2017

startupticker.ch

Unterkünfte für Menschen in Not aus dem Baukasten

Der Kanton Aargau hat im ehemaligen A3-Werkhof in Frick eine Unterkunft für Asylsuchende realisiert.

 4/2017

Aargauer Zeitung

Asylbewerber ziehen in die "BOXS"

Container-Dorf: Ein Aargauer Start-up hat ein Leichtbausystem erfunden, das in Frick erstmals zum Einsatz kommt.

 3/2017

First order: Werkhof A3, Frick 

In cooperation with the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DGS) of the Canton of Aargau, the BOXS team realised two indoor lounges of 140m2 for 180 people in the A3 factory yard in Frick (AG).

The cantonal accommodation for refugees has been in operation since April 2017.

 1/2017

SwissUpStart Challenge: 2nd place

This day will go down in history: BOXS wins the 2nd place in the category economy at the Young Entrepreneur Award of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.


10/2016

Aargauer Zeitung

Weder Container noch Zelt

BOXS AG: Ein Aargauer Jungunternehmen hat Unterkünfte für Krisengebiete entwickelt, die aber auch hier aufgestellt werden könnten.


 9/2016

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Swiss start-up launches innovative refugee accommodation

BOXShelter combines the best elements of containers and tents. It can be  used for refugee and evacuation camps but also for offices, schools and storage...


 8/2016

Sunshine Radio                     

Interview about BOXS AG

At the Lucerne Festival 2016 BOXS in cooperation with Sunshine Radio provided the backstage area for renowned artists like Rival Kings, Nickless, Mimiks, DJ Robin Tune, Sinplus and DJ Zsu Zsu.

 
 
                     
6/2016  

Field test: Lucerne Festival 

Exclusive backstage area for singer, songwriter & bands: in cooperation with the Lucerne regional station "Sunshine Radio" BOXS hosts a great line-up like Rival Kings, Nickless, Mimiks, DJ Robin Tune, Sinplus and DJ ZsuZsu

The stars and VIP's in the BOXS stayed dry during torrential downpours.


6/2016  

Onlinereports.ch

Refugee container on the wolf:
Savings of millions would be possible


4/2016  

Foundation of BOXS AG

The company BOXS AG is founded.

The four initiators Raphael Markstaller, Yannick Tuch, João Almeida and Andreas Liniger found BOXS AG and assume the mandates of the Board of Directors.


1/2016  

Crowdfunding

The team needs outside capital until it is ready for the market. BOXS promotes the project with an international crowdfunding campaign and thus finances a further development step.

BOXS will be presented to the public with a live presentation in Aarau on 14 March. The interesting and also critical discussions underline the team's conviction in the social ideas of the original idea.


 3/2015

Prototyp 0.5 

The development of the new prototype took almost a whole year.

The new system with monoblock as the basic supporting element also proves its worth in terms of modularity. The development of the console roof creates the conditions for solar systems, water collection and rear ventilation. 


12/2014

Prototyp 0.0 

A big day: the assembly of the first POX!

It looks more like a big doghouse, but thanks to the door cutout it resembles a shelter.

Outdoor testing in wind and weather: the floor construction is unsatisfactory in construction. The roof is leaking.


12/2013

Projekt "POX"

Derived from the main components "Panel" and "Box", the project is named POX.

The development work begins: Floor construction and T-profiles for the panels correspond to the ideas. The material for the first prototype is purchased through the team's own efforts. The processing of the raw materials into finished individual parts begins.


 9/2013

Civil war in Syria 

2.6 million Syrians fled out the country. 9 million Syrians fleeing Syria.

The refugee camps in the affected regions are bursting at the seams. The hygienic conditions are alarming.

The existing tents fulfil the spontaneous help, but offer only poor protection against heat and wind.


 7/2013