About Us

At Methven we’re all about making water amazing. It’s what we deliver every day, and have done since 1886 when George Methven first started as a producer of brass and iron hardware in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Today, Methven is world renowned for beautifully designed, award-winning showers, taps and valves.

It all stems from our knowledge of water. Our unique history as an island nation has taught us to take care of nature’s most precious resource.

Over the years we have learned how to harness its power to cleanse, calm, refresh and invigorate.

And it’s this expertise - combined with our passion for design and innovation - that fuels our ongoing mission to create amazing water experiences, just for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methven has a long history of innovation in New Zealand, and now throughout the world.

 

1886                 Methven is founded as an iron and brass foundry by Scottish-born George Methven in Dunedin, New Zealand.

1896                 Begin manufacturing taps and copper laundry vessels.

1939-45           Manufacture ammunitions for the New Zealand Army.

1950-65           During the post-war building boom Methven focused on tapware and valving products for New Zealand homes. 

                         Bought by McKechnie Bros PLC and Peglers Ltd.

1995                 Launch of Fastflow™, Methven’s unique patented technology technology to solve unequal hot and cold water pressure in NZ homes.

1997-98           Merged with fellow tapware manufacturer HMC to become Methven. 

                         Sold to MCK Group Pty Ltd.

2001-03           Methven acquires 60% of Flexispray – an independent Australian shower company that has supplied Methven shower fittings since 1992. 

                         Methven Nefa valve range certified and launched in Australia.

                         AMP Capital backs a management buy-out of Methven from MCK Group.

2004                 Launch of Satinjet technology, the luxurious shower experience that uses colliding twin jets of water.

                         Methven lists on the NZ Stock Exchange.

                         Methven Tapware launches in Australia.

2006                 Methven (Xiamen) Trading Co Ltd established in China.

2007                 Launch of Kiri Satinjet showers and  tapware, a new benchmark in design. 

                         Methven acquires The Deva Tap Company Ltd – one of the UK’s largest independent shower and tapware suppliers. 

2008                 Tahi shower system launches – beautifully designed to suit any shower environment. 

                         Methven Australia new office and showroom opens.

2009                 Launch of Shower Infusions - transforming your daily shower into a luxurious, mood-enhancing experience. 

                         Launch of Tahi Thermostatic  – using levers instead of dials for precise flow control.

2010                 Launch of Tahi Tapware – revolutionary twin lever mixing. 

                         Launch of Kiri Ultra Low Flow Satinjet Showers- groundbreaking water-efficient technology.

2011                 Methven celebrates 125 Years. 

                         Methven brand launches in the UK market and at ISH. 

                         Launch of Waipori Satinjet showers and tapware – breaking the mould of traditional square formats. 

2012                 Launch of Kaha Satinjet showers – the next generation of Satinjet 

                         Launch of Aroha tapware – a modern twist with distinct angles and soft forms.