Hansgrohe celebrates 111 years of bathroom brassware production

Hans Grohe

 Hans Grohe in 1937
Friday, June 15, 2012, marked the 111th anniversary of the day on which the qualified draper and clothier Hans Grohe established his own sheet metal manufacturing business in Schiltach in the Black Forest in the year 1901. And the rest, as they say, is brassware history.

The ‘sanitation industry’ that was starting to develop at the time, and today Mr Grohe‘ sheet metal business has blossomed into Hansgrohe SE, a world renowned brand and a company whose products are used daily in more than 120 countries.

“In these fast-moving times, it should not be taken for granted that a company will be able to grow and develop so successfully over such a long period of time,” stressed Siegfried Gänßlen, Chairman of the Management Board of Hansgrohe SE, in talking about this special anniversary. “This could only be achieved thanks to Hansgrohe’s persistent challenging of the old-fashioned ways of doing things, together with the company’s ability to reinvent itself whenever it was necessary.”

A major asset right from the start was the creative spirit and passion for innovation of the company’s founder Hans Grohe – and it is a legacy that is maintained and nurtured to the present day.

Hansgrohe SE can claim to have shaped bathroom history with inventions ranging from the world’s first automatic drain and overflow system, the shower wallbar, the hand shower with variable jets right through to the water and energy-saving EcoSmart-technology, as well as with its multi-award-winning design concepts.

“Our power of innovation, coupled with our passion for the element of water, has been a major factor contributing to our success,” said Mr Gänßlen. “It is because our partners in the market appreciate and respect us for our ambition to increase the benefit to the customer, and hence the quality of their lives, through real innovation.

“This is not confined to manufacturing innovative products, however: it is also a matter of coming up with innovative ideas in relation to service, and the way we relate to customers.”

The company is continuing on its course for growth even in the face of difficult economic conditions. “We are indeed performing well, given the recessionary trends affecting many parts of the world. In the project business, we have been able to achieve some stunning successes, including the supply of equipment for four sports stadiums in Poland and Ukraine,” said Mr Gänßlen.

“In the fields of logistics and manufacturing, we have now reached the limits of our capacities, and we are therefore thinking about expanding  our operation.” The Black Forest-based mixer and shower manufacturer set a new record in 2011 with net sales reaching € 764 million.

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1 Response to Hansgrohe celebrates 111 years of bathroom brassware production

  1. Tony says:

    Hansgrohe has proven to be the World’s leader in showerheads, faucetry, design, and nearly anything else they touch. Hansgrohe is truly a remarkable company who cares about their customers and the people around them.
    I am proud to be associated with Hansgrohe We have an excellent relationship with Hansgrohe and we appreciate everything they have done for us.


    Team HomeToDreamHome

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