Media Releases


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

Patrik Wohlhauser appointed new CEO of the Franke Group

Aarburg, March 14, 2018 - Change at the top management level of the Franke Group: CEO Alexander Zschokke has decided to leave Franke due to different opinions about the further development of the company. His successor Patrik Wohlhauser takes over the leadership of the Franke Group as of March 19, 2018.

Gianluca Mapelli appointed Chief Operating Officer of Franke Group

Aarburg, January 8, 2018 - The Franke Group has appointed Gianluca Mapelli as its new Chief Operating Officer and member of the Group Management Board. Gianluca Mapelli replaces Lukas Burkhardt, who is leaving Franke at his own request to pursue new challenges. 

Franke sets up a new Faber division for hoods and cooking

Aarburg, September 06, 2017 - Franke Group, whose head office is in Aarburg, Switzerland, is introducing an autonomous Faber division for hoods and cooking, effective October 1, 2017. The new division bundles the product segments of hoods, hobs and ovens under the leadership of Ettore Zoboli. Franke Group's objective is to establish the new division as the leading supplier of hoods and cooking in the various channels. In particular, Franke aims to expand Faber's worldwide market leadership position as OEM producer and as the producer for the Faber and Franke brands. This also goes hand-in-hand with the strengthening of Franke Group in the context of global competition.

Groundbreaking ceremony for state-of-the-art logistics center

Bad Säckingen, August 16, 2017 - Franke has initiated the active construction phase of its new logistics center in Bad Säckingen with an official groundbreaking ceremony. By the end of 2018 the Franke Group will expand its existing logistics center on the Franke GmbH premises to include a fully automated high-bay warehouse for the Franke Kitchen Systems and Franke Water Systems divisions. Automated storage and preparation for dispatch will guarantee a considerably more efficient and flexible flow of goods in the future, thereby improving again the level of service for customers.

Franke acquires a majority stake in Russia's leading kitchen hoods manufacturer Elikor

Aarburg, June 1, 2017 - The Franke Group - with headquarters in Aarburg, Switzerland - has acquired a majority stake in Elikor LLC, the leader in the Russian kitchen hoods market. The Franke Group's aim is to leverage the know-how of its Italian subsidiary Faber S.p.A., one of the world's largest developers and producers of hoods for domestic kitchens. Faber, which is the hoods business unit within the Franke Group, will cooperate with the Kaluga-based company to further strengthening Elikor's position in Russia and to continue developing current product ranges of high-end kitchen hoods in both contemporary and traditional designs.

Artemis Group posts solid sales growth and significantly improved profitability in 2016

Aarburg, May 30, 2017 - 2016 was overall a good year for the Artemis Group. The Group registered a considerable increase in net sales, operating result (EBIT) and net profit during the reporting year. With their positive business performance, all Artemis activities contributed to the markedly improved annual result. This pleasing result was possible despite numerous challenges, e.g. the weakening of the British pound, terrorism in Europe or political turmoil, particulary in Turkey, Russia and Brazil, all key markets of the Group.

2016 financial year – Franke Group records strong profitable sales growth in a demanding environment

Aarburg, April 3, 2017 - The Franke Group1 achieved a pleasing increase in sales and significantly improved profitability in 2016, despite a challenging global economy. The sales growth was driven mainly by strong organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. The higher profitability is based on sales rises in practically all of the divisions and on group-wide operating efficiency improvements.

Artemis Group: Strong growth in sales and earnings in the first half of 2016

Aarburg, August 30, 2016 - In the first half of 2016 the Artemis Group generated consolidated net sales of CHF 1,341 million with its Franke Group, Artemis Real Estate Group, Feintool Group and Artemis Asset Management Group activities – recording an increase of CHF 131.3 million or 10.9% over the same period in the prior year. 

Franke Group: Very pleasing sales and earnings performance in the first half of 2016

Aarburg, August 26, 2016 - In the first half of 2016, the Franke Group generated consolidated net sales of CHF 985.2 million compared to CHF 885.1 million over the same period in the prior year. This represents sales growth of 11.3%.

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.

2nd Plus X Award for Franke System Line EXOS.

Aarburg, June 27, 2016 - After receiving the quality label of the categories, High Quality, Design and Functionality, the current Franke EXOS. line of washbasins and accessories has been furthermore awarded with the Plus X Award “Best Product”.

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.

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.