GROHE History

The tradition of the Masters of Technology.

GROHE has a rich tradition of creating market-leading products. GROHE has expanded its core competencies by acquiring the skills and experience of innovative enterprises. Each new acquisition has made a new know-how incorporated in the portfolio. The best example is Carl Nestler: founded in 1873, the company had already earned a reputation as a faucet-maker in the early years and developed the new thermostat technology with advanced optimisations. The company has been part of GROHE since 1956 and to this day the thermostats still remain an important part of the GROHE product portfolio. They influence the corporate DNA of GROHE. Time after time, more pioneering companies have been brought into the GROHE Group to strengthen the business as part of our drive to offer consumers the latest and best technology.

Masters of Technology

GROHE’s people have been regarded by their peers in the industry as Masters of Technology, because of their innovations, outstanding design and awardwinning fittings.

By a combination of their advanced craftsmanship and their cutting-edge approach to effective teamwork and processes, our Masters of Technology take the lead in developing, designing and manufacturing our outstanding product range, all the while testing and fine-tuning each piece to ensure continued customer satisfaction.

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1817 – Eichelberg

Eichelberg, the oldest German manufacturer of sanitary faucets, is founded in Iserlohn. In 1991 it is integrated into the GROHE group.

1873 – Carl Nestler

Carl Nestler Armaturenfabrik, the first company to produce thermostats for private bathrooms, is founded. Since 1956 part of GROHE Group and later renamed to GROHE Lahr Thermostats.

1910 - DAL

Deutsche Armaturenfabrik Leipzig (DAL), inventor of the flush valve (1914), is founded. In 1994 it becomes part of the GROHE Group.

1911 – Berkenhoff & Paschedag

Berkenhoff & Paschedag, a manufacturer of bathroom fixtures is founded in Hemer 1911. Friedrich Grohe leaves his father’s manufacturing business and buys Berkenhoff & Paschedag in 1936.

1914 – First flush valve

Richard Rost - the technocal head of DAL - starts the development of the flush valve. The invention of the autmatic flush valve is launched in 1914.

1936 – Founding year of GROHE

Friedrich Grohe buys Berkenhoff & Paschedag in 1936. Later in 1948 Berkenhoff & Paschedag is renamed to Friedrich Grohe.

1948 – Friedrich Grohe

1948, the company is renamed after its owner, Friedrich Grohe Armaturenfabrik.

1956 – GROHE Thermostate

GROHE acquires Carl Nestler Armaturenfabrik, the technological leader for thermostats, creating the subsidiary GROHE Thermostat GmbH.

1956 - Skalatherm

GROHE launches the innovation for home bathroom. Skalatherm - the „Volksthermostat“.

1968 – One hand mixer

The introduction of the popular one hand mixer.

1991 - Eichelberg

Eichelberg is part of GROHE.


GROHE acquires DAL, producer of installation and flushing systems and a technological leader of the industry.

1997 – Design Center

GROHE opens the new Design Centre in Edelburg, Hemer.

2002 – GROHE Cooltouch ®

GROHE introduces the GROHE Cooltouch® technology in the brand new Grohtherm.

2004 – GROHE Ondus digital

GROHE Ondus® creates a new digital level of luxury in the bathroom. With a tap of the finger the digital interface delivers the perfect water temperature.

2009 - GROHE Blue

The pioneering GROHE Blue® is launched. No need to carry heavy bottles; water is delivered chilled, filtered and sparkling straight from the faucet.

2011 - SPA

The GROHE SPA® range of premium products is launched. From the washbasin to the bathtub and shower the GROHE Spa® collection offers a wide range of high-quality fittings.

2014 - LIXIL

LIXIL Corporation and Development Bank (50% JV) of Japan acquire 87.5% equity interest in GROHE Group