GROHE wins nine awards from the prestigious Iconic Awards 2017

  • Category “Product”: three “Best of Best” Iconic Awards 2017 for Blue Home, Concetto Professional and Euphoria 260 as well as for Sense and Sense Guard, Lineare, Essence Professional and Smart Control Concealed
  • Category “Communication”: award for the publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen” (“GROHE Architectural Solutions”)
  • Category “Architecture”: award for GROHE’s trade fair booth at the ISH 2017

Every year, the Iconic Awards recognize visionary buildings, innovative products, and sustainable communication in the sectors of architecture, construction, industry and production industry. This year, GROHE (, the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, has been announced as the winner of nine coveted awards in the categories “Product”, “Communication” and “Architecture”. The official award ceremony will be held on the 4th of October 2017 at BMW Welt in Munich.

Three “Best of Best” and four more Iconic Awards 2017 in the category “Product”

The GROHE Blue Home tap water system, the professional Concetto Professional kitchen tap and the Euphoria 260 shower head are each receiving a “Best of Best” Iconic Award 2017 in the “Product” category. At the touch of a button, the tap water system GROHE Blue Home delivers delicious filtered water chilled to the perfect drinking temperature in three options: sparkling, lightly sparkling or still, directly into your glass. The system, which combines timeless design with innovative technology, consists of an elegant kitchen tap and a high-performance cooler with integrated filter. This “private water source” will ensure you remain refreshed in the most sustainable and resource-saving way possible. With its GrohFlexx and EasyDock M technology, the GROHE Concetto Professional kitchen tap is incredibly flexible and easy to use. The tap has a silicone hose with an integrated metal spring, allowing it to turn 360 degrees, and a button for easily switching between normal water flow and jet spray – perfect for washing dishes, rinsing vegetables and filling tall pots effortlessly.

With its 260mm diameter and three zone features, the Euphoria 260 shower head transforms showering into a soothing and custom-made experience. The users can change the flow of water to suit their mood, changing gradually from a powerful concentrated jet to a stimulating and invigorating stream to a full soft rain shower with a simple turn of the SmartControl panel.

In the category “Product”, GROHE is also receiving Iconic Awards this year for the tap collections Lineare and Essence Professional as well as for the concealed control element SmartControl Concealed and GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard, the new water security system. With its clear lines, the Lineare series of faucets creates contours in your bathroom, while the Essence Professional tap line makes your work in the kitchen more efficient and more comfortable. The flush and minimalist designed control panel SmartControl Concealed can be controlled by an intuitive push button and turn knob technology. The innovative and smart water safety system consisting of Sense and SenseGuard detects and protects homes against water damage.

GROHE at the ISH 2017 – winner in the category “Architecture

GROHE is receiving an Iconic Award in the category “Architecture” for its impressive booth at the ISH 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, the world’s leading trade fair for bathroom, building, energy, and climate technology, and renewable energy. With the slogan “WATER. INTELLIGENCE. ENJOYMENT.” GROHE presented itself as a pioneering market leader in the sector and showcased the digital controllability of water as an innovation in its own spectacular exhibition hall.

GROHE Architekturlösungen – winner in the category “Communication”

With its publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen”, a supplement of the German construction magazine “DBZ Deutsche BauZeitschrift”, GROHE is receiving an Iconic Award in the category “Communication”. Each issue features a specific theme (e.g. hotels, office buildings, or care and nursing homes) that presents construction projects and the GROHE products incorporated therein. Also, they give answers to architectural questions. “GROHE Architekturlösungen” is one of the company’s central communication tools and its target audience consists of architects, professional planners, plumbing experts and theme-specific groups.

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About GROHE:
GROHE ( is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand, dedicated to providing innovative water products. For many decades, GROHE has been committed to the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability that all illustrate GROHE’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences and to delivering “Pure Freude an Wasser”. With its engineering, innovation and design activities firmly anchored in Germany, GROHE products bear the badge of quality “Made in Germany”, ultimately strengthening the customers’ confidence in the brand. All plants of the GROHE manufacturing network make use of high-precision production engineering to ensure compliance with consistently high GROHE standards. This way GROHE ensures that its products live up to the most uncompromising demands in terms of workmanship and functionality. Over the past ten years alone, the success of GROHE has been confirmed by more than 280 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of “Germany’s most sustainable major companies”. Numerous high-profile projects around the globe are fitted with GROHE products, testifying to architects’, designers’ and developers’ preference for the brand. GROHE is part of the LIXIL Group Corporation, a publicly listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. LIXIL is the global market leader in the sanitary ware industry, managing a broad portfolio of well-known household brands such as GROHE, American Standard, and INAX. It is also Japan’s leading provider of housing and building materials, products and services.

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LIXIL ( is a global leader in the housing and building industry. Our unique portfolio spans everything from technologies that revolutionize how we interact with water in our daily lives, to a full lineup of products and services for houses and major architectural projects. Delivering core strengths in water, kitchen, housing, and building technologies, our brands including LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and Permasteelisa are leaders in the industries and regions in which they operate. LIXIL operates in more than 150 countries and employs more than 70,000 people, bringing together function, quality, and design to make people’s lives better and more delightful – wherever they are. Learn more at, and

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A bright future for Ugandan oil & gas sector, Siemens predicts

  • Oil and gas projects are increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important.
  • Uganda has opportunity to kickstart pipeline project with leading digitalization technology and solutions that will have long-term cost and efficiency benefits.

The International Monetary Fund recently stated that the oil reserves in Uganda may account for around four percent of the country’s economy annually in the next few years if managed well.

These sentiments were echoed by speakers and delegates attending the Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit in Kampala Uganda.

Addressing government officials and delegates, Patrice Laporte, Vice President of Siemens ( North American Oil & Gas Division, presented a keynote titled ‘Digitalization in the Oil and Gas Sector.’

“As more and more technology per barrel is required, oil and gas projects are becoming increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important,” said Laporte. “The anticipated positive economic impact in Uganda from the oil and gas sector is indeed promising but the full effect of this will only benefit the country and its citizens through judicious planning and implementation of the proposed pipeline.”

Uganda is a new entrant into the oil and gas market. The proposed oil pipeline stretching from Uganda oil fields to the Tanzanian port of Tanga will be the world’s longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline. It is estimated to be one of the most expensive projects to develop upstream, midstream and downstream infrastructure and the country is looking to capitalize on lessons learned in other developing oil & gas markets, as well as from established producers.

“With an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of oil and close to 500 billion cubic feet of gas, Uganda is a promising site for exploration. Siemens has a proven track record of delivering fit-for-purpose technical solutions on a large scale in remote locations. This expertise and knowledge can play a decisive role in ensuring the performance and on-time delivery of a key infrastructure project of this magnitude,” added Laporte.

Siemens is considered one of the technology leaders in the industry because of its full spectrum solutions, products and services. “For many years Siemens have been supplying industrial automation, power generation and power distribution strengths and experience to the oil and gas industry.”

“What makes this special is that our expertise and technology is not only of benefit at the inception of a project but along the full value chain and throughout the entire lifecycle of an investment. Our innovative technical solutions ensure the sustainability of projects with a key focus on reliability, performance and economic efficiency.”

Siemens involvement in the third Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit follows on the back of its participation at Future Energy Uganda ( earlier this month as well as the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding ( in May this year at the World Economic Forum in South Africa.The company is collaborating with Uganda on a number of fronts related to the country’s immediate and long-term energy and infrastructure ambitions as well as actively investigating the best option to establish a local presence based on business sustainability.

Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa recently commented while in Uganda, “Siemens is a company that invests for the long term and is optimistic about the long-term fundamentals of the Ugandan market. We want to support sustainable development – with solutions and projects in Africa, for Africa and are actively reviewing the requirements for the organization to open an office in Uganda taking into consideration business sustainability.”

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IMF Staff Completes Mission to the Seychelles

  • The IMF team reached a staff level agreement with the authorities on their economic program that could be supported by a new 3-year IMF arrangement under the Policy Coordination Instrument.
  • The authorities have implemented prudent macroeconomic policies together with bold structural reforms that led to strong economic growth as well as noticeable improvement in fiscal and external position as well as a reduction in debt.
  • Macroeconomic performance has been robust in 2017, with economic growth for 2017 projected to reach around 4 percent.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission led by Mr. Amadou Sy visited Victoria during September 13‒26, 2017. The mission reached a staff level agreement with the Seychellois authorities on their economic program which could be supported by a new 3-year IMF arrangement under the Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) [1]. Subject to IMF management approval, the staff-level agreement is expected to be submitted to the IMF Executive Board for its consideration in December 2017. Under the arrangement, Seychelles economic program would be subject to semi-annual reviews.

