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11th August 2017
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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'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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
This Week's News
After completing technical and organisational preparations, Alno AG has now been able to continue kitchen production at its German headquarters in Pfullendorf. In the interest of customers, creditors and businesses, the company's goal is to stabilise business operations as the foundation for further restructuring efforts.
The 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.
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.
Nobu 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 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'.
Following 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.
Summer 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, one of the largest manufacturers of decorative surfaces, has adopted the internationally recognised Lean Six Sigma techniques to help underpin their Operational Excellence strategy.
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.
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.
The 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.
In 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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Following a period of sustained growth and extensions to its product range, Thomas Crapper is relocating its existing Stratford warehouse to larger premises in Huddersfield.
The new warehouse provides the manufacturer with 50% more space for stock, enabling it to respond to demand and fulfil customer orders promptly.