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When one thinks high quality German design, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are a few of the luxury car brands that instantly come to mind – well-known across the globe for the precision, efficiency and longevity inherent in their design and manufacture.

These same qualities are enormously desirable in kitchen design, and the use of highly automated factories with minimal human intervention means that German-made kitchens are of the highest quality, crafted with a commitment to optimum functionality and durability.

Häcker Kitchens is one such company that builds all their kitchens in Germany. Managing partner Julia Shuttleworth explains, “Our factory in Rödinghausen, Germany, produces approximately 1,000 kitchens a day, which gives us the ability to have machinery that is just not viable in New Zealand – small workshops cannot afford to run or sustain these machines.”

When one thinks high quality German design, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are a few of the luxury car brands that instantly come to mind – well-known across the globe for the precision, efficiency and longevity inherent in their design and manufacture.

These same qualities are enormously desirable in kitchen design, and the use of highly automated factories with minimal human intervention means that German-made kitchens are of the highest quality, crafted with a commitment to optimum functionality and durability.

Häcker Kitchens is one such company that builds all their kitchens in Germany. Managing partner Julia Shuttleworth explains, “Our factory in Rödinghausen, Germany, produces approximately 1,000 kitchens a day, which gives us the ability to have machinery that is just not viable in New Zealand – small workshops cannot afford to run or sustain these machines.”

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The amount and quality of machinery in the German factories mean that kitchen cabinets and units can be made to a greater tolerance with a very high level of consistency. Technology utilised includes barcode-controlled production, laser-optimised edges and rigorous testing throughout production.

Every single one of Häcker Kitchens’ bespoke kitchens is made in Germany, but the company is New Zealand owned and operated, which means that Häcker can design to New Zealand tastes and styles.

Julia says, “This gives us the opportunity to go wild with a design and know that when the kitchen arrives there will be no problems on site, as it has already been through stringent processes in the factory – it takes away the unknown.”

The amount and quality of machinery in the German factories mean that kitchen cabinets and units can be made to a greater tolerance with a very high level of consistency. Technology utilised includes barcode-controlled production, laser-optimised edges and rigorous testing throughout production.

Every single one of Häcker Kitchens’ bespoke kitchens is made in Germany, but the company is New Zealand owned and operated, which means that Häcker can design to New Zealand tastes and styles.

Julia says, “This gives us the opportunity to go wild with a design and know that when the kitchen arrives there will be no problems on site, as it has already been through stringent processes in the factory – it takes away the unknown.”

Another benefit of creating kitchens in Germany is tied directly to stringent EU laws in terms of the levels of formaldehyde used in products. While all wood contains small amounts of formaldehyde, Häcker Kitchens has taken a step further to combat this with their patented air protection system PURemission, which limits the amount of the chemical in all the wood materials present in their kitchens.

Häcker’s goal is to provide complete kitchens that register under the permissible limit, thus making your home healthier and creating the best conditions for clean air. Julia says, “We have a strict set of standards to adhere to, so naturally, we try to exceed these and push the boundaries to provide products that showcase our dedication to sustainability.”

Another benefit of creating kitchens in Germany is tied directly to stringent EU laws in terms of the levels of formaldehyde used in products. While all wood contains small amounts of formaldehyde, Häcker Kitchens has taken a step further to combat this with their patented air protection system PURemission, which limits the amount of the chemical in all the wood materials present in their kitchens.

Häcker’s goal is to provide complete kitchens that register under the permissible limit, thus making your home healthier and creating the best conditions for clean air. Julia says, “We have a strict set of standards to adhere to, so naturally, we try to exceed these and push the boundaries to provide products that showcase our dedication to sustainability.”

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The company is also certified by PEFC, the world's largest forest certification system. Häcker is directly involved in the transformation of the way forests are managed globally – and locally – to ensure that we can all enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.

German consumers are notoriously hard to please and expect the highest standards of quality in their products – design and functionality are intrinsically intertwined. Häcker has responded to this demand with the creation of PUResist: a water protection system that ensures each cabinet and drawer is protected from moisture and humidity, as well as creating a seamless, aesthetically pleasing design that will last well.

The great attention to detail present in German cabinetry, the technology and testing that is available in the factories and the merging of modern machinery and traditional handicraft means that kitchen design has never been more rigorous or consistent.

With high quality German-made models expected to last for 20 to 30 years, you would imagine that the price would be much higher than locally-made New Zealand kitchens, however Julia says that the price is in fact very competitive and that their range has a wide variety of options suitable for all budgets.

Häcker Kitchens has just opened a new flagship showroom in Apollo Drive, Albany. With the space currently featuring 7 kitchens, a laundry display and a presentation room with a diverse range of doors from stone veneer to poured concrete, there’s bound to be something for every taste.

If you want to know more about German-designed kitchens, visit Häcker Kitchens on ArchiPro or peruse the range at its Albany showroom.

The company is also certified by PEFC, the world's largest forest certification system. Häcker is directly involved in the transformation of the way forests are managed globally – and locally – to ensure that we can all enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.

German consumers are notoriously hard to please and expect the highest standards of quality in their products – design and functionality are intrinsically intertwined. Häcker has responded to this demand with the creation of PUResist: a water protection system that ensures each cabinet and drawer is protected from moisture and humidity, as well as creating a seamless, aesthetically pleasing design that will last well.

The great attention to detail present in German cabinetry, the technology and testing that is available in the factories and the merging of modern machinery and traditional handicraft means that kitchen design has never been more rigorous or consistent.

With high quality German-made models expected to last for 20 to 30 years, you would imagine that the price would be much higher than locally-made New Zealand kitchens, however Julia says that the price is in fact very competitive and that their range has a wide variety of options suitable for all budgets.

Häcker Kitchens has just opened a new flagship showroom in Apollo Drive, Albany. With the space currently featuring 7 kitchens, a laundry display and a presentation room with a diverse range of doors from stone veneer to poured concrete, there’s bound to be something for every taste.

If you want to know more about German-designed kitchens, visit Häcker Kitchens on ArchiPro or peruse the range at its Albany showroom.

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