Even from the beginning, traditional values have always been the basis for our innovative approach and success. It started all with the initial idea of the founder Franz Paul Hamberger, who laid the foundation of the 140-year old story of success by his small business in Rosenheim manu-facturing matches.
The company, which was founded in 1866, is run today by the fourth and fifth generation of the family, in the person of Peter Hamberger and Dr. Peter M. Hamberger. Alongside the Sanitary Fittings division, Hamberger Industriewerke covers three further divisions: Interior Fittings, with hardwood, veneer, cork and laminate flooring and panelling, Sports Flooring and Agriculture and Forestry. Around 1300 employees achieve an annual turnover of some 200 million euros on a production site covering 250,000 m². The company exports around 30% of its products to over 50 countries all over the world.
This competence made Hamberger to be Nr. 1 in the German market for hardwood flooring and gave us the chance to transfer the achieved knowledge to other business fields. Today, Hamberger is very successful not only in the Flooring Division with hardwood, veneer, cork and laminate flooring and panelling, but also in the fields of Sanitary, Sports Flooring and the design floor Celenio, Agriculture and Forestry which are essential parts of the company.
The company history taught us the secret of success and continuity: to keep with the proven, to be open-minded towards the new and to keep pace with the time. Entrepreneurship of vision, sometimes courage too, but always common sense were reason for all what have been added in the past, was incorporated harmoniously. The pioneering spirit of the matches manufacturer Franz Paul Hamberger was kept through generations until today.
Success doesn't come by accident
When the Hamberger family, with all its experience in the timber trade, was offered the chance to acquire a toilet seat manufacturing company in 1912, it showed a true awareness of the potential offered by promising business sectors even then. Because the production of WC seats fitted in with its product range, with its urge to expand and with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Hambergers.
Success was not long in coming, and after over 100 years, Hamberger is not only the largest WC seat manufacturer producing in Germany today, but also, with its international sales activities, one of the world's market leaders too.
Milestones in the company history
1866 Founding of Hamberger Industriewerke
1912 Start of WC seat production with wooden WCs, based on the wood-processing tradition of the Hamberger group of companies
1952 Start of Duroplast toilet seat production
1955 First jointless WC seat „Harofix“
1995 Construction of the new sanitary fittings factory, separation of the sanitary fittings division of the company
1999 Start of Thermoplast (PP) toilet seat production
2001 Expansion of the sanitary fittings factory
2002 Extensive investments in logistics
2003 Construction and extension of the duroplast/thermoset toilet seat production in Sevlievo / Bulgaria
2004 1. Extension of the plant in Sevlievo
2007 Outsourcing of the Sanitary Division, foundation of Hamberger Sanitary GmbH
2007 Own hinge production
2008 2. Extension of the plant in Sevlievo
2009 Extension of Thermoset WC seat production and start of PP WC seat production in Sevlievo Extension of the Design, Research and Development Departement
2011 Poduction of our small parts on 10 machines
2011 Formation of the sales organisation Hamberger North America Sanitary
2012 Formation of Hamberger Sanitary China in Kunshan