• 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.
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.