GROHE South Africa recently sent a group of architects and designers to Germany to visit the GROHE factory in Hemer, the Red Dot Design Museum as well as listen to an inspiring presentation given by award-winning Senior Vice President of Design for GROHE, Paul Flowers.
During the visit to the Hemer Technology Centre, the group were able to see the GROHE factory in action, bearing witness to the faucet production experience on the ground, from sandstone moulds to cutting and polishing – the factory is 90% robotic, so streamlined and effectively efficient in its manufacturing processes. The Hemer factory came second to Siemens in the ‘Best Factory Competition’ held in 2009. GROHE is the only sanitary company in the world to produce its own copper and brass, a testament to the company’s position in setting standards of quality, technology and design.
At the Red Dot Design Museum the team had a chance to see and touch some of the world’s largest presentations of award winning contemporary designs. The group was able to marvel at the large collection of GROHE red dot design winners, including GROHE’s Red Dot 2012 Award winning Allure Brilliant line of faucets from the GROHE SPA™collection, the Minta line of kitchen faucets as well as the Concetto and Quadra lines of bathroom fittings.
Paul Flowers spoke to the group about design and how he and the GROHE design team strive to create unique ways in which the world can enjoy water in an environmentally sustainable manner. He highlighted the importance of setting trends and developing innovative technologies to bring bathrooms into the future. The architects left feeling inspired to put “pen to paper” in designing their own inspirational buildings.
Amy Holland, GROHE SA Marketing Manager said ‘’The trip to Germany was an excellent opportunity for our partners to understand the value of GROHE as well as the quality, technology and design that goes into the manufacturing of our product.”