Hansgrohe Group - Andreas Kurz
Role: Project Manager International Approvals at Hansgrohe Group
Working with Kiwa for over 20 years
What does your company do?
“With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach, southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, quality and design within the bath and kitchen industry. With its taps, showerheads and shower systems, it brings form and function to water.”
What services or products do you buy?
“Kiwa provides a full-range service to Hansgrohe including the testing, inspection and certification of our products according to several voluntary and mandatory European standards. Kiwa certification is a sign of quality that is trusted by our customers.”
Why did you choose Kiwa?
“Kiwa has been a reliable partner for European markets when it comes to TIC services. We also consult Kiwa on information about technical requirements and changing standards. We especially appreciate Kiwa’s efficient business model, where several European product certifications can be combined in just one test. This saves time and money.”
How do you judge this relationship?
“Kiwa has established itself as a trustworthy partner for the Hansgrohe Group. We value the respectful and constructive relationships with our contact people and auditors. Having just one partner for different needs like TIC, as well as expertise on standards in several countries at the same time, is very efficient for us. As Kiwa is a recognised member of important standards committees and working groups in our industry, they provide information on regulatory changes, which supports our own compliance policy.”
What would you suggest Kiwa could improve?
“As one of the few global players in the bathroom and kitchen industry, the Hansgrohe Group would greatly benefit from an expansion of the Kiwa business and services to even more countries, including beyond Europe.”