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21st April 2017
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The products offer a matt texture in a range of tranquil colours which evoke relaxation in every inch.
Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to update both the bathroom and the kitchen.
Kitchen gadgetry and innovations have certainly made it into the nationals over the past couple of weeks, haven't they? One that surprised me, was the article about how the use of a blue plastic ball-like object, popped in with the wash, reduces the need for laundry powder/liquid and through adding to the agitation during the washing cycle, improves the result.
This makes sense to me, since the extra agitation echoes that of the ancient laundry tradition of beating laundry on the rocks in the river, or in later years, on a washing board (my mother used to have one of those), or of scrubbing the hands under the tap, rather than smearing on soap and letting the water rinse it off. What surprised me though is that this is something I wrote about in 2000, having had a discussion with Professor David Bellamy (he of TV fame) who advocated the device's use. It was even the same colour blue although I can't recall the manufacturer. Perhaps it's the same product, which has failed to catch on, despite David's recommendations...
Still on the subject of laundry, I was fascinated to read about the development by a team of US scientists and the US Department of Energy, of an ultrasonic machine that is claimed to dry clothes in half the time an ordinary dryer takes, more efficiently, more quietly and more cheaply and without the threat of shrinkage. It uses amplified sound waves emitted by piezo-electric transducers to rapidly vibrate the clothes dry and could be ready for incorporation into consumer appliances, within the next few years. What do you think about this idea, which is something I'd not come across before?
The final piece of 'news' surprised me, in as much as Environment minister Thérèse Coffey is claiming that all new fridges could soon be supplied with a free thermometer, to ensure that consumers keep their fridges at the desired temperature, to tackle the unnecessary waste caused through storing food at too high a temperature, so it spoils quickly. She's clearly behind the times...
Perhaps we should offer to sign her up to receive KBzine, so she can read all about the wonderful things this industry is doing - such as reducing water usage and producing 'smart' appliances - which do so much more to save energy and look after the environment, than what she's suggesting!
This Week's News
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association will be promoting the industry by having a number of retail members present to provide advice on live projects at Grand Designs Live (29th April - 07th May, Excel, London).
Appointments can be booked with the KBSA members for one-to-one advice in the Kitchen Advice Centre which is part of the Kitchen Live Experience sponsored by KBSA Corporate member Miele. The KBSA experts will advise and review plans with consumers for their new project and will give professional advice to help them progress their project.
Back for the second year running, National Tile Week has seen success with national and independent retailers, supporting tile sales over the double Easter bank holiday weekends. Backed by British Ceramic Tile and Tile Giant, the campaign took a stronger consumer approach than in its previous year, but still focused on driving tile sales during the peak DIY trading period.
This year saw an impressive increase in the number of retailers involved with the campaign climbing from 60 retailers in 2016 to over 300 participating partners, including over 100 Tile Giant stores. Retailers were given a range of exclusive promotions and discounts from British ceramic tile for the duration of the campaign, as well as promotional materials to use in store, offering advice and guidance from tile and DIY expert, Julia Kendell, who fronted the campaign.
In just a few weeks three UK companies have joined the increasingly influential Bathroom Manufacturers Association. Easa Group, Heatrae Sadia, and Wallgate have become full members and all are committed to contributing to the aims and objectives of the association.
"A ripple of excitement always flows through the BMA's Keele offices when a new member joins the association," says Yvonne Orgill, the BMA's CEO. "But having three new members join within a matter of weeks was particularly satisfying. We are delighted to welcome them."
As part of its ongoing bid to offer unrivalled levels of customer service, LDL Components is introducing the unique 3D drawer solution, whereby fully assembled drawers, custom-built to the exact specifications of the customer using premium quality Blum components, are delivered within five days of order. The move represents considerable investment for LDL, with a new dedicated warehouse and production facility based at its Glossop site.
According to Matthew Lord, LDL's managing director, this new move will not only save precious time ordering and assembling all the separate components, it also means a huge range of drawer sizes, colours, finishes and internal accessories can be offered to the end customer without incurring complicated and costly stock issues.
Roman has been awarded the Queens Award for International Trade as it has shown a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12 month periods, to a level which is outstanding. The Queens Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious corporate accolade that a UK business can win.
Daval, a leader in the design and manufacture of quality fitted furniture, is launching a brand new contemporary kitchen furniture collection, Langham, which is also available in a range of two new stone effect finishes. It will be available from 1st June 2017.
Contemporary by nature, Langham's urban furniture style is perfect for Daval's new stone decor which gives a premium look and feel with eclectic ideology.
Technology innovator and CAD software specialist for the KBB sector ArtiCAD, has announced that its flagship product, ArtiCAD-Pro, has recently been made available on a subscription basis for those clients wishing to pay a regular monthly fee, rather than a one-off licence fee.
And within a couple of months of its launch, this approach to purchasing ArtiCAD-Pro has become the company's fastest selling product. The monthly payment model makes this version very scalable as a business grows and more designers are employed.
A compact all-round solution for any home, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma is the latest shower toilet to join the market-leading collection. Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the AquaClean Tuma combines simple yet elegant design with sophisticated technology.
Hidden beneath the surface of its stylish design is a wealth of innovative technology. The patented WhirlSpray shower technology gently and thoroughly cleans the user with warm water.
A community projects fund, run by British cooking appliance brand Stoves, has reopened after being been inundated with hundreds of entries from charities across the UK. The £20,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of local communities by helping community organisations to transform their kitchen facilities.
The competition asks people to nominate charities and organisations which have a positive impact on their local communities. In the last year, more than 400 nominations were received from community projects across the country, with more than 11,000 votes cast to choose the winners.
Award winning bathroom retailer Ripples, has launched a new Style Guide - an in-house magazine, filled with everything consumers need to know about bathrooms. It covers new products coveted by Ripples, inspirational case studies and invaluable advice from Ripples design experts... a 'go-to' for consumers looking to refresh or totally update their bathrooms.
The mag comes out twice a year... The first one has just landed on Ripples' website and can be downloaded and the hard copies have arrived at the showrooms.
In a move that enhances the company's eco credentials and also has long term cost-saving implications, Utopia Bathrooms has installed a biomass boiler and heating system at their Midlands-based manufacturing premises.
Sourced from Talbotts, a local company specialising in biomass and wood waste to energy solutions, the new system uses all the offcuts and dust waste that would previously have been collected in skips and then transported to landfill sites, a costly and unsustainable process.
In response to the increasing demand for its products, Salice UK, the name synonymous with the development and manufacture of premier furniture fittings, is pleased to have appointed David Brown as its area sales manager for Scotland.
In this newly created position, David joins Salice with over 20 years' sales experience within the furniture fittings industry. He will now implement his knowledge to promote the high standards of products and customer service support that have for so long been the fundamental trading principles of Salice UK.
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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation [BiKBBI] confirmed that the builders merchant that has recently celebrated its 175-year anniversary, renewed Corporate Membership in April.
Having been based in Warwick for over eight years, Geberit's move to larger premises is part of an exciting period of growth for Geberit and Twyford. With a spacious office covering more than 2,000sq.m, Geberit employees benefit from a modern and inspiring working environment. The new building also boasts a 400sq.m showroom featuring the new Geberit Bathroom Collection which encompasses bathroom sanitaryware and furniture, Twyford bathrooms, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, plus the company's sanitary and piping systems displayed within an inspiring environment.