Hettich, one of the world’s leading cabinetry and fittings manufacturers, is this year celebrating its 125th anniversary as a global company, and 25th year of operation in Australia.
From humble beginnings in the Black Forest in 1888, where Karl Hettich first developed a manual bending machine that revolutionised the production of the region’s famous cuckoo clocks, to the multi-award winning global company with more than 6,000 staff members that it is today, Hettich has remained true to its core values of innovation, reliability, quality and customer care throughout its long-standing history.
The management reins have been handed over just four times at Hettich in its 125 year history, with each changeover seeing a new generation of the Hettich family run and shape the company.
1930 saw brothers August, Paul and Franz Hettich establish the Paul Hettich GmbH sister company in the north west of Germany. After August developed a 16 metre long production line for piano hinges in 1928, the brothers decided to reduce the distance between their father’s production factory in Schramberg (south west Germany) and the heart of the German furniture industry in East Westphalia (north west), hence the establishment of the second Hettich production site in Herford in 1930.
In 1959 Anton Hettich took the helm, representing the third generation of the Hettich family to manage the company. Shortly after, Anton brought his brother Dr Erwin Hettich into the management team, along with Helmut, Siegfried and Bruno Hettich as other partners. In 2005 Dr Andreas Hettich became the fourth generation to head Hettich management, and is the current Chairman of the Management Board.
Hettich today has 38 subsidiaries in America, Europe and Asia, as well as production sites in six countries, so the global company is never far from its customers.
2013 marks another milestone for Hettich, with the Australian and New Zealand teams celebrating 25 years in the market as well.
“The strong roots of Hettich globally help us deliver the best products to our customers locally,” says Marketing Manager for Hettich Australia and New Zealand, Dave Angus.
“Over the years Hettich has built itself as a brand that can be trusted through reliable and innovative products that are built to last – with a lifetime warranty on all drawer and hinge systems, consumers can be confident their Hettich products will be around for longer than we have been so far!” adds Dave.
Hettich’s 25th year in Australia is going to be a big one, with the team launching Hettich’s biggest ever $20,000 consumer promotion in partnership with leading whitegoods company Fisher & Paykel. Hettich Australia also plans to expand its already impressive network of more than 200 Hettich Endorsed Showrooms, as well as launch a premium new drawer offering mid-year – the ArciTech Drawer System.
“We have a great team here in Australia and we’re excited to be able to bring Europe’s finest furniture fittings to our growing customer base. Globally and locally we all have the same goal here at Hettich – to make your living spaces work beautifully!” says Dave.