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Ultra-Natural addition has beauty in its veins

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Caesarstone has extended its premium Ultra-Natural range of quality quartz worktops with the launch of Statuario Maximus, which has the appearance of natural stone.

A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins.
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New Pro filter system launched by Pando

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Pando, the Spanish cooker hood and extractor manufacturer, has added an integrated filter system to its existing range of premium products.
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Xpelair puts noisy bathroom fans back on the agenda

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The latest Noise Attitude Survey highlights that 48% of people feel that our home life is spoilt by noise, whilst a fifth are kept awake by sound disturbance at night.
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Chic Coheba joins RAK's porcelain collection

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A new stone-effect tile range has joined RAK's porcelain collection. New Coheba includes four stylish base tiles and a contemporary mixed-mosaic design, which includes each colour tone in a repeating rectangle design. All of the surfaces have a chic Lappatto finish and can be used on walls and floors, offering huge design scope for commercial and residential applications.
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New Victorian back-to-wall WC by Perrin & Rowe

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Perrin & Rowe has introduced its new chinaware design, in the form of a Victorian back-to-wall pan: now available to retailers.
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KBSA Designer Awards 2016

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has reminded us that the deadline for 2016 Designer Awards submissions is fast approaching - so don't miss the opportunity to showcase your talents.
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More Bette Baths with hidden overflow - BetteSensory options extended

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With the launch of the BetteLux Shape bath in 2015, Bette introduced a new type of electronic waste and overflow system called BetteSensory, which removes the need for a visible bath overflow. The company is now adding this innovative option to other baths in its portfolio.
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Your contribution to landfill...

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Problems are often brushed under the carpet, but one problem that cannot be ignored any longer is the issue of sending food waste to landfill sites.
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'Form and Functionality' from the Pure Bathroom Collection by Smiths Briten

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Bang on trend for summer 2016's pared-back look, distributor Smiths Briten has launched two beautifully simple bathroom suites - perfect for either a small cloakroom or a larger en-suite.
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Calcutta Marble booms as tastes change: Decor of the month from Wilsonart reflects historical design trend

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Wilsonart has identified growing demand for white marble effects. There's no coincidence that the enduring design appeal of white marble, just like that of the Taj Mahal so recently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is enjoying a resurgence in kitchen design.
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New technology: Washbasin and bathroom furniture merge to form a single unit

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To meet the highest design requirements in the bathroom, Duravit has developed an innovative method that involves connecting the ceramic furniture washbasin to the surface of the vanity unit to create a perfect whole.
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Bathroom storage just got seriously slick with HiB'S Stratus

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HiB is continuing in its unrelenting mission to help consumers to make their bathrooms beautiful with its stunning new Stratus bathroom cabinet range.
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Caple launches new pyrolytic pizza oven

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Cooking pizza reaches a new dimension with Caple's new Sense Premium C2485 pyrolytic oven. The pizza function is a first for Caple and this model, which comes with a pizza stone, will cook this Italian cuisine in just three minutes at a temperature of 350C, making this the perfect choice for fresh pizzas.
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RAK launches encaustic-styled Cronto Collection

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RAK Ceramics has launched a new range of encaustic-styled porcelain tiles. The new on-trend Cronto Collection includes 15 rustic wall and floor tiles, in a mix of plain and decorative designs. Patterns include traditional hotchpotch decors and retro-shapes, giving tremendous design scope in a range of natural tones.
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Popular commercial tap range extended and enhanced with new technology and design

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A popular commercial tap range has undergone a major design and functionality overhaul to ensure modern water saving efficiency and design credentials are met.
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Welcome to the

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Feeling pretty chipper right now? You’re not alone. Key findings from the survey of 2,000 adults by drinks brand Oasis indicate that today is ‘British Peak Time’. May is the nation’s favourite month of the year, bank holidays are the summertime events we most look forward to – and, unsurprisingly, Friday is the day of the week we feel most optimistic!

Today is the only Friday in May before a bank holiday, leading to predicted widespread positivity. For example, a fifth of adults (19%) say May is the month they feel most upbeat, closely followed by July (18%). Almost half (45%) report feeling particularly positive on Fridays, followed by 19% on Saturdays. Mondays are happier than expected, with 11% citing them as a good-mood day, leaving not-so-sunny Sundays languishing last at 4.5%. With 46% listing Bank Holidays as the Summer event they get most excited about, it seems Britain will head into the long weekend feeling bright and breezy.

The current weather forecast will be getting folk all fired up too, as lighting the BBQ when the temperature hits 18 degrees tops the list of things we secretly love about British summertime. With the mercury set to reach 20 degrees in most regions later today, it should be a sizzler – and not a moment before time! I know I’m not the only one who’s been forced to put the heating on for a couple of evenings this week…

It probably goes without saying that we Brits expect bank holiday weekends to be a wash out weather-wise… The survey also reveals that two of the words we most associate with British summertime are ‘rain’ and ‘wet’ (42% combined). Yet 60% still cite summer as their favourite season, and 16% admit they actually love the unpredictable nature of British weather.

