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roducts made in Germany have always had a certain caché - especially those that are engineering-led and rely for their good name on
functional effectiveness. The quality and operational efficiency of the furniture fittings and components coming out of the factories of
Häfele have made it a leading brand and have allowed the company to expand and grow. Häfele Germany are designers and
manufacturers of many of the jointing fittings that hold the global furniture manufacturing industry together and one of the most notable of
these is Minifix which has sold, quite literally, in its billions – and continues to do so.
The huge success of fittings like Minifix have underpinned the growth of Häfele in Germany and allowed the company to expand
impressively - there are now more than 30 subsidiaries bearing
the name in other countries around the world.
Recognising the different needs of host markets around the
world, management both of the German founding company
and of subsidiaries, like Britain’s in Rugby, promote a large
measure of autonomy in the products that each sells. But those
of German design and manufacture are always prominent for
the quality and reliability they represent.
The portfolio of Häfele’s Rugby subsidiary includes such
names as Mepla, Vauth-Sagel, Ninka and Hailo, each leaders in
their respective fields.
Mepla are makers of hinges, one of whose recent innovations
is the Soft-close hinge system. Soft-close smooths the action
and damps the closure of concealed hinges in cabinets for
kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Mepla hinges are supplied
with an adaptor to allow Soft-close to be installed at any stage,
so now furniture manufacturers can even extend choice to the
end user customer at the point of sale.
Vauth-Sagel are manufacturers of wire-based products that
have revolutionised storage in modern kitchens (and in
bedrooms and bathrooms) with practical, easy to use
innovations that offers users an element of planning and order
that did not previously exist. Vauth-Sagel have just introduced
a simple, elegant storage unit to maximise space in those
awkward corner cabinets; they also make a wide range of pull-
out storage for pantries and larders, wardrobes, vanity units and
much more …
Ninka also are global leaders in storage of a different
kind, based on plastic mouldings. Ninka also focused on
corner spaces and made them their own with carousels -
the famous Mondo is a Ninka design for base cabinet
corners. Eclipse soon followed for the space above at
worktop level and then … the space above that for wall
And Hailo are the undisputed leaders of the current
environmental revolution in British kitchens under the
waste segregation, storage, and management banner.
Using models developed in Germany, where the
environmental imperative surfaced some years ago, Hailo
now have an enormous range of single, double and multi-
bin options to deal efficiently with kitchen waste.
Products that help householders to move towards a Britain
no longer reliant on huge holes in the ground
indiscriminately filled with mixed garbage.
Hotline no: 01788 542020
Enquiry no: 407
PICTURED: 1 Häfele Mini-Fix, 2 Ninka Eclipse,
3 Hailo One2Five Bins, 4 Mepla Soft-Close,
5 Vauth-Sagel Pull-Out Pantry, 6 Vauth-Sagel Swing-Out
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