Big Box Containers is a leading provider of high-quality new and used shipping containers and refrigerated containers (reefers).
Drawing on two decades of experience, the company also offers expert conversion of containers, customising them for a wide range of uses. The company’s mission is to create and use space in innovative ways, and to enable people to achieve their business objectives through the spaces it provides.
How we got started
Big Box Containers was founded in Cape Town in 1997.
Prior to that, the company’s current managing director, Jasper Coetzee, and many others on the team gained experience in the shipping container industry working for Triton, and later for the South African division of the Australian group, Royal Wolf.
Big Box Containers today
Today Big Box Containers is one of the biggest privately owned container rental, sales and conversion companies in Africa. It has branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
In 2014, Big Box Containers joined the XtraSpace group, which focuses on offering flexible space solutions across a number of industries. This partnership has been very successful.
In 2017, Big Box expanded its offerings in Gauteng through the acquisition of Container Agents, a Pretoria-based container company.
We love turning requirements and innovative ideas into space and storage solutions, and we continue breaking new ground in container customisation.
What’s important to Big Box Containers?
Although Big Box Containers has expanded rapidly, it has succeeded in maintaining loyal staff, with low turnover and a family culture based on mutual respect. This is important to us. Several employees have been with the company since it was first founded.
Our staff come from working class communities, and these communities are in need on so many fronts. As a South African company, we believe it’s imperative to get involved – and we’re privileged that our containers have the potential to help change people’s lives.
We have supplied containers for a number of community and charitable initiatives, from large-scale projects like the Orange Babies’ children’s home or the Skateistan skateboard park in Johannesburg to more humble, but equally important projects for local schools and crèches.
To learn more about Big Box Containers’ history and its values today, see our full interview with one of the company’s directors, Willie Ward.