Thomas Fuhr, the CEO of GROHE, has recently revealed that GROHE will be investing in new colour technology.
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.”
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.