BORA at Living Kitchen
Once again this year, we are part of the international kitchen event in Cologne. We will be presenting another BORA revolution at this central meeting point for the kitchen world. It is a big moment for us, and we would love to share it with you. You will find us in Hall 4.1 at Stand C040. It is the next step towards making our vision of the end of the extractor hood a reality.
BORA – hansgrohe: Starting gun for the first World Tour Season at the training camp in Gandia.
Team BORA - hansgrohe started the UCI World Tour 2017 with the first training camp in Gandia, Spain. It was an opportunity to introduce the powerful team around double UCI world champion Peter Sagan and present the new strip.
The step up to the World Tour brings many changes, and not only on a sporting level. in 2017, team manager Ralph Denk will have around 75 employees, nearly twice as many as 2016. Among other things, this enables central control of the training of all riders. The claim “ride.natural’ remains unchanged and still represents a healthy diet and lifestyle, respectful behaviour and fairness.
“Peter Sagan and the whole team are the perfect ambassadors to bring the revolution in the kitchen onto the roads. We are really looking forward to the new season and we’re very excited. We have now been sponsoring cycling for five years and acting as the main sponsor for two years. We will now accompany the team around the World Tour and be there for the most important races all over the world. And we are very proud of that. Our commitment has also clearly paid off, our growth in bike-related markets is 30 % higher than in other core markets.” - Willi Bruckbauer, Founder and Managing Director of BORA.
Archiproducts Design Award for BORA Basic
We are delighted to announce that the entire BORA Basic range with surface induction was able to impress in the Best of Tech category. 2016 saw the launch of Archiproducts’ first ever international design competition. The world’s biggest platform for architecture and design is constantly on the look out for the most innovative brands and products. This enables it to offer tremendous inspiration to its 1.5 million registered users and over 28 million visitors per year. Archiproducts uses the Design Award to celebrate the best designs in various categories.
New team BORA-hansgrohe: BORA is strengthening its commitment to cycling and setting off with Hansgrohe from 2017
BORA is extending its commitment to the world of cycling by not only remaining the title sponsor but also setting the wheels firmly in motion for the WorldTour, in cooperation with the new co-sponsor Hansgrohe from 2017.
"We are delighted to receive Hansgrohe’s support as a traditional German company, which, like us, is committed to offering innovative products, forging new roads and providing the highest quality. The new team name will be ‘BORA-hansgrohe’.
We are continuing to invest in brand awareness and the end of the extractor hood. BORA is synonymous with the kitchen revolution and our commitment to cycling played an important part in us increasing the awareness of our brand last year alone”, comments BORA founder Willi Bruckbauer.
More information you find in the press release.
German Brand Award 2016 for BORA!
On 16/06/2016, the BORA brand was awarded the German Brand Award 2016 by the Design Council for its successful brand management.
In the eyes of the jury the BORA brand stood out as the winner in the kitchen category thanks to its strong vision of “The end of the extractor hood” and the associated revolution in kitchen design. The company offers its customers unusual and emotional brand experiences which are unique in the industry. The vision, the values and the shared mission are communicated in a clear, convincing manner which makes customers, partners and employees enthusiastic brand ambassadors.
The German Brand Award was brought about to reinforce the significance of brand management as a decisive factor in the success of companies against national and international competition.
Exhibitions & Events
That was the EuroCucina 2016 in Milan.
16.01. – 22.01.17 Living Kitchen, Cologne (DE)
16.02. – 26.02.17 Batibouw, Brüssel (BE)
07.04. – 10.04.17 Sadecc, Lyon (FR)
16.09. - 21.09.17 area30, Löhne (DE)
From master carpenter to kitchen revolutionary
Willi Bruckbauer is the heart of BORA: visionary, creative mind and driving force behind the pioneering cooktop extractor systems. With more than 20 years' experience in the kitchen industry, the trained master carpenter knows what is important in a modern kitchen: creating a living space that meets people's needs. Extractor hoods have no role here: they are loud and ineffective, and intrude into the field of vision. Furthermore, they limit design options when planning a new kitchen. Willi Bruckbauer's vision was to create an effective vapour extraction system which at the same time satisfies the highest demands in terms of technology and aesthetics. Constant experimentation and discovery led to the creation of an innovative system which draws off cooking vapour more effectively than was previously possible. The work paid off with prestigious prizes and awards such as the "Deutsche Gründerpreis", "365 Places in the Land of Ideas", the "red dot product design award 2012" and "Plus X Award Product of the Year 2013".
