Profile: Hansgrohe Africa

Hansgrohe, the innovative bathroom and sanitation specialist.

Contact details:

T: 021 447 7144
F: 021 419 2814
A: Cape Town showroom, Shop 1A The Rockwell, Cnr Prestwich & Napier Street, De Waterkant, 8001
E: sales@hansgrohe.co.za
W: www.hansgrohe.co.za

About

The local subsidiary of German origin has acquired a reputation in the sanitation sector as one of the innovative leaders in technology, design and sustainability.

Hansgrohe Africa has a national footprint in South Africa and is a key player in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia and Tanzania. Comprises of two brands, Hansgrohe and Axor where its product ranges is manufactured at its six German plants, in France, Netherlands, United States and China. Hansgrohe Africa is the global brand’s 29th subsidiary, headquartered in Johannesburg with showrooms and offices in Cape Town, Durban, George, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Green credentials

What sustainability signifies to Hansgrohe
Sustainability is one of Hansgrohe’s most important objectives. It not only refers to the handling of water and energy, the reduction of CO² emissions, but also about the sustainability of the company as a whole. Values like innovation, a high degree of staff and customer awareness, reliability, honesty and a flat hierarchy.

Sustainability into action
Sustainability is firmly anchored in the company culture as well as all other aspects of the business. Be it water-conserving products and relevant technologies, the quality of the materials and the manufacturing processes. Work and health protection as well as social responsibility – the training and development of staff form part of core sustainability credentials.  Sustainability is more than a buzz word; the brand has put in place concrete objectives firmly rooted in the business plan.

Among them is the reduction of CO² emissions by 20 per cent by 2014. Cutting back on the use of hazardous materials by 10 per cent and significantly reducing the number of accidents in the workplace resulting in time loss due to injuries. In addition to this Hansgrohe aims to reduce the water consumption of products during production by 10 per cent within five years. More importantly also improving the employability of its staff which will always be its key objective.

Compliance and objectives aligned
Within the framework of a steering committee the pivotal issues have been worked out with all the relevant departments. Hansgrohe’s sustainability management encompasses the tasks of environmental and quality management as well as safety at work and dove-tails directly with the steering committee.

Implementation

  • In 2010 Hansgrohe launched a new standard of hand-basin mixers with its innovative aerator; it reduces the flow rate of water by a further 30 per cent to about five litres per minute. With this the water flow of these fittings is about 65 per cent less than conventional hand-basin mixers without an aerator
  • Hansgrohe produced educational material with the title “Water = Future” which were distributed in 14 000 schools in Germany. With fund-raising campaigns and events Hansgrohe also got involved in restocking the Kinzig with salmon.
  • A joint project developed together with the University of Education in Freiburg is aimed at securing employability on a sustained basis. This is partly about comprehensive health management comprising training in ergonomics, nutrition, jogging or Nordic walking courses. Older members of staff especially can benefit from a further education programme tailored to their needs. The shared exchange of know-how between younger and older colleagues is a key aspect.

About Hansgrohe Africa
The local subsidiary of German origin has acquired a reputation in the sanitation sector as one of the innovative leaders in technology, design and sustainability. Hansgrohe Africa has a national footprint in South Africa and is a key player in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia and Tanzania. Comprises of two brands, Hansgrohe and Axor where its product ranges is manufactured at its six German plants, in France, Netherlands, United States and China. Hansgrohe Africa is the global brand’s 29th subsidiary, headquartered in Johannesburg with showrooms and offices in Cape Town, Durban, George, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

About Hansgrohe – the original from the Black Forest

During its 111-year history, the company Hansgrohe (www.hansgrohe.com), with headquarters in Schiltach in the Black Forest, has acquired a reputation in the sanitation sector as one of the innovative leaders in technology, design and sustainability. With its mixers, showers and shower systems, Hansgrohe creates the original products that make the bathroom more functional, more comfortable and more beautiful. It is no coincidence that they can be found in prominent prestige projects such as on the giant cruiser “Queen Mary II”, in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, in the tallest man-made structure ever built, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, as well as at the Chancellor’s office in Berlin, in the Yoo luxury apartments in New York or at the Masdar City Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. The company and its products were honoured with a myriad awards, among the latest ones being the “Umsicht Science Award”, the “Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2012“(Design Award 2012 of the Federal Republic of Germany) and the “iF Gold Award 2012” In 2011, the company generated sales of about EUR 764 million with its Axor, Hansgrohe, Pharo and Pontos brands (2010: EUR 693 million). The Hansgrohe Group currently has a global workforce of about 3,400 employees, with about two-thirds of them working in Germany. The company, which takes tough action against product piracy and intellectual property theft, manufactures its products in six German plants, in France, the Netherlands, in the U.S. and in China.

Areas of Expertise:

Taps and mixers for bathrooms and kitchens as well as shower heads (overhead and hand showers).