Milestones

The company was founded 50 years ago. The first products were produced by hand by the family in Heinz Hankammer's garden. In the years to follow, he turned the company into an innovative leader in the area of drinking water optimisation. Today, BRITA is represented in 66 countries across all five continents.

From Taunusstein to the whole world: BRITA's success story

BRITA's history began in 1966 with company founder Heinz Hankammer's idea of optimising the mains water in a convenient and simple manner. Since then, the company with headquarters in Taunusstein has developed from a one-man show to an internationally active company with almost 1,700 employees.

The first water filter for domestic use was patented in 1970. Initially, the energy of the entire family flowed into the development of the company. In the years to follow, Heinz Hankammer succeeded in developing BRITA – named after his daughter – into an innovation leader in the area of drinking water optimisation. When the Company founder became Chairman of the Supervisory Board – at the end of 2013 Moss Kadey took the chair – in 1999, his son Markus Hankammer took over as sole Managing Director. He is committed to realising the company's vision: We will change the way people drink water sustainably.

Based on this vision, BRITA has grown steadily over the past years and has constantly adapted its product range to the growing needs of its customers. Today, we provide not only water filters for domestic use but also filter solutions for large appliances in the restaurant industry, hotel business and vending machines and integrated filter systems for the domestic appliances of our reputable partners. In 2010, BRITA entered the market segment of pipe-connected water dispensers.