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18th May 2012


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International News

Karonia launches new Mistral brochure

Karonia 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.

LDL new website

Unveiled 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

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More 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.

Gorenje sponsors BTCC Pro racing driver

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

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.

Welcome to the

With the Eurozone crisis threatening to engulf us all and the potential of another banking crisis looming, many of us are worrying about what we should be doing with any spare cash we might have. Add to this the fact that the British non-Summer (apparently causing birds to bypass their mating calls in favour of 'Autumn's 'here, we're off to warmer climes' songs) is robbing us of the feelgood factor that normally encourages us to spend and it doesn't bode well for trade, does it?

Now we're being warned that the Olympic Torch Relay, which arrives in England this evening and takes to the streets of Cornwall tomorrow before snaking through much of the country, is going to exacerbate the traffic problems that are so much a part of life these days. This, of course, means delayed deliveries, stressed-out drivers, disgruntled customers and worried traders.

Let's hope that the influx of people to these shores, aiming to take part in the Olympics either as competitors or spectators, will bring with it some serious spending and thus boost consumer confidence. We certainly need a bit of a kick-start and this may just provide it!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Newlyn by Mark Wilkinson OBE - launched this week

* Mark-Wilkinson-kitchen.jpgThe latest collection of furniture for the kitchen, by Mark Wilkinson OBE, was launched in London this week. Named Newlyn, it has a classically modern 'look' that will fit all styles of home and be a perfect match for contemporary English lifestyles.

In this new furniture style Mark has introduced a fresh development in handle design, with a solid timber grip that he has set into the walnut facade - thus 'absorbing' the handle detail into the body of the design, in a modern interpretation of a classic characteristic of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Hafele's new Kato handle range is fast and easy to fit

* HAFELE-Kato.jpgThe new and exclusive collection of Kato profile handles launched by Hafele is an innovative under worktop handle for standard cabinet design that is easy to fix without the need for routing channels into the carcase.

Apollo continues to drive safety message home

As one of the UK's largest retailers of made-to-measure blinds and shutters, Apollo Blinds is at the forefront of the industry's efforts to raise awareness of dangers relating to looped blind cords and is launching a campaign to drive the message home.

Now in its third year, Apollo's Make Blinds Child Safe campaign, runs during the Child Accident and Prevention Trust's Child Safety Week, 18th -24th June 2012 and asks parents to check their blinds and assess whether they need to fit a safety device.

Hettich opens the way to better sliding doors

* Hettich-TopLine-M.jpgPracticality, performance and style meet in three ingenious and robust sliding door mechanisms now available from Hettich UK. Inline P, TopLine 22 and TopLine M offer special features for particular two/three-door applications, such as flush closing, 'silent' soft close and opening/sliding options on the same cabinet design, creating the option to upgrade to sliding doors as a retrofit.

Smart Systems' free online sales enquiry, quoting & ordering facility is seriously faster!

Due to the increasing uptake by retailers creating the need for larger storage facilities, KBBConnect, by Smart Systems, has now upgraded to a more advanced Cloud hosting service provider. In addition to significantly increasing individual storage capacity, add yet further layers of security and give even greater reliability, it can also provide Internet connection speeds up to 50 times faster.

A winning combination

* Geberit-Onthelevel-Duofix-wetroom.jpgOn The Level, the UK's manufacturer of concealed wet floor shower trays, has been working alongside Geberit to produce an innovative and complete wet room system.

ECF strengthens sales & marketing teams

* ECF.jpgEast Midlands based furniture components manufacturer and distributor ECF has strengthened its Sales & Marketing teams with key appointments both internally and externally. The appointments serve to further reinforce ECF as a nationwide supplier to the UK furniture industry and provide its customers with increased service levels.

Perfect Planar from Franke

* Franke-Planar-2D184BB.jpgThe beautiful new Planar Slim-Top sink from Franke is sure to make a style statement in your streamlined, minimalist kitchen. One of the most geometric drainer sinks on the market today, the Planar, which is available in single and one and a half bowl models, boasts a slim edge flat profile for an almost seamless transition with your worktop. This ultra-modern, stainless steel sink will give any kitchen that exclusive sophisticated feel.

Over-bath innovation from PJH Group

* Moods-Integrated.jpgThe PJH Group has taken its Moods showering range to new heights with a patented all-in-one shower solution for the over-bath shower market, called the Integrated Shower Tower.

As featured in its Bathrooms to Love Collection, the innovative and space-saving new design features a dual control thermostatic shower tower that is cleverly integrated with the shower screen. The streamlined corner shower column comes complete with adjustable riser kit and is available in three versions suitable for an L-shape, P-shape or Straight shower bath design.

Scotland welcomes KBSA at successful regional meeting

* KBSA-ScotRegMtg.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has held a well-attended regional meeting in Scotland that was hosted by corporate member Carron Phoenix.

A mixture of retail and corporate members travelled - in some cases significant distances - to hear presentations from Carron Phoenix on the changing face of the sink market, KBSA supplier Bartlett's on the current insurance offer and an update on activities from the KBSA.

Vado sponsors World Cycle Tour

* Logo_WarChild.jpgVado is sponsoring Phil Saunders and Tom Nelson, aka Daring Dynamos, on a cycle ride around the world! The epic journey is in aid of War Child, which provides life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war.

Daring Dynamos are planning to visit some of Vado's international customers during the tour, which is expected to last approximately two years. 

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Ian Kershaw appointed TTA Chairman


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

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

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Tile Depot join TTA

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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.


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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