September 10, 2022 The drone that fights forest fires
A NOAQ Boxpool is part of a new concept for fighting forest fires. At the drone conference UAS Forum in Swedish Västervik last week the company ACC Innovation demonstrated how their mighty Thunder Wasp could be used to water bomb forest fires. This drone can take one ton of water per sweep. And if there is no lake nearby the water could instead be collected from a NOAQ Boxpool. Here we go: https://www.accinnovation.se/news/uas-forum-2022
August 24, 2022 NOAQ has won the “Excellence in Innovation Award 2022”
We are happy to annouce that the Flood Expo has named NOAQ Boxwall as one of the winners of the “Excellence in Innovation Award 2022”. The winners have been voted by a panel of industry experts, with the aim of recognising the most innovative products, services or technologies that are making a positive impact in flood protection. We are of course honoured that our products received this recognition, and see it as another sign that our technology is a “game changer”.
Read more about the award on the Flood Expo website.
August 16, 2022 NOAQ expands significantly at the Flood Expo 2022 in Birmingham
The Flood Expo is Europe’s leading trade show for flood protection. Held annually at the NEC in Birmingham, NOAQ has been a loyal exhibitor since 2018. For this year’s show on 14 – 15 September, we have booked over 100 square meters of exhibition space as a headline “flood barrier zone” sponsor. This will give visitors the opportunity to build up for themselves Boxwalls and Boxpools.
Come and meet us at booth FD-B22 in hall 6.
We warmly welcome you!
For more information about the Flood Expo, visit their website here.
August 10, 2022 Douglas Hellström new Sales Manager at NOAQ
NOAQ Flood Protection AB in Näsviken, Sweden, has hired Douglas Hellström as the new sales manager. Douglas most recently came from a position as product development manager at the health-tech company MYoroface in Hudiksvall. Incidentally, Douglas grew up in Näsviken.
“NOAQ is currently on a very exciting journey that I simply felt I could not miss. I feel incredibly motivated to learn more about this interesting and growing market.
I am now looking forward to settling into my new role and getting to know and building relationships with all the exciting NOAQ distributors spread across the globe” – says Douglas.
June 28, 2022 Corner Boxes Introduced for NOAQ Boxwall BW102
Now the higher NOAQ Boxwall, the BW102, has got its inward and outward corner boxes too. The corner boxes have the same standardized coupling mechanism as the straight boxes and can therefore be put together with each other in any combination. As a result, the taller Boxwall now has the same flexility as its older little sister, the BW52.
And in the same way as with the lower BW52, you can now also create meter-high temporary pools – or as we call them, “Boxpools”. With 12 inward corner boxes, you get a round Boxpool, but if you divide the circle and insert straight boxes, you can make it oblong or basically any shape or size required. Combined with a liner, the Boxpool can hold excess fire water, contaminated and hazardous liquids or dry material. In a final test before launch, such a Boxpool was assembled and filled with water.
“It is always really interesting and fun to see how such a light construction as a Boxwall can withstand the water pressure” – says Conny Löftsedt, product designer at NOAQ. Each of the 12 corner boxes weighs no more than 13 kilos, but in this Boxpool configuration they can hold in place no less than 9 tons of water.
May 27, 2022 NOAQ sponsors Delsbo Electric
Tomorrow, Saturday 28 May, it’s time for this year’s edition of Delsbo Electric, a competition in which students from various universities and colleges decide who designed the most energy-efficient vehicle. The competition is therefore on rails, and take place on a part of Dellenbanan, a railway that also passes through Näsviken. The challenge is not only to win over the competitors, but also to beat the world record of 0.517 watt-hours per passenger kilometer, set during Delsbo Electric 2020.
Follow the competition live at https://www.facebook.com/delsboelectric.se?locale=sv_SE
Delsbo Electric is arranged by Dellenbanans Vänner, an association that purposefully works to have the line refurbished and reopened for commercial train traffic. NOAQ wholeheartedly supports this work, among other things by sponsoring Delsbo Electric.
For the first time, NOAQ will be exhibiting at Interschutz, the leading international trade fair for fire, rescue, and civil protection.
