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22nd September 2017
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Available now, the new Space Tower offers virtually unlimited co-ordination opportunities with the external kitchen design.
London Fire Brigade's latest campaign is going to impact quite heavily on this industry's appliance manufacturers... Its 'Don't turn your back on fridge fire risk' and 'Total Recalls' messages have been picked up by Which? - something that's likely to lead to demands from buyers in store and online, that manufacturers comply with LBF's recommendations.
Which? has this week added its voice to the LBF's campaign by asking manufacturers to stop making non-flame retardant plastic-backed fridges and freezers. The publication has written to manufacturers to urge them to stop using non-flame retardant plastic backing on fridges, freezers and fridge freezers, which could create a fire risk in people's homes due to their potential to accelerate the spread of fire.
In response to the announcement by Which? that it is getting behind the campaign, LFB's assistant commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: "We have been calling for fridges and freezers to be properly covered with fire retardant backing for a number of years and so we are pleased Which? has added weight to our campaign. "The entire back of fridges and freezers must be properly covered in fire resistant material to limit the spread of fire but the current manufacturing standards still allows for holes in the backing for cables or components which would leave the highly flammable insulation inside exposed.
"Partially covering the back of a fridge is like having a fire door with a hole in it that would allow fire, heat and smoke to pass through. "Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods and June's tragic fire at Grenfell Tower started in a fridge freezer. Between 2010 and 2016 there have been nine fire deaths and 298 injuries as a result of fires involving white goods in London."
The Brigade has made a series of urgent calls for action to make white goods safer as part of its Total Recalls campaign. I'm aware that many manufacturers now include fire resistant backing as a matter of course, but in light of the assistant commissioner's warnings about cable holes being an issue, I'm wondering how much extra work is going to be involved in producing something that's completely safe without creating other problems with regard to cable management and extra bulk. Over to you...
This Week's News
JTP is one of the UK's leading bathroom suppliers; consistently offering exceptional quality products that cater for all types of homes and lifestyles. JTP also offers a diverse mix of modern and traditional kitchen mixer taps, which are guaranteed to add a splash of luxury.
Transform bathrooms into a luxurious retreat with the complete collection of brassware, furniture units and accessories from British bathroom specialist, Crosswater. Combining modern functionality with on-trend aesthetics, each product from the brand's extensive offering is manufactured to the highest specifications, offering customers assured quality and superior performance.
Perfect for introducing a high-tech element to bathing spaces, Bauhaus by Crosswater's new range of LED mirrors offers the latest in sensor-operated illumination. Combining user-friendly technology alongside design excellence, the Mike Pro mirror comes in two sizes and provides a bright, radiant light that is triggered with a simple hand motion.
The age-old ritual of relaxing in a long and luxurious bath is dying out, a recent survey revealed. Just 4% of people are now choosing to take a soak compared with over three quarters (79%) who prefer to take a quick and efficient shower.
Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, has some ideas on how this change in our personal habits can be used to the advantage of the KBB industry.
Roman announced in April that it had won the Queen's Award for International Trade and the company has just celebrated the award with all Roman staff. This ceremony was held at Roman headquarters where there was a presentation made by the Queen's representative, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon.
The Lord Lieutenant was formally welcomed by managing director David Osborne, before being given a tour of the showroom and the manufacturing plants, meeting members of the workforce along the way.
Offering a compelling design solution for every bathroom, new Z-Line from VitrA is a sleek, modern range of bathroom brassware featuring a smoothly contoured body with an easy-to-use flat lever control conveniently mounted on the side.
There are three basin mixers in the range - a standard size and a tall monobloc, both with or without pop-up waste and one with a useful swivel spout. The Z-Line range also includes built-in shower and bath/shower mixers - these models are designed to be used with VitrA's concealed part and need a minimum pressure of 1 bar. Additionally, there is a shower mixer and bath/shower mixer that complements this angular range.
The new 110cm triple ovens can be fitted with a 6-burner gas hobs, or an electric induction top allowing the customer complete flexibility. The Professional Series cookers can be specified in a variety of colourways including stainless, burgundy, black and white as well as brighter shades of yellow, orange and red associated with classically-Italian sports cars.
German glazed titanium-steel bathroom manufacturer, Bette, has announced that it is making a change to its distribution arrangements. Bette products can currently be ordered through Ideal Bathrooms and Farmiloes.
From 1st January 2018, products will be ordered through Davroc and Farmiloes, which will continue to provide nationwide coverage.
Allowing quick and easy access to pricing, a new dealer portal has been launched by Blanco on its website. The portal also provides retailers with online product ordering (packs will be available to order early next year), the latest details of product availability and order status, together with downloadable marketing materials on Blanco's extensive range of kitchen sinks and taps, induction hobs, extractor hoods and accessories.
The password-protected area is available via personalised log-in details and is designed to support Blanco's partners by providing easy, time-saving access to up-to-date and individually-tailored product information. Dealers simply enter the product number to check for availability and current pricing, plus shipping date and freight, transport and insurance costs.
With cooking and nutrition now forming part of the curriculum across the UK but only an estimated 25% of primary schools having a teaching kitchen or facilities, it is believed that the majority of Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils don't receive practical cookery experiences.
The appeal, operated by Suffolk residents Alice Bolton and her mother Ruth Bolton, who have family and friends living in Barbuda, will be receiving items from the Ridgeons branch including tarpaulins, nails, screws, hammers, saws, hand tools and tape measures.
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GM Distribution of Milton Keynes has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as a new affiliate member. This takes the number of brands which the trade association supports to well over 100 and GMGB's additional wealth of understanding and knowledge of the industry will be much appreciated throughout the BMA.
The first edition of Franke's new flagship thought leadership event 'Think Next by Franke' brought almost 500 guests to the company's headquarters in Aarburg, Switzerland. The audience was made up of entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, innovators and influencers, as well as numerous customers and partners who joined the event. The summit focused specifically on innovation and trends in the food industry.
Online ventilation expert, i-sells.co.uk has plenty of reasons to celebrate this year, having achieved unprecedented growth. To celebrate the success and set the firm up for further expansion, it has confirmed a move into new office premises and the opening of a showroom in Sidcup, Kent.
Roman has launched French, German and Spanish versions of its company video to help promote its showers internationally and the video will soon be available in other languages too, with a view to presenting the Brand all over the world.