Handleless design exquisitely executed: the new Actro 5D runner from Hettich for wooden drawers ensures perfectly aligned front panels. Photo: Hettich

Handleless design exquisitely executed: the new Actro 5D runner from Hettich for wooden drawers ensures perfectly aligned front panels. Photo: Hettich

Stability and luxuriously smooth running action for large wooden drawers

The new generation Actro 5D drawer runner

Generously sized drawers and narrow reveals are the mark of today’s high-end furniture lines. This calls for high performing drawer runners which, even when heavily laden, reliably demonstrate strength and stamina: Hettich’s new Actro 5D runner for wooden drawers ensures perfectly aligned front panels with a look of absolute precision. Large, handleless fronts coalesce into one homogeneous surface on which the uninterrupted wood decor is left to unfurl its full visual impact.

Long life, incredible stability and outstanding running performance are characteristic of the new Actro 5D generation from Hettich. The sturdy runner system provides a load capacity of up to 70 kg and, when pulled open, keeps wooden drawers particularly level. Agreeable low opening forces as well as Actro 5D’s smooth, quiet running action give the user an added feel of luxurious convenience. Optimised synchronous control makes it possible: safely protected by the runner profile, it ensures a smooth movement cycle between the profiles and minimises running noise.

Top performance for large format furniture design

Additional convenient features also mean that Actro 5D significantly broadens creative flexibility for handleless furniture design: fitted with Push to open Silent, wooden drawers open with effortless ease in response to a mere tap on the front panel, leaving them to close again softly and silently. Thanks to effective multisynchronisation beyond cabinet body width, the system can also be used for extra wide front panels across two wooden drawers: a light press at any point on the XXL front reliably triggers the opening function every time.

Hettich has further solutions for out of the ordinary fitting situations in the kitchen or bathroom: a flexible adapter can be used for asymmetrically shaped drawers and, wherever a U bend is in the way, a bypass adapter guarantees full functionality from push to open Silent for the wooden drawer. Specifically for pull-out shelves, the Actro 5D also provides a retaining function that prevents the shelf from sliding back in unintentionally.

Front panel adjustment and handling easier than ever

The latest Actro 5D product generation has been consistently optimised for fast, straightforward installation and front panel adjustment. 5 way adjustment is tool-less and completely intuitive: the front panel can be adjusted vertically, laterally and in depth simply by touch and without detaching the drawer. The tilt and radial adjusters behind the drawer rear panel are easy to grip by undoing the drawer and pulling it forward a short distance on the runner.

Easily responding to customer wishes

With the Actro 5D generation, Hettich has made its successful platform system yet more accommodating: the Actro 5D’s cabinet body drilling pattern is identical to the one used by the new AvanTech YOU drawer platform. This now means it’s only one small step to the many design options provided by the innovative drawer system that fits on the Actro YOU (up to 40 kg / 70 kg) and Quadro YOU (up to 30 kg) runners. Particular advantage: these two runner systems can also be used under wooden drawers with identical dimensions whenever adjusting front panel height is all that’s necessary from a construction and design aspect. This means the versatile platforms from Hettich make it easy for industry and fabricators to secure a strong position in different furniture segments while matching value for money to whatever their customers want.

Jana Schönfeld and Sascha Groß are now sole Managing Directors of Hettich Holding; photo: Hettich

Jana Schönfeld and Sascha Groß are now sole Managing Directors of Hettich Holding; photo: Hettich

Dr Andreas Hettich to lead the Hettich Group as Chair of the Advisory Board from 1 January 2020

After working for almost 20 years in the operational side of the business, 13 of which as Chairman of the Management Board, Dr Hettich will in future focus on the strategic management of the Group and will act as a link between the shareholders and Management Board. As a majority shareholder, he will continue to represent the Hettich Group with respect to customers and the general public.

Jana Schönfeld (41) and Sascha Groß (46), both successful members of the previous Management Board, will manage Hettich Holding as equal partners.