After a lengthy hiatus due to the pandemic, this year’s fair will take place in Hannover, Germany from Monday June 20 to Saturday June 25, and is expected to welcome exhibitors and visitors from over 50 countries.
Come visit us at stand A38 in hall 17 under civil protection, and see our meter high Boxwall, with the new components we have developed for this as well as other parts from our innovative and award-winning NOAQ Flood Fighting System.
We welcome you!
For more information about Interschutz and to book your tickets visit the trade fair website here.
In December, NOAQ Boxwall was voted the winner of the ”Quality Innovation Award 2021”. Those who voted were a judging committee within the Swedish Institute for Quality Development (SIQ). The award also included a nomination for the corresponding international competition, and now the Boxwall has won in the category ”Business innovations (small and medium sized enterprises)”.
The 15th international award ceremony was held digitally on April 26 by the Chinese Association for Quality. It was supposed to have taken place in Russia, but had now instead been moved to China. A total of 561 innovations participated in this year’s competition, a record high, and the best 25 across a wide range of categories were recognized with Awards or Prizes.
”If it was unexpected that we would win the Swedish award, it was even more unexpected that we would also win the international one” says Sigurd Melin, Boxwall inventor and NOAQ CEO.
Quality Innovation Award is an annual event that has been arranged in Finland since 2007. Its purpose is to increase the amount and level of innovations.
Further information about QIA can be found here: www.qualityinnovation.org
We are pleased to announce that our Boxwall BW52 and BW102 is one of 10 nominated products for the award “Nordbygg’s gold medal for this year’s most innovative product novelty”. The nominated products have been selected from more than 100 products published in the Building Catalog’s news coverage during 2021. Awards are in collaboration between Nordbygg and Svensk Byggtjänst. The winner will be chosen by a jury in mid-April, with the prize awarded on April 28 at Nordbygg Trade Fair in Stockholm.
Nordbygg’s Gold Medal for this year’s most innovative product novelty was established by Nordbygg, the magazine Byggindustrin and Svensk Byggtjänst and awarded for the first time in 2010. ”
Nordbygg is the Nordic region’s largest meeting place for the building and construction industry and gathers visitors every other year from the building sector in Sweden, but also from the rest of Scandinavia, The Baltic states and Europe.
March 1, 2022 NOAQ reports record sales in 2021
NOAQ Flood Protection AB in Näsviken has increased its sales every year, and in 2021 the company saw another record year with sales up more than 30% from 24 million SEK to over 32 million SEK.
The export share is over 95% to around 40 countries. The explanation is that other countries have so much bigger problems with floods than we have in Sweden.
“We expect that sales will continue to increase significantly in the future. It is the sandbags that dominate, and we intend to change that. When people open their eyes to NOAQ’s products, no one will want to use inefficient sandbags again.
To cope with the increased sales, we hired several new employees last autumn, and we will need to recruit additional staff this year”, says NOAQ’s CEO Sigurd Melin.
November 2, 2021 NOAQ Boxvall winner of the award “Quality Innovation Award 2021”
This is great news! We know that NOAQ Boxvall makes a difference for people and it is that knowledge that drives us forward. Becoming one of the winners of the “Quality Innovation Award 2021” is an honor.
The judges’ committee’s motivation: “NOAQ Boxvall is a unique innovation that can create great benefit for the rescue service and private individuals in the event of floods and storms. Given current climate change, this innovation should be of the utmost importance and be able to contribute to a high level of value creation in the event of accidents and natural disasters. By utilizing nature’s physical principles in a new way, this innovation contributes to significantly streamlining the construction of barriers in the event of floods and to dramatically make it easier for the staff who carry out such work.”
The Quality Innovation Award is an award that is presented each year to companies, organizations or individuals with innovations that have a clear connection to a conscious system in their work and a starting point from a clearly identified customer need. The award is a co-arrangement between quality institutes in several countries. Vinnova is SIQ’s partner in Sweden.
The Swedish award ceremony takes place at 14.00 on December 14 in Gothenburg.
