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Group SFA, the international plumbing manufacturer and parent company of Saniflo USA, is commemorating its 60th anniversary and long legacy of product innovation.
Originally a designer of water treatment-plant equipment, SFA developed the macerator for plumbing applications in France in the 1950s. By reducing waste to slurry and pumping it to a main drain line, the new technology allowed toilets, sinks and other plumbing fixtures to be installed atop finished floors virtually anywhere in a home where no below-floor drainage existed.
Over four decades, Group SFA continued to integrate its manufacturing process vertically and extended its operations across Europe and North America.
As more North American wholesalers, contractors, engineers and homeowners understood Saniflo’s macerating and drain pump solutions, business began to grow.
“We have doubled sales over the past 10 years in North America and now hold 90 percent market share in our category,” states Saragosti. “Unlike when I started, most industry professionals today recognize the Saniflo brand and what we can do for them and their customers.”
Group SFA has continued to integrate its operations vertically, so that it now controls more than 70 percent of its production internally, including the product molds and — since 2008 — the motors. In total, the company has almost 200,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and 160,000 square feet of warehousing facilities.