Hansgrohe ranks No. 1 in plumbing design excellence

ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA (MARCH 10, 2009)—Hansgrohe ranks No. 1 among plumbing manufacturers and No. 17 overall in a new corporate rankings system, based on the results of five different International Forum (iF) design-award competitions since 2006. Introduced in late 2008, the design excellence rankings encompass a total of 1,499 companies around the world, including such design superstars as Samsung, Apple, Siemens, Panasonic, Bosch, IBM, Sony, Royal Philips, BMW, Miele, Gaggenau, LG Electronics, Volkswagen, and Daimler. (Visit http://www.ifdesign.de/ranking_tabellen_e and click the “Company” icon above the rankings chart.)

Among plumbing manufacturers, Hansgrohe garnered a total of 520 points to outpace Hoesch Design (No. 25 with a total of 360 points), Grohe (No. 53, 220 points), and Blanco (No. 77, 160 points).

Unveiled in 1953, the iF competitions represent an enduring and prestigious trademark for outstanding design. The 2009 edition of the product design competition attracted more than 2,800 entries from 39 countries and recognized just over 800 firms for design excellence.

The iF rankings are based on a point system for awards received in any of five different competitions over the past three years. In addition to product design, these competitions include communication design, design award China, material, and packaging. Twenty points are awarded for an iF award; 100 points for an iF gold award.

World-class reputation: Established in 1901 by plumbing industry pioneer Hans Grohe, his eponymous company is now regarded as the founder and leading proponent of modern showering culture. The Schiltach, Germany-based maker of bathroom faucets, showers and accessories has earned its world-class reputation as a source of inspiration and innovation in no small part because of its ground-breaking collaborative efforts with internationally renowned designers, including Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and Phoenix Design.

Note: In a separate iF ranking of independent design firms, communications agencies and in-house corporate designers, Phoenix Design ranked No. 9 and Antonio Citterio + Partners S.r.l. was listed at No. 49.

Over the decades, Hansgrohe and its Axor designer brand have won more than 270 design awards. “Many years ago, Hansgrohe decided to broaden its historical focus on functional quality to also include ‘good form’ by working closely with important personalities and trendsetters from the world of design,” explains Philippe Grohe, manager of Hansgrohe’s designer brand, Axor. “The visions and creative ideas of our design partners have always challenged us – in research and development, as well as in production. But they have also brought us forward a good measure.

“The new iF rankings are indicative of Hansgrohe’s ongoing commitment to good design and the progress we have made. We are grateful for the recognition of this prestigious organization.”