By Camila Hurtado

Zbox. ¿Like a standard container?

When we talk about what we do at Navlandis, we usually get back two types of reactions. People outside the logistics or transportation industry find Zbox is a very good idea, while industry professionals often respond with a lot of questions and a good deal of skepticism. In this series of posts that we start today we’ll try to answer all these questions.

We know that the idea of ​​a collapsible container was born 20 years ago, and that since then there have been several attempts to develop it. This means that conceptually it is a good idea, but putting it into practice is the difficult part.

At Navlandis we wanted to overcome the current state of the art by making a container that, in addition to being collapsible, is really implementable.

And how have we done it? Taking into account from the design and conception of the container that it should function as closely as possible to a standard container: same resistance, same useful life, same security, etc. Hence our motto: “Zbox, like a standard container, more than a foldable container”.

This approach results in the following features of Zbox:

– It meets the same requirements of ISO and CSC certifications as the standard container, including sealing.

– It can be operated by standard machinery available in depots and terminals, and without the need for manual effort.

– It can be loaded practically with the same load as a standard container: the width and height of the doors barely vary approximately 2cm, and the load capacity by weight decreases less than 3%.

Among others.

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By Camila Hurtado

Container shortage news

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By Camila Hurtado

Navlandis launches Zbox collapsible container for logistics operations, with its third investment round almost complete

• This financing will allow its current solution, validated as a prototype and certified in the demanding regulatory requirements of the logistics sector, to become a reality through the logistics implementation of the Zbox folding container, and the industrial scaling of its disruptive technology.
• As part of the committed financing, the startup Navlandis has received the confirmation of € 2.2 million of non-refundable grant from the European Union by means of the “Blue Economy” program of the H2020-European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

A little more than five years of intense research and experimental development work have passed since Miguel Navalón, founder of Navlandis, embarked on the process of creating a sustainable solution that would respond to one of the great problems of containerized freight transport: the return transport of empty containers and their storage.

During this period, Navlandis team has succeeded to get the innovative Zbox folding container certified under the same regulatory requirements than a traditional container, while maintaining all its benefits as well as providing significant innovations.

Now they are preparing to operate in real environments, moving on beyond the prototyping and the certification stages. In addition, new professionals are joining the team for the growth of the company, in order to bring its value proposition to the market, in which there are some shipping companies already interested.

Even in a year as volatile and complicated as 2020, Navlandis has managed to cover the financing needs to develop this new stage of logistical and operational validation of Zbox, estimated at around 3 million euros, obtaining the confidence of relevant public and private entities.

The European Blue Economy program, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of H2020, supports the Zbox Blue Logistics project of Navlandis with a non-refundable subsidy of 2.2 million euros. The project will last two years starting on October 2020, and will consist of the massive deployment of 100 Zbox containers for operational validation, including connectivity and traceability tools in several units. The objectives of the project are to put the technology into operation, to implement improvements in the industrial manufacturing process and to consolidate the exploitation model.

Currently, Navlandis is contacting different logistics operators that can participate in this project aimed at sustainability, reducing their CO2 emissions and optimizing the transport and storage of their empty containers, through the use of Zbox in their routes. Making a commitment to green shipping: efficient, ecological, sustainable and favorable to the circular economy.

This support for innovation and the milestones achieved by the Navlandis prototypes have helped the third round of investment in the Valencian startup to be close to its goal. In addition to the European funding, KIC Innoenergy, which belongs to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), has contributed to the project. The EIT invests to accelerate innovative companies and projects focused on sustainability.

The third round of investment remains open for those investors who want to support an industrial initiative aligned with the strategic objectives of the European Community and support of Horizon 2030.

Navlandis has a 5-year history of development, with important milestones during its short life, such as the prototyping and subsequent certification of Zbox, its deployment test in port environment or the next challenge of creating a more sustainable road and maritime transport environment, traceable in real time and aimed at significant business cost savings for logistics companies and therefore for their customers.

About Navlandis

Navlandis is a technology-based company that innovates in the transport and logistics sector, born in 2015 by the hand of Miguel Navalón. The first Navlandis development is Zbox, a new generation of foldable container to make transport more sustainable.

Miguel Navalón is a Civil Engineer and MBA, with project management training, and previous experience in other business initiatives. He has built a multidisciplinary team at Navlandis, which grows as the business project progresses, to cover all the necessary development and management areas.

By Camila Hurtado

Handling empty containers efficiently and sustainably is a real need. Now, more than ever.

At Navlandis, we have been hearing from some companies in the logistic sector that the transport of empty containers is not a problem… But it really is, and the covid-19 pandemic we are currently living has emphasized it.

Empty container repositioning can be minimized in several ways, but it is not possible to avoid it totally due to the imbalance between import and export streams.