The story so far
BORA is a young company which has rewritten history even in a short time. Its rapid growth began when Willi Bruckbauer developed and patented his first cooktop extractor system, the BORA Professional, in 2006. The next year, he founded BORA Lüftungstechnik GmbH with one employee.
In 2008, not only was the BORA Professional cooktop extractor launched on the market, it was joined by the BORA Professional Gas Cooktop and a Tepan Stainless Still Grill. At the same time, work started on the development of the induction and Ceran cooktops. Now with two employees, export activities to Benelux, Austria and South Tirol could begin.
In 2009, the company received its first award with the “365 Places in the Land of Ideas” prize. The focus switched to Switzerland, with the market there covered for the first time. The BORA team grew to three employees, who then also provided planning support for retail partners.
2010 was the breakthrough year - and another award came in. With six employees, the company moved to new offices, BORA Classic was launched and BORA Lüftungstechnik GmbH was awarded the German Startup Prize.
The following year saw dynamic growth for BORA: 15 permanent employees and a constant expansion of the product portfolio.
2012 could be described as the international year in the company’s development. Export activities were reinforced leading to the foundation of national companies in Austria and Australia. As a result, BORA presented itself to an international audience for the first time at the famous Eurocucina show in Milan. BORA Classic was awarded the dot product design award, the product range was steadily increased and 27 employees had their hands full coping with the constant increase in demand for the innovative BORA cooktop extractors.
It was still full speed ahead in the company’s sixth year of existence: the BORA Basic all-in-one system was launched onto the market and, from a standing start, was awarded the Plus X Award as the product of the year 2013. As every year, the product portfolio was expanded, as are employee numbers, which had now reached 47. This level of growth required geographical change. BORA moved into its own premises, with new headquarters in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, and opened its own training centre for retail partners and installation engineers.
BORA's international expansion was also continuing apace. As well as 29 countries in Europe, BORA was already exporting to Australia and New Zealand by 2012. The first BORA showroom opened in Sydney in 2014. Other markets BORA is currently targeting include the Middle East and South Africa. We are currently promoting the end of the extractor hood with the BORA Professional, Classic and Basic in 34 countries.
Since 2012, BORA has been a kit sponsor for professional cycling team Netapp-Endura. The company took over as the main sponsor on 1 January 2015, and the team now competes under the name BORA - ARGON 18 in the most important races, including the Tour de France, the European Classics - known as the 5 Monuments - and many other cycling highlights around the world. For the year 2017, everything is pointing to finally getting promoted into the cycling champions league. Together with new co-sponsor Hansgrohe, everything is in place for competing in the World Tour with the BORA - hansgrohe team. This specifically supports BORA’s export offensive and promotes global awareness of the brand.
There are some more wheels ensuring increased awareness and publicity for BORA: the BORA Cooking Truck hits the road on 16 wheels. The flexible vehicle has an eye-catching glass cube which is fully fitted with all three BORA product ranges. It supports the cycling team at events by providing healthy food, is used for customer events by retail partners and serves as a seminar vehicle. And the company is quite literally taking off with BORA in the air. The glass cube kitchen is lifted to a height of 30 metres using crane technology. This makes cookery demonstrations even more impressive and memorable thanks to the emotional experience.
Some of BORA’s 120 employees are also heading upwards as of the end of 2015. Thanks to the company’s healthy growth, it has taken on new office space on the 7th and 8th floors of a striking tower block with impressive views in Raubling. This should give the 125 employees planned for the end of the year enough space to work effectively.
BORA has already won some prestigious awards in 2016. The ICONIC Award, the German Design Award and the German Brand Award confirm the success of the product and company.
