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21st July 2017


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Glass act: new glass basins for Svelte 120 bathroom unit set new design standards

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Pioneering bathroom manufacturer, Bauhaus, has launched a new range of moulded glass basins to accompany its design-led Svelte basin unit. Reflecting light in a crystal clear finish, these unique glass basins set a new standard in innovative bathroom design.

Keeping warm with Gaia's underfloor heating

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Gaia Climate Solutions provides two main types of underfloor heating systems; a water-based system (often referred to as hydronic or wet) and an electric system.

After the storm: Cintas offers retailers a Summer storm checklist

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Would you know what to do if a severe summer storm damaged your retail facility? Time is critical following a natural disaster. With Summer storm season just beginning in parts of the US & well underway in much of Europe, Cintas Corporation offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.

HiB urges retailers to take stock of 3g living

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With World Population Day taking place this week (on Tuesday 11th July), HiB has been highlighting the importance of catering to the growing trend for 3G living, especially when it comes to the bathroom.

Utopia scoops 'Best British Bathroom Brand' award

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Utopia Bathrooms tells us it is delighted to have been voted Britain's Best Bathroom Furniture Brand at the recent BKU Awards.

As a leading British manufacturer of bathroom furniture, Utopia has consistently made the shortlist for the Best Bathroom Furniture Brand category in the annual award scheme run by BKU (Bathroom & Kitchen Update) but this is the first time it has won this coveted award.

In frame and in colour - Benchmarx launches four new kitchen ranges

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Being able to recommend products that offer quality finishes and match the latest kitchen trends is vital when it comes to meeting customer needs. Now, trade-only supplier of high-quality rigid kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, has launched four new ranges to its collections to ensure fitters can do just that and, importantly, at the right price.

Add elegance to any home with Lustrolite carbon panels

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This rich carbon panel is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

Lustrolite acrylic panels in sophisticated carbon are great for adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to any kitchen or bathroom.

Ceramic sanitaryware market worth $59.17 Billion USD by 2022

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A new 158-page report 'Ceramic sanitary ware market by type' published by MarketsandMarkets, estimates the market to be USD 37.42 Billion in 2017 and predicts that it will reach USD 59.17 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.6% from 2017 to 2022.

Growth in the real estate sector, increase in demand for ceramic sanitaryware from Southeast Asian countries, change in consumer preferences and a shift of manufacturing facilities to emerging economies are factors driving the growth.

Schmidt kitchens bring out natural beauty of wood, with contemporary and classic designs

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Kitchen trends may come and go but there's one look that never goes out of style and that's a wonderful wooden design full of character and charm.

French furniture specialist Schmidt has been working with this natural material for more than 80 years and its benefits are easy to appreciate. It's warm, versatile and full of heritage and artisan appeal.

Falmec's Noise Reduction System extractors recognised as amongst quietest on market

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Falmec's NRS Collection of premium kitchen extraction systems has been awarded Quiet Mark accreditation. The six models; Lumina, Stilo, Horizon, Zenith, NRS Plane and NRS Gruppo Incasso have been recognised as some of the very quietest extractor systems on the market, with noise output levels starting at an almost silent 37db up to a very quiet 53dB on maximum.

'Pure and Simple' with Studio Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

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British Manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), embraces minimalist design with the Studio towel warmer: a sequence of straight cross-rails which create a clear-cut heating solution.

Designed to efficiently hang and dry essential bath linen, Studio is made from high quality brass which is chromed to a mirror-finish.

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Having received a press release referring to Legionella Awareness Day and deciding to look a little more deeply into the issues, I came across a report in the journal Eurosurveillance. Compiled from annual data submitted by 29 EU/EEA countries to the European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) - covering 2011 to 2015 - it revealed some interesting facts and trends.

The report's conclusion is that the burden of Legionnaires Disease appears to be growing in Europe, displaying an epidemiology similar to that observed in the US, with a comparable notification rate and similar settings of infection. Four countries, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, accounted for 70.3% of all reported cases, although their combined populations represent only 49.9% of the study population. The 20 lowest-reporting countries make up only 10.2% of all cases, while their combined populations represent 28.8% of the study population.