October 15, 2021 First time at Flood Expo – the NOAQ Boxwall BW102
For the third time NOAQ participated in the Flood Expo in Birmingham. At last we were able to again meet distributors, customers and exhibitors in person. The interest for our flood fighting system is constantly growing, especially after the floods in Europe this summer.
A brand new 15 meter long Boxwall BW102 met the visitors in our stand, along with our classic model, the BW52, both of them developed by ourselves during the last 25 years. We received many comments about how simple it was to set up a NOAQ Boxwall. We also showed a NOAQ Boxpool – a temporary basin for collecting and containing hazardous liquids. A Boxpool is assembled by using the same boxwall components, but in a different way. With the “Spill Response Expo” in the same hall, many visitors showed a great interest in this fast and versatile technique to safely take care of all kinds of fluids.
Thank you from the NOAQ team to everyone who participated in the Flood Expo, visitors as well as exhibitors. And extra fun to meet in person with both our UK and Czech distributors.
July 21, 2021 They made a canal of the street
Not only Germany and Belgium were hit by severe flooding recently. In the Austrian city of Kufstein a street was converted to a canal by erecting boxwalls on both sides. This way the water masses could easily be led past the buildings, and down to the river.
April 21, 2021 600 meters of NOAQ Boxwall to protect Zell am See airport
The Zell am See airport in Austria needed to protect itself from flooding, and turned to Grampelhuber GmbH, distributor of the Swedish NOAQ Flood Fighting System. Now 600 meters of the “NOAQ Boxwall” have been delivered to the airport, and the 22 cases containing the components are waiting on the runway to be brought into a hangar for storage.
In the event of a flood the components are positioned in a row to then become assembled to form a one meter high flood barrier. The weight of the components is only 15 kg apiece, which means that the entire operation can be performed with manual labour only. The alternative, a 600 meter long sandbag barrier, would require in total approximately 100 000 sandbags, and take several days to deploy. The NOAQ Boxwall can be erected to protect the airport buildings in some few hours with a limited workforce.
September 28, 2020 We are launching our new Boxwall BW102
After a year of development we are now launching our new product – the Boxwall BW102. Like our previous model, the BW52, the new flood barrier is self-anchoring. Each “box” in the new barrier is automatically ballasted by up to 1.2 tons of water, but weighs itself only 15 kg (34 lbs). As a comparison a single box replaces 144 sandbags a 18 kg (40 lbs) in an sandbag barrier of equal height. Thanks to the low weight and the easy handling it is now possible for anyone to protect their own house, their own company or their own school by building an own flood barrier. Most often the half meter (20″) high BW52 will be enough, but with the BW102 we are now also able to hold back one meter (40″) deep water.
March 26, 2020 Gables for the NOAQ Boxwall
The NOAQ Boxwall is not only a simple mobile flood barrier – it is an entire system. Now we release a couple of new components, gables. The gables are connected to the outer ends of the barrier, which makes it easier to attach a boxwall against a building façade. By connecting a right hand gable to a left hand gable we also made it possible for a box wall to climb kerb stones or other vertical steps.
February 23, 2020 “We have 3,000 meters of flood barrier in our stock in Ljungby”
– We can contribute to the flood fighting efforts, says Thomas Brunzell, sales manager at NOAQ Flood Protection AB, as the flooding in west Sweden worsens. We have some 3,000 meters of NOAQ Boxwall in our stock in Ljungby, for immediate delivery.
The NOAQ Boxwall is a temporary flood barrier that can be built up by anybody, in a very short time and without any certain skills. Two persons can erect 100 meters in less than half an hour. Please visit our web site www.noaq.com for more information, user instructions etc.
Contact us on +46 650 30140 or +46 72 2478380.
September 20, 2019 NOAQ International Distributors’ Meeting
In mid September a number of NOAQ distributors gathered in Hudiksvall for a two days distributors’ meeting. We used the opportunity to take them out on the scenic Dellen lakes to row a traditional church boat. Sitting in the same boat, trying to keep the same pace – this is the ultimate team building activity!