To be continued...
The end of the extractor hood...
...is the beginning of more freedom, beauty,
functionality and efficiency without any ifs or buts.
That is BORA's vision.
In harmony with the environment
We consider ourselves to have a responsibility towards our customers, our employees and our environment. We have high ethical aspirations and the highest requirements in terms of the quality of our products and the service we provide. By manufacturing in Germany and Austria, we ensure that we can live up to the demands we place on ourselves. We use only high-quality materials, such as stainless steel, and avoid substances that harm the environment. We produce high-quality products that are good for people and beneficial to the environment.
Our products are underpinned by sustainability from the outset: the fundamental principle of our patented cooktop extractor systems is more effective and uses less energy than conventional extractor hoods. BORA draws off less of the ambient air heated at your expense, as we make clever use of flow speed rather than large air volumes. The energy-efficient motor saves electricity and is significantly quieter; cleaning and aftercare are child's play; and the high-quality materials ensure a long service life. Our cooktops are produced with no toxic additives. And the regional concentration of our suppliers and production plants ensures short transport routes. This is how we are taking responsibility for the generations to come.
Right from the start, our ideas have impressed national and international experts.
The "Deutscher Gründerpreis" is one of the most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs in Germany. It is awarded for outstanding performance in the development of innovative and sustainable business ideas, and in starting up a company. BORA received the trophy in 2010 in the "Start-ups" category.
Germany – Land of Ideas
In 2009, Raubling, where BORA is based, was one of the 365 places representing Germany as a "Land of Ideas". This initiative, run jointly by business and the federal government, aims to showcase all those "who embody innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in Germany".
red dot product design award
The red dot award is a seal of quality recognised throughout the world. Only the best products are awarded the red dot. BORA Classic received the coveted award in the category "product design", recognising the product line's efficient technology, outstanding innovation and attractive design.
Plus X Award
The Plus X Award recognises innovative and sustainable products which make life easier and more enjoyable. BORA Basic was commended in the fields of innovation, high quality, design, ease of use and functionality. Only the best of the best also receive the "Product of the Year" seal of approval – such as the BORA Basic in 2013 and the BORA Basic with surface induction in 2015.
German Design Award
The German Design Award is a top, internationally renowned award presented by the German Design Council. Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions, it enjoys an outstanding reputation within professional circles and far beyond. The BORA Basic BFI (Basic surface induction) was named winner of the Excellent Product Design category in 2016.
German Brand Award
BORA was awarded the German Brand Award 2016 by the expert jury at the Council for Design. It was the winner in the kitchen category for its successful brand management. The aim of the competition is to discover, present and award brands and their makers. Prizes go to innovative brands with consistent, sustainable brand management - companies which lead the way in the world of brands.
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General questions about BORA
How does BORA work?
Steam and odours rise at a maximum speed of one metre per second. However, the BORA cooktop extractor powerfully draws these off in a downward direction at approx. four metres per second. The resultant cross flow ensures that any cooking vapours and odours are effectively and immediately suctioned away at the cooktop.
How do BORA Professional, BORA Classic and BORA Basic differ?
BORA Professional cooktops have an ultra-deep depth of 540 mm and a width of 370 mm. They are controlled via solid stainless steel knobs on the front cover. The BORA Professional system can be modularly constructed using a broad range of ventilation components and is therefore extremely flexible.
The cooktops in the BORA Classic series have dimensions of 515 x 340 mm and are directly controlled on the cooktop using touch operation. The BORA Classic cooktop extractor system is a complete, pre-defined system: from the cooktop extractor through the pipes with an integrated silencer to the plinth fan, all components already come included.
BORA Basic is a compact unit with a size of 515 x 760 mm or 515 x 830 mm in the case of BORA Basic with surface induction (BFI), comprising a large cooktop with four cooking zones and a centrally positioned extractor. BORA Basic is also controlled using an intuitive touch panel on the cooktop itself. The new BORA Basic BFI has an innovative, new operating concept of a touch-operated round slider.
What happens if liquid gets into the cooktop extractor?
