OLI is founded
Founded in 1954 in Aveiro, OLI Sistemas Sanitarios S.A. started as a small family organisation and persued its path throughout different areas of business.
Integration with the Silmar Group
In 1993, the company became part of the Silmar Group (formerly known as Fondital). Headquarted in Italy, it operates in four sectors: plumbing, drainage, heating and aluminium. The Group counts 1589 employees and has since reached an annual turnover of 1 billion dollars.
Mass production of the dual flush
23 years ago, OLI innovated by mass producing the dual-flush system, which today is part of most cisterns worldwide. This innovation, used by most companies is responsible for reducing water consumption by 50%.
SM15 by Souto de Moura
Eduardo Souto de Moura is a renowned Portuguese architect who has been presented with various international awards, such as, the Gold Medal of Heinrich Tessenow Foundation in 2001; the Pritzker Award in 2011; the Wolf Prize of Arts in 2013; just to name a few. In 2001, in collaboration with OLI, Souto de Moura developed the SM15 flush plate.
SM15 is a tempered white glass flush plate, 147mm by 147mm, and is ideal for a smooth application on walls covered with traditional Portuguese tiles. The SM15 is installed surface-even with the wall for a seamless and elegant look.
OLI implements Kaizen
OLI begins the implementation of the continuous improvement system from the Kaizen Institute. Continuous improvement has a direct and intrinsic relation in the optimization of processes that consequently lead to an increase in production. After implementing Kaizen, productivity increased by 30%, work in progress decreased by 30% and both final product stock and time to market reduced by 40%.
INO-X designed by Romano Adolini
The INO-X collection is a collaboration with Italian Architect Romano Adolini, an influential figure in bathroom design.
The result is a simple, elegant flush plate: A precise laser-cut, simple 22mm thick sheet of steel. This philosophy generated four models made of essential forms, drawn from squares and circles.
With excellent results in terms of operational efficiency, OLI wins the Kaizen Prize, in the "Excellence in Productivity" category in 2012.
OLI Showroom Inauguration
In 2012 OLI inaugurated a showroom at their headquarters in Aveiro. Visit our showroom to see our wide range of products and the latest novelties.
OLI Russia is founded
As sales continue to grow in Russia, and in order to respond to market needs faster, the first OLI industrial unit outside Portugal was opened in Russia. This cut down on transit time to Russia and provided OLI with an opportunity to produce market specific products in loco. Production at OLI Russia began in 2016.
Saving water in our everyday lives is now, more than ever, crucially important. In order to help people decrease their water consumption, and in turn decrease their water bill, OLI developed the Azor Plus inlet valve, a water-saving solution that equips the latest models of OLI cisterns. The Azor Plus inlet valve can save up to 9 liters of water per day. The decreased consumption of water is due to the delayed refilling of water in the cistern, therefore avoiding water waste during flushing. Thus, water begins to fill the cistern only after the flush valve is closed and all water flushed is efficiently used for cleaning the toilet.
Trumpet by Siza Vieira
World-renowned architect and winner of several internaltional awards: 1992 Pritzker Prize; 2001 Wolf Prize of Arts; 2012 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and 2014 Fritz Hoger award just to name a few, Alvaro Siza Vieira collaborated with OLI to design the Trumpet flush plate, an elegant design perfectly characterizing the pistons of a trumpet. Inspired by the instrument played by the great maestros, Siza created the harmonious design of this flush plate.
New state of the art life-test laboratory
The motto at OLI is simple: “Anticipate needs. Find solutions for the future”. With this in mind, a major investment in RDI was the complete renovation of our testing laboratory, which is now equipped with the latest technology that will allow us to be at the forefront when it comes to research and innovation. The lab is divided into two distinct interacting areas: half of the posts are exclusively allocated to tests and standards that permit different product certifications in markets. The other stations are focused on the future, and test products with different levels of water hardness, with rainwater and seawater. With the awareness that water is an increasingly scarce resource, today, and surely in the future, we at OLI do everything in our power to protect against water shortages. We do not consider our efforts in the area a cost, instead we perceive them as an investment in the quality of life for everyone.
