Hansgrohe has announced that it has signed a deed of purchase for a majority stake in the family-owned business, Easy Sanitary Solutions (ESS), which is headquarted in the Netherlands, with the transaction still subject to the approval of the European antitrust authorities.
ESS is the inventor, developer and manufacturer of Easy Drain shower channels and offers a wide range of products for barrier-free showering and bathroom wall niches. ESS's products are sold in Europe and the US, with the company currently having locations in both the Netherlands and Germany, and employing 102 people. The two brands are set to partner to jointly develop and market the bathroom drain solutions category.
"With this investment we are strengthening the product range in our core area – showers," said Hans Juergen Kalmbach, chairman of the Hansgrohe executive board. "With our shared core values of innovation, design quality and responsibility, and the strength of the ESS team, we look forward to further expanding our strong presence in the shower space."
Pictured is the ESS HQ in Oldenzaal, in the Netherlands.