“I can do this better” thought Andreas Harms as a colleague from the Emergency Services proudly presented his brand new Medic Backpack from the USA. This was in 1994 and Mr. Harms was just Andreas living with his parents in Achternmeer, Germany. He excused himself to the garage and tinkered for 14 days and 14 nights on his first PAX Bag: a prototype of today’s “Wasserkuppe” (the Koup) model. For the next few years he built on his idea of developing resilient quality backpacks for the Rescue Services. The backpacks were successful and in 1997 he celebrated the formation of his first business.
In the year 2000 Thomas Busch crashed Andreas Harms car. Thomas, Andreas’s good friend from the Emergence Services, survived completely unharmed - unlike the vehicle – and unwillingly demonstrated the “street toughness” of a genuine PAX bag, which also was in the car and made it through the accident without a single scratch. In that same month they founded the company X-CEN-TEK. Soon after, the two friends strapped on their backpacks and started sales in Europe.
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