Grohe, the leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings shared an impressive account of mega trends at the recently concluded ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Reflecting on future trends, Grohe, the bath major rolled out a record number new products at the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt and surprised its customers and consumers with solutions that actively shape the future of water.
Grohe introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends ‘new living spaces’, ‘consumers become creators’, ‘simplicity seekers – the search for simplicity’, ‘taking control’, and ‘intelligent life management’. It is the biggest innovation push of Grohe so far – tailored to the needs of consumers as well as professional partners such as architects, installers, insurers and smart home experts.
The Emergence Of New Living Spaces
Grohe believes consumers have risen from passive consumption to taking control over the creation of new living spaces and have become creators themselves in seeking simplicity and intelligent product solutions. Product innovation and design depend on an empathetic understanding of these trends as consumers are inclined to choose integrated solutions over single products.
3d Metal-Printing Will Lead The Way
A unique formula of granules has been exclusively developed by Grohe for their 3D metal-printers located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalization. Grohe believes that 3D metal-printing will revolutionize the water experience in the home. It’s the ultimate blend of customization and industrial production.
Changing Requirements As Consumers Become Creators
The boundaries between the individual living areas are becoming more blurred. The kitchen is often part of the living room, the bathroom opens up to the bedroom and both are becoming important living spaces instead of purely functional ones.
When designing their own living space, consumers pay much more attention to detail in the bathroom and the kitchen than ever before. Consequently, bathroom and kitchen products have become household furnishings that allow consumers to express their individual style and preferences.
As the first European leading sanitary brand to launch 3D metal-printed faucets, Grohe breaks with the old principle of form following function and combines cutting-edge technology with spectacular design.
“Consumer expectations are changing to a great extent”, said Michael Rauterkus, CEO Grohe AG, as he delivered his keynote speech in front of 350 international journalists and invited guests.
“Grohe is shaping the future of water, in terms of design and innovation, both analogue and digital, giving our customers and our consumers the building blocks they need to harness the power and the beauty of water – as a tailored experience wherever they enjoy water.”
Customers Seek Simplicity – Creation Without Complexity
The search for simplicity in terms of easy and intuitive solutions is met with a new minimalism to people’s homes. Grohe has positioned itself as a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, supporting consumers in becoming creators without having to deal with complexity. Its products combine quality with a stunning range of colors and materials: from faucets, showers and ceramics, to kitchen faucets, sinks, accessories and flush plates. “Nobody else offers, across the whole product range, the quality and durability in so many colors that bathrooms and kitchens require”, emphasized Michael Rauterkus, CEO Grohe AG.
A New Connected Ecosystem
Grohe is pioneering digitization in the sanitary industry and extends its competence well beyond sanitary hardware solutions. At the ISH 2019 keynote, Grohe announced a new generation of Grohe Sense water sensors and the launch of Grohe Sense Guard Pro, which is optimized for use in multi-family homes and high-rise residential buildings. Installed on both the cold and hot water pipes, it offers water security and provides accurate water consumption data directly onto mobile devices via the Grohe Sense App. This also means that there is full visibility of water and energy consumption, allowing consumers to take control.
The Grohe Sense system has created a disruptive new business model for Grohe as well as for installers and new business partners such as insurance and property management companies. “We are creating an intelligent platform, the biggest ecosystem for water security and water management, which will allow our industry partners worldwide, such as insurance companies, to implement new business models”, said Michael Rauterkus.