"Tracks have been left behind by corporations whose distinctive character and traits have set them apart." Roland Frei, PLASTON Group, January 2006
The BONECO footsteps can be traced back to 1956: Hans Frei, accompanied by his son, Roland, began manufacturing plastic parts for industrial use and plastic products for daily domestic needs; PLASTON AG grew from these beginnings. BONECO was founded as a part of the today's PLASTON Group, which was a result of Roland Frei's vision for improving air quality in indoor spaces. Here is an exciting look back at the past and a glimpse of the future as PLASTON celebrates its 60th anniversary.
In 1963, a few years after PLASTON was founded, Roland Frei presented his vision on how air quality in indoor spaces could be improved in his senior thesis at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen. This laid the foundation for what would become his first humidifier system, the radiator evaporator. The evaporator system increased humidity within a heating period by using water added by hand and heat from radiators. The sales figures confirmed the success and the appliance quickly became a household name in the Swiss domestic market in the years after the company's founding.
The plastic parts and plastic products were also being manufactured in growing numbers at the company's headquarters in Widnau in the St. Gallen region of the Rhine river valley. The sales of household and kitchen aids made of plastic boomed and so did the demand for organizational systems made of plastic for use in the office, workshop and home. Above all, however, PLASTON became the leading manufacturer of plastic cases in the industry. Today, PLASTON produces more than four million industrial cases each year. In order to keep up with these numbers, the company processes approximately 40 tonnes of plastic granulate daily. Renowned tool and machine manufacturers around the world select an industrial case from PLASTON when they want to protect their products and have their brands stand out. The hard to miss red cases from the construction supplier Hilti are a perfect example.
Together on a solid foundation
On April 1, 2015, the Air Treatment Systems business area separated from PLASTON AG and founded a standalone company, BONECO AG. The main reason for this was the transition from a "product company" to a "customer company". Instead of the products, the specific requirements of the customer determine the organization. The independence of BONECO makes it possible for the company to take a more agile approach to entering the consumer market and to focus on the demands for healthy air while continuing to utilize the synergies provided by the PLASTON Group. The third generation of this family-owned company has been directing the business since 2013. Jörg Frei, the son of Roland Frei, heads the board of directors for PLASTON Holding AG.
The best for healthy air
BONECO continues to innovate. Today, the traditional Swiss company focuses on high-quality solutions for healthy air to improve quality of life. This mission also applies to the newly created public brand, BONECO healthy air. Whether for families with small children, city dwellers or business people, "BONECO healthy air" brings a refreshing breath of fresh alpine air into everyday life.
Today, BONECO is the international leading manufacturer and provider of mobile appliances for Air Humidification and Air Purification. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has production and sales locations in Switzerland, Czech Republic, the United States and China. "BONECO healthy air" stands for excellent quality, innovative solutions, expertise and an immeasurable wealth of experience going back 60 years.
BONECO AG is part of PLASTON Group, a Swiss company with a rich history. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has production and sales locations in Switzerland, Czech Republic, the United States and China. BONECO AG is the international leading manufacturer of premium, mobile appliances for Air Humidification and Air Purification. BONECO healthy air stand for excellent quality, innovative solutions, expertise and an immeasurable wealth of experience going back over more than 60 years.