The Geberit Group and Duravit said they will combine Geberit’s plumbing technology with Duravit’s design in a partnership to develop the market for concealed installation system technology in the North American single and multi-unit residential and hospitality markets.

They plan to launch a joint training program and marketing campaign in the coming months.

Three regional training centers - in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City - will be established in 2007 to educate architects, designers, engineers, plumbers and showroom salespeople. Also, Geberit North America will establish a competence center in Chicago where North American specific solutions will be developed and tested.