berbel The company

berbel Ablufttechnik GmbH is a globally active company based in Rheine, Westphalia, in Germany. Since December 2012, berbel is a 100% subsidiary of the Swiss WESCO Group, the ventilation technology specialist. Concentrated know-how results in valuable synergy effects in research and development. The outcome is future-oriented ventilation concepts for the kitchen and living space that impress customers around the world.

Landmark events in our corporate history

  • 2001:  Founding of the company
  • 2002:  Centrifugal separation patent application
  • 2003:  Market launch with first deliveries
  • 2004:  Relocation from Hopsten to Rheine
  • 2009:  Peter Ahlmer takes over the management of the company
  • 2011:  berbel receives the coveted red dot design award for three products
  • 2012:  Swiss WESCO AG acquires 100% of berbel
  • 2013:  berbel receives the reddot design award for two products; the production area is doubled in size
  • 2014:  berbel receives the "Oscar for Medium-Sized Businesses" from the Oscar Patzelt Foundation
  • 2015:  Two berbel products are awarded the red dot product design award
  • 2016:  Construction of a new logistics centre; Nina Feldmann becomes managing director
  • 2017:  The berbel headroom hood Smartline receives the reddot award and the ICONIC AWARDS selection, berbel is named “best brand of the year” and the new hob extraction system Downline with centrifugal separation (and no power-reducing fat filters) is named “best product of the year” before it is even launched
  • 2018: Market launch of the berbel Downline hob extraction system. Berbel Downline is a winner of the “KitchenInnovation 2018” award and the Skyline Edge Sound wins the ICONIC AWARDS 2018 – INNOVATIVE INTERIOR prize
  • 2019: The berbel headroom hood Formline receives the Plus X Award for High Quality, Design, User convenience and Functionality; Skyline Frame receives the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 and the red dot Award 2019 Best of the Best; Karl von Bodelschwingh becomes Managing Director
  • 2020: Andreas Wolfsholz becomes CFO. The berbel headroom hood Ergoline 2, Black Edition receives the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2020 for the category "Excellent Product Design - Kitchen" as well as the Plus X Award for: High Quality, Design and User convenience
  • 2021: The berbel hob extractor fan Downline Performance receives the ICONIC AWARD 2021: Innovative Interior in the category "kitchen and household". The berbel headroom hood Ergoline 2  receives the top rating from Stiftung Warentest. The berbel Downline Infinity is launched on the market.
  • 2022: The berbel hob extractor fan Downline Infinity receives the golden ICONIC AWARD 2022 best of best. Consumers also voted the berbel Downline Infinity the winner in the category "large electrical appliances". It receives the golden KITCHEN INNOVATION AWARD 2022 best of the best, the iF Design Award 2022 and the Product Design Award RED DOT 2022: Best of the Best.
  • 2023: The berbel Downline Infinity receives the German Design Award 2023. Karl von Bodelschwingh leaves the company.
  • 2024:The management team is expanded to include Vera Beerboom and Jens Göcke. berbel's energy management system has been certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001:2018. The berbel Skyline Edge Play receives the Red Dot Award. Robert Brandon becomes CEO.

berbel extractor hoods stand for:

  • Quality made in Germany
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Low-noise operation and lasting efficient removal of vapour
  • Quick and easy cleaning
  • 97 percent odour absorption
  • Certified fire protection
  • Sustainable environmental protection
  • Maximum degree of kitchen hygiene
  • Energy savings of up to 50 percent
berbel: top of the line products for happy customers!

berbel in figures

  • 2 bends through which vapour is redirected, after it has been sucked in by the hood. The resulting centrifugal force separates the fat particles from the air effectively and quietly. This is what we call the unparalleled berbel principle.
  • 2-year guarantee on all berbel products. Inclusive and free-of-charge. This means that you can rest assured that you've made a good decision.
  • 27 renowned prizes and awards gained by berbel for design and product performance since 2010!
  • About 26 models in many different widths and colour combinations can be found in the berbel program. Ideal for the most diverse wishes and requirements. And each year, new models are added.
  • 62 % less electricity used with the new berbel EC fan motors, compared to traditional motors. And they're even lighter, even quieter, and even more efficient, too.
  • Up to 97 % odour absorption thanks to the superior berbel principle.
  • More than 250 employees work with passion at berbel, motivated by their belief in extractor hoods that use revolutionary technology.
  • About 350 operating hours (2-3 years) of top efficiency when trapping odours from cooking vapours offered by berbel active carbon filters. You only need to replace the active carbon granulate after this time.
  • About 519 individual components on average are used for building a berbel hood. This is just the right number to ensure perfect technology and top design aesthetics.