With all this optimism we’re supposedly feeling and with the weather not expected to be blindlingly hot and sunny for the entire weekend, it may be that people will spend less time lazing around than they normally do at the end of May bank holiday and perhaps more time doing some DIY and/or shopping around for new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

If you’re in the trade and are having to work this weekend, may it be a busy and lucrative time for you!

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This Week's News

Miele crowned Which? Home Appliance Brand of the Year 2016 with "unparalleled" results

* MEILE-ABINGDON.jpgFor the second consecutive year, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, has been crowned Home Appliance Brand of the Year at the prestigious Which? Awards. Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the best businesses that deliver innovation, excellent products and service that score highly in Which? research and testing.

Jess O'Leary, Which? home appliances expert commented: "Miele's strike rate in our testing is unparalleled - 91% of all appliances we've tested are either a Best Buy or Worth a Look."
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Kitchen entrepreneur shortlisted for coveted interiors award

* Alan-MacGregor.jpgAEG is delighted that one of its premier partners has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Glasgow-based Silver Birch Interiors has been shortlisted for the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2016 in the category 'Best Kitchen Company'.

After taking the plunge into self-employment in 2007, young entrepreneur, Alan MacGregor, grafted in the kitchen industry for eight years before setting up his first business in 2012.
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Next125 wins two Red Dot design awards for contemporary kitchen design

* Next125.jpgThe jury of the Red Dot Design Awards were so impressed with the high quality of design in the next125 collection, that they awarded the 'Red Dot Winner' label to two products. Both the new carcase height of 87.5cm and the stunning NX 950 ceramic fronts caught the eye of the international panel of experts and gained winning status.

Introduced to increase design flexibility, the new 87.5cm carcase and reduced 5cm plinth height creates the additional benefit of increased storage space, making it easier to accommodate larger items. Equally, the new dimensions add an almost monolithic quality to this purist design.
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Open sesame! with Servo-Drive flex by Blum

* Blum1.jpgBuilt-in fridge/freezers can now also be elegantly concealed behind fronts in minimalist handleless kitchens. Blum's Servo-Drive flex opens handleless fronts at a single touch. If the door has been opened unintentionally the self-closing mechanism ensures that it closes automatically within a couple of seconds. This will prevent defrosting and food from spoiling.

Servo-Drive flex also has a feature that stops the door from opening if the user just leans against it. The only prerequisite is that the refrigerators and freezers have been built into cabinets - they must not be stand-alone appliances.
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European Water Label launches new two-minute movie

* European-water-label-countries.jpgAn excellent new advertising movie 'One Europe, One Label' has just been released by the Water Label Company.

The movie, specifically created to highlight what the Label is all about, where it's used and who supports it, will be seen across 34 countries of Europe and beyond, and is aimed at attracting more members and users.
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Boutique hotel style at home

* Matki-Boutique-Corner.jpgThe Matki Boutique Walk-In range creates an understated, hotel-spa feel in a variety of bathroom spaces and a luxurious showering experience, showcasing the beauty of 8mm and 10mm solid safety glass with discreet yet highly-polished Chrome finishing.

Boutique takes the stress away from walk-in installations with all configurations coming with an integrated shower tray and optional integrated brassware as part of the package.
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PWS Worksurfaces boosts Strata granite and quartz offer

* PWS-Sinuous_white.jpgStrata, PWS' own brand of quartz, granite and acrylic worksurfaces, has been boosted with an extensive range of exciting new finishes. The quartz collection, enhanced with 12 new options, now offers a twenty-three-strong palette, with a further fifteen new granites unveiled to bring the total granite portfolio to 33.

Following an intensive period of research, evaluating current and emerging trends, gathering customer feedback and drawing on the huge knowledge bank at PWS, the new collection includes a considered mix of colours and finishes, to give customers multiple colour and pattern choices from one tried and trusted source.
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Liebherr has great success at Grand Designs Live London

* Liebherr.jpgLiebherr has great success at this years' Grand Designs Live. From the 30th April to the 8th May at ExCel London, Liebherr showcased a plethora of appliance products with which visitors could interact.

With over 500 exhibitors across seven sectors, there was a lot to see, but Liebherr stood out from the crowd with an impressive collection of refrigeration appliances and wine cabinets positioned prominently within the dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom section.
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HIB welcomes bathroom renovation popularity

* HIB-Stratus-50.jpgPopular bathroom brand, HiB has welcomed new market research which reveals that the bathroom is the most popular room for home improvements.

According to a new study by The Tile Depot, (www.swns.com) UK bathrooms are now the most popular choice of home improvement, with nearly half (44%) of people choosing to renovate their bathroom. In comparison, the kitchen comes a close second with 42%, followed by the garden with 17%.
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Max-Top announces The Panelling Centre partnership

* Max-Top-Quartz.jpgMax-Top has announced the launch of its patented quartz surface in Ireland. The product will be distributed to kitchen installers and retailers by Grafton Group company The Panelling Centre, the supplier of kitchen and wardrobe components with branches in Dublin, County Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork.

"Max-Top Quartz surfaces offer a whole host of benefits that will really suit installers in Ireland, from being ready for immediate sale and installation to the variety of decors available," says Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top.
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Shaws launches 'Florida' urinal

* Florida-Urinal.jpgShaws has launched 'Florida', a heavy duty fireclay urinal suitable for both commercial and luxury applications, following an abundance of interest from the architectural, specifier and building trades.

