All good things come in fours
Fittings line Kludi Bozz honoured in the categories Innovation, Quality, Ease of Operation and Functionality
The “Plus X Award, which – according to its organisers – is the “world’s biggest innovation prize for technology, sport and lifestyle”, is presented based on seven criteria, evaluated by an independent, international panel of experts. This year over 700 brands went before the specialist jurors, who came from more than 80 industries. The Sauerland-based fittings specialist Kludi (www.kludi.com) entered its fittings line “Bozz” into the esteemed competition. The line was launched in Spring 2020 with a comprehensively reworked design. The company’s entry was a resounding success as the timelessly elegant fittings line with its 36 individual products for washbasins, bathtubs and showers convinced the jury in more ways than one: The line won four “Plus X Awards” for its innovative quality, ease of use, functionality and high-quality design. With its minimalistic simplicity “Bozz” embodies purism in its most essential form like no other. “This quadruple haul of awards is fantastic confirmation of our approach to developing solutions for bathrooms and kitchens that put users and their needs front and centre”, says Arndt Papenfuß, Marketing Director for the Kludi Group and also responsible for Product Management.
A world’s first with tangible added value
The jury would have been particularly impressed by a world’s first. In its “Kludi Bozz” line, the fittings specialist from Menden has dispensed with the awkward, conventional and frequently stiff pull-up diverter that is used on the bathtub to switch between the fitting and the shower head. Instead, the premium brand uses a simple button on its concealed, single-lever fitting that allows the water outlet to be changed with a single touch; this feature is called “Kludi Push & Switch”. “This is a genuine innovation as it makes people’s lives significantly easier and more pleasant”, says Arndt Papenfuß. This feature is due to innovative “Made in Germany” valve technology that works in a purely mechanical and hydraulic manner and – unlike the pull-up diverter – does not rely on water pressure. “Furthermore, the ‘Kludi Push & Switch’ prevents the water outlet accidentally jumping back to its previous setting and wearing out the diverter after years of use, as is the case in conventional solutions”, explains Papenfuß. “It’s all about maximum reliability and ease of use.” It’s no surprise then that the “Push & Switch” solution is now available in all Kludi lines in the “Smart Luxury” and “Pure Function” ranges.
Kludi – The Sauerland-based fittings specialist
Kludi GmbH & Co. KG, a family business founded in Germany’s Sauerland region in 1926, represents almost 100 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high-quality bathroom and kitchen fittings. As a long-established fittings specialist, we are committed to producing products that combine outstanding ‘Made in Germany’ manufacturing quality, maximum functionality, innovative technologies and top-class design in a unique way. Kludi has never ceased to drive product development within the bathroom and kitchen sectors with its groundbreaking solutions. The Menden-based SME has some 170 inventions and 100 patents to its name, as well as numerous prestigious design and innovation awards. In 2022, Kludi was named one of the TOP 100 Innovators in the German SME sector.
Kludi is committed to responsible sales. Forming mutually respectful commercial relationships, Kludi is a reliable partner in the HVAC and skilled trade industries, working in association with these customers to develop solutions that make their working days significantly easier and ensure their future sustainability. These solutions include particularly installation-friendly products, a focused, clearly organised bathroom and kitchen portfolio, and innovative solutions that improve the efficiency of business processes.
The Kludi Group employs around 900 people in its sales and production companies, located in eleven different countries across Europe and Asia. Kludi fittings are manufactured in the company’s fully integrated main manufacturing site in Menden, as well as in Hornstein (Austria), Diósd (Hungary) and Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates). From here, they are exported to over 100 different countries around the world. Kludi has been part of the RAK Ceramics Group since 2022.
You can find out more about Kludi, the Sauerland-based fittings specialist, at www.kludi.com