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2nd March 2012


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Award winning quality and design

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The award winning flush sliding door system: Eku Frontino 20, is now available from Hafele UK to allow flexible, design-led solutions to suit sideboards or wall cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, living room or office.

NKBA reveals top kitchen & bath trends for 2012

More than 350 National Kitchen & Bath Association member designers took part in the 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey in the US to cite the materials, product types and styles that they've incorporated into their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2011. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are 10 overall trends for kitchens and baths across the United States and Canada.

Get a hold of this...

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Hafele has released a new Decorative Handles catalogue, introducing five exciting new ranges. 

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

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Almost all EU Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 released on Tuesday by the European Commission in Brussels. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders US, Japan and South Korea. The largest gap for the EU27 remains in terms of private sector innovation.

NKBA report shows high optimism for start of 2012

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has released the Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the fourth quarter. Although results convey a slight drop-off from third quarter in number of remodels and budgets, showroom visits held steady from a year ago and with marked increases from 2009 and 2010, optimism for the first quarter of 2012 remains high.

Karonia to showcase extended Mistral range

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KBB 2012: Hall 20, Stand F110

Karonia, the provider of Mistral genuine 25mm solid surface worktops, will be unveiling its significantly extended range. On display will be a number of exciting new colourways for the versatile enhanced acrylic worksurface.

Sustainable products and installation materials can earn 'green' NSF International certification

NSF International, an independent global organisation that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods, now offers Green Squared Certification for sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles and installation materials.

Welcome to the

It's that time of year that we've all been waiting for... Yes - Sunday sees the start of the UK's biggest show dedicated to the KBB industry. I for one simply can't wait to explore the fabulous room sets we've been promised and I know that some fantastic new products are being unveiled for the first time, so the show promises to be a good one.

But of course it's not all about what's on show, is it? It's about the networking with industry colleagues we generally only get to see at such events, about cementing friendships, winning new business and learning too. I've earmarked a couple of conference sessions I ought to attend (although I'd like to attend them all!) and just hope I have time to squeeze them in, with everything else there will be to do.

John and I will be at the show with our notebooks and cameras from Monday until the close on Wednesday, so if you do see us walking around, do come and say 'hello', won't you?

See you there!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Growth of construction sector activity accelerates to 11-month high

* Stronger expansion of new business supports rise in output 

* Employment falls, but only marginally

* Business confidence reaches a nine-month high 

February data signalled a solid rise in the UK construction sector output, extending the current sequence of growth to 14 months. The stronger expansion in activity was supported by a sharp rise in new work intakes. However, accelerated growth of both new business and output were insufficient to prevent a fall in employment. Meanwhile, a fourth successive improvement in confidence was indicated.

Management buyout for Waterfront Bathrooms

* Paul-Tanner.jpgThe Directors and Management of New River Holdings, the company behind the long established bathroom distributor Robert Lee, have announced that they have recently helped finance a management buyout of the bathroom brand Waterfront Bathrooms, thus ensuring that this respected brand name remains alive and well within the industry.

KBB seminar heralds the bathroom as an investment in quality of life

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KBB Cookery Demonstration area to debut at kbb birmingham

kbb Birmingham, through a collaboration with premium appliance brand V-ZUG, will be running a series of presentations on how to run the perfect showroom cookery demonstrations, when it opens its doors at the NEC from 4th -7th March.

With consumers rediscovering their love of home entertaining, one of the key areas of investment for home improvements is the kitchen. But spending money on big ticket items is met with much more scrutiny than in previous years.

KBB Show debut for Krushr

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Making its KBB Show debut is Krushr, demonstrating its range of recycling compactors for built-in or fully integrated kitchen installation.

Krushr provides consumers with an innovative solution to handling household waste whilst retailers can add value to the kitchen sale with this 'next generation' appliance. Krushr is actively building its retailer network, offering a generous sales and marketing support package plus a special KBB Show discount on display orders placed by Friday 4th May.

New Radcliffe Collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers extended options

* Radcliffe.jpgImperial Bathrooms has unveiled Radcliffe - a new timeless bathroom collection that successfully fuses classical elegance with modern design and boasts an extended range of options. Featuring a distinctive and strongly sculptured edge in a gleaming white finish, Radcliffe is suitable for both modern and period interiors and is testament to the design capabilities of this leading British bathroom manufacturer.

Hafele sinks it with Rangemaster

* rangemaster.jpgHafele have released a new collection of sinks and taps from British sink manufacturer, Rangemaster. The new range has been carefully selected to enhance and complement your kitchen to ensure there is a solution to suit all design demands from stainless steel and granite to fire-clay ceramic.

Kitchen Retailer Exchange at Blum

* Blum-UK-Admin.jpgThe Retail Services Division of Blum UK has launched a series of Kitchen Retailer Exchange events to be held for one day at the company's centrally located Milton Keynes facility.

Mirrors for all from HiB

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Franke launches the Ascona tap - with a £48 discount on 'sink and tap' offer

* Ascona-ASK611-sink-Chrome-tap.jpgTo launch the new Ascona tap into the practical yet stylish Pro-Value range, Franke is offering a huge £48 retail discount if a complementary Ascona sink is purchased at the same time.

'We Are Water' foundation launches international short film competition

Roca-water-man.jpgRoca's 'We Are Water' foundation has announced the launch of its first international short film competition 'We Art Water'. The competition aims to raise awareness and generate debate about the world's growing water problem.

Circo Corner radiators - great for tight spaces in kitchens and bathrooms

Circo.jpgThe Jaga Circo-Corner radiator is shaped to fit tightly into the corner of any room. It is especially suitable for smaller spaces, such as a corner above a bath in a confined bathroom, small kitchen or cramped hallway.

InstallerLive and the HHIC join forces

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Tyldesley tiler named as leading professional

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