September 9, 2019 A one meter high Boxwall
Even when large areas are flooded water depths are usually relatively moderate. This means a 50 cm high barrier, like the NOAQ Boxwall BW52, is most often sufficient. But not always. At some places a higher barrier is required. The NOAQ Tubewall TW100 is then an option, but we have now decided to also develop the Boxwall system for that same height. The new one meter high Boxwall “BW102” will preliminary be launched in March 2020.
Here is a presentation of the new product.
March 28, 2019 “Changing the game of flood fighting”
Self-anchoring mobile flood barriers may become real “gamechangers” in society’s response to flooding. This was the message in Sigurd Melin’s talk at the InterFLOOD Asia conference in Singapore in the end of March. Utilizing the NOAQ developed technique to let the own weight of the floodwaters anchor the barriers, the so-called “Bookend principle”, these can be made extremely light. And light barriers can be built up fast, with very little manpower. This means that almost everybody will be able to protect themselves and their property. Family members can protect their own house, the staff of a shop or a factory is able to protect their own company and the school children can save their own school. Those who were helpless victims in the past will become resources in future flood events. In the end we get a much more flood resilient society.
Read the entire speech here.
March 20, 2019 Record Boxwall order from Taiwan
NOAQ’s Taiwan distributor ProYang has won a procurement of temporary flood barriers. It is the Yunlin county that has seen the possibility of using the NOAQ Boxwall against the floods that often follow in the wake of the typhoons that each year strike the country.
The order of just over 4 kilometers is the single largest in the company’s history.
However, Yunlin is only one of several counties with the same problem, so we expect that this order will be followed by more ones, says NOAQ’s CEO Sigurd Melin.
January 19, 2019 Visit us at InterFLOOD Asia in Singapore
NOAQ is participating in InterFLOOD Asia in Singapore on 27 – 28 March. Welcome to our booth to see the new Boxwall BW52 and to discuss how to protect oneself from flooding using mobile flood barriers. More info about the trade fair at https://www.interflood.asia
October 15, 2018 Meet Thomas Brunzell, our new International Sales Manager
NOAQ is now growing fast. Sales are increasing and the number of distributors has doubled during the last 12 months. NOAQ is now represented in more than 30 countries.
We have therefore recruited an International Sales Manager, Thomas Brunzell from Hudiksvall. Thomas comes directly from a corresponding position in Senseair AB in nearby Delsbo.
October 8, 2018 Our new Boxwall is here – BW52
The development of our new Boxwall model BW52 is now finished, and the product is ready for delivery. The new box is built on the design of the current box BW50, and has the same damming capacity as that one, but there are a number of differences. Most obvious is that the new box is 44% longer than the old one, 90 cm instead of 62. This means that fewer boxes are needed to make a flood barrier, and that the speed of deployment increases. The BW52 is fully compatible with the BW50, which means our customers can continue to build on the same system. With the introduction of the new box we also get a much higher production capacity, something that is very important because of the rapidly growing sales.
October 1, 2018 Six new countries
New NOAQ distributors are added continuously. During the latest months we have signed distribution agreements with companies in China, South Korea, Holland, Czech Republic, Georgia and Mauritius. This means NOAQ is now represented in 30 countries.
March 12, 2018 Back in Germany, back in Canada
NOAQ is back in Germany and Canada, but represented by new distributors. In Germany Fritz Raschel Feuerschutz GmbH, a company specialized in products for the emergency services, in Canada it is a brand new company. Wayne Fernandes needed to protect his own home and found NOAQ’s products on the web. When he realised we had no Canadian distributor he registered a new company, DAM-IT Canada, and now it is up running.
January 23, 2018 … and Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Trinidad
During the latest months NOAQ has signed distribution agreements with three more companies, covering five markets, Thai Wiring for Thailand and Cambodia, Zaxco for Malaysia and Singapore and Prescience Consulting for Trinidad och Tobago. Now the NOAQ products can be found in 25 countries.
October 27, 2017 … plus Turkey, Hong Kong and Spain.
NOAQ has now signed agreements with three more distributors, Yena Celik for Turkey, Aten (HK) for Hong Kong and Rescate y Emergencia (REMER) for Spain. All distributors and their contact information can be found under Distributors.
