GROHE brand adjusts production across Europe amidst coronavirus crisis

  • German manufacturing sites run adjusted production schedules and set ups to ensure strict hygiene and safety measures
  • Manufacturing site in Albergaria (Portugal) to suspend production from 30 March to 12 April 2020
  • Measures under constant review according to latest developments

Beirut, 7 April 2020. GROHE, a leading global brand for full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, has implemented a next step in taking action to protect its employees across the European manufacturing sites.

For its three German manufacturing sites, production schedules and set ups were adjusted to implement the latest official recommendations and guidelines with regards to hygiene measures and safety of its staff.

Production in Albergaria, Portugal, will be suspended from 30 March 2020, reflecting latest government regulations and the intensifying situation in this region. It is currently planned to resume operations on 12 April 2020. The structured and orderly phasing out period for the production in Albergaria has started.

Besides the European plants the manufacturing site in Klaeng, Thailand, also follows strict procedures such as temperature controls to ensure strongly increased hygiene standards and safety for employees.

With its measures the GROHE brand wants to uphold safety and health of its staff and support overall efforts to help contain the pandemic. For all sites, applicable regulations and measures are under constant review and subject to adjustments as necessary.

Together with its business partners, the GROHE brand is closely working on managing stock and service levels across the EMENA region, taking into account the circumstances and requirements of individual markets.

“With the spread of the novel coronavirus we witness an unprecedented situation, across the globe. Over the recent weeks, the impact has increased on society and the economy alike. Given the overall dynamics, we have constantly evaluated the rapidly changing circumstances early on to determine necessary actions. It is now, that we are tightening existing measures to further protect our employees,” says Thomas Fuhr, COO Fittings LIXIL International and CEO Grohe AG.

About GROHE

GROHE is a leading global brand for full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings and has a total of over 6,000 employees, 2,400 of which are based in Germany. GROHE has been part of the LIXIL Group Corporation since 2014. As an international brand, GROHE pursues the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure Freude an Wasser”. GROHE has been developing new product categories since its inception. This includes the GROHE Blue and Red water systems and the recently-introduced GROHE Sense water security system, which is an innovative component in the growth market of smart home technology. Innovation, design and development are closely aligned with one another and are enshrined in the German site as an integrated process. As a result, GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”. In the past ten years alone, more than 300 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings at the German Sustainability Award have confirmed GROHE’s success. GROHE was the first in its industry to win the German government’s CSR prize and was also featured in the renowned Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.

About LIXIL

LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard and TOSTEM. With approximately 75,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day. Learn more at www.lixil.com

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