Germany: Providing the most innovative brands for your bathroom

The Bloomberg Innovation Index declared Germany the most innovative country in 2020. For decades Germany has been known as a country that produces the best technology at the highest standards. Research and development are rated particularly well with more that 290 patent applications per million in habitants. Germany loves to improve the existing, taking our current ways of thinking, operating, living, and innovating it for the better.

We benefit from Germany’s creativity and persistence in innovation all over the world. Franklins is thrilled to be able to bring their innovations to the New Zealand plumbing industry. Our goal is to make bathroom products of the highest standard and the latest technology available to our plumbing industry.

New Zealand has alarmingly unregulated tapware when it comes to drinking water quality. We aim to lift the standard of the trade by bringing in the best of the best bathroomware. It is no surprise that half of our exclusive European brands are based in one of the most innovative countries in the world.


Bette is a German family-run company. They have been producing premium architectural bathroom components from glazed titanium steel with purely natural materials since 1952. Bette’s thermoforming process allows them to create flowing shapes with extraordinary craftsmanship and precision. Bette baths, shower trays and basins are one-of-a-kind, with a broad range of colours and dimensions to create an inspiring space in every bathroom.

Bette’s strength is their material: Glazed Titanium Steel by Bette is harder than marble, plastic, or steel alone. Bette’s process permanently binds three ultra-thin layers of their special enameling formula to the titanium steel carcass in two firing steps at 850°C. The resulting products unite the freedom of form of steel with the unique properties of glass. We are so confident in the superior quality of the enamel finish and craftsmanship that goes into each of Bette’s products, we offer a 30-year craftsman’s guarantee. All Bette baths, shower trays, and basins come with an extended 30-year warranty against manufacturing defects provided they have been installed by a qualified plumber. 


Viega has been a leading pioneer in the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning industry for over 115 years. Viega pipe fittings are in use all over the world demonstrating their top quality standards. Viega is constantly striving to develop new innovations and make their products even better. They are committed to absolute top quality and intend to keep delivering it in the future.

Viega has a worldwide reputation for innovations that set the bar. For example, their press connection technology is the only press fit system that integrates the SC-Contour; ensuring leak detection on every connector on installation. The company prides its self creating quality products that lead the market in innovation.


TECE is an innovator. Producing well-thought-out solutions, reliable technology, long-lasting functions and timeless design. Tece recognizes that innovation is a process, one that doesn’t stop when a product is released but continually strives to improve its existing products and create new ones to address issues in the bathroom. Not only does Tece keep in mind the user’s comfort and standard of living, but also the demands of planners, architects, fitters and operators.

90% of Tece products operate reliably and invisibly behind a wall or inside a pre-wall installation. Their system solutions combine permanently safe functions with a timeless design. This combination is representative of the driving force behind the company – making good products even better. Tece’s range of cutting edge products include toilet cisterns, flush plates and shower toilets.


Schlösser has been in operation since 1954. Based out of Olpe in western Germany they produce valves from high quality materials aiming for high functionality and great reliability. Initially the company focused on the production of shut-off valves and water meters. Today Schlösser are a global power house in valving production. Schlösser produces some of the best quality behind the wall products; use fittings that will stand the test of time with Schlösser angle valves, bottle traps, dishwasher taps and shut off valves.


Hansa strives to continually improve products and processes in the bathroom sector. Founded in 1911, the company has been constantly evolving to produce bathroom products of the highest quality, design and latest technology. Hansa collaborates with designers, medical professionals and other experts to create the best possible end product for their clients and end users. Their goal to make water experiences smart, convenient, safe and sustainable for the benefit of people, businesses, society and the environment.

HANSA supplies the best quality in the market: A commitment that they have set themselves and is the standard on which customers base their evaluation. They meet this standard with both passion and purpose: providing basin taps, bath spouts, showers, shower mixers, thermostats and kitchen taps whose design, material, finish, and technology continue to set new benchmarks.


Wieland is all about working towards a better future. The 200 year old company produces recycles and evolves copper. Being such a widely used product, Wieland researches unceasingly into new and improved copper alloys, products, and processes. This they see to be the key foundation of their company’s success. At the same time, they receive ideas and motivation from their close cooperation with institutes of universities, research institutes, and partner companies. First and foremost, however, they are thoroughly familiar with the current and future requirements of their customers, and tailor their performance accordingly. Franklins brings Wieland copper tubes to New Zealand to provide the plumbing industry with the best copper piping systems.


Achieving consequent sanitary room hygiene is very challenging irrespective of the setting, being in a hospital, residential nursing home or school or similar. This is due to either the infrequent use of the sanitary system or the transfer of germs. SCHELL has been committed this to for many years. It is not surprising that they are globally regarded as one of the pioneers of technical solutions, who predominantly have one objective: to protect the health of the user. SCHELL supplies more than 2000 competent answers to the increased demands to our customers globally with regard to hygiene, saving water, reliability and robustness. Their revolutionary technologies produces a great range of touchless taps, toilet flush valves and urinal operating panels providing hygienic solutions to private and public bathrooms

At Franklins we want to enable projects to have the best quality and the latest technology. For decades Germany has consistently produced this, we take pride in the fact that half of our exclusive brands originate from one of the most innovative countries in the world. Our brand partners are reliable and reputable; many of them improving on what they do for over 100 years now. Innovation must be at the heart of a company lasting that long, as time has passed our partners have been anticipating change and producing new technology. Germany is preparing for the future and we are excited to bring their innovations to New Zealand projects.

Hilary Comber
Author: Hilary Comber

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