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APPOINTMENTS & NEWS


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The family-owned company based in the Somme has survived war and several economic crises and continues to grow stronger year after year.


90 years of innovation I


n 2018 Delabie, a European market leader for water controls and sanitary equipment, celebrates its 90th anniversary.


A family concern The founder Georges Delabie was born in 1889. He began his career on the shop floor, then decided to set up on his own in 1928, buying a foundry that was established in 1863. In 1947, he was joined by his son Jean and together they built the company’s reputation selling mixer taps in the domestic sector. The major challenge was the wide variety of installation types so Georges and Jean Delabie focussed on the renovation market, manufacturing replacement mixer taps for the post-war era. In 1971, Jean Delabie invented the universal tap head which brought cohesion to the disparate array of installations. By differentiating the commercial sector from the residential market, the company opened up new opportunities and was able to grow and develop the market in France. This ground-breaking policy inevitably led to an emphasis on the specification-led approach which characterises the sales strategy today.


Market leader The third generation, of the family – Jean- Claude, Gérard and Luc – joined the company in 1964, 1969 and 1987 respectively. Finally, Patrick, Jean-Claude’s son and Georges’ great-grandson, ensured succession in 1995. Through subsequent product innovation and acquisitions Delabie has become the European leader in sanitary equipment for Public and Commercial


buildings, a global concern exporting to 80 countries worldwide. 2006 saw the company acquire Chavonnet,


the leading manufacturer of water controls for hospitals, and Sogeprove, a manufacturer of accessibility equipment and hygienic accessories. This allowed the company to expand its product expertise into the healthcare sector and replicate the success it experienced in the commercial sector.


Championing design and innovation Primarily designed to be functional, robust and easy to maintain, commercial sanitary controls and furniture have evolved,


gradually integrating an increasingly important element – aesthetics. Delabie has identified and championed this trend towards design and has reinforced its position firmly in the design sector with the acquisition in 2012 of German stainless steel manufacturer, Kuhfuss Sanitar, and a foundry in Portugal. More recently, Delabie has been recognised


for its innovations in the commercial sector. For two consecutive years, Delabie products have been awarded the prestigious German Design Award. The 2621EP healthcare mixer impressed judges in 2016 with its unique design which reduces bacterial proliferation and prevents patient scalding. In 2017, the TEMPOMATIC 4 recessed urinal valve was recognised thanks to its “intelligent” high-frequency mode allowing the flush valve to adapt to usage patterns to save water and improve hygiene. Across its five product ranges - commer-


cial, healthcare, accessibility and hygiene accessories, stainless steel sanitary ware and professional catering controls – Delabie continues to evolve in a demanding market place. As the company continues to innovate in terms of technology and design, the prospect for the next 90 years looks very positive.


01491 824449 www.delabie.co.uk


ADF APRIL 2018


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