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11th May 2012


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International News

BMA's WEPLS 'Water Label' is adopted in Europe

1 Europe = 1 Label

A single Water Label for taps, shower valves and shower heads moves a step closer.

Trade Associations from a number of European countries representing the tap, shower valves and handsets industry, together with major European manufacturers, have completed the first phase in the development of a single Water Label for bathroom products.

CCS passes £60 million in Q1 2012

Consumer Credit Solutions the home improvement market credit broker, achieved over £60 million of approved loans during the first quarter of 2012. The spectacular figure puts the business on track to achieve a quarter of a billion pounds of approved loans in 2012.

TTA Awards: a night to remember

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Last Saturday, the Birmingham Hilton Hotel hosted the 14th annual TTA Awards, honouring the very best of the wall and floor tile industry, and celebrating excellence throughout the past year.

10 kitchen and bath trends and treatments to inspire

The National Kitchen & Bath Association reveals the prevailing trends seen in the 2012 NKBA Design Competition

Out of the nearly 500 designs submitted to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition, rose some presiding themes. Fixtures, finishes, materials, colour palettes, technology, shapes, focal points and overall geometry are a few among the complex considerations that talented creative-thinkers factor into their plans when generating a room design. Be inspired and enjoy examples of ten trends and treatments to inspire!

Rangemaster and Articad: design online for the world renowned range cookers

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CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Rangemaster has chosen its new online design tool  - MyRoomFinish - to help consumers select which model and colour of range cooker would most suit their kitchen.

LDL launches new, large capacity Wesco waste system

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LDL Components has extended its range of waste solutions with the introduction of the new 84 litre capacity Pullboy Z waste system from leading German manufacturer Wesco. This new addition to the popular Pullboy Z range is divided into 2 x 42 litre bins and can also be used with a full extension storage tray that sits above giving easy access to sponges, cloths, dishwasher tablets, etc.

Luxury bed-maker wins Queen's Award for Excellence

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Devon-based Vi-Spring, renowned the world over for its handmade luxury beds, has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Excellence. The British bed-maker has been recognised for producing bespoke beds of the highest quality, resulting in substantial growth in overseas sales. HM The Queen marked Vi-Spring's success in her birthday honours on 21st April 2012.

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

Yesterday, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a minimum wage in countries such as Germany - which doesn't at present have one - and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv.

Intelligent building technology from Hafele

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The Gira Radio Bus system is a flexible, intelligent system which allows you to control lighting, heating and security systems around commercial and domestic properties.

This clever system consists of receivers and wireless transmitters allowing it to be retro-fitted into existing buildings with minimum fuss. Signals are transmitted via radio to each individual receiver, perfect for installing onto glass, furniture or where a lack of cabling would normally prevent the fitting of controls - such as a kitchen island for example.

Gira Radio Bus is the perfect solution for any renovation and modernisation project.

T: 01788 548811
W: www.hafele.co.uk

Franke inspires customers with a new app

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Franke has designed a new iPad app so that customers can discover the complete UK product range of sinks, taps and cooker hoods at their fingertips, and be inspired when designing their perfect kitchen. The app allows customers to select from one of two main options: celebrity experience or product experience.

Ecobuild unites global sustainable built environment community with over 57,000 attendees


Ecobuild, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals last month at London's ExCeL.

NKBA announces the 2011/2012 Student Design Competition winners

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has this week announced the 10 winners of the 2011/2012 NKBA Student Design Competition, which offers more than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. The winners will be awarded at the NKBA Design Competition Awards event nextTuesday, April 24th at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) held at Chicago's McCormick Place This prominent industry event will also recognise the professional designers who created the best kitchens and baths of the past year. The event is an exclusive event available only to the press, top designers, and select industry insiders.

Welcome to the

I'm going to keep this leader short as this week's KBZine is being broadcast from Amsterdam, where we've been producing a daily e-zine for a show in another sector - and frankly we're both exhausted!

Having done the whole show in high heels (and a fair bit of walking in the evenings) my feet are aching badly and the last thing I want to do is sit at the desk in my hotel room... I need to put my feet up - and fast. Interestingly, although I said the show we're covering this week is in another sector, we have come across some great new products that will sit quite nicely in KBZine We'll be bringing you news and pictures of these over the coming few weeks.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Are you ready for an inspection?

Following recent news that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a series of surprise inspections on high risk work environments, workplace equipment provider Slingsby has compiled a checklist to help businesses stay on the right side of the law.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby explains: "Although this latest crackdown is predominantly aimed at building sites, it's worth remembering that despite the HSE facing significant cutbacks, any business can still be inspected at anytime. Sometimes notice will be given but in many cases inspectors will turn up unannounced and they have the right to enter the workplace, look at all work activities and examine how health & safety is managed within the business. They can also talk to employees, take photographs and remove

Symphony evolves Gallery kitchen collection

Woodbury-Anthracite- White.jpgSymphony is introducing a number of major new additions to its Gallery collection this season, with 16 stunning new kitchen frontals, units, accessories and fresh new finishes for 2012.

Marking Symphony’s intentions to make Gallery the most flexible kitchen range on the market today, the new additions are not only practical and environmentally friendly, but extremely stylish and affordable too.

The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom, Bournemouth, 'very responsible'

The Furniture Ombudsman has highlighted The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom as a kitchen retailer that is acting as a very responsible retailer within the Bournemouth area.

Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombudsman, commended The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom for working in a way which puts the consumer first, saying:

Ian Kershaw appointed TTA Chairman


Ian-Kershaw.jpgAt the Annual General Meeting held on 21st April 2012, Ian Kershaw was elected Chairman of the Tile Association. In taking over the chair from Ian Crowther, Ian Kershaw said that he was looking forward to taking the Association forward over the next two years.

Currently the Director of Tiles UK, one of the leading ceramic tile distributors in the UK, Ian has over 20 years of experience within the tile industry.

Karonia launches new Mistral brochure

Karonia-MISTRAL-brochure.jpgKaronia has launched a new lifestyle brochure to showcase the recently extended Mistral range of 25mm solid surface worktops. The 16 page brochure captures the incredible versatility of Mistral through a series of real-life kitchen installations, highlighting the virtually unlimited creative potential of this practical and adaptable material.

Mistral is a completely solid, enhanced acrylic which, as it has no substrate, can be shaped and curved to meet the most adventurous of design briefs without the need for specialist tools. Offering the consumer the look of natural quartz and stone combined with the practicality and convenience of a manmade material, it is tough, hygienic and can be replenished if necessary, making it particularly suitable for kitchen and bathroom use.

Building contractor fined after carpenter's fingers severed

A Tower Hamlets-based building contractor has been fined after a worker's hand was severely injured by an unguarded power tool.

A prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive was brought after the incident in October 2009, when the self-employed carpenter was working on the refurbishment of flats.

LDL new website

LDL-new-website.jpgUnveiled at kbb 2012, the easy to navigate site  presents the entire LDL stock range of over 3,500 products in a readily accessible format, allowing customers to order online, view their order history and current balance, and check stock. New product innovations are highlighted prominently on the site and there is also an e-gallery so that images can be downloaded for use on retailers’ own websites or in their promotional material. For user convenience, technical information and product installation videos can also be accessed via the site, along with a section dedicated to clearance items.

Leisure Sinks range installed in Stratford Halo Project

* Leisure-sinks-Halo-project.jpgMore than 400 inset, fully reversible stainless steel Euroline EL9501 sinks and a combination of Aquaflux TFL1CM and Aquadisc TAD2CM taps from Leisure Sinks are being installed within the landmark Stratford Halo project. The development features seven blocks of between seven and 43 storeys, and includes the pioneering Halo Tower, which will be one of the tallest residential blocks in Europe.

Euroline sinks, Aquadisc 2 and Aquaflux taps were supplied by Croydon-based Price Kitchens, a manufacturer supplying the contract housing market, to the project contractors, Ardmore Construction.

LDL introduces large capacity Peka ‘Mullboy Big’

LDL-PEKA-Mullboy.jpgPreviewed on the LDL stand at KBB 2012, the new Peka Mullboy Big is a large capacity, round bin offering a number of design features. With a generous 40 litre capacity as opposed to the usual 15 litre for similar door mounted bins, the Peka Mullboy Big is designed to swing right out of the unit when the door is opened while the lid lifts automatically and remains in the cupboard, thereby making it very easy to access.

The fixing system for the new bin can be mounted on the left or right wall of the cupboard so that there is no strain on the door’s hinges. Different bag sizes up to a circumference of 110cm may be used and are kept firmly in place by the sturdy overflow ring.

Gorenje sponsors BTCC Pro racing driver

Gorenje-Andrew-and-Bill.jpgGorenje, has announce its sponsorship of the 2012 British Touring Car Championship with driver Andrew Jordan, who races with Pirtek racing team.

Gorenje’s sponsorship is for the 2012 season of BTCC, and sees the brand’s logo on Andrew’s Honda Civic NGT (next generation touring car), the garage boards, hero cards, posters and race truck. These will be clearly visible to both race visitors and television viewers, providing superb visibility of the Gorenje name.

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Applications for ‘2012 Architect in the House’ initiative, now open

Property owners across the UK are being invited to sign up for the 2012 Architect in the House initiative, devised by housing charity Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and sponsored by insulation specialist Rockwool.

Leading UK bathroom supplier enters Forum’s late payment Hall of Shame

A leading UK producer of bathroom products has been entered in to the Forum of Private Business’s late payment ‘Hall of Shame’ after it increased its payment times from 30 to 60 days.

Tile Depot join TTA

Tile Depot has been confirmed as the newest member of The Tile Association. With TTA's membership rapidly expanding, companies operating within the wall and floor tile industry continue to see the importance of being a member of an organisation which promotes professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry, as well as providing technical support to both members and their customers.

New homes figures reveal continuing public/private sector divide

Figures released today by NHBC have shown the gap between private and public sector registrations to build new homes in the UK continues to widen, with social housing showing a 54% decrease for March 2012, compared to March last year (2,460 - 5,330).

FIRA members WCFM Sustainability Award success

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The Furniture Industry Research Association's is pleased to congratulate its member, Orangebox, on receiving The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Sustainability Award for 2012.

Crosswater Holdings joins BMA

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Crosswater Holdings, with its rapidly expanding Crosswater, Simpsons, and Bauhaus bathroom brands, has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.


Symphony's Spring Promotion shows support for retailers

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UK fitted furniture manufacturer Symphony, is continuing to show its support to retailers with a major spring price promotion.


Innovative price pledge coincides with new product book

Franke Washroom Systems’ 2012 sales catalogue is now available, and it coincides with the company’s introduction of the Franke Washrooms Systems Price Pledge.

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