During the pandemic restrictions, operators of the logistic business concentrated more on the full leg of their transports and less on the empty leg. According to MasContainer, Nico Hecker, director of global container logistics for Hapag-Lloyd, called it a “black swan” moment. And now the sector is suffering the all the consequences cited in the media(*) these days, such as:

  • Ports not accepting more containers because terminal capacity is full of empties
  • Shortage of containers in Asian countries
  • Cost increases in both container leasing services (more than 50%), freight rates (up to 240%) and pick-up fees
  • Blank sailings, that cause lack of slot availability and delays on dependent supply chains

It is now cristal clear that the empty leg and the repositioning of its containers cannot be neglected if logistic operators do not want to face serious problems. So, it is now time to search for feasible tools to tackle the transportation of empty containers in an efficient and sustainable way.

Foldable containers, such as Zbox, appear to be one of the possible solutions. Due to their capacity to be folded when empty, and to bundle many of them in the space of one (5 to 1, in the case of Zbox), they constitute an alternative which is cost-effective and efficient in terms of number of operations, space occupation, time and other resources involved.

In the case of Zbox implementation feasibility, it can travel in any slot of the ship (including bottom ones) either unfolded and loaded, or in a bundle of five folded empties, thanks to CSC and ISO 1496 certifications.

Zbox 20’ is now available for real routes implementation. Please contact Miguel Navalón at or +34 647 701 196 for information on terms and conditions.

(*) Sources:

By Camila Hurtado

“A sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has selected this phrase for the 2020 agenda. With an eye on the sustainable development goals for 2030, Navlandis is already doing its contribution to reducing costs and increasing the sustainability in the transport sector, either through the reduction of CO2 emissions, or through the management of container storage space.

The transport sector is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions and energy consumption. Therefore, decisive actions are expected in terms of adaptation to the strategic guidelines derived from the recommendations adopted at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

Navlandis contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the next few years, growth in trade and transport is forecasted. However, the actions to be implemented to mitigate both the high consumption of fossil fuels and the emission of CO2 derived from these activities must begin to be effective and allow these emissions to be reduced.

Most of the maritime traffic takes place in the northern hemisphere (80%); and within it, in the Atlantic (32%), the Pacific (29%) and the Indian (14%) Oceans, and in the Mediterranean Sea (5%), coinciding with the location of the most developed areas of the planet.

Ships transport around 90% of world trade merchandise, and account for 2.2% of CO2 emissions. In absolute figures, there are around 866 million tons of CO2 per year, emitted mainly by vessels flying the flag of the European Union.

Recently, Navlandis has entered the European programs for the development of sustainable maritime transport, because its innovative Zbox container can reduce trips with empty containers and the space used for their storage by a fifth. Due to its ability to fold, Zbox allows five containers to occupy the space of a single container, with ISO 1496 and CSC certifications, which allow it to operate safely on sea routes.

By Camila Hurtado

Spanish foldable container Zbox accomplishes both ISO and CSC requirements, providing same guarantees as conventional containers

Navlandis’ foldable container, Zbox, obtained both ISO-1496 certification and CSC (International Convention for Safe Containers), assuring same results as the conventional containers.

The company, based in Valencia (Spain), has been working since 2016 in an innovative foldable container system called Zbox, and has developed different versions aiming a more sustainable marine transportation. As a result, the product has become compact and suitable for deployment on all major maritime transport corridors, in accordance with certification criteria.

Such certificates assure same structural performance than conventional containers: a MGM (Maximum Gross Weight) of 30,480kg, 213,000kg of compression stability (stability to stacking up to 9 full loaded containers), and 150KN of transversal rigidity strength.

All certification tests were conducted through an independent laboratory certified by ENAC (Nacional Certification Entity), and with presence of Lloyd’s Register as the mandatory certification entity, during January (with the container in unfolded form) and September 2020 (with the container in folded form).

Achieved results demonstrate the significant headway made by the Valencian Company since the project began. Zbox is a fully functional solution ready to operate in real-life environments.

Over the next months, Navlandis is continuing with the improvement of the industrialization processes for Zbox, as well as performing necessary updates to validate its functionality, while adding to the current product traceability & connectivity features.

By Camila Hurtado

Navlandis awarded by CEEI Valencia as part of the Scale Up program in its 3rd edition

Navlandis designed the foldable container Zbox, which is an innovation that allows companies to make significant cost reductions regarding transportation, handling or storage of empty containers. This development aims to achieve a better and more sustainable transportation from a financial perspective, to foster the circular economy and to protect our planet from various environmental concerns, from CO2 emission reduction up to handling of dedicated land usage.

Navlandis has been selected to be a participant of this European programme aimed to boost business growth, joining another nine technological companies belonging to transportation, biotechnology or digitalization sectors, among others, thus overcoming other 41 candidates.

The program, called Scale Up, is organized by the Valencian Insititute of Competitivity (IVACE) together with the European Centre for Innovative Enterprises (CEEI) of Valencia. It includes both training and coaching sessions focusing on company growth with a global approach (financing, strategy, marketing and communication, among others). Such sessions will be taught by experienced business professionals in each area, such as Tomás Guillén, Jaime Esteban, Paloma Mas, Javier Echaleku or Maribel Vilaplana.

