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29th June 2012


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Glitz & Glam!

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The collective group of Glitz & Glam, available from Hafele UK, includes Disco, Glitter and Crystal handles, bringing sparkling sophistication to British bathroom and bedroom design.

Utopia bathroom graphics now available in ArtiCAD-Pro

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that the full range of Utopia Bathroom Group's products is now available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro. With the inclusion of this new library from one of the UK's leading bathroom manufacturers, designers using ArtiCAD-Pro can select the specific items they require and incorporate them within their design.

Maytag improves iconic Trilogy fridge freezer with internal water dispenser

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Maytag, the premium appliance manufacturer renowned for its quality and reliability, has enhanced the fully cladded Trilogy M3lW20CBG8 fridge freezer by adding an internal water dispenser.




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Q1 figures reflect second highest mark in two years

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released the Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the first quarter. Results conveyed that showroom traffic, which is traditionally up and down from quarter to quarter, rose 8% in the first quarter of the year to 24 consumers visiting the average kitchen and bath showroom in March. While this remains 13% down from a year ago, Q1 of 2011 was a particularly standout quarter. This quarter's figure is the second-highest mark over the past two years.

Curves in all the right places...

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Hanex solid surfacing offers stand-out design flexibility for kitchens, nowhere better shown than this stunning 3m long elliptical island unit made entirely in S-008 N White. The bespoke unit was designed for a discerning kitchen client whose brief was to make a strong design statement, while combining true functionality.

Amica launches 8kg machine in new washing range

European appliances brand Amica has launched a brand new range of washing machines to the UK and Ireland. Amica's 2012-product line-up now offers a choice of eight washing machines, each A+ rated for energy efficiency with a raft of highly saleable features and load capacities from 5kg to 8kg to suit any household.

New brand launch: Live Life The Mereway

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A coffee is just a coffee, right?

An instant coffee is just that, instantly made and instantly forgotten, but a coffee that has had time, passion and effort lavished on it is a coffee to be savoured, enjoyed and never forgotten.

This is the philosophy behind the new Mereway Kitchens brand. There are kitchens and then there are Mereway kitchens. An ethos captured in the new strapline 'Live Life The Mereway'.

New fridge-freezers: fresher colours, fresher ingredients

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Glossy red, chocolate brown, lime green and ebony black stainless steel fridge freezers from Electrolux are designed to give any kitchen a lift. While the others are painted, the ebony black model gets its colour from a clever finishing process, which facilitates a true colour stainless steel.

Zesty Zurich for fabulous drinking water

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Franke has updated its Pro-Value portfolio with the innovative new two lever FilterFlow Zurich model, for filtered water at an affordable premium.

EQ launches new 2D Planner for eStore

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KBB business management systems and eCommerce solutions provider EQ Software, introduces MyRoomPlan - an exciting brand new 2D Planning Tool. This product will enhance EQ's already successful eStore product and is available exclusively as an additional sales & marketing element for furniture and bathrooms.

Concealed dual flow heads come in two styles

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Cifial's new Dual Flow Concealed Heads come in a square or rectangular option. These spectacular shower heads have two water inlets, one to feed the waterfall function, the other for the rain spray. This enables the user to have the choice of just the waterfall, or the rain spray, or for a more vigorous shower have both options on at the same time.

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I always enjoy exhibitions but generally only attend the large national (or international) ones, so I'm rather looking forward to visiting the more compact Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show just up the road from me at Sandown Park Racecourse over the weekend (www.surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk). As it's a consumer show rather than a trade event, I should be able to see what today's families are really being drawn to - and it will give me a break from all the football and tennis too!

And as I keep being let down by the various tradesmen that I pay to sort out my rather rundown Victorian semi, I'm planning to take in some of the seminars. The 'Tricks of the trade demonstrations' sound like a really good idea... and rather than attending the 'How to avoid cowboy builders' session I'm opting for 'How to skim plaster your walls' and 'How to tile your bathroom'.

