German sanitary fittings manufacturer, Hansgrohe SE is celebrating 115 years of operation.
Launched in June 1901, Hans Grohe founded a metal spinning workshop in the town of Schiltach in Germany’s Black Forest, 115 years later he could hardly have imagined that the three-man business would become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bathroom fixtures and showerheads.
To date, 115 years on, Hansgrohe SE boasts more than 3,800 employees, 34 subsidiaries and 21 sales offices worldwide.
Commenting on the significant milestone, Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “115 years of pioneering spirit, dedicated employees and highly innovative products have made Hansgrohe – The Original – strong. We now want to continue to grow from a position of economic strength and work together to reach new heights.”
The company, whose turnover in 2015 rose by 10% to EUR 964 million, is poised to achieve new record sales and earnings. “We have our sights firmly set on the one-billion Euro sales mark.” Klapproth added.
“Hansgrohe has a deeply rooted culture of innovation, is uncompromisingly committed to quality that focuses on products that consistently provide customers with a higher level of added benefit, and on production processes that continually boost efficiency and productivity. Secondly, our marketing strategy is based on systematic internationalisation, which goes as far back as 1907, when the company first started exporting. Thirdly, we benefit from the exceptional commitment and flexibility of our employees – whom we know we can always count on.” Klapproth continued.
Hansgrohe supplies washbasins, showers, bathtubs, bidets, toilets and kitchens to the hospitality industry across the Middle East.