Staxxon is reinventing the 60 year old shipping container to deliver another half-century of operating cost and environmental benefits to shipping container fleet owners and operators who support the containerized global economy.
Staxxon is a funded start-up headquartered in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. George Kochanowski is the founder, CEO and inventor of the Staxxon folding/nesting container.
The Staxxon team is developing dynamic space/slot optimization technology for empty shipping containers. The Staxxon shipping container technology targets cost and energy footprint reduction for moving empty intermodal shipping containers by allowing up to 5 empty shipping containers to be moved, lifted, stowed and stored in the same space, cost and time as 1 container.
Staxxon has received a Convention for Safe Container certificate and registration code (“STXU”) for its 20′ standard dry container design. The company has issued, published and pending patents for its container technology and related products. Staxxon’s business model is licensing, not manufacturing. Staxxon’s licenses intellectual property, know-how, specifications, tooling, assembly and test fixtures to shipping container manufacturers, fleet owners and operators.
Staxxon is currently seeking partners for marine, rail and truck terminal tests, non-commercial rail, truck and ship field tests and commercial trials.
“…Unlike other folding containers that collapse horizontally, the Staxxon design folds concertina-style from right to left in the vertical position, allowing up to five folded units to be interconnected and handled as a single ISO-sized module for empty repositioning purposes.
The unique variable folding and nesting capability of the Staxxon design allows for the nesting of 2, 3, 4 or 5 empty containers whilst always maintaining ISO dimensional requirements….”
“…Staxxon says its box reduces backhaul operating costs, quoting one third-party estimate that it can save $100-$125 per folded container per transit on the US east coast, or about $500 per set of five folded boxes…”
“…But Staxxon, a startup based in Montclair, New Jersey, is taking what might be loosely described as an “inside the box” approach to addressing the inefficiencies involved in moving empty intermodal containers. The company’s patented technology—utilized in steel containers that fold from left to right like an accordion—is elegant in its simplicity. Better yet, Staxxon containers require no significant changes to supply chain relationships, and are designed to honor existing workflow and safety standards. While hurdles remain on the path to commercial acceptance, Staxxon seems well on its way to succeeding where others have failed, in the process helping shipping companies improve their sustainability scorecards…”
“…SmartPlanet: What are the main problems you think the Staxxon container design can solve?
Tom Stitt: Most people talk about the “empty container problem” in terms of trade imbalances and other things. That’s not the problem. The problem that we’re addressing is the carbon footprint and cost associated with moving empty containers. That’s where the real big problem is. Our goal is to reduce the number of moves an empty container makes — in the shipping industry they call those picks, touches or lifts. It’s the number of times someone has to move something…”
“…Assuming a conservative average cost of approximately $200 per TEU for each empty container move in North America (terminal fees, storage depot fee and dray), the cost to carriers to move empties out of North America alone would have exceeded $1.6 billion in 2009, representing over 8.2 million incidences of port to port empty container moves according to Drewry…”
“…gCaptain has showcased a wide array of BIG ideas aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shipping. From giant kites flown off the bow of ships to catamarans made out of reused junk. But it’s the simple ideas combined with BIG inefficiencies that offer the greatest chance of reducing our industry’s carbon footprint. Enter Staxxon!…”