This acceleration program lasts for four months and its orientation will allow Navlandis personnel to get up to date with the latest trends and to obtain workshops with specialized professionals in diverse business development areas, consolidating every step towards growing.


By Desirée Tornero

The largest startup accelerator in climate change opens its 2016 call

In Spain, Climate-KIC Accelerator, coordinated by AVAESEN (Valencian Association of Energy Companies), offers financial support and training for the best startups related to the fight against climate change. Innovative projects that help mitigate climate change are sought, applicable to energy, water, building, agriculture, production processes, commerce, industry, sustainable cities, etc. Funding reaches 60,000 euros, without taking company participation.

In the previous two editions, Climate-KIC Accelerator Spain has launched 46 startups, with 15 new products introduced to the market, 170 mentored entrepreneurs, 30 new jobs created, and a survival rate of 95%.

The registration period is now open and ends on April 4th.

Successful startups have emerged from this accelerator such as Closca, which counts with Google among its clients, and whose folding helmet is for sale at the MOMA in New York and the Design Museum in London. Another examples are Evovelo, which markets a revolutionary solar vehicle, and Navlandis, with its folding sea container.

Powered by the European Institute of Technology and Innovation, Climate-KIC Accelerator offers coaching, mentoring and international masterclasses The program is open to teams of at least 2 entrepreneurs with the desire to create a company in 2016, young companies up to 3 years old or SMEs from any sector working on new business models and / or technologies that can mitigate the environmental impact.

In order to participate an innovative idea or product applicable to any area of ​​action of climate change and with high potential for growth and global expansion must be demonstrated. The program seeks ambitious entrepreneurs and balanced teams made up of at least 2 people with an advanced conversational level of English .

Climate-KIC Accelerator Spain programme lasts 9 months, from April to December, allowing access to the largest European network of clean tech innovation in the European Union, with more than 100 public and private partners, as well as access to specialized investors and a program of exchange with accelerators in New York, Singapore, Dubai or Paris.

Interested entrepreneurs can register until April 4th, 2016 by completing the form and sending it to from AVAESEN (Valencian Association of Energy Companies), affiliate partner of Climate-KIC and coordinating entity of Climate-KIC Accelerator in Spain.


By Desirée Tornero

Navlandis will present the first folding sea container

Costs and space are fundamental elements in any kind of transport, such as maritime, and that may change shortly because the firm Navlandis has announced that next October it will present a very special product at the Port of Valencia, a 20-foot shipping container.

But … why to present a container that is already well-known? There is the crux of the matter, because it is a collapsible maritime container, which makes it occupy a fifth of its completely open space, which will greatly facilitate the transport of empty containers, saving both space and costs, something reason why a good number of shipping companies have already been interested.

Navlandis wants to make a name for itself in the shipping container business, given that in 2014 the shipping companies acquired some 5 million new containers, a market in which, surely, with this novelty, they will not be left out.

As Miguel Navalón, CEO of Navlandis advanced:

This container will have the same resistance as conventional containers. In addition, it can be handled with the same machinery that all the merchandise ports have, as well as with the minimum human resources, which will make operational costs much more competitive.

At the moment it is a prototype at the construction phase, but everything will be ready for its presentation in October, where attendees will be able to see its characteristics. They have also advanced that next developments will be  40 feet and 40 feet High Cube containers.

After a meeting with Aurelio Martínez, president of the Port Authority of the Port of Valencia, he was very interested in the product and without hesitation offered the port facilities so that the presentation could be carried out.

Following this premiere, the folding container will be presented at the Intermodal Europe 2016 fair between 15 and 17 November, considered the largest logistics and transport fair on the European continent, to be held in the Dutch town of Rotterdam.

Aurelio Martínez stated that this Spanish product demonstrates how the R&D departments in Valencia work, and that thanks to the activity generated by this port, it contributes to the development of the close business network. He has also shown his hope that the Valencian port will be the place where this new product is presented, which will be a complete success.

final de la Fase 2 del programa Climate

By vicent

Climate Program


Miguel A., Navalón at a time of his intervention in the final of Phase 2 of the Climate program in July 2016, collecting the Accreditation Diploma.


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Zbox. ¿Like a standard container?
Container shortage news
Navlandis launches Zbox collapsible container for logistics operations, with its third investment round almost complete
Handling empty containers efficiently and sustainably is a real need. Now, more than ever.
“A sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet”
Spanish foldable container Zbox accomplishes both ISO and CSC requirements, providing same guarantees as conventional containers
Navlandis awarded by CEEI Valencia as part of the Scale Up program in its 3rd edition
The largest startup accelerator in climate change opens its 2016 call
Navlandis will present the first folding sea container
final de la Fase 2 del programa Climate
Climate Program