History

Geberit is proud of its over 150 years of innovation and has a long rich European wide history.

Founded by Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert, who opened his first plumbing business in 1874 in Rapperswil Switzerland, and in 1905 he began to manufacture parts. The ‘Phoenix’ first wooden cistern was first patented in 1921, and with the introduction of plastic moulding in the 1930s became a pioneer of plastic parts in the sanitary industry.

In 1953 Caspar’s grandsons inherited control of the business and rechristened it Geberit. In the years that followed Geberit launched the first concealed cistern in 1964. And added drainage solutions and shower toilets to its portfolio.

In 1999 Geberit acquired UK based Caradon Terrain and Geberit Sales Ltd was formed. Since then the UK moved up to Warwick in 2009, and in 2015 Geberit acquired the Sanitec and Twyford brand. This allowed the introduction of the Geberit Bathroom Collection allowing Geberit to provide the complete bathroom collection in 2017.

Below are some key dates that you may find useful when talking about Geberit:

2017

“Know-How Installed” has been joined by the claim “Design Meets Function” in order to bring the company’s expertise to the attention of a wider audience.

The new Geberit Showroom and head office is opened in Warwick.

Major product launches in 2017:

  • Setaplano (shower surface)
  • AquaClean Tuma (shower toilet)
  • The Geberit Bathroom Collection
  • Tap system

2016

Geberit is ranked in the top 100 most innovative companies by Forbes.

With the start of the new year, the Sales teams of Geberit and the former Sanitec are operating as a single unit. Customers can ask one and the same contact person questions about the entire product portfolio.

The integration of the Ceramic division is also pushing ahead in production: Since the beginning of the year, Geberit AquaClean Mera is in part being produced in the Wesel plant in Germany (in the picture).

Major product launches in 2016:

  • Geberit urinal system
  • Geberit Sigma 20, Geberit Sigma 30 (flush plates)

2015

Geberit takes over the Finnish Sanitec Group, Europe’s leading provider of ceramic appliances. The total value of the transaction, which was announced in October 2014, amounts to 1.29 billion Swiss francs. The Sanitec Group is home to well-known brands such as Keramag, Ifö, Kolo, Allia and Pozzi-Ginori.

Major product launches in 2015:

  • Geberit shower channel CleanLine
  • Geberit AquaClean Mera
  • Keramag bathroom series Smyle
  • Geberit remote flush actuators type 01 and type 10
  • Geberit sanitary flush unit

2014

Geberit celebrates 50 years of concealed cisterns.

The production plants in Pfullendorf, Langenfeld and Lichtenstein (DE) are certified to ISO 50001 (energy management) for the first time.

Major product launches in 2014:

  • Omega concealed cistern and flush plates
  • Revised wall drain for showers
  • Monolith Plus sanitary module
  • Actuator plate Sigma70
  • Floor-standing Geberit AquaClean Sela

2013

Major product launches in 2013:

  • Geberit AquaClean Sela
  • Noise reduction for Pluvia roof outlet
  • Newly designed Actuator plate Sigma10 and Sigma50

2012

Geberit is installed in the 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Major product launches in 2012:

  • Touchless Flush plate Sigma80
  • Monolith sanitary module for washbasins
  • Self-sustaining power supply for washbasin taps

2011

The Geberit AquaClean initiative is launched in the United Kingdom.

Major product launches in 2011:

  • DuoFresh odour extraction unit
  • Actuator plate Sigma60

2010

Major product launches in 2010:

  • Monolith sanitary module for WCs
  • Shower element with wall drain

2007

Geberit splits from the PVC piping business operated under the “Terrain” brand in the United Kingdom.

2001

The launch of Geberit Duofix and concealed cisterns into the UK

1999

Geberit acquires Caradon Terrain, a company based in Aylesford (UK), thereby substantially expanding its position in the United Kingdom.

Geberit complete successful IPO on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

1998

For the first time, Geberit Group sales surpass one billion Swiss francs. The company begins preparations for a listing on the stock exchange.

1997

The Gebert family sells the company after 123 years.

1977

With the introduction of installation systems and shower toilets, the range of products is extensively expanded.

1975

First development on shower toilets.

1964

Geberit Launch the first concealed cistern.

1956

As a logical consequence of the market success experienced by the plastic cisterns, Geberit takes up production in the area of drainage technology. In this field, the company also predominantly uses plastic, producing traps and other moulded components from polyethylene (PE).

1953

The name “Geberit” is registered as a trademark and is used as the brand name and quality label for all Geberit products from this point on.

With Heinrich (1917-2007) and Klaus Gebert (1926-1998), the third generation of the founding family takes over management of the company. These two far-sighted entrepreneurs develop Geberit into an international corporation.

1952

The first plastic cistern is produced, with the company experiencing a marked upswing in the wake of this product breakthrough.

1935

The company ventures into the area of plastics processing, at this time a very new technique – a groundbreaking development.

1929

Albert Emil Gebert opens the company’s first foreign office with retail depot in Paris.

1921

Production is concentrated on lead-lined cisterns with brass and lead cistern fittings and ball cocks; traps and shut-off valves made of lead for the acids industry are soon added to the range of products.

1918

The product range is expanded and now also includes traps and shut-off valves for the chemicals industry.

1912

The first patent for the “Phoenix” wooden cistern is registered. The company is soon supplying customers throughout Switzerland and neighbouring countries with this reliable cistern.

1909

The first cisterns produced in Switzerland leave the production plant in Rapperswil.

After the death of their father, the sons Albert Emil Gebert (1880-1969) and Leo Gebert (1888-1964) take over management of the company.

1905

Albert Emil Gebert succeeds in manufacturing the first, lead-lined wooden cistern with lead fittings; called “Phoenix”, this product is the cornerstone for future growth.

1874

Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert (1850-1909) of St. Gallenkappel, Switzerland, opens his first plumbing business on the Engelplatz in the old town quarter of Rapperswil, Switzerland