At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Sy issued the following statement:

“Seychelles has made considerable progress toward macroeconomic stability under the three consecutive IMF-supported programs. Since the 2008 crisis, the authorities have implemented prudent macroeconomic policies together with bold structural reforms. These led to strong economic growth as well as noticeable improvement in fiscal and external position as well as a reduction in debt. Consequently, Seychelles’ external reserve buffers have reached a comfortable level and the country does not need the IMF’s financial assistance now.”

“Notwithstanding remarkable progress in recent years, Seychelles still faces vulnerabilities and pressures, as a small island economy in a challenging global economic environment. The authorities have requested a program to consolidate macroeconomic stabilization, enhance resilience, and foster sustained and inclusive growth to be supported under the IMF’s new PCI. Seychelles is the first IMF member country to request a PCI.”

“Macroeconomic performance has been robust in 2017. The external current account deficit is estimated to have narrowed, supported by strong tourism arrivals. Reflecting this, economic growth for 2017 is projected to reach around 4 percent. With the economy performing well, the primary fiscal surplus is expected to reach 2.5 percent of GDP this year in line with the authorities’ target.”

“The growth outlook for 2018 remains positive, buoyed by the tourism sector. While a strengthening in international commodity prices could have some negative impacts on the balance of payments, the country’s international reserves coverage is expected to remain at an adequate level, anchored by the authorities’ prudent policies. Downside risks to the outlook largely lie in the external factors which could dampen tourism performance.”

“The mission concurred with the authorities on the need to make progress in enhancing medium-term growth prospects, including building up infrastructure, and resilience to climate change. However, this should be done in a prudent manner that allows fiscal and monetary policies to continue anchoring economic stability and strengthening fiscal sustainability. In this context, the mission discussed a number of potential measures with the authorities to ensure continued fiscal discipline and progress towards the authorities’ debt reduction goals. The Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) should also remain vigilant to any signs of inflationary pressures.”

“The mission met with His Excellency President Danny Faure, Minister of Finance, Trade, and Planning Peter Larose, and Governor of the CBS Caroline Abel, as well as other members of the government, members of the National Assembly, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.”

“The mission appreciates the open and constructive dialogue and thanks the authorities for their hospitality.”

[1] The Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) is the Fund’s new non-financing Fund instrument that supports countries seeking assistance to develop and help monitor a reform agenda. It is designed for countries that are seeking to unlock financing from multiple sources and/or to demonstrate a commitment to a reform agenda. It enables a closer policy dialogue between the Fund and countries, more regular monitoring of economic developments and policies, as well as Board endorsement of those policies. The PCI is available for all member countries.

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The DTI to host a seminar on doing business with World Bank Group

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Trade Invest Africa (TIA) division, has partnered with the World Bank Group to host a seminar on How to Succeed in Doing Business with the World Bank on the African Continent. The seminar will take place at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton on 29 September 2017.

Private sector representatives from the built environment, steel, electro-technical, capital equipment and steel construction sectors, as well representatives of development finance institutions (FDIs) will attend the seminar.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer of TIA, Ms Lerato Mataboge, the seminar will provide a platform where the World Bank Group will share how it engages and works with the private sector in its partnership with governments, and its private sector financing vehicles.

“The seminar will also provide an opportunity for the private sector to learn more about the procurement and financing policies and procedures of the World Bank, the IFC and MIGA.More importantly, the World Bank Group will also share their observations on why South African companies are not securing as many business opportunities with the Bank in developing country markets, compared to their Asian, European, Australian and US counterparts,” says Mataboge.

“The International Development Association, which is the concessional financing agency of the World Bank, plans to use US$45 billion for projects in low-income countries, particularly in Africa. It is expected that the volume of investments in Africa will grow given that the IDA package includes efforts to encourage private sector investment and growth. This development presents opportunities for growth in the region, possibilities for greater participation of private companies as service providers and as investors. Although South Africa does not qualify for this funding, companies in various sectors such as engineering and construction, can bid for tenders for projects financed by the World Bank in other African countries. The seminar will go a long way in assisting South African companies to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Mataboge.

She explains that the South Africa-World Bank Group partnership strategy that is driven by the National Treasury prioritises three programme areas, namely reducing inequality, promoting investments, and strengthening institutions.

“Trade Invest Africa is providing the dti response to this strategy by facilitating access to information and opportunities for the South African private sector,” says Mataboge.

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