The main purpose of ELDSNet, is detection of travel-related Legionnaires Disease clusters involving residents of Europe that could not otherwise be detected by any national surveillance scheme. Of the total 30,532 cases reported between 2011 and 2015, 11.5% (3098) were deemed foreign travel-related, 71% (21,618) were community/sporadic, 4.9% (1322) nosocomial, and 8.4% (2259) domestic travel-related. By comparison, 46.3% of confirmed cases in England and Wales residents were deemed to have been foreign travel-related (177 of 387 cases).

In the EU/EEA, although the case fatality rate fell between 2011 (10.4%) and 2015 (8.1%), the age-adjusted notification rate increased steadily to 1.3 cases per 100,000 population - the highest rate ever recorded. The report recommends that: "In countries with persistently low notification rates, ad hoc studies should identify reasons for under-ascertainment and all countries should endeavour to develop and maintain appropriate control measures in man-made water systems to prevent LD cases".

The press release I referred to earlier proved that I don't know as much about how we can contract this disease as I thought I did. For example, it talks about the bacteria being present in soil and advises us to wear gloves when handling soil and compost while gardening - something I never bother to do. That got me thinking about my water butt and what could be lurking in there, as some of the contents will have been sitting there - stagnant - for many months. We're expecting a drought next year so many people will be installing water butts for the first time. Worth reading up on how to stay safe while using them then...



This Week's News

Hotly contested shortlist for KBSA Designer Awards announced

* Hotly-contested-shortlist.jpgThis year's hotly contested shortlist of finalists has been announced by the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association. The judges for the Awards, who judge all entries anonymously, announced the shortlist and noted that this year the standard of entry was better than ever.

KBSA support for In-toto and Alno retailers

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has offered support to In-toto and Alno retailers following the news that Alno AG has filed for insolvency in self-administration.

The insolvency process includes Gustav Wellmann and Alno Logistik & Services GmbH but the company says that all foreign subsidiaries and Pino GmbH are not affected and that business continues as usual for them.

LDL launches Pullboy Z for Blum Legrabox

* LDL-Pullboy-Z.jpgLDL 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.

European Bathroom Forum promotes creation of environmental label

* European-Bathroom Forum-label _142.jpgThe 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.

The aim of this label is to ensure that end users have reliable and updated information about the performance of products in matters such as the water and energy consumption.

Older people and children most at risk this Summer from Legionella

* Older-people-legionella.jpgOlder people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.

Legionella Awareness Day (30th August) aims to make people aware of the risks of the lethal bacteria.

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

* GEBERIT-intuitive.jpgOperating 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.

Cosentino UK supports The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET)

* Cosentino-UK-training.jpgCosentino UK tells us it is delighted to be supporting The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) and that it is offering one of its Elite Studios a 50% scholarship to send a member of staff on the award-winning foundation degree course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University from September 2017.

25 years in the UK for VitrA. Do you have stories or images to share?

* Vitra_25-years.jpgVitrA is celebrating 25 years in the UK this weekend. The high profile VitrA brand has enjoyed significant growth, due to its commitment to producing products that people really want in their bathrooms. Celebrations have kicked off with a party for staff at its UK headquarters in Didcot, Oxfordshire. To mark the occasion VitrA is also asking retailers to share any bathroom stories or images from the early 1990s.

Double promotion celebrated at HiB

* HiB2.jpgHiB has announced the promotion of two of its longest serving employees to directors. Brothers Neil and Richard Berry have taken on the positions of operations director and logistics director respectively. Having each worked at the company for almost 20 years, Neil (left) and Richard (right) are the latest example of HiB's investment in staff progression and development.

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Alno UK - business as usual

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Remarkable backdrop for BMA's AGM

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Year end results show growth for Lakes Bathrooms

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Zip to join forces with Culligan

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Smeg UK welcomes Garry Leveridge as national account manager

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Abode publishes new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap brochure

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The brochure to accompany the new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap range from Abode is now available to order, view and download from www.pronteau.co.uk

The 12-page brochure outlines the collection beautifully, showcasing the choice available and ease of use of the new taps giving you 'Water the way you want it'.

Hot off the press: Caple's new kitchen & bedroom brochure

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Caple has launched its new Kitchen & Bedroom Collection 2017 brochure, which is available now to download.

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