Jacob Delafon has been a major bathroom plAyer for over 120 years, Swith renowned expertise and craftsmanship. Thanks to experience acquired over the years, the brand's high-quality products are perennial, esthetics and constantly design-focused.
Jacob Delafon is founded by Messrs. Emile Jacob and Maurice Delafon who foresee the growth of personal hygiene and hydrotherapy at the end of the century. They open a plant in Pouiily-sur-Saône (21) and begin manufacturing plumbing fixtures in glazed fireclay.
With constant growth in plumbing fixture production, lthey decide to acquire a plant in Belvoye (Dole, Jura - 39). The facility specializes in a new product called "coarse fireclay" which quickly makes the company world-famous.
In 1900, Messrs. Jacob and Delafon triumph at the Universal Exposition in Paris, receiving a Grand Prize and three gold medals for their efforts in creating "a French sanitaryware industry."
A enameled cast-iron bath plant is built in Noyon (60).
The Société Générale de Fonderie absorbs Jacob Delafon & Cie; followed by the Société des Produits Réfractaires in Boulogne-sur-Mer; and the Société le Grès Blanc in Gargenville in 1950. Expansion continues in Reims in 1967, where the faucet manufacturing facilities formerly at the Quai de la Rapée plant in Paris, were transferred. The Général de Fonderie group grows externally over the years, acquiring entities which meet two main criteria
- Their link with housing comfort, and the massive use of cast iron.
The group reorganizes into four large divisions to respond to markets needs:
- Heating (CICH - Compagnie Internationale de Chauffage).
- Sanitaryware (CIPS - Compagnie Internationale de Produits Sanitaires)
- Miscellaneous activities
Leading US plumbing product group Kohler Co. acquires CIPS (and Jacob Delafon, a CIPS company), restructuring the Société Générale de Fonderie.
The Kohler group continues to develop in Europe, acquiring bathroom furniture manufacturer Sanijura, and Holdiam, leading plumbing manufacturer in synthetic materials (and the Néomédiam brand), in 1995.
Jacob Delafon's company name becomes « Kohler France ».
Jacob Delafon and Sanijura are Kohler France's commercial brands.