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History of Innovations

Geberit innovations that set standards in the sanitary industry

Since the early days of the company Geberit's history has been lined with innovations. Many of those innovations set new standards in the sanitary industry or set the stage for products that are found in modern bathrooms today.

1874 - How it all began

  • C.M.A. Gebert

Geberit's long history lined with innovations started back in 1874 when Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert (1850-1909) opened his first plumbing business in the old town quarter of Rapperswil, Switzerland.

Read more about Geberit's history:

Company history

1905 - Wooden cistern

  • Wooden cistern Phoenix

The sons of the company's founder, Albert Emil and Leo Gebert, succeed in manufacturing the first, lead-lined wooden cistern with lead fittings in 1905. The product was called “Phoenix” and is the cornerstone for future growth of the back then young company.

Discover what Geberit cisterns look like nowadays:

Geberit Cisterns

1952 - Plastic cistern

  • 1954 plastic cistern ad

In constant search of product innovations the company ventures into the area of plastics processing - at this time a new technique. In 1952 the first plastic cistern is produced, with the company experiencing a marked upswing in the wake of this product breakthrough. Ads from this time show that the plastic cisterns were advertised as being "indestructible".

Find out more about the features and reliability of today's cisterns:

Geberit Cisterns

1964 - Concealed cistern

In 1964 Geberit introduces the first concealed cistern. With this innovation Geberit set a new standard in the sanitary industry for the years to come and changed the look of bathrooms around the world. Geberit concealed cisterns have been installed over a million times and are known for their reliability.

Read more about today's standard for flush technology:

Geberit concealed cisterns

1970 - Geberit Sovent

  • 1970 - Geberit Sovent

The Geberit Sovent fitting marks a major innovation in the field of building drainage. The water is set in rotation, which causes it to press against the pipe wall. The resulting annular flow creates a stable, continuous column of air on the inside, which facilitates higher discharge capacities.

Find further information about Geberit Sovent and the Geberit SuperTube space gaining system for building drainage:

Geberit SuperTube

1985 - Geberit Pluvia

Geberit has been setting new standards for decades with the Geberit Pluvia syphonic roof drainage system. Pluvia drains roofs efficiently and reliably even under the heaviest rainfall. Because significantly less product material and space is required for siphonic roof drainage than for conventional systems, free space is created.

Find out more about the Geberit Pluvia roof drainage system:

Geberit Pluvia

1996 - Dual Flush technology

  • Dual Flush technology

To save water Geberit introduced the dual flush actuation for the WC in 1996: the smaller button flushes with 3 litres, the bigger one with 6 litres and is easily reduced to 4.5 litres. Actuator plates with water-saving dual flush are available in many different styles, materials and colour combinations.

Get inspired in our digital showroom for actuator plates:

Digital showroom for Geberit actuator plates

2007 - Rimfree technology

Cleanliness and hygiene are important, especially in the bathroom. But cleaning can become a hassle as common WC pans with a flush rim cannot easily be cleaned. With the Rimfree technology Geberit has introduced a patented flush technology in 2007: as there is no rim where dirt and bacteria could accumulate, the inner surface of the WC pan is cleaned in one swipe.

Discover the perfect combination of hygiene and design:

Geberit Rimfree technology

2015 - TurboFlush technology

  • Turbo flush technology

The TurboFlush technology was developed by Geberit in 2015. The asymmetrical inner geometry of the ceramic appliance allows a particularly thorough and quiet flush out. A single lateral flush opening is sufficient for the flush water inlet. As far as cleaning is concerned, inaccessible areas have been greatly reduced; there are no edges or corners whatsoever.

The TurboFlush technology has been applied in Geberit AquaClean Mera and Geberit AquaClean Sela shower toilets:

Geberit AquaClean

2018 - Geberit SuperTube

  • Geberit SuperTube

One of Geberit's most recent innovations is the SuperTube system for drainage in high-rise buildings. With this system a parallel ventilation pipe is no longer required, creating more space.

Find out more about this space gaining system:

Geberit SuperTube

2020 - Geberit BIM content

  • Geberit BIM plug-in

With the Geberit BIM Catalogue plug-in, you have direct access to the latest data for all Geberit products, specifically for your country. What makes our BIM content special is its small size due to its simple geometry, allowing it to be used efficiently even in large projects.

The Geberit BIM plug-in can be downloaded for free:

Download the Geberit BIM plug-in