Dr Andreas Hettich commented: ”Over the past few years we have consistently geared the Hettich Group towards profitable growth and established the organisational conditions required to do so. The entire Hettich team across the globe is working intensively on moving the organisation forwards to increase autonomy as a result of new collaborative approaches. I am delighted that the Group will be left in such good hands, and will play an active role in pursuing this objective from my position on the Advisory Board. By working together, we will be well equipped to rise to future challenges.”

New management team at Hettich DIY: (from left to right) Benjamin Pawelzik, Swen Zacharias (registered Managing Director), (from right to left) Pascal Gottert, Guillaume Baillon, Jeroen ten Broeke. Not in the photo: Franziska Ochsendorf. Also in the photo: Marco Gerber (third from left), Head of Marketing for the DACH region

New management team at Hettich DIY: (from left to right) Benjamin Pawelzik, Swen Zacharias (registered Managing Director), (from right to left) Pascal Gottert, Guillaume Baillon, Jeroen ten Broeke. Not in the photo: Franziska Ochsendorf. Also in the photo: Marco Gerber (third from left), Head of Marketing for the DACH region

Management team takes the helm at Hettich Do-It-Yourself GmbH & Co. KG in Melle

Ralf Rammo is leaving the Hettich Group on 31.12.2019

Ralf Rammo has decided to leave the Hettich Group to pursue a new professional challenge. He was instrumental in successfully developing Hettich’s DIY business in Germany and worldwide from 1998 to 2002 and then as Managing Director since 2006. His many years of service for the company were marked by tremendous personal commitment. Hettich management thanks Ralf Rammo for the very successful working relationship and wishes him every success for the future.

Responsibility for Hettich’s DIY business from January will be assumed by a management team comprising Guillaume Baillon, Jeroen ten Broeke, Pascal Gottert, Franziska Ochsendorf, Benjamin Pawelzik and Swen Zacharias (registered Managing Director).

Megatrend customisation: delivering creative design ideas, Hettich will be showing how parts of the home can be elegantly combined and provide practical functionality. Photo: Hettich

Megatrend customisation: delivering creative design ideas, Hettich will be showing how parts of the home can be elegantly combined and provide practical functionality. Photo: Hettich

Hettich is showcasing pioneering product solutions at Sicam

”Customisation” is one of the megatrends that is noticeably changing the way we live and work. Increasingly, the focus is on the individual user with his or her personal expectations and wishes. Kitchen and furniture manufacturers should be able to respond to them quickly and flexibly. This is where Hettich wants to give the industry fresh ideas and, under the ”Fascin[action]” banner, will be presenting creative product solutions at Sicam that cover all aspects of what furniture buyers want: feel style, enjoy comfort, win storage. The fittings specialist will be showing its new AvanTech YOU platform as a special product highlight in the segment of customisable drawer systems.

With a turnover of over € 1 billion, Hettich is one of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturers of furniture fittings and sees itself as a catalyst in the furniture industry. All of the solutions being presented at Sicam 2019 are intended to provide inspiration for everything from designing furniture with an individual stamp to creating entire room concepts. Delivering creative design ideas, for example, Hettich will be demonstrating how parts of the home can be elegantly combined while providing practical functionality. How to enjoy a wardrobe with panorama effect. Or how working in the office is made even more convenient with versatile furniture concepts.

Customisation is the new standard – AvanTech YOU

With its new AvanTech YOU drawer system based on the tried and proven platform concept, Hettich is now taking individually tailored customer furniture design to the next higher level. As a pioneer, the company presented the world’s first ”platform” solution for drawer systems, back in 1996. The latest AvanTech YOU platform now offers even more options for customising any drawer in terms of colour, shape and material. AvanTech YOU cuts an impressive figure with exceptionally slimline, purist design that manages without visible screw heads or cover caps. The slimline drawer side profile measures only 13 mm. What is remarkable is the ease with which the new platform can be adapted to suit buyers’ requirements: the drawer, which can be used on two different runner systems with the same cabinet body hole pattern, provides a flexible and cost effective basis for addressing different market segments and fields of application. Because all components within the platform can be combined with each other. At the assembly stage, there is neither any need to rout drawer bases and install catches, nor is it necessary to use rear panel corner connectors for wooden rear panels. This saves time and money.

