During a site visit, Fuhr announced that GROHE production in the Black Forest will be implementing PVD technology by the end of 2019.
The will amount to approximately 5 million euros, and create 27 new jobs.
Fuhr said: “With the PVD coating technique we bring a high-end technology to Lahr that’s in line with a global consumer trend and also serves a growth segment: hand showers and shower systems in beautiful colours for customized designs in bathrooms.
“With this investment we’re increasing the manufacturing scope of the plant, which puts us in a better position to bring the hand showers and shower systems in GROHE colours to market faster.”
- What is PVD technology?
According to GROHE, PVD is the abbreviation for Physical Vapor Deposition. The technology originates from the aerospace industry and has set a new standard for the quality of finishes.
During the pre-treatment stage, the components are carefully cleaned and heat-treated in an oven. Plastic components undergo a degassing process.
PVD coating is then applied.
This process takes place in a high vacuum environment and consists of three steps: First, the substrate is cleaned, then the base coat is applied, and followed by the paint coat.
The process ensures a broader range of colours while at the same time making it possible for the finishes to be three times harder and ten times more scratch-resistant than galvanized finishes.