Up to 250 ml of liquid can collect in the cooktop extractor and be washed away without issue. If more liquid than this gets into the cooktop extractor, this cannot damage the electronics as the air flow does not pass through the electronics.
With BORA Basic models, larger volumes of up to 3 litres of liquid can be caught. The floor cover can be removed for simple cleaning.
What happens if something falls into the cooktop extractor?
Items that fall into the cooktop extractor land in the collection tray and can simply be removed again by taking this out. The stainless steel grease filter prevents items from being drawn into the air flow.
How can the BORA cooktop extractor be cleaned?
The grease filter and covers can be removed in a few simple steps and cleaned in a dishwasher.
How loud are BORA products?
Unlike conventional extractor hoods with a high level of noise pollution at head height, BORA cooktop extractors are quieter than normal cooking sounds. The volume of noise created largely depends on the individual installation situation and room conditions.
Do BORA products really extract all odours?
All cooking vapours, condensing grease and associated odours are suctioned away precisely where they arise – at the cooktop. Chefs can breathe in fresh air and their clothes and hair remain equally fresh and unaffected by the cooking vapours.
Do BORA products also work with deeper pans?
You can confidently use the cooktop extractor with pans with a depth of up to 20 cm. For pans depths of 21 cm or more, we recommend placing the pan lid at an angle in order to direct the vapours towards the extractor.
Where can I purchase BORA products?
You can purchase BORA products from our professional retail partners in kitchen studios, joinery firms and furniture stores. If you would you like to find your nearest BORA partner, simply complete the contact form and we will locate it for you. Our partners can offer you on-site advice on all matters relating to planning your kitchen with BORA cooktop extractors.
Questions about humidity
What is relative humidity?
Relative humidity indicates the saturation level of the air at the current temperature. Warm air can absorb more water than cold air. This means that cold air becomes saturated more quickly. Thermal comfort is achieved if the relative humidity is between 25 and 60% at a room temperature of 20 to 25°C.
How does the relative humidity change during normal cooking?
With normal cooking, i.e. cooking vegetables, fish or meat for approx. 30 minutes, the increase in relative humidity of the exhaust air is barely measurable. When boiling water intensively for 30 minutes, the relative humidity at the activated charcoal outlet rises by approx. 10%. By the end of the after-run time, it is no longer possible to measure an increased humidity level.
What does this mean for all the wooden and kitchen components around the cooker, as well as for other components?
Subject to compliance with current construction standards and the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV and DIN 4108) for old and new buildings and with a normal indoor environment, it is not possible for mould to form when using BORA recirculation or exhaust systems. Wooden, kitchen and other components are not affected.
Important: please note the general information in the BORA installation documents on recirculation and exhaust mode!
Questions about exhaust air solutions
What is the maximum permissible exhaust ducting length?
With BORA Professional, the exhaust ducting can stretch 12 metres. For exhaust channels over 6 metres long, a second fan must be used and the duct cross-section should ideally be enlarged.
With BORA Classic and BORA Basic with surface induction BFIA, exhaust ducting stretching 12 metres is permissible if using the additional duct fan ULIE20.
For BORA Basic BIA and BHA, the exhaust channel should not exceed the maximum length of 6 metres.
Can I use an additional fan for all product series?
The BORA Professional cooktop extractor PL540E can be flexibly combined with any two fans.
The BORA Classic cooktop extractor CKASE and BORA Basic with surface induction BFIA can be expanded to include the additional duct fan.
If I am using two cooktop extractors, do I need two separate ducts?
Yes, each of the cooktop extractors needs separate exhaust ducting with separate wall sleeves or, optionally, their own recirculation unit.
Can I combine BORA cooktop extractors with a controlled domestic ventilation system?
Yes, domestic ventilation systems can be controlled from the BORA Professional PL540E, BORA Classic CKASE and BORA Basic BFIA via the Home-Out connection.
Questions about recirculation solutions
Can the systems also be used in recirculation mode?
Yes, all BORA cooktop extractor systems can be operated as both recirculation and extraction versions.