 

The drawers can be configured in three colours and five heights with steel, aluminium or wooden rear panels. Even within the standard product range, designer profiles in stainless steel, chrome and aluminium look or walnut and oak look as well as ”DesignCapes” in anodised aluminium and stainless steel look or also the AvanTech YOU Inlay drawer side profile can all be used to create a wide variety of eye catchers. Any chosen materials, such as glass, wood or stone, can be used as side profile inlay.

As such, the innovative AvanTech YOU platform opens up huge potential for kitchen and furniture manufacturers to stand apart from the competition: with customised furniture design in different price segments and a targeted response to customer demands. At the same time, the platform offers the manufacturer particular added value: it permits a wide product lineup from lean, flexible production at low costs in manufacturing and stock keeping.

TopLine XL: the last word in sliding perfection

”Enjoy comfort” is the motto of Hettich’s TopLine XL sliding door system for large and heavy door panels. This all begins with simple and failsafe installation: even large format front panels can be set down on the floor without the risk of damaging the bottom fittings, quickly hung and easily adjusted. In addition to generously proportioned wardrobe design, the focus for the user is on sliding pleasure: 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. It is gently cushioned in either direction and silently pulled into the end position. The TopLine XL sliding door fitting also sets standards in purist design for ceiling height wardrobes: its extremely shallow design with inconspicuously integrated Silent System makes the fitting almost invisible, leaving it to blend harmoniously into the overall picture. On request, the runner profile can also be embellished with decorative tapes in three colours.

Easys: for opening refrigerators and dishwashers without handles

The Easys electromechanical opening system from Hettich seamlessly incorporates refrigerators and dishwashers into high quality handleless kitchen design as well. Measuring a mere 22 mm, the Easys system comes with the lowest overall installed height on the market and also impresses with user friendly functions. Assisted opening with Easys is so powerful that it easily overcomes a refrigerator’s magnetic door seal: the door moves open in response to a light press on the front, then making it possible to open it all the way by hand. An intelligent control system prevents the refrigerator from being opened unintentionally. On closing, Easys is particularly finger friendly: the door is not pulled closed by a separate magnet, reducing the risk of trapping fingers.

Sensys: classy hinges in obsidian black

Dark timbers, warm colours and exquisite surfaces are right on trend in the luxury segment. This is where the hinges should remain discreetly in the background: the Sensys hinge
from Hettich in obsidian black unobtrusively blends into the design of furniture. This means the range provides a key to upgrading into the luxury segment and gives manufacturers new options for differentiating. Sensys not only features hinges and mounting plates for all common usage situations but also for unusual applications, such as for thin doors from 10 mm door thickness, for thick doors with narrow reveals as well as for doors with mitred edges on all sides.

Hettich’s comprehensive product range is packed with inspiration for appealing design and convenient functions for the modern home and work environment. The fresh furniture ideas for living room, kitchen, bathroom and office furniture are also featured in the new Hettich Ideas Book for 2019. The document, including all construction plans, is available for downloading free of charge from the Design Gallery on Hettich’s homepage.

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Hettich presented product solutions and concepts at Interzum 2019 that make the mega trend of customisation an easy to implement model for success. Photo: Hettich

Hettich presented product solutions and concepts at Interzum 2019 that make the mega trend of customisation an easy to implement model for success. Photo: Hettich

Fresh concepts for furniture ”as individual as you”

Functional fittings specialist Hettich draws an altogether positive balance from its presentation this year at Interzum in Cologne: industry stakeholders from around 100 countries showed an enthusiastic response to the trends and solutions focusing on ”customisation”, with the event also seeing a gratifying increase in the number of visitors. Attracting widespread attention, the innovative ”AvanTech YOU” drawer system made its debut in Cologne: with this new product generation based on the tried and proven platform concept, Hettich is now taking individually tailored customer furniture design to the next higher level.

