Hettich gives € 54,000 in support for voluntary work worldwide

Hettich colleague Sigrun Heinscher from Frankenberg is actively involved in refurbishing and converting an old garden summer house at the Linnertor kindergarten into a play and recreation area for the children there. The donation will be used to purchase the materials that are needed for the conversion and extension work. Photo: Hettich

Worldwide solidarity at Hettich

Hettich gives € 54,000 in support for voluntary work worldwide

As in 2020, the Hettich team has continued to engage in voluntary work in times of the coronavirus pandemic. Across the globe, colleagues from Hettich operating bases have been involved in various projects within the ”Hettich Ehrenamt 2021” volunteering campaign. 108 projects in Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia each received funding to the tune of € 500. This means the Hettich Group made out donation cheques worth a total of € 54,000 in 2021. Of this, € 32,500 alone went to projects in Germany which involve Hettich colleagues.

Anyone working at Hettich can apply for funding in aid of projects they do voluntary work for. Funding in the amount of € 500 go to projects related to social matters, education, science, nutrition, exercise, culture and the environment.

”Commitment to society is an integral part of our corporate values and is very close to our hearts. This is why we are delighted that so many of our colleagues are involved in charitable associations and have been supporting this commitment through the ’Hettich Ehrenamt’ volunteering campaign for no less than eight years now,” says Laura-Sophie Putschies, Corporate Communications at Hettich.

Since the ”Hettich Ehrenamt” volunteering campaign was launched to mark the company’s 125th anniversary in 2013, over 1,150 projects have already received funding of no less than € 650,000.

Hettich pilot project "Low carbon emission steel": The first three cold rolled coils delivered to Hettich in September have a significantly lower carbon footprint than steel produced in the conventional way. Photo: Hettich/Bilstein

Hettich: ”We are testing low carbon emission steel”

Pilot project to make production more sustainable

Fittings specialist Hettich has already embarked on the forward looking journey towards ”green steel”: in a pilot project this summer, the company sourced German produced cold-rolled coils with a reduced carbon footprint for components in its Sensys range of concealed hinges. Initial quality tests proved positive, this being an encouraging result for Hettich. In the long term, the aim is to work with customers and partners to develop and manufacture not only low carbon emission products but also products that are completely carbon neutral.

Jan Hobert, lead buyer for steel at Hettich Management Service GmbH in Kirchlengern, oversaw Hettich’s ”low carbon emission steel” pilot project. ”The first three cold rolled coils we purchased from the Bilstein Group in September have a significantly lower carbon footprint than steel produced in the convention way. The entire production process cuts carbon emissions by over 70 per cent.” In absolute figures, this means: only 630 kg/t of CO2 compared to 2,190 kg/t. In other words, these three coils alone saved around 90 tonnes of CO2. This equates to the annual carbon emissions from 50 cars doing an average annual mileage of 15,000 km a year. Throughout the entire Hettich Group, the avoidance potential from using the climate friendlier material amounts to over 450,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. But for Hettich, the second result of this test run is equally as groundbreaking, as Jan Hobert explains: ”Our internal tests prove that the low carbon emission steel is in no way inferior to conventional material in terms of quality and processability.”

Wanted: allies for new solutions

The pilot project at Hettich was initially limited to one specific hinge component because larger quantities of the low carbon emission steel are not available at short notice, and the surcharge per tonne is still fairly substantial. At the moment, there is no way either to estimate whether and the extent to which it will be possible to make products with a reduced carbon footprint on a volume production basis. This will, at all events, involve far reaching changes in supply and production. Nonetheless, Hettich is determined to continue in this direction, Managing Director Uwe Kreidel is keen to stress: ”The pilot project was only an initial major step on the way to processing low carbon emission steel in volume production. We are continuing to work on new solutions and are looking forward to working with interested customers with whom we can even develop carbon neutral products in the long term across the stepping stone of making low carbon emission products. It’s a future opportunity we definitely want to take on board.”

Steel: high material quality for long useful life

Steel has always been a key issue for fittings manufacturer Hettich. The benefits that come with this material are crucial to the high quality and durability of products: steel is fully recyclable and even ”multi-recyclable”, which means it can be melted down and reused an infinite number of times. On top of this, steel can be adapted to suit any new requirements through alloying, secondary treatment and further processing. It is easy to cut, press and transport, and because steel is magnetic, it’s also easily sorted and separated from other materials. In its product development activities, Hettich also focuses on optimising material management when it comes to using steel: as much as necessary from a technical perspective – yet as little as possible. And to make sure materials are easy to recycle at the end of a long product life, the company focuses attention on design systems that permit ingrade recycling wherever possible, ease of dismantling and tool-less component separation. – the flip side of the steel coin, however, is the huge amount of primary energy that’s required for conventional production in a blast furnace.

Alternative steel production as a way of elevating climate protection

In Germany alone, the steel industry currently generates about one third of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve the goals of European climate protection policy and national climate protection plans – which call for greenhouse gas neutrality by the middle of the century – it will mean restructuring resource intensive process of producing steel. Launched in 2020, the German government’s ”Steel Action Concept” sends out a signal for climate friendly steel ”made in Germany” and for recycling more and more materials. All of Germany’s prominent steel manufacturers are working on alternative production processes to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately avoid them altogether. In future, hydrogen and electricity from renewable sources could completely replace the carbon previously needed for producing steel, thereby reducing carbon emissions in steel production by over 95 per cent.

It is against this background that Hettich wants to set a new course in good time – particularly in view of the huge uncertainties stemming from the latest upheavals and spiralling prices on the international steel markets. Jürgen Werner, Managing Director at Hettich, explains: ”With a significant proportion of our customers located regionally in East Westphalia-Lippe, we are trying to keep the supply chain for steel as efficient as possible in a move to weather the crisis as best we can. The prospect of being able to source lower carbon emission steel from German production in the medium or long term will be a central key to boosting planning certainty and providing greater sustainability.”

Stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance: as an option, AvanTech YOU from Hettich now gives drawers their own LED signature. Photo: Hettich

Stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance: as an option, AvanTech YOU from Hettich now gives drawers their own LED signature. Photo: Hettich

Hettich shows innovations at Esprit Meuble 2021

Esprit Meuble 2021 sees Hettich focusing on solutions customised for the modern home and working world. The fittings specialist will be presenting some startlingly fresh ideas for the French market. Highlights on Hettich’s stand F49 are modern day design features for the AvanTech YOU drawer platform as well as solutions for transformable spaces with the WingLine L folding door system. Visitors will also be able to explore the internationally acclaimed and award winning ”Tiny Home” storage miracle.

Individuality is what it’s all about: a new generation of furniture that can be designed in many different ways comes with clear added value for all those who want to put their very own stamp on their furniture. Hettich shows how this can be done both creatively and cost effectively.

AvanTech YOU Illumination: showing furniture in its best light

The versatile and adaptable AvanTech YOU drawer system from Hettich takes every effort out of customising design to meet any preference in colour, format and material. The platform principle means all components can be combined in any chosen way. This opens up a vast range of creative options for furniture with an individual look and for exclusive interior design. Offering new DesignCapes in copper and concrete look, Hettich has this year added two on trend design options to its standard AvanTech YOU range. And now ”AvanTech YOU Illumination” even gives furniture its own signature lighting: clip on LED DesignProfiles or illuminated glass inlays create stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance. A practical rechargeable battery pack provides the necessary energy,without the need for any costly and complicated wiring. Hettich has already won several international design awards for its bright idea this year alone.

WingLine L: for more room in the room

The WingLine L folding sliding door system with Push/Pull to move even opens ceiling height, handleless wardrobe doors almost by themselves in response to a light press – doing so too with impressive panorama effect. Even an entire kitchen block can vanish from view behind the folding doors. The fitting can be provided with soft opening and closing. Under stairs and sloping ceilings, WingLine L provides the answer to utilising previously wasted storage space with visual appeal. And wherever space comes at a premium, the folding sliding door system comes with a high level of user convenience and ergonomic accessibility, such as in smaller type wall units or top mounted cabinets in the kitchen. With minimal door protrusion, WingLine L also makes it possible to fit drawers and pull-outs behind the folding sliding door.

”Tiny Home”: has everything on just 18 m2

Living space in the urban environment is scarce and expensive, and floor plans are getting smaller. Does that mean restricting yourself? Not with Hettich: the fully equipped ”Tiny Home” single person apartment lacks absolutely nothing. Put to optimum use, spaces combine all the necessary function zones and also provide maximum storage space from floor to ceiling. The ”Tiny Home” only uses standard products from Hettich. They give the key to integrating the user friendly functions from a conventional apartment into the micro floor plan. The mini apartment shows superb design quality in every last detail, leaving predominantly handleless furniture fronts to create surfaces that speak spaciousness. The ”Tiny Home” from Hettich demonstrates that it’s possible to live comfortably even in the smallest of spaces.

Hettich’s comprehensive product range is packed with inspiration for appealing design and convenient functions for the modern home and work environment. Discover even more refreshing furniture ideas on the megatrends of individualisation, urbanisation and new work at www.hettich.com
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Award-winning design excellence: the innovative AvanTech YOU drawer platform from Hettich also impressed the jury of Japan's "Good Design Award 2021" with its concealed working components and the many different options for individualisation. Photo: Hettich

Hettich’s AvanTech YOU attracts accolade in Japan

Drawer platform gets ”Good Design Award 2021”

The innovative AvanTech YOU drawer platform from Hettich has won the ”Good Design Award 2021” from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).

The long established ”Good Design Award” is the only comprehensive evaluation and recommendation system for product design in Japan. The prizes, which are awarded annually, are also regarded internationally as proof of quality excellence in functionality and design.

”The Good Design Award’s high standing, which also extends beyond Japan, makes the latest accolade for AvanTech YOU something we particularly value,” explains Martin Blickmann, Managing Director of Hettich Japan. ”I am delighted that the jury has once again acknowledged the outstanding functionality and performance of one of our products. Because solutions from Hettich give our customers the key to constructing quality furniture with designs that make everyone’s lives more enjoyable. – The central mission of the Good Design Award movement goes perfectly with Hettich’s high standards and expectations. AvanTech YOU, our drawer system for endless design options, has made it into the league of this year’s award winners – and this instils us with quite a sense of pride because it now marks the sixth time we’ve received the Good Design Award since 2014. And with Hettich always being good for innovative product solutions, I’m sure we’ll remain successful contenders for the Good Design Award in the future too.”

AvanTech YOU – as individual as you

In their evaluation of AvanTech YOU, the jury above all commended the concealed working components and the many different options for individualisation. The innovative drawer system impresses with its high standard of design from a pure design led drawer side profile in a thickness of just 13 mm. The vast range of options within the platform open up unimagined scope for high quality, customised furniture creations and exclusive interior design. AvanTech YOU’s straightforward installation and adjustment concept is geared precisely to the needs of furniture manufacturers, fabricators and fitters. And, last but not least, AvanTech YOU’s user friendly functions make the system’s high quality something users never fail to notice with every day that passes. Hettich is constantly advancing its drawer platform: only this spring was the new ”AvanTech YOU Illumination” feature unveiled, now making it possible to give each drawer its very own LED signature lighting.

International acknowledgement from the Japanese Good Design Award 2021 for the versatile drawer system yet again confirms the added value AvanTech YOU gives to architects, tradespeople and industry across the globe.

Stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance: as an option, AvanTech YOU from Hettich now gives drawers their own LED signature lighting

Stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance: as an option, AvanTech YOU from Hettich now gives drawers their own LED signature lighting. Photo: Hettich

Hettich at Prowood 2021

Solutions customised for the modern home and working world

Hettich will be using Prowood in Ghent from 17 to 21 October 2021 to showcase its new products and services. In Hall 2, stand 2335, visitors from the trades and retail will have the opportunity to gather first hand experience of all many different creative solutions for customised furniture design. Among the highlights from Hettich are the new Cadro frame system and the AvanTech YOU drawer platform. But the lineup of eService or Hettich’s joint presentation with partner tapio on digital processing also make attending the show worthwhile.

Individuality is what it’s all about: a new generation of furniture that can be designed in many different ways comes with clear added value for fabricators, retailers and consumers. Hettich will be showing creative and cost effective ways of achieving any personal design preference.

AvanTech YOU Illumination: showing furniture in its best light

The versatile and adaptable AvanTech YOU drawer system from Hettich takes every effort out of customising design to meet any preference in colour, format and material. The platform principle means all components can be combined in any chosen way. This opens up a wide range of design options for interior design. By way of option, ”AvanTech YOU Illumination” now even gives furniture its own signature lighting: clip on LED DesignProfiles or illuminated glass inlays create stunning mood effects and a touch of elegance. A practical rechargeable battery pack provides the necessary energy,without the need for any costly and complicated wiring.

Cadro frame system: the easy way to individualise furniture

The delicate Cadro frame system from Hettich creates a new generation of furniture that can be designed in many different ways. Cadro comprises various aluminium profiles in matt black or stainless steel look, matching connecting nodes and other accessories. This produces creative, practical furniture concepts with quality design appeal. Cadro can be used to configure precision fit customised designs for open or closed furniture – whether for mounting on the wall, standing on the floor, attaching to other pieces or completely free standing. Cadro is very easy to combine with other Hettich fittings and systems.

The new Actro 5D generation: stability and luxuriously smooth running action for large wooden drawers

Long life, incredible stability and outstanding running performance are characteristic of the new Actro 5D generation from Hettich. The high performance runner system for wooden drawers can take loads of up to 70 kg and, providing precision adjustment, ensures perfect front panel alignment – even on very large, handleless fronts. The latest Actro 5D product generation has been consistently optimised for fast, straight forward installation. All very intuitively and without the need for tools, the front panel can be adjusted in 5 directions. Agreeably low opening forces as well as Actro 5D’s smooth, quiet running action give the user an added feel of luxurious convenience.

TopLine XL sliding door system: strong for extra large wardrobe formats

Developed specially for large and heavy fronts, TopLine XL from Hettich sets new standards in bringing purist design to ceiling height wardrobes. Its extremely shallow design with inconspicuously integrated Silent System makes the fitting almost invisible. The ease of installing the system alone is nothing short of impressive: the large format door panels can be set down on the floor without the risk of damaging the bottom fittings, quickly hung and easily adjusted. With ”TopLine XL”, doors weighing up to 100 kg gently open and close with effortless ease. Specially developed rollers with particularly good shape retention provide the basis for this new, easy running action. The system also takes you by surprise with a technical innovation for even greater practical convenience in 3-door wardrobes: the middle door opens intuitively both to the left and right. Whether on opening with incredible ease or gently closing – TopLine XL always runs smoothly and quietly.

AvanFit 300 advanced and tapio: digital assistance for even greater assembly efficiency

The new generation of semi automated AvanFit 300 advanced assembly machine from Hettich now makes it even easier to assemble AvanTech YOU drawers and pot-and-pan drawers. Because the AvanFit 300 advanced ”knows” which width to set next before constructing each and every drawer. This obviates the need for any manual adjustment. But how? The assembly machine can be operated externally via any online network. Using a planning software tool, the appropriate values within a cabinet body, such as drawer width and depth or back panel and drawer side profile height, can be set automatically for each drawer on the basis of the CAD data. If the machine’s not to be accessed externally, settings can also be made via an optical system, such as a scanner, or it can be programmed directly on the control panel. The machine is connected to the tapio digital ecosystem which means that the current machine status and settings can be viewed from an external source at any time. As such, AvanFit 300 advanced significantly boosts efficiency in the production process makes it far more cost effective to provide customised drawer designs.