That way, I won't need to worry about being fleeced by so many cowboy builders in the future, will I? For even if I don't plan to tackle these jobs myself, at least I'll be able to ask the right questions!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Inta issues reminder to installers as Legionella outbreak grips Scotland

As a Legionella outbreak grips Edinburgh, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta reminds engineers and installers how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.

Soapbox: why we do need to save water

* Yvonne-Orgill-BMA.jpgYvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, argued for more action in persuading consumers to use less water, at a lunch at the Houses of Parliament co-hosted by the BMA, the National Home Improvement Council and Ideal Standard. Listening to Yvonne's plea, were - amongst others - Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Defra, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Undersecretary of State for Defra, and 70 representatives of the home improvement industry:

"Welcome to the British summer. Downpours in June. Flooding and rivers bursting. It's "The wettest drought on record".

Triple Which? Best Buys for Whirlpool

* Whirlpool-ARK503-IX-hood.jpgWhirlpool has recently received three Which? Best Buy awards for its MAX 109 microwave, the new WWDC 7410 washing machine and the company's AKR 503 IX decorative curved glass canopy hood.

Roca Group 2011 Results

The Roca Group has met its growth and profitability targets thanks to significant management efforts in emerging economy markets. This has been the only way to offset the slump in the Iberian market (Spain and Portugal) and the sluggishness of Central European countries, both of which have historically been high-volume and high-margin regions for the Group.

Most significant data: increase in sales and profit

ArtiCAD, Egger and EQ Software to headline business technology event at Blum UK

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EQ Software, the provider of KBB business management systems and eCommerce solutions, has teamed up with key industry partners Egger, ArtiCAD and Blum for the first time in a new and exciting project.

Portway announces new sales strategy headed by Stephen Stroud

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Indesit's Adam conquers the seas in life-threatening swim

* Adam-Walker-at-the-finish.jpgAn intrepid Indesit employee battled excruciating pain to become the first British swimmer to complete one of the world's toughest swims. National Account Manager Adam Walker stretched his body to its physical limit by conquering Hawaii's Molokai Straits - despite being stung across the stomach by a Portuguese Man O'War, one of the sea's most poisonous jellyfish.

LDL adds e-cloths to product portfolio

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The perfect choice for environmentally-aware households, e-cloths offer tremendous cleaning power using only water rather than costly chemical cleaning products. With 480,000 fibres per square metre, the cloth relies on the sheer volume of cleaning edges to break up, trap and remove dirt particles.

There are nine e-cloth products now in stock at LDL, each constructed to meet its own specific end use.

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 13 Hardwood Chairs

* AHEC-chair-and-log.jpgThe American Hardwood Export Council will collaborate with product design students at the Royal College of Art in London to produce and exhibit chairs during the London Design Festival.

Under the leadership of tutors Sebastian Wrong and Harry Richardson, the use of wood as a material and its Life Cycle impacts have been added to the Design Products curriculum and the students have been set the challenge of designing a functional chair or seat in an American hardwood of their choice. The designs will be developed in to working prototypes with the help of Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood and long-standing relationship with designer Terence Conran.

New UK designed and manufactured linear drain wetroom base kit launched

Wetrooms On-Line has launched its own branded linear drain wetroom kit comprising a pre-formed base, available in three sizes, its dedicated drain, waterproofing materials, fittings and six tile backer boards.

Designed solely for the UK market and manufactured in the UK exclusively for Wetrooms on Line, the Linear Wetbase has a drain trough that is integral to the base itself, built into the base during manufacture. It offers a choice of up to three drain positions - helping the installer to avoid joists - making it what could well be the easiest linear drain wetbase to install.

New face at the iKBBI targets membership growth

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Final in Kiev: finalists shower with Hansgrohe

* Hansgrohe_Euros_Arena.jpgHansgrohe will be providing the freshness kick in the showers and washrooms of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where the Euro 2012 final takes place on Sunday. In the extensively renovated arenas - according to plans by the firm gmp Architekten - the finalists will enjoy products from the mixer and shower specialist from the Black Forest. In addition, Hansgrohe also fitted out three other major stadiums in Poland and Ukraine.

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All you need is Essential from Carron Phoenix

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