Functional fittings specialist Hettich draws an altogether positive balance from its presentation this year at Interzum in Cologne: industry stakeholders from around 100 countries showed an enthusiastic response to the trends and solutions focusing on ”customisation”, with the event also seeing a gratifying increase in the number of visitors. Attracting widespread attention, the innovative ”AvanTech YOU” drawer system made its debut in Cologne: with this new product generation based on the tried and proven platform concept, Hettich is now taking individually tailored customer furniture design to the next higher level.

Hettich sees itself as a catalyst for the entire furniture industry. At Interzum, innovative product solutions and overall concepts were on display that make the mega trend of customisation an easy to implement model for success: the manufacturer’s presentation gave trade visitors a wealth of creative ideas for everything from designing their own furniture to producing entire spatial concepts.

”AvanTech YOU”: pioneering platform for tailor made drawers

The new ”AvanTech YOU” drawer system proved to be a visitor magnet throughout the show. With this product highlight, Hettich is making customisation in colour, shape and material the standard in furniture design – and is once again taking its long proven ”thinking in platforms” to a higher level. As a pioneer, the company presented InnoTech, the world’s first ”platform” solution for drawer systems, back in 1996. From now on, it was possible for customers to give the market a diverse range of furniture on the basis of just one drawer. For the first time, all components within the platform concept could be combined with each other, permitting a wide product lineup from lean, flexible production at low costs in manufacturing and stock keeping. ”ArciTech”, the second platform generation from Hettich, followed in 2011 with even more differentiation: thanks to new drawer and rear panel heights and further colour options, it was again possible to extend the range in line with customer requirements.

With its latest ”AvanTech YOU” platform, Hettich is now forging ahead once again: a drawer that can be used on the two different ”Quadro YOU” und ”Actro YOU” runners with the same cabinet body drilling pattern creates the flexible and cost effective basis for addressing different market segments and fields of application. At the assembly stage, there is neither any need to rout drawer bases and install catches, nor is it necessary to use rear panel corner connectors for wooden rear panels. All this saves time and money.

The high quality look of ”AvanTech YOU” also impresses: the particularly slimline, purist design with its slender drawer side profile of only 13 mm manages without any visible screw heads or cover caps. The drawers can be configured in three colours and five heights with steel, aluminium or wooden rear panels. Even within the product range, designer profiles in stainless steel, chrome and aluminium look or walnut and oak look as well as ”DesignCapes” in anodised aluminium and stainless steel look or also the AvanTech YOU Inlay drawer side profile all create a huge variety of eye catchers. Any chosen materials, such as glass, wood or stone, can be used as side profile inlay. Regardless of application – ”AvanTech YOU” gives the customer contemporary drawer design to suit absolutely any preference. The positive feedback from numerous Interzum trade visitors at the premiere is confirmation for Hettich that it was right to consistently advance its platform system.

”TopLine XL”: the last word in sliding perfection

”Enjoy comfort” is the motto of Hettich’s ”TopLine XL” sliding door system for large and heavy door panels. Installation has never been easier, and its extremely shallow design with integrated Silent System makes the fitting almost invisible on furniture. Added to generously proportioned wardrobe design is unimagined sliding pleasure: with ”TopLine XL”, doors weighing up to 100 kg gently open and close with effortless ease.

”Tiny Space”: great way to live in minute spaces

For some a life concept, for others a necessary decision because housing in towns and cities is scarce and expensive. Using the example of a fully furnished single person apartment on a floor space of just 18 m², Hettich also showed in Cologne how lovely a ”tiny space” can be as a home and demonstrates all of the surprises it holds in every corner. – on display at the Hettich Forum in Kirchlengern from summer 2019.

With these and other solutions for practical convenience, great design and storage space, Hettich wants to whet the industry’s appetite for the next generations of furniture. The presentations will then be on display at the Hettich Forum in Kirchlengern from mid July for visitors to experience first hand. All of the furniture ideas for living room, kitchen, bathroom and office furniture, including all construction plans, are available for downloading free of charge from the Design Gallery on Hettich’s homepage.