ZDH-Zert, together with the Chamber of Handicrafts (Handwerkskammer) for Upper Franconia and Bavaria, develops a new ‘Seal of Quality’ for piano manufacturers Steingraeber.
The Chamber of Handicrafts for Bayreuth/Upper Franconia, in cooperation with national body the German Association of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks – ZDH), has developed a new and particularly demanding ‘Seal of Quality’. It is awarded to German manufacturers who demonstrate that a minimum of 80 percent of all raw materials used in the making of their pianos or grand pianos originate from Germany, and in addition that at least 80 percent of the processing of these raw materials takes place within Germany itself. The new ‘Seal of Quality’ is awarded upon successful completion of the most stringent certification tests for manufacturing processes in the country.
The initiative for its development came from piano manufacturers Steingraeber & Söhne in Bayreuth. Conventional seals of quality, such as ‘Made in Germany’, were simply not demanding enough to reflect the aims and objectives of Company Director Udo Steingraeber, as they allow products to be described as ‘Made in Germany’ even though only 50 percent of the manufacturing process might take place within the county, often without first-class, German-made component parts.