Geberit celebrates 150-year anniversary

Geberit's first factory in Rapperswil, Switzerland
Geberit’s first factory in Rapperswil, Switzerland

Bathroom manufacturer Geberit is celebrating its 150-year anniversary, marking the journey from a one-man business to a renowned international group by launching a local community initiative.

The company will support the local communities with its ‘150 Acts of Kindness’ campaign. As part of the initiative, each employee has pledged their commitment to complete an act of kindness within the 150th year.

‘Acts’ can include donation to local food banks, volunteering at a local community kitchen, or helping at the local care home. In addition, as patron for the construction industry charity, Crash UK, Geberit has pledged to match any monies raised for the charity.

Reflecting on the milestone, Mark Larden, managing director at Geberit UK, said: “At Geberit, we pride ourselves on taking a good thing and making it great! This has been our credo since day one and in doing so, we always put our customers at the centre of everything we do.

“Over the past 150 years, Geberit’s values and objectives haven’t changed, despite growing from a small family business to the European market leader for sanitary products.

“We’re proud to be celebrating Geberit’s 150-year anniversary this year with our employees, customers, and business partners at various events throughout the year. The celebrations include new product development and the release of a book about the company’s history, allowing stakeholders to reminisce about the past and look forward to a future filled with continued success.”

The company was established in 1874 by founder, Albert Gebert, in the historic Swiss town of Rapperswill. In 1904, he designed a lead-lined wooden cistern, followed by the first plastic cistern in 1952 and the world’s first concealed cistern in 1964. Today, Geberit employs more than 10,000 people globally, across 26 sites including its UK HQ in Warwick.

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