The company started as a ferric hardware factory in 1911 under the name Berkenhoff & Paschedag, it was taken over by Friedrich Grohe in 1936, who focused on sanitary faucets only. In 1948, the company was renamed to Friedrich Grohe Armaturenfabrik. In 1962, Grohe acquired exclusive rights to produce the Moen Mixing Faucet, which mixes hot and cold water with a single lever. GROHE was taken over by the LIXIL Group and the Development Bank of Japan in January 2014. Grohe is currently Europe’s biggest manufacturer of sanitary fittings and has eight percent of the worldwide market.