Two UK manufacturers have formed an unlikely partnership which is set to revolutionise the premium end of the shower industry, thanks to their shared vision for sustainable luxury shower systems.
Following a dissolved agreement with its previous distributor, Kanth received various offers from across the industry but it was with a long-standing and trusted supplier, Smiths Metal Centres, that it found the perfect partner to launch a collaborative business venture.
The new company — Kanth Manufacturing — brings together Founder Karl Kanth’s innovation, engineering prowess, and principles, with the financial backing and support from Smiths Metal Centres, which has seen the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The 10,000sq.ft Operations Hub in Shropshire has combined its world-class design with world-class manufacturing with complex CNC precision machines able to transform a solid piece of pure brass ingot into a finished shower product. Alongside the in-house design and manufacturing capabilities, the site also houses dedicated sales, distribution, assembly and customer service teams.
Karl Kanth, founder and innovator at Kanth, added: “We’re delighted to form this new partnership with Smiths Metal Centres, a company with which I’ve had a long and positive relationship with over the last 15 years.
“My vision for the brand has been clear from the outset — to produce exceptional shower systems which are truly built to last, by using only the highest quality raw materials, precision machining, British resources, and timeless designs. Working with a distributor who didn’t share this vision has proved difficult over the last few years, so I made the decision to part ways.
“But Smiths Metal Centres perfectly understood the principle-led approach we were taking and the potential in the sustainable luxury market. They operate in a non-bathroom sector too, so they have a very fresh and non-traditional approach which wholeheartedly supports our continuous drive to innovate.”
Karl has continued to innovate solid brass shower products following the success of his Shower Valve, with the new range offering interior designers, architects, installers and specifiers a carefully curated choice of 53 products including showerheads, body jets, basin and bath taps, slide rails and handsets.
Mark Winsper, general manager at Kanth Manufacturing, said: “The opening of our new site has not only allowed us the opportunity to streamline and optimise communications across departments but for everyone to see and feel what we’re creating is what it truly means to be a manufacturer.”