Newly appointed GROHE CEO Thomas Fuhr explains what it took to develop ICON 3D and what this means for the future of GROHE IT S OUR DUTY TO EMBRACE PROGRESS INTERVIEW PHILIPP NAGELS PORTRAIT RAMON HAINDL GROHE is Europe s first leading sanitary brand to offer two faucet designs produced entirely by 3D metal printers What were the challenges you had to overcome when creating the Icon 3D line In order to be a pioneer in the industry and to remain one step ahead in terms of technology we invest heavily in research and development and also in innovative manu facturing processes in our plants With 3D metal printing we are ringing in a new era in made in Germany produc tion We focus on our core business and use our faucets to cover the entire value chain clearly distinguishing us from our competitors It is essential to us that we retain our proven GROHE quality and translate it into a 3D metal printed product That s why we invested a lot of time in developing our own printer material it s at the heart of everything Our engineers came up with a recipe that we have now patented It s important to understand that drinking water is the most carefully protected substance in the world so the base material for a faucet has to fulfill many requirements Plus these regulations can differ from country to country Finding one recipe that fits every market was one of the key challenges BEYOND WATER BATHROOM KITCHEN AND WATER STORIES 12 13 Master en 193x257 GROHE BW Magazine 1 2019 Content 150dpi 12 11 11 19 17 14

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