Archiproducts Design Awards
The Trumpet flush plate was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, world-renowned architect and winner of the Pritzker Prize. It is the perfect combination of elegance and harmony, both characteristics of a trumpet.
The “Trumpet” flush plate for concealed cisterns won 1st “Archiproducts Design Awards 2016”, one of the most prestigious Architecture and Design awards in the world. “Trumpet” was chosen “Best of Category 2016” in the “Bathrooms” category among 490 nominations from 250 brands from 15 countries.
Branch in Germany is created
Incorporation of OLI Sanitärsysteme GmbH in the town of Möckmühl, Stuttgart. The opening of the German subsidiary intensifies the establishment of the OLI brand in Germany and neighboring markets.
OLI products as BIM objects
OLI is committed to being at the forefront of development in the construction sector. BIM (Building Information Management) is the new standard of design and construction. BIM facilitates the transfer of information between stakeholders and enables integrated management throughout the product life cycle.
OLI aims to boost the e¬fficiency and creativity of construction projects through cooperative work with architects, engineers, contractors and owners, as well as reinforce its commitment to continuous innovation and the creation of a bathroom that doesn´t waste water, is safe and accessible for all.
Many of OLI´s products are already available as BIM objects in Graphisoft Archicad®, Autodesk Revit® and SketchUp®. OLI will continue to progressively expand their library and offer customers a wide range of Sanitary System solutions.
Green Project Awards
The Green Project Award distinguishes, across seven categories, the most innovative projects in the area of sustainability in Portugal. The 9th edition of the awards ceremony took place in Serralves, Porto. The IVC1000 LeakSafe inlet valve was one of the recognized projects in the area of sustainability. OLI, known for promoting water saving, received an honorable mention in the "Product or Service" category.
Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is the oldest and most prestigious International Design Award. OLI is proud to have won this award with Glassy, a glass capacitive flush plate that is activated as the hand approaches. Glassy is available with the Hydroboost system, that can make it independent from traditional sources of energy (i.e. the electrical system).
The award-winning solution, Glassy, is a self-sustainable flush plate for in-wall flush cisterns.
Millennium Horizontes Awards
OLI was awarded the Millennium Horizons Award in the category "Innovation - Large Companies" at a ceremony presided over by the prime minister, António Costa, on November 15th, 2017.
This is an important distinction that recognizes the permanent investment and work of the brand in innovation and the quality of products, services and processes.
570 companies applied to the Millennium Horizons Awards, which is promoted by Millennium BCP in partnership with the Global Media Group, COTEC and AICEP.
In 2017 OLI renovated their showroom to reflect new products and design trends.
New Mold Factory Construction
The construction of a new mold factory aims at increasing our production capacity by 50% and at increasing the quality of complex and demanding molds intended for hydro-sanitary and automotive industries all over the world.
OLI's entire value chain is controlled from their facilities, that have an area of 882,640 sq ft. Beginning with the conception of ideas to their industrialization and production, ending in their commercialization in more than 80 countries around the world. The growing interest in a contemporary design and in new technologies and materials, always with a focus on water efficiency and respect for the environment, has made OLI a world reference and a brand of excellence. With about 401 employees and 56.3 million Euros in sales in 2018, OLI currently has a yearly production of approximately 2 million cisterns and 2.8 million mechanisms. This makes OLI one of the major producers in Europe for mechanisms for the ceramic industry, as well as concealed and exposed cisterns. Currently, OLI is the only Portuguese company producing concealed cisterns.
Thanks to its innovative capacity and fast acting in production, OLI makes its industrial contribution to the national fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, producing a face shield that will help protect health professionals in the treatment of patients with the new coronavirus.
163 000 face shield produced which 61 000 were donated
LESS IS MORE WINS DESIGN AWARDS
Red Dot Design Award, IF Design Award and Archiproducts Design Award were the awards won in 2021 by the LESS IS MORE flush plate.
LESS IS MORE is the name of the flush plate whose design is inspired by the history of the mechanism and the desire to give it an innovative shape, projecting it into the future.
Made of stainless steel, with an eclectic and functional identity, LESS IS MORE was designed by the architect Alessio Pinto who, in addition to being inspired by the history of the mechanism, used the iconic principle "Less is More" by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe.