Red Dot Award winner 2022: The AvanTech YOU Illumination feature from Hettich brings elegant signature lighting to drawers. Photo: Hettich

Hettich presents new product releases at Technomebel 2022

Solutions customised for the modern home and working world

At last, it’s now show time again in Bulgaria: fittings specialist Hettich will be using Technomebel in Sofia from 18 to 21 April 2022 to present its new products and services. The focus is on innovative and creative fittings solutions for customised furniture design. Highlights on Hettich stand 6 in hall 1 include new design features for the AvanTech YOU drawer platform and the high performance TopLine XL sliding door system. Trade visitors will also find pleasure in the technical modules: this is where Hettich products can be explored in detail and tried out first hand.

Back in 2021, Hettich was responding to all of the cancelled trade fairs with its ”Hettich on tour” roadshow – where a van based tour took all of the main new releases to Bulgarian customers direct. This personal contact was important to the Hettich team. And now, Hettich is looking forward to the opportunity of being able to present even more trends and innovations to trade fair visitors in Sofia on a spacious 150 square metre stand.

Individuality is one of the big megatrends: this is where platform systems are opening up significantly more design flexibility for anyone wanting to give their furniture a very personal stamp. 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 the 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.

Wherever space is small yet the need for storage space great, sliding or folding sliding doors from Hettich can demonstrate their benefits with amazing effect. In the bedroom, TopLine XL provides unsurpassed, smooth running action for very large wardrobe doors. SlideLine M comes with immense creative freedom in the bathroom cabinet. And the WingLine L folding sliding door fitting can make new practical and visual statements for sideboards and spaces for working from home.

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 three 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.

Besides numerous on trend exhibits, Hettich won’t be neglecting the technical aspect either: by tradition, the manufacturer will be using dedicated technical modules to demonstrate the creative finesse that goes into all of its products: here, trade visitors will be given the opportunity to study in detail the qualities of its fittings and systems, discover how easy they are to install and talk shop at length with the Hettich team about any questions they may have.

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Looking forward to the successful partnership and to the next 25 years together: (from left to right) Patrick Parthe, Hettich Sales Manager for N.A.A., Luke Kickey and Connor Hickey, Managing Directors of N.A.A. and Thomas Kröger, Regional Sales Director. Image: Hettich

25 years of partnership: Hettich and N.A.A.

Joint development for becoming lead trading partner in Ireland

Over the past 25 years N.A.A., based in Dublin, has developed into Ireland’s leading trading partner for fittings and wood-based materials. In addition to the comprehensive range of products and services, the quality and reliability of Hettich fittings have contributed to the success story and continuous growth of N.A.A.

Just as on the German market, the current living and kitchen trends play an important role on the Emerald Isle as well. Product innovations such as the AvanTech YOU drawer system or the TopLine XL sliding door system are therefore very popular. Last year, Hettich launched a new full range catalog to support customers in Ireland. At the same time digitization is becoming increasingly important. The catalog thus combines the best of both worlds: the printed reference work as a traditional offline tool and the digital links leading customers to the latest content in the online shop, CAD data, assembly aids and much more.

Successful teamwork for 25 years

N.A.A. customers in Ireland benefit from Hettich’s extensive knowledge and constant willingness to innovate. At the same time, N.A.A. can play to its own strengths: valuable business relationships and a high level of product know-how as well as comprehensive services and precise knowledge of the Irish market. To mark the anniversary of this successful partnership, Hettich presented N.A.A. a certificate and a trophy. As a further surprise, ”Hettich on Tour” started in Ireland for the first time at the same time. With the mobile showroom, N.A.A is now traveling across the country for 4 weeks to meet customers in all four provinces. Equipped with a perfect presentation of the new products and the traditional top sellers, this saves customers the trip to the N.A.A. showroom in Dublin. The rolling event is accompanied by a social media campaign, limited offers and special giveaways. Hettich and N.A.A. are looking forward to many interested craftsmen and furniture manufacturers!

 

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Red Dot Award winner 2022: The AvanTech YOU Illumination feature from Hettich brings elegant signature lighting to drawers. Photo: Hettich

Hettich wins Red Dot Design Awards 2022

Hettich is triple winner of the world renowned Red Dot Award in the ”Product Design” category. The AvanTech YOU Illumination feature, the Push to open Silent soft closing system for hinged doors and the Quadro Compact FE 20 drawer runner for wine refrigerators received the accolade for outstanding design quality.

With its three award winning products, Hettich clearly demonstrates that innovative fittings often form the basis for discerning and practical furniture design. The AvanTech YOU drawer system goes one step further and is quite simply the platform for design diversity. In addition to any choice of colour, format and material, the newly awarded AvanTech YOU Illumination feature speaks to the emotions with light: homogeneous LED light at 4,000°K in clip on profiles illuminates open drawers on the inside or makes a stunning statement on the outside. And glass inlays with polished or ground edges are also presented in the best light with AvanTech YOU Illumination. The system works without any additional cables in furniture which means it is easily fitted at any later stage.

Hettich’s newly developed Push to open Silent for hinged doors also left the jury no doubt. This solution closes a convenience gap in handleless design because a soft and self closing mechanism has so far not existed for a mechanical opening system for hinged doors. The Push to open housing contains standard batteries. These supply the energy needed to return the push rod to its home position after the handleless door has been opened. The compact soft closing system simply screws into the cabinet body and matches its particular colour in a choice of either white, grey or anthracite.

