Hettich adds another factory near Indore

Group’s annual global sales in 2019 soar to US$ 1.2 billion

Hettich India’s product portfolio comprises of furniture fittings, door hardware and furniture lighting.

Hettich India, the market leader in furniture fittings and hardware, inaugurated its state-of-the-art hinge manufacturing plant in Pithampur, near Indore (Madhya Pradesh) recently.

Spread over a mammoth 1,00,000 square metres, it is the largest Hettich plant in the world. The plant is equipped with the most advanced machinery from Europe to manufacture Hettich’s integrated silent (soft-close) hinges.

Raw materials to finished products are processed under one roof, thus giving excellent control over processes and the final product quality. Every product leaving the plant is ensured for its quality, reliability and life.

Apart from the latest plant near Indore, Hettich India has two other state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Vadodara (Gujarat) which produce stainless steel wire products and telescopic runners.

All three plants are completely eco-friendly with zero water discharge and water re-cycling system. Safety has been given paramount importance with adoption of non-hazardous processes and advanced fire prevention and suppression systems.

Global supplier

Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. Andreas Hettich, Global CEO at Hettich said: “This plant marks the dawn of a new era for the Hettich Group. It brings India on to the global stage with hinges in India being manufactured for the global markets.”

“We are extremely proud of our Indian subsidiary and aim to work very closely for technology transfer and manufacturing expertise to be able to deliver cutting-edge technology products to our customers,” he added.

The Hettich Group has so far invested €50 million in the three factories in India, he said, adding: “India accounts for 10% of Hettich’s exports, and we expect it to grow to 25% in the coming years. We will have another similar investment in India in times to come.”

The Managing Director for Hettich India, Mr Anil Goel, said about the new factory: “This is made in India, but made for the world”, adding that 50% of the 150 million pieces of hinges per year from the Pithampur plant would be for the domestic market and the rest for exports.

Hettich is a 130-year-old German brand, with a presence in 110 countries through 39 subsidiaries and production facilities spread over Europe, Asia and America. Hettich India’s product portfolio comprises of a repertoire of furniture fittings and door hardware, complemented by kitchen appliances, counter-top stones and furniture lights.

Sales climb

Meanwhile, Hettich reported €1.1 billion (US$1.2 billion) in sales for 2019, a 3.2% increase over 2018. More than 70% of business was done outside Germany. “Our dedicated team, working hand in hand with our customers and suppliers, has once again broken the €1 billion sales mark,” according to Mr Sascha Gross, Managing Director.

Hettich credits its success to its innovative products and future investments. Products highlighted by the company include the TopLine XL sliding door system and its AvanTech You, which permits the use of one drawer on two different runners with the same cabinet body drilling pattern.

Hettich has significantly broadened its e-services and can now assist its partners even more efficiently, from the initial idea to product procurement, and from planning to furniture assembly and installation.

In 2019 the Hettich Group once again invested around 10% of its annual turnover in the future. The investment focus, for example, was on the innovative AvanTech You drawer platform and on expanding production capacities in and for Asia’s growing markets, including the third plant in India.

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