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6th July 2012


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International News

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.

LDL adds e-cloths to product portfolio

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UK distributor LDL Components has added the revolutionary e-cloth range to its product portfolio.

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.

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 13 Hardwood Chairs

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The 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.

Final in Kiev: finalists shower with Hansgrohe

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Hansgrohe 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.

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.

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It takes something like the story in this week's news of the worker crushed to death by three tonnes of stone slabs to remind us that workplace health & safety regulation is actually there for a reason.

It's sad that the overzealousness of some has served to make the rest of us take our eyes off the ball and treat workplace safety with disdain rather than respect - a statement I feel is borne out by the figures released yesterday, which show that the number of workplace deaths for the last year recorded, are virtually the same as the previous year's figure. With the knowledge and technology we have at our disposal, the number of deaths should fall considerably year on year. Because these aren't just figures we're talking about, are they? They're people - and most of them have families, which means that the figures aren't really representative of the true picture.

I think it's high time that health & safety got back to where it should be, so that we could all start to take it seriously once more...



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Independent retailer? Don't miss out on this free publicity!

The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has asked us to remind you that The Independent Retailer Month kicked off on 1st July. If you're an independent retailer and you haven't already taken advantage of a free listing for your store and registered on the The UK Shops directory, just complete the form on independentretailermonth and add your details.

"This is extra free publicity for your business - so take advantage of it now," says the KBSA's Dawn Harlow.

KitchenAid's warming drawers are ideal for the true cooking enthusiast

* KitchenAid-KSDA-1440-Warming-drawer.jpgKitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that boast professional performance and stylish design, offers two restaurant quality flush warming drawers.

New iKBBI You Tube Channel launches

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has launched a new You Tube Channel as it continues to use smart, cost effective technology to spread the word.

"Whilst the first short trailer for the iKBBI is unlikely to lead to an Oscar nomination, we are pleased to be adopting new technologies that are smart, cost effective, simple and that will add benefit to consumers and indeed our members (current and prospective)," says the team behind the movie.

Hoover's All in One washing machine safely mixes whites and coloureds in one wash

* Hoover-Dynamic-11kg.jpgHoover tells us that for the first time ever, there is a revolutionary washing machine that allows you to mix whites, bright colours and all fabric types together in one wash.

Boasting the exclusive Hoover revolutionary 'All in One Wash' technology, the machine - one of the largest on the market at 11kg - allows users to wash whites, bright colours and even different fabrics together.

New 'messy map' of Britain reveals standards are slipping across the UK

Residents of London and Liverpool have just been voted Britain's untidiest citizens in a new 'Messy Map' of the UK, with householders from Newcastle coming a close third in the scruffiness stakes.

Ellis Furniture invests to reduce product development times

* Ellis-Furniture_Tom-Ellis.jpgAs part of an ongoing programme of investment, Ellis Furniture - one of the UK's leading suppliers of kitchen and bathroom furniture - is streamlining workflow and reducing new product development times after investing in Autodesk's 'Inventor' product design suite.

Consumer Credit Solutions helps Avanti deliver customer service

* CCS_Avanti-Kitchens.jpgAvanti Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms has been in business for more than 30 years, designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms throughout the West Midlands.

Chris Watson joins Lakes Bathrooms' growing sales team

* Lakes-Bathrooms_Chris-Watson.jpgLakes Bathrooms has announced the appointment of Chris Watson as area sales manager, in a move to expand its sales team. With a background in product design and sales, Chris will be working in the Midlands region to both support existing customers and grow new business for the shower enclosure specialist.

LDL adds Zing to Kitchen Essentials collection!

* ZING!.jpgSuperior performance and bright colour are the key features of the new Zing Cooking Collection of silicone cooking utensils, tools and gadgets from LDL Components.

Joining LDL's Kitchen Essentials range, the Zing Collection is made from durable silicone which offers easy cleaning, soft grip handles and excellent heat resistance.

Company sentenced for storage failings after worker killed by stone slabs

* HSE_v_The-Stone-Company.jpgAn Essex granite manufacturer has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death by stone slabs weighing three tonnes.

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