At the beginning of the 1970s, the brothers Hans and Karl-Josef Huber, the company owners at the time, recognised the desire and need of many customers for a low-maintenance manhole cover that did not require maintenance work such as regular painting of the surface. The idea of using stainless steel for this purpose was born and was implemented on a trial basis. At that time, stainless steel was very expensive and difficult to obtain, and delivery times were extremely long. The first covers were always produced according to the customer's wishes and specifications, using the experience gained over many years in the production of steel covers. Water suppliers from the Nuremberg area and large Bavarian long-distance water associations were the first customers for HUBER stainless steel manhole covers. Most of these covers are still in use today and, after 50 years, impressively demonstrate the long service life of the HUBER manhole cover - a role model in terms of sustainability! Since then, the use of stainless steel for manhole covers has become more and more widespread and, thanks to HUBER's pioneering work, has established itself in the market. In 1990, HUBER completely stopped the production of steel manhole covers and steel products and dedicated itself 100% to stainless steel.
HUBER stainless steel manhole covers have become the norm
Nowadays, tenders requiring a material other than stainless steel for manhole covers are the great exception, i.e. in the last 50 years the ratio has been exactly reversed.
From these early beginnings, a wide range of different HUBER manhole cover designs have developed over the last five decades, always in close contact and cooperation with our customers. Especially the feedback from our customers we receive in discussions at trade fairs, through telephone calls or during field service visits, was then and still is extremely valuable. The practical application and regular use of the covers by our customers provide important approaches to continuously improve our products and thus maintain the HUBER quality they have come to expect. Feedback from the market, e.g. requesting a back-friendly opening of the heavy covers, prompted us to equip the HUBER Manhole Covers with gas springs, which we have now been doing for more than 30 years as a matter of principle.
The complete range of HUBER Manhole Covers is "Made in Germany" or even more correctly "Made in Berching". Many of our customers have already taken the opportunity to visit our production facility. Thanks to modern and optimised production processes as well as motivated employees, we are able to withstand the price pressure of cheap foreign products.