Already commissioned for specific installations in some of the country's most prestigious buildings, the product is now being added to Shaws' commercial portfolio and will be available through Shaws' dealer partnerships and builders merchants.
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Customer at the core - Burbidge's expanded team sees customer satisfaction soar

* Burbidge-Customer-service.jpgHaving recently invested in expanding its customer service team, Burbidge is thrilled to announce that its reputed customer satisfaction levels have soared to the next level.

During the last two years, Burbidge has bolstered its customer service division with two new appointments in order to deal with increased demand following the launch of its new kitchen and bathroom furniture ranges.
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150+ Franke More in Store retailers support Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party campaign

* Franke_World-Choc-champ.jpgOver 150 of Franke's More in Store retailers across the UK are setting out their stalls ready to host a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie in June. Registration is open until 10th June via Franke's More in Store microsite (www.moreinstore.co.uk) for any more retailers wishing to join in the fundraising fun.

This year, Franke has teamed up with UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks to support the campaign.
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Croydex strengthens sales team with two new appointments

* craig.jpgBathroom accessories specialist, Croydex, has strengthened its sales team with two new appointments.

Craig Blakeway (pictured left) joins the award-winning, Andover-based company as area sales manager for the East of the UK whilst Andrew Wilkins (below right) has been named area sales manager for London and the South East region.
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Recent News

Abacus goes with the Flow

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Determined to open 'a bathroom showroom like no other', builders and plumbers' merchants, MP Moran, turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create an impressive display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms.
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Hoover joins retra in support of independents

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Leading domestic appliance manufacturer Hoover is looking to increase its support to independent retailers in the UK by joining the Radio, Electrical & Television Retailers Association as an associate member.
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Hippo extends sponsorship of the iKBBI for a further three years

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers confirmed this week that national waste logistics company Hippo has extended its corporate sponsorship of the Institute for a further three years.
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Which? awards Best Buy status to two AEG washing machines

Which? has awarded the AEG L79685FL and L87405FL washing machines Best Buy Status.

Commenting on the AEG L79685FL, Which? says: "We love how well this AEG washes clothes and blasted through stains in our tests. It will do a great job with your laundry and thoroughly deserves being a Best Buy".
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We have Mail

Ed: We're hoping you can help this company out with your advice. Please email us at news@thekbzine.com with your views. Many thanks!

Dear Jan,

We are a small kitchen, bedroom and bathroom provider and wondered if you could help with an issue we are having. We fitted an en suite for a customer in 2013 and unfortunately the shower tray developed a hairline crack/crazing. The supplier has stated that there is only a two-year guarantee with the tray and refuses to replace it.
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Utopia invests in manufacturing excellence

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Bathroom furniture sector specialist, Utopia Bathrooms, has demonstrated its commitment to UK manufacturing by investing in a new board storage and delivery system including a throughfeed router at its Wolverhampton headquarters.
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BMA builds its conference line up

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced three more speakers for the day-long event.
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Internet sales of plumbing products in the UK increased by 28% in 2015

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The Internet is the fastest growing distribution channel of the overall UK plumbing and heating products market and has experienced strong growth levels in the last five years.
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iKBBI provides support to Trading Standards

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In addition to providing support to The Furniture Ombudsman and its vital work with Alternative Dispute Resolution, Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installers Chief Inspector Geoff Jackson has confirmed that the iKBBI will be present at this year's CTSI conference in Telford.
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New head office and manufacturing warehouse facility for Phoenix Bathrooms

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Phoenix Bathrooms will be moving to new larger premises on Monday 9th May 2016.

The new premises have been in the process of development over the last three months and will consist of a new purpose built product training centre where the whole range of Phoenix products are displayed, open plan office for greater departmental communication and a warehouse and manufacturing facility that will be twice the size of the existing premises.
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People

Franke appoints new UK sales director

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Franke has appointed Rod Jones as sales director. Leading the UK sales team, Rod will manage the brand portfolio consisting of Franke, Carron Phoenix and KWC, across all key trade channels and is responsible for the development and execution of the UK-wide commercial strategy.
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BSH appoints two new regional service managers

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BSH's growing sales mean that its Customer Service constantly needs to adapt to continue to provide award-winning support for the organisation's brands (Bosch, NEFF, Siemens and Gaggenau).
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VitrA expands sales team with new 'North of England' rep

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VitrA is expanding its sales team by appointing Darren Dutch as area sales manager for the North of England.
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Dream Doors appoints Ed Brewer as new director of operations

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Kitchen makeover franchise firm Dream Doors has announced the appointment of Edward Brewer as the company's new director of operations.
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Literature

New and updated Kinedo brochure published

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Saniflo has launched a new Kinedo brochure detailing the latest products and updates to bring together the whole range of Kinedo self-contained cubicles including the updated Kinemagic bath-replacement range, the brand new Eden, the Kineprime Glass as well as the latest Kineduo shower baths and the existing portfolio of leak-free cubicles.
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