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6615 West Boston Street
Chandler, AZ 85226
Ideal Standard France
Paris Nord 2
Parc des reflets
165 Avenue du Bois de la Pie
95940 Roissy CDG Cedex
Porcher, a 100 year old French manufacturer, founded in 1886 by Emile Andre Porcher in Revin, France, was one of American Standard's designer lines of bathroom fixtures, furniture and faucets after being acquired by the former American Standard Companies in 1992.
In the 2007 breakup of American Standard Companies, Porcher was sold along with JADO Faucets and American Standard's other European assets to Ideal Standard, which is headquartered in Brussels, and controlled by Bain Capital Partners. Bain immediately closed virtually all of Porcher's manufacturing plants in France, including the original Porcher factory in Revin, leaving just one plant in Angouleme. Almost all Porcher manufacturing, along with that of nearly all other Bain-controlled companies, has been moved to China.
AFter the breakup, American Standard Brands continued to buy Porcher faucets from Ideal Standard, which it then marketed in the U.S. However, on October 31, 2013 American Standard Brands abruptly announced to its distributors that it would discontinue both Ideal Standard luxury brands: JADO and Porcher, effective immediately, in favor of its own new up-scale "luxury" brand DXV.
American Standard will continue to provide warranty and parts support for the brands in North American and JADO and Porcher faucets already in inventory will continue to be sold until inventories are exhausted, but no new JADO or Porcher faucets will be imported.
It is not clear as of the date of this review whether Ideal Standard will arrange other channels for the importation of the brand into the U.S. and Canada. It may be that under its agreements with American Standard Brands, Ideal Standard is not allowed to compete in the North American market.
The faucet is still available in Europe through various outlets, including internet sales.
Porcher sells bathwares, including lavatory facets. All of the fixtures and faucets of each Porcher style are coordinated, or you can mix and match individual pieces. If you absolutely must have your towel racks match your shower diverter, this is the faucet line for you. The quality has historically been very good. But, we do not know what result the wholesale transfer of manufacturing to China will bring.
Porcher does not sell kitchen or bar faucets. But, the line "coordinates" with JADO Faucets, another Ideal Standard faucet brand. JADO does make kitchen faucets. In actual effect, JADO and Porcher are now just two brand names of Ideal Standard, rather than oeprating companies in their own right.
Porcher faucets sold in the U.S. were certified to comply with all U.S./Canadian plumbing standards and are accepted by all U.S. and Canada plumbing codes. The faucet flow rate is limited to 2.2 gallons per minute, the ceramic cartridges valves have been subjected to 500,000 on/off cycles without a failure, and the faucets have been tested for leaks at many times normal household water pressure. All Porcher faucets are also certified lead free under the very rigorous standard required by the Safe Drinking Water Act as of 2014.
Porcher faucets sold in Europe meet the European (EN 817) standard, but may not be legal for use in the U.S. or Canada.
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