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These are the latest media releases from Franke. If you wish to view older releases, please click on the News Archive page.

Franke Group appoints Thomas Meier as the new Head of Franke Coffee Systems

Aarburg, June 28, 2016 - The Franke Group has appointed Thomas Meier as Head of the Franke Coffee Systems division and simultaneously a member of the Management Board. Meier follows Yvo Locher, who will now become Head of Global Sales for Franke Coffee Systems, in this position.

Artemis Group 2015: held its own well in difficult market environment

Aarburg, May 31, 2016 - The Swiss franc's strong gain in value in January 2015 created major challenges for all companies and participations of the Artemis Group in the course fo the year, leading to transaction and translation losses. Thanks to considerable efforts, there was only a slight downturn in sales and operating profits in the face of these challenges. Moreover many long-term initiatives were implemented in the reporting year. Consequently the Artemis Group laid an important foundation for more good results in the future. Against this background the financial development of the Artemis Group in 2015 was also positive.

Franke Group acquires Mamoli Robinetteria S.p.A.

Aarburg, May 27, 2016 - The Swiss Franke Group – headquartered in Aarburg – and Paini Rubinetterie – a leading Italian supplier of domestic and industrial bathroom taps have acquired Mamoli Robinetteria S.p.A., a longstanding Milanese company and leader for bathroom taps, with an acquired proportion of 55 percent and 45 percent respectively.

Franke is new shareholder at Duravit

Aarburg, April 4, 2016 - The Swiss Franke Group has acquired an interest of 25 percent in Duravit AG, Germany. As part of the strategic partnership, the two companies plan to mutually develop innovative product series for the bathroom and kitchen area under their respective brands.

Red Dot Awards for Franke

Aarburg, March 30, 2016 - No less than three solutions from Franke were recognized for their high design quality with the coveted “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016”.

iF Design Awards for Franke

Aarburg, February 26, 2016 – More design prizes for Franke: Three products from the manufacturer of high-quality kitchen systems have been awarded the coveted “iF Design Award 2016.”

Plus X Award for Franke System Line EXOS.

Aarburg, February 23, 2016 – In January of this year, the new Franke EXOS. line of washbasins and accessories received the quality label Plus X Award in three categories.

Triple distinction

Aarburg, February 13, 2016 – Two appliances in the new Frames by Franke product line received recognition from the LifeCare initiative, garnering both the KitchenInnovation of the Year® 2016 consumer prize and the Golden Award.

Lukas Burkhardt appointed new Chief Operating Officer of the Franke Group

Aarburg, October 27, 2015 – The Franke Group has appointed Lukas Burkhardt as its new Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Management Board.

Artemis Group 2014: profitable growth

Aarburg, June 2, 2015 – Year on year, both the Franke Group and the Feintool Group as well as the various strategic shareholdings in listed companies of the Artemis Group improved their performance. They benefited from a favorable macroeconomic environment, e.g. from relatively stable exchange rates, low interest rates and declining raw material prices. Against this backdrop, the Artemis Group remained on the growth path in the financial year 2014 and recorded sound organic growth of 6.1%. The profitability of the Artemis Group also further improved compared to 2013. Key growth drivers included the sales growth and efficiency increases in the Franke Group and the Feintool Group.

Year-end result 2014: Franke Group reports good organic growth and higher operating profitability

Aarburg, April 19, 2015 – For the Franke Group, the 2014 financial year was a successful year overall despite challenging market conditions. Net sales have grown, mainly driven by organic growth. Almost all divisions contributed to this growth. Greater operating profitability could also be achieved due to growing sales and substantial efficiency improvements based on the Operational Excellence program launched in 2013. The Swiss National Bank’s decision to unpeg the Swiss franc from the euro will result in the Franke Group facing challenging business conditions in 2015.

Franke invests in a CO2-neutral woodchip heating system

Aarburg, April 15, 2015 – Today, the Franke Group will be officially putting its new woodchip heating system into operation at its Swiss headquarters in Aarburg. In addition, since the start of this year, Franke has been sourcing its electricity exclusively from Swiss hydropower. Thanks to the measures, the group now covers the entire heat and power requirements for the Aarburg site using renewable, CO22-neutral energy sources and is thus investing in a secure supply of clean energy.

Franke appoints Lars Völkel as a Member of the Group Management Board

Aarburg, December 11, 2014 – Franke has named Lars Völkel as the new Division Head of Franke Kitchen Systems and at the same time as a member of the Franke Group Management Board.

Artemis Group: pleasing results in the first half of 2014 with significant growth in sales and earnings

Aarburg, September 11, 2014 – The Artemis Group generated net sales of CHF 1,355.4 million with its activities Franke Group, Artemis Real Estate Group, Artemis Asset Management Group and Feintool Group in the first half of 2014 – an increase of 11.0% over the same period last year.

Franke Group divests the Mobile Systems business – a segment of Franke Aquarotter GmbH

Aarburg, July 24, 2014 – The Swiss Franke Group, headquartered in Aarburg sells the Mobile Systems business, which is part of its subsidiary Franke Aquarotter GmbH based in Ludwigsfelde, Germany to the American TransDigm Group in Cleveland, Ohio. The sale and purchase agreement was signed on July 23, 2014.

Artemis Group: pleasing 2013 results and a good first quarter of 2014

Aarburg, June 3, 2014 – The Artemis Group remained on its growth path during 2013, reporting growth of 4.6%. The Feintool Group in particular enjoyed strong demand from the automobile industry. Following the completion of a restructuring program, its efforts of recent years are now beginning to bear fruit.