For GROHE, 2018 was all about strategic partnerships and the digitisation of water.
At the upcoming ISH 2019 fair, GROHE will present itself as one of the global brands for
complete bathroom solutions, kitchen systems and intelligent water management for the very first
GROHE, a global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen taps, continues on its road to
success in 2019. In the past year, GROHE has evolved from a leading sanitaryware manufacturer into a global
supplier of complete bathroom solutions and exciting kitchen tap and sink ranges, and has also become a
driving force of the digital transformation within the sanitary industry, even offering its own Internet of Things
(IoT) products. The intelligent water control system GROHE Sense Guard is now firmly established in the world
of smart homes.
“All GROHE products, innovations and activities are based on our claim to be actively involved in handling
water with a view to the future,” said Michael Rauterkus, CEO of GROHE AG. “It’s about finding answers to the
most pressing issues of our time. At this year’s ISH, our big topic will be about which solutions we as GROHE
can contribute in all areas of water management.”
Before GROHE looks ahead to 2019 and its mission to lead the digital transformation of the sanitary sector, the
brand reflects on some of its many highlights and successes from 2018:
GROHE Forms Partnerships Against Water Damage
Strategic alliances with insurance companies such as Provinzial Rheinland or Gothaer Allgemeine in Europe and
Munich Re’s subsidiary, the HSB Group, in the US have opened up new sales channels for GROHE in 2018. In
addition, the GROHE Sense water sensor can now be connected to Magenta SmartHome from Deutsche
Telekom and GROHE Sense Guard to Nest home appliances. Thanks to the partnership with IoT, it
will be even more flexible and faster to connect the intelligent water security system to other IT ecosystems
GROHE Invests in Innovation
Another milestone was the inauguration of the laboratory extension in Hemer, Germany, in September. With a
total investment of 1.1 million euros, GROHE now combines all previously decentralized activities of the
research laboratory in one place, enabling even closer interaction within the main departments of research and
development, and ensuring even more efficient development processes for future innovations.
GROHE Acclaims International Success as a Global Brand
Customers in 33 countries worldwide anticipated GROHE’s Truck Tour which celebrated its 100,000th visitor in
March. Further international highlights include the new Atrio tap collection which was artistically unveiled in
an art installation in the renovated GROHE showroom at Milan Design Week and inspired customers, partners
and the media alike. In Asia, GROHE fascinated visitors of its flagship store in Singapore with a new virtual
showroom, featuring the motto ‘Showering Without Getting Wet’. Even the World Cup in Russia took place
with GROHE’s participation: All FIFA-certified arenas were equipped with GROHE products.
Multiple Awards Honour Commitment to Sustainability and Innovative Strength
GROHE’s commitment to smart, water-saving technologies has been acknowledged and appreciated
throughout 2018. For example, at the German Sustainability Award, the brand was voted among the top 3
“most sustainable big companies in Germany” for the third time. In addition, with 63 design awards, 2018 was
the most award-winning year in GROHE’s history.
What’s next? ISH 2019
Currently, GROHE is working hard to prepare for ISH 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for the responsible use
of water and energy in buildings, which will take place in March in the German city of Frankfurt am Main. With
a new booth concept, new event formats and many innovations, GROHE will continue to set new standards,
following its success at the 2017 fair. For the first time, GROHE will present itself comprehensively as the
leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, kitchen systems and intelligent water management. At
the same time, GROHE will remain true to its motto used at the 2017 ISH fair, applying “Water. Intelligence.
Enjoyment” as its ambition to develop high-quality, intelligent and sustainable solutions with a design that goes
beyond form and function.