To do this, we are blowing away the cobwebs and taking a breath of fresh air. After all, we will face important issues. It is a time of disruption and our sector faces a range of challenges.
How will we live in the future? What does this mean for our company and our products? We are asking ourselves these questions and changing our focus. There are a number of important areas. For example, what are our current requirements for diligence and safety? Sustainability and hygiene are also hugely important. Part of our job is to create smart sanitary solutions and to develop KWC's "Shower Culture". Our expertise lies in stainless steel and electronics. Moreover, we place high demands on ourselves, with the intention of delivering high-tech solutions with heart and mind. It is our objective to always be one step ahead.
We are positioned to achieve this. As a traditional company, we now impress customers as an independent group with a wide range of expertise and a broad client base. We are a safe pair of hands. We employ 1,000 people all around the world who are not only experts, but also inventors with a sense of tradition. We have made our mark with products like the pull-out spray and the swan neck mixer created by our experienced specialists.
This experience is our most prized possession. We combine the skills we have acquired from 150 years of manufacturing with innovative expertise. The old foundry from 1880 at our company headquarters in Unterkulm, Switzerland, is emblematic of our commitment to our roots. The inclusion of an 11-metre high washbasin mixer in front of the entrance to our new company premises in 2020 is a perfect addition. We combine traditions with a forward-thinking approach. It is this fusion that gives us such a unique position and it is also what we demand of ourselves. We face new challenges. And you can count on us to deliver.
KWC and Franke Water Systems become one: KWC.
Working together, we not only offer solutions for private spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, but also for public spaces. The requirements of this sector are also constantly increasing but we have the answers.