Hansgrohe®, Head Chemist Win Science Award

September 13, 2011

Taylor, Mich. (September 13, 2011) - Hansgrohe®, a Masco company, and its head chemist Dr. Andreas Fath won the UMSICHT Science Award 2011 for their development of groundbreaking environmental technology. Presented annually by Friends of the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, the award was given to Dr. Fath for his environmentally friendly filter technology for waste water from electroplating.

"We hope our technology will become widely adopted. It could be an important building block for water and environmental protection in industrial regions," said Dr. Fath.

The UMSICHT Science Award recognizes outstanding work in environmental, safety and energy technology, and was presented during the Oberhausener Science Forum. The award jury cited the "high practical relevance" of Dr. Fath's project to break down perfluorinated surfactants (PFTs) in waste water from electroplating.

"We take our responsibility for the environment and water resources very seriously and are pleased to be able to carry out pioneering work at a high scientific level in the field of environmental technology thanks to highly qualified, committed employees such as Dr. Fath," said Siegfried Gänßlen, chief executive officer of Hansgrohe AG.

The company is putting the prize money of €10,000 towards promoting research in environmental and water protection.

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About Hansgrohe
During its 110-year history, the company Hansgrohe (, with headquarters in Schiltach in the Black Forest, has acquired a reputation in the sanitation sector as one of the innovative leaders in technology and design. With its mixers, showers and shower systems, Hansgrohe creates the original products that make the bathroom more functional, more comfortable and more beautiful. It is no coincidence that they can be found in prominent prestige projects such as on the giant cruiser "Queen Mary II", in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, in the tallest man-made structure ever built, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, as well as at the Chancellor's office in Berlin, in the Yoo luxury apartments in New York or at the Masdar City Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. In 2009, the company generated sales of about EUR 610 million with its Axor, Hansgrohe, Pharo and Pontos brands (2008: EUR 668 million). The Hansgrohe Group currently has a global workforce of about 3,100 employees, with about two-thirds of them working in Germany. The company, which takes tough action against product piracy and intellectual property theft, manufactures its products in six German plants, in France, the Netherlands, in the U.S. and in China.

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