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11th August 2017


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Putting ergonomics into bathroom design with Geberit Acanto

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The new Geberit Acanto bathroom series is designed to meet the needs of the individual, with how we use the bathroom and what we store in it, informing its design.

The result is a range of furniture and ceramics that centres on ergonomics, ensuring that frequently used items are stored within an optimum reach zone to maximise on user comfort.

Bertazzoni launches cooling lines

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Bertazzoni has launched a stylish French Door Refrigerator to complement its range of cooking appliances available in the UK.

Bertazzoni's first cooling appliance, the fridge freezer, has been created to the same high-quality specifications as the rest of the Italian brand's offering.

The versatile panel solution for kitchen splashbacks and showers

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An advanced multi-layer acrylic panel that looks like glass, Lustrolite from Abacus Manufacturing Group is ideal for heavy-duty vertical applications, such as shower walls kitchen splashbacks in residential and commercial situations.

The product is quick and easy to install and, with its gloss finish, ultra-hygienic, hard-coated non-stick surface, does not harbour mould or calcium; bacterial growth is eliminated.

Falmec introduces Soffio from the Circle Tech collection, featuring a Murano Glass canopy

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Falmec has added an authentic touch of Italian heritage to its new Soffio extractor, which features a distinctive circular canopy constructed from hand blown Murano glass.

Duravit uses groundbreaking technology for new Vero Air collection

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Duravit's new Vero Air retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins whilst introducing the company's patented c-bonded technology - combining the unmistakable character of the original with a new level or precision and perfect proportions.

Binopolis puts squeeze on waste with new Titan Compactor Bin from Joseph Joseph

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New from Binopolis, the Joseph Joseph Titan Compactor Bin 30030 - part of the brand's Intelligent Waste range - effortlessly combines form and function and is the perfect choice for kitchens that are short on space.

'100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design'... from raw material to finished product

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In the second exhibition marking '100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design', taking place in September at the Roca London Gallery, Roca will draw on the expert knowledge it has amassed since 1917.

It will explore how the experiences and insights over the last 100 years have successfully influenced Roca product design, challenged established thinking and mirrored changes in our lifestyles and society at large.

European Bathroom Forum promotes creation of environmental label

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The European Bathroom Forum, a new platform made up of 57 European manufacturers and nine Trade Bodies and associations from the bathroom industry, is promoting the creation of an environmental Water Label for the bathroom space.

LDL launches Pullboy Z for Blum Legrabox

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LDL is extending its range of Wesco built-in household bins with the launch of the Pullboy Z with fully assembled Blum Legrabox drawer.

The popular Pullboy Z waste bin system has two separate compartments to facilitate efficient sorting of household rubbish and has previously only been available with Blum Antaro drawers supplied in component form.

Intuitive control: A new remote control app for Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma

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Operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets is now even simpler, with a new remote control app for smartphones. The remote control app with extra features makes operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets simpler than ever.

Alongside a simple-to-use control panel and intuitive remote control, the latest Geberit AquaClean shower toilets can also be operated via an app on an Android or Apple smartphone.

Welcome to the


Having observed washing machines being delivered and even carried upstairs, and seen the sweat (and sometimes blood and tears) that results, I know how heavy they can be. There's never really been a way around the problem, although a friend of mine did try removing the concrete block when moving house, to make the machine lighter.

The only trouble was, he was unable to get it back exactly into place and as secure as it had been originally. As you can perhaps imagine, there was consequently no chance of conversation when the spin programme was running after the move, and adjacent cupboard doors used to sometimes swing open and things wriggle out, and recipe books above would fall over, thanks to the vibration.

As an industry, we've done wonderfully well addressing the 'top-end' considerations regarding our white goods. They're almost personal assistants now, aren't they? As far as I'm aware though, little has been done to address the weight of the machine, when its' very weight is what's needed to keep it stable.

Until now of course...

I'm sure you'll have read in the news, about the team from Nottingham Trent University, which, working with Tochi Tech, has found a way to replace the concrete block (which I understand typically weighs some 25Kg), with a sealable plastic container that is filled with water to stabilise the machine, once the machine is in place.

My first thought was that this is a wonderful idea. There is a downside though, because as concrete is denser than water, the water container will need to be a fair bit bigger than the blocks are, and thus the machines will need to be redesigned to incorporate the extra bulk. Does that mean that drums will have to be smaller as a result, I wonder? Or will machines become bigger (which comes with its own problems)?

The other downside I can see is that the water in the container is going to be heated up and allowed to cool regularly. What effect will this have on its quality - and health & safety, I wonder? And what about those of us living in hard water areas... would that be an issue? If you have any thoughts on this, do please let me know...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Alno AG - production continues

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BiKBBI announces latest member benefit

* BiKBBI-benefit.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) today announced a partnership with Diesel24, a fuel broker which will be providing members with access to discounted vehicle fuel nationally.

Achieve instant kitchen appeal with Caple's new Ceramica island hood

* Caple-Ceramica.jpgCaple's new Ceramica island hood (CR750) makes the perfect choice for those looking for a designer extractor with the wow factor.

