Global bathroom supplier Grohe is set to invest €5million into Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) technology to offer coloured finishes at its handshower and shower systems factory in Lahr, Germany, by the end of 2019.
The investment was announced by Grohe CEO and COO Fittings of Lixil International Thomas Furhr at a site visit to the production facility in the Black Forest.
He stated it would bring the plant in line with a global consumer trend for colour and customised designs.
Thomas Furhr commented: “With the PVD coating technique we bring a high-end technology to Lahr that’s in line with a global consumer trend and also serves a growth segment: hand showers and shower systems in beautiful colours for customised designs in bathrooms.
“With this investment we’re increasing the manufacturing scope of the plant, which puts us in a better position to bring the hand showers and shower systems in Grohe colours to market faster.”
The Lahr site currently products around 1,300 product variants and employs 750 people.
Grohe has invested in its five production plants worldwide and it has spent €15million over the past three years in Lahr alone.
Plant manager Hans-Martin Souchon commented: “The technologies used at this site are cutting-edge in the sanitary industry and we’re proud that adding the PVD technology will create another highlight in our production of hand showers and shower systems.”
Grohe has also recently established a EMEA business division for its water systems, filter and kitchen channel.