The award winning Quadro Compact FE 20 pull-out system for wine refrigerators also combines design and user friendly convenience in a way that meets discerning expectations. Wine bottles should be moved without vibration so as not to impair quality and taste. Providing jerk-free action, the Quadro Compact pull-out system gently moves the wine refrigerator’s pull-out shelves in and out. A hybrid ball bearing system ensures particularly smooth, low vibration running performance. Optional features such as the soft and self closing mechanism enhance user convenience. Coming in a dark surface finish, the pull-out runner perfectly matches the wine refrigerator’s classy design too.

Three products, three different applications, all achieving one goal: outstanding, practical furniture design with emotional appeal.

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”Hettich on tour” European roadshow continues

On the way to the next customer!

Over the past two years, ”Hettich on tour” has become synonymous with a very special closeness to customers. After the winter break, the next season will now run from March 2022. Fitted out with the latest new product releases, two Hettich vans will be embarking on their journey through Europe. They will be calling on companies from the trades, retail and industry. The benefits to customers and partners are obvious: the entire workforce will get the opportunity to experience key Hettich innovations first-hand and try them out straight away – right on their very own doorstep.

They’ll be on Europe’s roads again in 2022: during the winter break, Hettich has converted its two tour vans specifically for the new season. Photo: Hettich

Now they’re out on the road again! In 2022, ”Hettich on tour” is starting in Germany and in neighbouring Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. After that, and for the first time, Ireland and Scandinavia are on the tour schedule. In the summer, the vehicles will then be on route through the Baltic states and Poland from where the journey will take them to Hungary. Stops in Romania, Italy and, once again, in Germany will conclude this year’s tour in the autumn.

Product training for everyone

Since the tour was launched in 2020, the practice focused concept has proven itself time and again: instead of large trucks, Hettich uses normal vans with a small footprint, plus its own field service colleagues as drivers. This makes it possible for everyone involved to plan ”Hettich on tour” with far more flexibility and efficiency. The focus, of course, is on the benefits to partners: Hettich goes directly to the customer with its top new releases and, during every visit, really every employee working with Hettich products in the company – from master craftsperson to apprentice – can be reached. The Hettich teams are appropriately trained and equipped for their mission under the special pandemic conditions. On location, they will be ready to answer all questions and look forward to getting direct feedback.

Sustainability is not being neglected during ”Hettich on tour” either: to conserve the hosts’ energy resources, the tour vans can manage without any connection to the power supply at every port of call. A solar panel system on the roof makes the vehicles self-sufficient. At the moment, unfortunately, the European tour cannot be carried out entirely with electric vans. So, in terms of planning and scheduling, a very conscious effort will be made to use both vehicles as efficiently as possible. This means as few miles as possible for as many customer appointments as possible. Short transfers between the countries not only benefit staff, but the environment too.

New products and ideas on board

In 2022, Hettich will be on its way to customers with some refreshing product highlights: the new, customised LED signature lighting for the AvanTech YOU drawer platform will be on show, as will the practical TopLine L, WingLine L and SlideLine M sliding door systems. The new Actro 5D generation will be presented as a drawer runner providing the ultimate in smooth and quiet running action. The unbeatable soft closing performance from Sensys, the side hung door hinge that has proven itself in millions of applications, can also be tried out first-hand. In its dark obsidian finish, Sensys goes perfectly with the look of the interesting new addition to the Hettich portfolio: Cadro, the modular aluminium frame system, opens up new design flexibility for greater flexibility in furniture making. And finally, on board too will be Veosys, the robust, weatherproof stainless steel hinge designed specifically for outdoor and shipbuilding use.

During the winter break, the ”Hettich on tour” vehicles have not only been given a new look on the outside – but there have also been a number of design changes to the interior as well: the further optimised modular vehicle layout now makes it possible to present as many as six new products at one and the same time. In 2022, the entire interior will be coming in a much more homely design, almost like a miniature trade fair. Supplementary information can be displayed directly to customers via a large on-board screen.

Well informed online: the tour landing page

The accompanying communication covering all aspects of ”Hettich on tour” is also being further extended in 2022: a dedicated landing page https://www.hettich.com/short/afcb2n will give information about the course of the tour with dates and stops. This will also provide product information of a more detailed nature. This way interested customers and partners can get to know the new products better or prepare for the tour visit, e.g. with specific questions about the products and about assembling and fitting them. Exactly where ”Hettich on tour” will be visiting will also be announced in the newsbox at www.hettich.com, and the teams will be reporting on their experiences during the European roadshow through Hettich’s social media channels until the autumn.

Hettich France gets ”Qualiopi” certificate

In December 2021, Hettich France passed the mandatory audit for reviewing the quality of vocational training providers in France and has been officially entitled to carry the ”Qualiopi” certificate since 1 January 2022. This certifies Hettich France’s excellent quality in basic and further vocational training – a core competence that is becoming increasingly important for the company, particularly in times of a skilled worker shortage.

The French ”Qualiopi” seal is awarded by accredited certification bodies on the basis of a uniform, national quality reference system and can only be renewed after three years by a further audit. The audit procedure shouldn’t be underestimated: to get this state certification, every company is required to meet seven criteria and 32 quality indicators set by the ”Référentiel National Qualité” (RNQ) for vocational training.

For Jean-Luc Fuchs, Managing Director of Hettich France, the ”Qualiopi” certificate means more than just an image factor: ”Hettich is a family run business with a history stretching back over 130 years. We think long range in terms of generations and don’t focus our company strategy on short term effects but very consciously on sustainable development. As a result, we see sound basic and further vocational training as the best investment in the future that we can make. For us, the Qualiopi certificate is wonderful confirmation that we are on the right track with our commitment in this regard.”

 

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