Plant manager Hans Martin Souchon and Martin Fuchs Head of Category Management Showers Thermostats say they always aim to find the best solution Lahr is one of Germany s southernmost cities beautifully situated between Baden s vineyards and the Black Forest The Mediterranean climate is even warm enough for ba nanas and lemons to grow It s therefore only natural that this sun kissed region also produces leading experts in water technology After all it s here that the world s most innovative showers and shower systems are manufactured by 750 GROHE employees and their robotic assistants In one of the assembly halls the big Stäubli maneuvers gracefully in and out of a massive injection molding ma chine with power and precision This endearingly named robot executes between 60 and 80 different operations over the course of the one and a half minute molding cycle at a speed too fast for the casual observer to follow Indeed you would need three to four human operators if you wanted to replicate the movements in exactly the same way over and over again Together the robot the molding machine and a second smaller robot also from Swiss producer Stäubli which gives the machines their names form one production unit Working in con cert they build a complex piece of fiber reinforced plas tic Eventually it will function as the inner water way for GROHE s Rapido SmartBox the universal solution for concealed installations It s an engineering masterpiece explains Hans Martin Souchon the plant manager And this perfect symbiosis of state of the art injection mould ing process and unbeaten robotic precision is only Made in Germany Lahr is the only GROHE plant in the world to handle the overmolding technology and guarantees the highest quality in all circumstances It s cutting edge technology like this that has propelled GROHE s Lahr plant to being a global competence cen ter with 82 injection molding machines dozens of robots and Souchon s staff of industry experts producing around 10 million units per year including hand and head show ers shower rails shower systems and more At the moment production is ramping up for the Rain shower SmartActive hand shower a new product in GROHE s range of shower systems The hand shower comes in a number of designs varying in size shape and color and offers three different spray types More importantly the portfolio s most innovative hand show er introduces two new features GROHE SmartTip and GROHE DripStop read more about these on page 37 These are real innovations that set our product apart in the market Mario Fuchs explains Fuchs is Head of grohe com Master en 193x257 GROHE BW Magazine 1 2019 Content 150dpi 29 11 11 19 17 16

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