September 5, 2017 Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Chile…
The spreading of the boxwall video on Internet during the summer has lead to an enormous interest for the NOAQ products. Requests for distribution has come from all over the world, and agreements have so far been signed with four companies, Growag in Switzerland, Ignidon in Belgium, Drammen Flomsikring in Norway and Sitrol in Chile.
August 29, 2017 Millions have seen NOAQ’s boxwall video
A video showing how a NOAQ Boxwall can be used to divert water torrents in flash floods has spread virally on the Internet. It was published in May by NOAQ’s Australian distributor Bluemont and has since appeared in a number of new versions. One of them can be seen here. It has now been viewed more than 20 million times.
May 23, 2017 A Boxpool in Linköping
Now the new NOAQ Boxpool has been introduced to the Swedish fire chiefs, at the conference Brand 2017 in Linköping (“Brand” is Swedish for “Fire”). There was good interest and hopefully most Swedish fire services will get it. The Boxpool is in fact a vessel for the temporary containment of all kinds of liquids, but if you need to defend yourself against flooding the building material can be used for this purpose as well. The components for a 38 cubic metre boxpool can instead be assembled to form a 40 metre long temporary flood barrier.
April 25, 2017 NOAQ to exhibit at “Brand 2017”
NOAQ will participate in the conference “Brand 2017” in Linköping, Sweden, on 16 – 18 May. We will exhibit our two sibling products, the Boxwall and the Boxpool. Welcome to visit our stand!
April 20, 2017 Purchasing mobile flood barriers – some advice
For those planning to purchase or procure mobile flood barriers we have put together a check list. Which criteria are relevant, and what requirements can be set? View the list here.
February 13, 2017 NOAQ launch the “Boxpool”
NOAQ is now launching a new product, the Boxpool. It is a temporary basin for storing liquids of different kinds. It has been named Boxpool as it is a close relative to the Boxwall, our mobile flood barrier. A Boxpool is built up by the same components as the Boxwall, but instead of assembling them in a long row, they are connected to form a circle. Or whatever shape desired. The smallest Boxpool contains a little more than a cubic metre (35 cubic ft) while the biggest one can take 38 cubic metres (1,340 cubic ft). The Boxpool is primarily targeting the needs of the emergency services, for temporary disposal of contaminated water or hazardous liquids, but it can of course also be used as a temporary bathing pool, in any format.
February 9, 2017 Flood Resolutions become distributor in USA
Flood Resolutions LLC in Boise, Idaho, becomes NOAQ distributor in USA.
– We are extremely excited about the NOAQ product line! says Keith Anderson with Flood Resolutions. For starters, there is no product on the market like the Boxwall product. We are so excited about the ability to offer a flood barrier that can redirect water while it is moving without having to deal with fill material whether it be water or soil. That is an amazing product!
– Additionally, the simplicity and ease of constructing the Tubewall product make it one of the simplest and most economical products on the market! We are very excited to represent the NOAQ product line.
January 9, 2017 The Boxwall came into use immediately
The 300 meter of Boxvall bought in December by the Danish fishing village of Reersø came into use immediately when a winter storm unexpectedly struck Denmark and southern Sweden. The purpose of the barrier is to secure the road to the village from storm surges. At the same time NOAQs Danish reseller Dansk Fugtstop was busy protecting a newly built villa in Solrød south of Copenhagen with Tubewalls and Boxwalls.
– We have so far almost exclusively exported our products, says Sigurd Melin on NOAQ, but after the flooding problems in southern Sweden it may be time to market our products also at home.
Photo: Jens Nielsen, TV-Kalundborg
December 26, 2016 500 boxes on their way to Denmark
Here comes 300 metres of boxwall on their way to Reersø in Denmark. Normally the boxes are delivered on pallets, but as manufacturing take place in the southernmost part of Sweden our Danish distributor Dansk Fugtstop decided to go to the factory himself and bring back all 500 boxes on a giant trailer.
December 2, 2016 Boxwalls to protect Sainsbury’s supermarkets
NOAQ’s British distributor Flood Control International has got an order for a little more than 900 meter of boxwall from the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. The boxes will be stored on different locations all over the country, to quickly be brought to shops when there is an imminent risk of flooding.
