Start-up with passion
SOCIALLY MOTIVATED, ENTREPRENEURIALLY IMPLEMENTED
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.
Zelte bieten den Menschen in Flüchtlingscamps kein würdiges Zuhause, sagen die Gründer des Aargauer Jungunternehmens Boxs AG. Mit Unterstützung der Hochschule Luzern entwickelten sie ein modulares Leichtbausystem aus rezyklierten Kunststoffplatten. In Jordanien ist ein Feldtest im Gang.
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 rooms.
BOXS thus combines a sustainable improvement of the environment with the construction of adequate accommodation for people in need.
(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.
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.
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.
Interview about BOXS AG
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.