How often should the activated charcoal filter be replaced?
The recirculation unit UUE1 must be replaced annually; the recirculation unit UUE3 every two years. The integrated filter in the BORA Basic cooktop extractor system should also be replaced annually or after 150 operating hours. The integrated filter indicator notifies you when this period has passed.
What happens to the filtered air?
The purified air is fed into the plinth area from where it is released back into the room through a return flow aperture measuring at least 500 cm2.
Can moisture/mould form in the plinth area when using recirculation mode?
With a normal indoor environment and professional construction, there is no risk of condensate or mould. Please note the information in the operating instructions in this regard.
What is automatic after-run and what does this feature do?
To enable the optimum performance of the odour-neutralising activated charcoal filter, we always recommend using the automatic after-run. This lasts for 20 minutes and automatically switches on when the fan is switched off. The automatic after-run can be manually switched off prematurely at any time. When cooking in recirculation mode, sufficient ventilation (e.g. window ventilation) should be ensured.
Questions about the cooktops
Are there different cooktops to choose from?
Yes, a large range of combinable cooktops is available from the BORA Professional and BORA Classic product series. With BORA Professional and BORA Classic, you can choose between induction, HiLight, hyper and gas cooktops as well as the Tepan stainless steel grill. BORA Basic cooktops are available as hyper, induction and surface induction models.
Can I also purchase BORA cooktop extractors without a cooktop?
BORA cooktop extractors are only available in combination with BORA cooktops.
Why can I only purchase BORA cooktop extractors with BORA cooktops?
The dimensions of the cooktops are precisely tailored to the cooktop extractors to enable optimum installation.
Can I also purchase BORA cooktops without a cooktop extractor?
Yes, BORA cooktops can also be purchased without a cooktop extractor.
Are the BORA cooktops and BORA cooktop extractors also suitable for flush installation?
All BORA product lines are suitable for both flush installation and surface mounting.
Can I combine BORA Professional and BORA Classic products?
No, the product lines cannot be combined.
What is the BORA Basic cooktop extractor frame and how is it used?
The BORA Basic cooktop extractor frame is an accessory for surface mounting. It is available in two versions: in a width of 760 mm for the BORA Basic induction glass ceramic cooktop (exhaust air and recirculation, BIU/BIA) and the BORA Basic Hyper glass ceramic cooktop (exhaust air and recirculation, BHU/BHA) as well as in a width of 830 mm for the BORA Basic surface induction glass ceramic cooktop (exhaust air and recirculation, BFIU/BFIA). The frame is made from brushed stainless steel and is easy to dry-mount. The cooktop extractor frame comes with attached adhesive tape, sealing tape, a glass cleaning cloth, a height adjustment plate set and installation instructions.
Questions about planning and installation
Can I use the floor unit below the BORA product?
Yes, but depending on the installation situation it may be necessary to reduce the depth of the drawers.
Can I install a conventional oven below a BORA cooktop extractor?
No, we strongly advise against installing a conventional oven below BORA cooktop extractors.
How wide does the floor unit need to be?
This depends on the position and number of cooktops and cooktop extractors. With a standard arrangement involving two cooktops and one cooktop extractor, you need a floor unit with a width of at least 900 mm for the BORA Professional and BORA Classic ranges. With three cooktops and two cooktop extractors, a width of 1,400 mm is required. This can be created by installing a single front cover across multiple floor units arranged in any format.
With BORA Basic BIA/BIU and BHA/BHU, the floor unit must have a width of 800 mm. With BORA Basic BFIA/BFIU, the floor unit must have a width of 900 mm.
How deep must the worktop be?
To install BORA Basic and BORA Classic models, a depth of 600 mm is required from the front edge of the cover (plus worktop overhang if applicable).
The installation depth of BORA Professional models varies depending on the installation situation. A minimum depth of 650 mm is required for these (plus worktop overhang if applicable).
How thick can the worktop be?
For all three BORA cooktop extractor systems, the worktop thickness must be between 10 and 40 mm including the carrier material. For thicker worktops, the carrier material thickness must be reduced accordingly.