LEAD­ING WITH IN­NO­VA­TION

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SWISS BATH­ROOM AND SAN­I­TARY SO­LU­TIONS MAN­U­FAC­TURER, GE­BERIT, COM­BINES GROUND­BREAK­ING TECH­NOL­OGY WITH SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY AND STRIK­ING DE­SIGN

Tell us about your com­pany. The glob­ally-op­er­at­ing Ge­berit Group is a Euro­pean leader in the field of san­i­tary sys­tem and prod­ucts.

The pro­duc­tion net­work en­com­passes 30 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties, of which six are lo­cated over­seas. The group is head­quar­tered in Rap­per­swil-Jona, Switzer­land and em­ploys 12,000 ro­fes­sion­als in 50 coun­tries, Ge­berit gen­er­ated net sales of CHF2.9bn in 2017. The Ge­berit shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Ex­change, and have been in­cluded in the SMI (Swiss Mar­ket In­dex) since 2012.

Can you shed light on your best-sell­ing prod­ucts as well as lat­est launches?

Ge­berit al­ways im­proves its ex­ist­ing prod­uct line-up with new in­no­va­tions. There is a lot of sus­tain­able in­no­va­tion hap­pen­ing in our prod­uct port­fo­lio every year. As a com­pany, we in­vest a lot in re­search and devel­op­ment, lead­ing the way to pro­vide per­fect wa­ter so­lu­tions with re­duced con­sump­tion, en­ergy sav­ing, low-noise and durable prod­ucts. This ap­proach en­ables flex­i­ble con­struc­tion and cor­re­sponds to sus­tain­able build­ing stan­dards, thus re­duc­ing our car­bon foot­print in man­u­fac­tur­ing with­out sac­ri­fic­ing de­sign qual­ity. We ap­ply com­pe­tence at every stage from devel­op­ment through to de­liv­ery.

This year has seen many ex­cit­ing new prod­ucts from Ge­berit, such as the Sigma21 ac­tu­a­tor plate. The stan­dard frame­less base unit sets the stage for high qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. The plate can be en­hanced with a vir­tu­ally lim­it­less va­ri­ety of in­di­vid­u­ally-se­lected ma­te­ri­als if de­sired. Fea­tur­ing or­ganic round but­tons, the flush plate of­fers a myr­iad pos­si­bil­i­ties for per­son­al­i­sa­tion, with a wide range of de­signs, sur­face fin­ishes, and cus­tomis­able op­tions avail­able to cre­ate a prod­uct that seam­lessly com­ple­ments any bath­room de­sign. Sigma21 is also avail­able in a va­ri­ety of lux­ury ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing mus­tang slate – a plate made from real slate sourced from Brazil – as well as black glass, white glass, and sand glass. How­ever, it is not just about the de­sign, the flush plate hides a wealth of tech­nol­ogy and func­tion­al­ity be­hind it, in­clud­ing the Ge­berit san­i­tary in­stal­la­tion sys­tems, the cis­tern it­self, and even odour ex­trac­tion with the Sigma40. The Ge­berit flush plates are made of high-qual­ity, durable, light­fast ma­te­ri­als with plas­tic or glass sur­faces and man­u­fac­tured of die-cast zinc or stain­less steel to meet more de­mand­ing re­quire­ments, man­ual, elec­tronic or pneu­matic flush ac­tu­a­tion can be used.

To com­ple­ment the Ge­berit bath­room se­ries, we launched the Var­iForm wash­basins, a new range, com­pris­ing so­lu­tions for projects in pub­lic, semipub­lic and pri­vate ar­eas. The wash­basins are time­less and so­phis­ti­cated, thanks to their par­tic­u­larly slim rims. To en­sure even more cre­ative free­dom, Ge­berit of­fers coun­ter­top and lay-on wash­basins both with or with­out a tap hole bench.

This means that the wash­basin tap can be at­tached to the ce­ramic ap­pli­ance or the un­der-coun­ter­top plate as a deck­mounted tap or to the pre-wall in­stal­la­tion as a wall-mounted tap, de­pend­ing on the re­quire­ments, de­sired de­sign and con­struc­tion sit­u­a­tion. Hark­ing back to the high qual­ity at­tributes, the sur­face of the wash­basins is re­sis­tant to cracks and scratches, and be­ing easy to clean, makes it highly en­dur­ing.

Which re­cent projects have you been in­volved in?

We have an im­pres­sive list of ref­er­ence projects. The re­fur­bish­ment of the Jumeirah Beach Ho­tel Dubai; Blue­wa­ter Wharf re­tail ar­eas in Dubai; Warner Brothers Park Abu Dhabi; Water­front, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Anan­tara Mina Al Arab Re­sort in Ras Al Khaimah are a few of our re­cent projects.

What chal­lenges did these projects present for Ge­berit?

Each project is unique and some look for spe­cial so­lu­tions. We are able to han­dle all the needs of any con­struc­tion from the con­nec­tion point of the fresh wa­ter to the fi­nal dis­charge of the used wa­ter on their prop­erty. This is done with key em­pha­sis on func­tion­al­ity and good de­sign go­ing hand in hand. In sum­mary, Ge­berit can cater for all the needs from the mo­ment por­ta­ble wa­ter en­ters your prop­erty all the way till used wa­ter reaches its dis­charge point.

What trends do you an­tic­i­pate in com­mer­cial in­te­ri­ors for the year ahead?

When we talk about bath­rooms, stylish yet func­tional, open spa­ces with wood are mak­ing a re­turn as they of­fer a warm am­bi­ence. Il­lu­mi­nated bath­room mir­rors, which can also pro­vide ap­peal­ing stor­age space, es­pe­cially in res­i­den­tial spa­ces, will be in vogue.

Var­iForm wash­basin.

Sigma21 ac­tu­a­tor plate comesin a va­ri­ety of op­tions.

Gabriel Nas­sar

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