Hansgrohe SE opens a new research and development lab
Hansgrohe SE has inaugurated its new research and development lab at its headquarters in Schiltach in Germany’s South West. “Innovative environments generate innovative solutions”, says Richard Grohe, Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE. This is why the new R&D lab was built on the existing factory premises.
“Proximity to production facilities guarantees more efficient processes”, he adds.
The Black Forest-based mixer and shower manufacturer invested a total of EUR 4.5 million. The building was completed in a year. With the lab, the company has concentrated all areas of R&D under one roof, in a facility offering some 1,600 square metres of space. “We now have significantly more test beds with water, where a larger number of staff members can work at the same time”, reports Richard Grohe.
Hansgrohe thoroughly tests all its newly developed products in the R&D lab before they are mass-produced: they are tested for durability, they have to withstand rapid changes in temperature as well as high and changing levels of pressure, and finally, they are also tested to ensure they comply with all the different legal standards in place around the world. After all, products manufactured by the sanitation specialist are available in 143 countries. The Deputy Chairman continues, “Every year our staff compiles 600 test reports and issues 350 product releases – an impressive achievement. The lab is an expression of our power of innovation.”