UK MD of Hansgrohe Iain McKinlay, has left the company and been succeeded by Martin Mongan and director of finance and operations, Helen Kronheim.
McKinlay started the company in 1990 and oversaw its growth from £800,000 to £30 million.
Turning 60 in October, McKinlay commented: “After 35 years in the kitchen and bathroom industry, I have decided to leave Hansgrohe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who helped us grow the business in the way it has happened.”
His successor Martin Mongan commented: “I have been fortunate enough to have known Iain for over 20 years, both as a customer of Hansgrohe and for the last 18 months as a colleague. He has been a larger than life personality in an industry full of characters, and everyone has a stoty to share about working with lain that will bring a smile to those listening. He will be greatly missed by all in the industry and particularly by Hansgrohe employees and customers. I am delighted to have the opportunity to carry on Iain’s work and to build on the continued success of the business in the UK and excellent customer relationships he has developed over the years.”
Helen Kronheim added: “I have been working closely with lain for the last five years, and feel fortunate to have been able to gain some of his vast industry knowledge… I look forward to working with the team.”
Reducing the need for bottled water Franke has introduced the FilterFlow Zurich tap to its Pro-Value collection. This two-lever model provides filtered water by pushing the cold lever backwards and features a swivel spout. so it can be used with double bowl as well as one-and-a-half bowl sinks. The FilterFlow Zurich tap measures 310mm high, has a spout reach of 225mm. and comes in a chrome finish.
Hansgrohe has extended its range of showerpipes with the addition of Eve Croma 220 models, including one with EcoSmart technology. lt features the same design but uses around half the water ofthe non-EcoSmart versions (9 litres per minute. compared with around 19 litres per minute for the overhead and 15 litres per minute for the handshower). It manages the water through the combination of flow rate and air infusion.
German shower and tap manufacturer Hansgrohe has celebrated its 111th anniversary, and is looking at expansion due to continued sales growth. Draper and clothier Hans Grohe established his sheet metal manufacturing business in Schiltach in the Black Forest, where its headquarters remain today.
The company now operates across 120 countries and had net sales of €764million in 2011 and according to Hansgrohe it is on course for growth in 2012. Chairman of the management board of Hansgrohe, Siegfried Gansslen stated: “We are indeed performing well, given the recessionary trends affecting many parts of the world. In the project business, we have been able to achieve some stunning successes, including the supply of equipment in four sports stadiums in Poland and the Ukraine.”
He continued: “In the fields of logistics and manufacturing, we have now reached the limits of our capacities, and we are therefore thinking about expanding our operation.” Gansslen continued: “This could only be achieved thanks to Hansgrohe’s persistent challenging of the old-fashioned ways of doing things, together with the company’s ability to re-invent itself whenever it was necessary.”
Gansslen added: “It is because our partners in the market appreciate and respect us for our ambition to increase the beneht to the customer, and hence the quality of their lives, through real innovation. This is not contined to manufacturing innovative products, however; it is also a matter of coming up with innovative ideas in relations to service, and the way we relate to customers.”
Martin Mongan has joined Hansgrohe as head of sales for the UK, responsible for all of its sales channels including retail, contract and multiples. Prior to this, he worked at Kohlen where he was responsible for the commercial management of Kohler and Daryl brands. Mongan has an extensive track record having worked for Jacuzzi UK, and Spring Ram before that, and as part of his family`s award-winning retail business.
Following its brand re-launch last year: New World has appointed Fiona Maclean as its social media ambassador. The company launched a nationwide hunt for a member of the public to work with the brand and become its corporate marketing face, as well as control over its Twitter and Facebook channels. Maclean was crowned winner following a Facebook vote, and is now attending industry events and blogging for New World.
Hansgrohe has appointed Geoff Wickett as UK marketing manager In his new role, Wickett will be responsible for strengthening the company’s position within the UK and supporting the customer base in the retail and specification markets. He will also be looking after the existing marketing team and brings with him a variety of experience, including previous roles with Nestlé and Zip.
Liz Hazeldene has been promoted to l commercial business director for Kohler Mira. In her new role, she will be responsible for defining and implementing strategies to boost the company’s UK and overseas commercial business. Hazeldene will manage the Rada team in the UK, supervise the Rada subsidiaries in Holland and Germany and be responsible for Rada export agents around the world. She joined Mira in 2003 as senior marketing manager for mixers.
Mark David Enterprises has appointed Rod Smail as agent for the South West of England, South Wales and the Channel Isles. In his new role, he will be responsible for the company’s Nolte, Brion and Yesteryear kitchen brands. Smail has worked within the kitchen industry since 1984 and opened his own sales agency in 2008. He currently sells Teka, Kuppersbusch and Oriental Stone on a regional basis and kitchen furniture was his next step.
Gorenje has given Charlotte Burden a part- time, pro-active teIe-sales role. Currently studying Events Management and PR at the University of Greenwich, Burden has a wide variety of experience including sales and marketing from her previous role with Zurich Financial Services. ln her new role, she will interact and communicate with Gorenje retailers to ensure they are aware ofall promotional activity, trade offers and new Iaunches.
ATAG has promoted Geraldine Dobson to northern regional sales manager She joined the company in 2008 and her previous role was as product training consultant for England, Ireland and Scotland. In her new role, Dobson will be responsible for managing existing customers and developing new business in the North of England and Scotland. She will also be available for product training throughout the country and will be involved in open days and product demonstrations.
Chinese mixer manufacturer Joyou Group Building Material was presented the Plagiarius prize for particularly blatant plagiarism’ by the Initiative against Ideas Theft. This dubious honour was awarded for its counterfeit copy of the Hansgrohe-designed Focus S washbasin mixer Deputy Chairman of Hansgrohe, Richard Grohe commented: “It is always the products that are particularly successful on the market, like the Focus S, that are ripped offand copied.”
The shower manufacturer estimates the damage caused by product piracy to be in the order of 5-10% of total sales each year Richard Grohe continued: “To put it another way, this means that the creation of new jobs at Hansgrohe – and we are talking a sizeable number here, around 100 jobs – is being prevented as a result of these pirated products. Theft of intellectural property hurts the economy and causes job losses.” Although in appearance, the two products differ in minor design details, Richard Grohe explained how the function of the brassware differed. He continued: “The makers of pirated copies generally hope to be competitive on the bases of low cost. They therefore invest little in the functionality and quality of the products. Usually it is the consumer who is disadvantaged. Consumers will always be better off choosing the original product.”
Since 1977 manufacturers and i distributors of pirated products face E the notoriety of being distinguished with the Plagiarius Award. Headed by Professor of Design Rido Busse, he explains the awards: “Our aim is to expose the blatant theft ofideas – which is to say, I intellectual property theft- as a means to raise public awareness of the unscrupulous business practices of the product pirates.”