This high-performance hood looks ultra-stylish too with a beautifully contoured ceramic body, which has been handcrafted for a unique finish with an impressive 690mm Diameter.

Laufen collaborates with new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

* Laufen-Nobu.jpgNobu Hotel Shoreditch has chosen Swiss bathroom brand Laufen as the manufacturer for its bathrooms at the striking new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, which opened on 1st July 2017. One of London's most eagerly anticipated new hotels, the property is one of the first European hotels from the internationally renowned Nobu Hotels brand.

Hoover Candy UK appoints specialist logistics partner to support independent retailers

* Hoover-Candy_logistics.jpgHoover Candy UK has announced that it will work with independent trade specialist, Yusen Logistics, to provide the best possible service to its independent retail customers, a move in line with its ambition to be the 'supplier of choice'.

Virtu Goes Large with 900mm Cabinets...

* Virtu-Goes-Large.jpgFollowing extensive feedback as well as market research of retailers, new taller wall units have been added to the Virtu kitchens collection, widening its appeal by increasing storage capacity and allowing a greater variety of configurations to be achieved.

The 900mm tall wall units are available initially in the most popular Virtu styles, Expression Neo White Gloss, with Expression Concept Colour Finishes and Nouveau Concept Colour Finishes available to special order, and can be used in a variety of arrangements with other wall units.

Insinkerator provides the perfect solution to food waste this Summer

* Insinkerator-summer-waste.jpgSummer is on its way and food waste rotting in a wheelie bin, waiting for collection, can attract unwanted pests and produce unpleasant odours. The optimal method to dispose of food waste is to compost, but this is not an option available to everyone.

Despite our best efforts, a small proportion of food waste is inevitable and many of us are faced with the difficulty of sustainably disposing of it.

Wilsonart UK adopts Lean Six Sigma collaborative business approach

* Wilsonart-adopts-Lean-6.jpgWilsonart UK, one of the largest manufacturers of decorative surfaces, has adopted the internationally recognised Lean Six Sigma techniques to help underpin their Operational Excellence strategy.

Barwick appoint Bob Ashley as operations director

* Barwick_Bob-Ashley.jpgIndependent bathroom distributor Barwick has announced the appointment of Bob Ashley to the role of operations director.

Ashley, previously distribution manager at Barwick, has been with the business for over 30 years and has been promoted to the post as a result of ongoing company growth. Bob's appointment has been made to signify the importance of operations within the organisation and to support the next phase of growth.

New trade catalogue from Croydex provides professionals with in-depth technical specifications

* Croydex-catalogue.jpgCroydex has launched a new trade catalogue exclusively for professionals who need in-depth technical product information when working on bathroom projects.

Designed in-house, the latest publication from the bathroom accessories specialist, is particularly useful for specifiers and architects as well as installers and builders merchants.

Rotpunkt UK complete its latest series of training

* Rotpunkt-UK-training.jpgThe future is bright for Rotpunkt partners and suppliers in the wake of its final batch of UK training days where attendees completed a series of comprehensive product training and received updates on current / future brand developments.

Spanning six key locations across the UK - Cardiff, Dublin, East Midlands, Manchester, Gatwick and Cardiff again - each training session was hosted by Matt Phillips (operations) and Max Lükewille (export); both specialists in the design and manufacture of Rotpunkt German kitchen furniture.

Investing in IT security products alone is no silver bullet in battle against cyber crime

* Investing-in-IT.jpgIn the wake of high-profile global ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, BT and KPMG have recently published a new cyber security report offering practical advice to businesses of all sizes on how best to manage their security journey and turn it into a business opportunity.

The new report, 'The cyber security journey - from denial to opportunity', warns businesses against falling into dangerous traps as they deal with the complexity of securing a digital enterprise.

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BiKBBI confirms partnership with The Ideal Home Show 2018

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Tradespeople are contributing to the growing landfill problem

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Gaia rewarded for its environmental responsibility

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British Ceramic Tile inspires fashion students with tile competition

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British Ceramic Tile has once again shown its support for the next generation of designers at Plymouth College of Art with a London Fashion Week inspired tile competition.

Moores Furniture Group become BiKBBI Installation Standards Partner

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In what has been a busy month for The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, the organisation today announced, that Moores Furniture Group had become its latest 'big scalp' Installation Standards Partner, joining a fast growing network of high profile retailers and manufacturers.


Alno UK board announcement

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Jonathon Wagstaff (left of picture) - previously Alno UK managing director before becoming CEO, has resigned from his position at Alno UK.


British Ceramic Tile develops digital proposition with upgrade of its website britishceramictile.com

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British Ceramic Tile has launched an upgraded version of its website to better support retailers and consumers. Aspirational and informative, the newly revamped website is content-rich offering weekly updates on interior trends and real home makeovers, while providing a range of where to buy options including a 'find a retailer' facility.


New brochure set for Amica

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New brochure for Vitra Designer Collection

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Shop the Blanco collection with the a la Carte brochure

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