By CW Staff

When the tallest building in the world opened on January 4, Hansgrohe AG from Schiltach in the Black Forest was also celebrating.

The German bathroom fittings and shower manufacturer supplied more than 5000 fittings from its Axor Starck luxury collection for the Burj Khalifa.

The installation started in 2008 and was finished in June 2009.

“Hansgrohe was given a great deal of credit for not pulling out of the market in the face of the economic crisis, unlike other companies,” said Siegfried Gänßlen, chairman of the management board of Hansgrohe AG.

“This is why we were able to acquire numerous projects in the United Arab Emirates even during the crisis year of 2009.

“We see further great potential in this region, and consequently Hansgrohe will be opening a new subsidiary in Abu Dhabi later this month [January], as well as a new flagship store in Dubai – not far from the Burj Khalifa.”

Hansgrohe attributes its success on the project to excellent teamwork between local partners in Dubai and the Hansgrohe team at the site.

“With our designer brand Axor we met the requests of the involved parties to deliver high-quality modern bathrooms. We regularly and intensively trained the sub-contractors of the construction company that carried out the installations.

“Our team from technical services also gave advice on-site in case of complicated installations. It is important to have a professional team that is able to answer all questions regarding design and bathroom concepts. We had interior designers and engineers on site who support all the companies involved in the tendering and planning process.”

Hansgrohe is nearing 109 years in business and during 2008, the company generated sales of about EUR 668 million with its Axor, Hansgrohe, Pharo and Pontos brands. The Hansgrohe Group currently has a global workforce of around 3200 employees.