Founded in 1874, by Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert in Rapperswil, Switzerland, In 1905, he began to manufacture parts. His toilet tank, the Phoenix, a first, made of lead-coated wood and with lead fittings (particularly a flushing mechanism), was revolutionary and a great success. In 1952 Geberit introduced the first all-plastic toilet tank made of polyethylene. In 1977, the company entered the installation systems market, which went on to become the most important market of the company. In 1980, the German facilities were expanded and a warehouse complex was opened at its Rapperswil-Jona headquarters. It also acquired a big German player in the installation-elements market, Sanbloc. In 1986, it began automating its production. In 1989, it acquired a stake in FAE Fluid Air Energy, joining the fresh water supply systems sector. From creating the first concealed cistern In 1964, to bringing shower toilet technology to the European market with Geberit AquaClean, Geberit have been at the forefront of bathroom innovation for over 140 years. Other innovations include touch less flushing, wall-hung toilets and integrated odour-extraction, giving you freedom to create the bathroom design of your dreams. In January 2016 Geberit acquired Twyford to allow the future product offering to be enhanced with bathroom ceramics.