November 16, 2016 ATECA becomes distributor in Slovakia
NOAQ has signed a distributorship agreement with Bratislava based ATECA. ATECA sells products for fire protection and rescue services and is representing a number of well known brands like Bauer, Lukas, Vetter and Flir. Read more on the company’s web site www.ateca.sk.
September 13, 2016 550 meters of flood barriers to Trento
NOAQ has delivered 550 meters of flood barriers to Italy. It is the new university library in Trento that shall be protected against future flooding with a combination of tubewall and boxwall.
September 8, 2016 Sunny Reseller Meeting
We have now had our second international Reseller Meeting, with representatives from Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Italy and Austria. In sunny and warm late summer weather, with no risk of flooding.
August 2, 2016 Another corner box – for outward corners
We are now launching a corner box for outward corners, as a complement to the inward corner box we introduced in spring. All our boxes fit one another, and with the right combination of outward, inward and straight boxes a continuous boxwall can be drawn through areas where the space is limited by obstacles like poles, walls and trees. The new outward corner box also makes it easier to encircle and protect small objects. Each corner box provides an angle of 30°, so by connecting 12 corner boxes, plus a number of straight ones, an area of any size and form can be protected.
May 27, 2016 Welcome Vikoma
NOAQ has signed a distributorship agreement with Vikoma International for the British market. This means we have now two UK distributors.
Vikoma has been manufacturing and supplying booms and oil spill equipment for nearly 50 years.
– Our focus has been on the oil spill market, however booms are multipurpose and have been used for many applications including flood, jelly fish protection and debris, says MD Karen Lucas.
– We are pleased to partner with NOAQ as distributor for their flood defense products which complement the Vikoma solutions.
– We select our business partners very carefully and are confident that NOAQ and Vikoma share common values and our commitment to quality, innovation and reliability, she says.
Vikoma has also been given the right to distribute NOAQ’s products on the Hungarian market.
May 18, 2016 Boxwall demonstration in Australia
NOAQ’s Australian distributor Bluemont showed a NOAQ boxwall at the 56th Floodplain Management Australia Conference in Nowra, NSW. They demonstrated the boxwall’s ability to divert fast flowing water in a flash flood.
April 22, 2016 The Boxwall exposed in Taiwan
At the Fire & Safety Trade Fair in Taipei 19-21 April NOAQ’s products were shown for the first time for a wider Taiwanese public. The interest was high as Taiwan is a country where hurricanes from the Pacific Ocean cause recurrent flooding.
April 11, 2016 New corner box for the Boxwall
NOAQ has developed a corner component for the Boxwall system – i.e. a “corner box”. It has been given a 30° angle and is intended for inward corners. To create a 90° angle three corner boxes are connected in a row. 12 corner boxes make a circle, which can be used to create a small pool.
February 25, 2016 Our new website is online
Now our new website is up running. With responsive technology it adapts to any screen type or size. New colors and new design, but the same products. We also introduced the company on Facebook. Welcome to like us, follow us and share our postings with others!
December 29, 2015 NOAQ takes over Sweden
From 1 January NOAQ take over the Swedish domestic market from previous reseller Saveco, as the distributorship agreement runs out.
– We want to have a direct contact with the wet reality, says CEO Sigurd Melin, and by taking care of the Swedish customers ourselves, and solve their problems, we will also get a feedback that will help us in our development work. The export sales, accounting for more than 95% of our turnover, is made through national distributors, which means we most often do not have the opportunity to have a direct contact with the end users.
December 18, 2015 Time for Slovenia och Croatia
Slovenian TIERA/Vodastop becomes distributor för NOAQ in Slovenia and Croatia. The area suffers from recurrent flood problems, especially along the river Sava, which runs through both countries..
December 8, 2015 Flood Control International new distributor for UK
NOAQ has signed a distributorship agreement for the British market with Flood Control International in Tavistock, Devon. Flood Control International are already big in ”demountable” flood barriers, but will now be able to widen their portfolio to also include the best ”freestanding” flood barriers, the tubewall and the boxwall from NOAQ.