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13th July 2012


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International News

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

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KitchenAid, 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.

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

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Hoover 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.

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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The lastest Labour Force Survey, which was recently published by the Office of National Statistics, shows that last year 34.4 million work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems. Having watched two burly men earlier this week, struggle to get a washing machine up some exterior steps to the door of an apartment block, I wondered what percentage of these figures could be attributed to the KBB industry.

Manhandling heavy appliances into people's homes can't be easy at the best of times, but throw into the mix all this rain we're having and the way it's making everything so darned slippery - and add to that the ire of the householders who've had their carpets and floors damaged by wet and muddy boots and you have a recipe for disaster.

And of course things can only get worse with the Olympic Games about to start, which will mean that the roads will be clogged up and deliveries will be delayed and however hard you try and explain, you won't be able to convince people that it's not your fault!

Many of us grumble about our jobs but right now I can think of better places to be than working in a customer services call centre that handles deliveries, or humping heavy appliances around, can't you?



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New figures published for fatally injured workers

New official statistics published yesterday show the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.

The Health & Safety Executive has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down two from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.

New World raises spirits

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Win a year of beer with Inta this summer

Inta is launching a nationwide competition to reward one merchant with the enviable prize of a year's supply of beer to mark the company's tenth year in business.

Roman creates an over bath style statement

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HMRC enforcers target London businesses

Almost half of 70 businesses visited in a series of operations in the London Borough of Newham are being investigated on suspicion of failing to pay the national minimum wage.

Cutting edge new Centinox tap from Franke

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Available in chrome or SilkSteel versions, the Centinox UK tap has a contemporary, angular design which will complement any fashionable, modern kitchen. The tap forms part of the Portfolio 55 collection and has a five year guarantee for both finish and parts.

Daval launches new products at Blum

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New basin stand collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers design centrepiece

Imperial-bathrooms-oban.jpgA stunning new basin stand collection unveiled by British manufacturer, Imperial Bathrooms, offers the perfect choice for architects and designers looking to add glamour and grace to their bathroom interiors.

Exclusively designed to provide bathrooms of opulence and distinction and to create a breathtaking centrepiece, this latest collection offers a luxurious statement for new build and refurbished luxury homes and apartments, together with boutique hotels.

Mereway Kitchens; ultimate test raises cash for charity

* MEREWAY-Help-for-Heroes.jpgMereway Kitchens has raised money for charity 'Help for Heroes' by donating 10 pence per view on its viral YouTube clip involving a kitchen, a tank and a whole lot of fun! The cheque for £250 was presented to Janie Martin, County Co-Ordinator last month.

Bushboard unveils new livery for its delivery fleet

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Life begins after 30 for Franke

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During a kitchen refit, the customer was planning to replace the 30-year old Franke Compact CPX 651 stainless steel sink with a another one. However, the fitter advised the couple to keep the sink as it was still immaculate, as the integrated seal allows the sink to be resited.

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Recent News

Ellis Furniture invests to reduce product development times

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As 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.

Company sentenced for storage failings after worker killed by stone slabs

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An Essex granite manufacturer has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death by stone slabs weighing three tonnes.

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

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Yvonne 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:

Triple Which? Best Buys for Whirlpool

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Whirlpool 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.

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.

The Furniture Ombudsman at the annual Trading Standards Conference

The Furniture Ombudsman will again be present at the national Trading Standards Institute Conference, which this year will be held in Manchester from 26th - 28th June. The annual conference brings together hundreds of local and central government professionals who have an interest in Trading Standards and consumer affairs in the UK.

Jablite's technical team tightens focus on key customers

In what is seen by many as a daring move, insulation solutions provider Jablite has taken the decision to close its technical information line.

NHBC Foundation examines the technologies used in low and zero carbon homes

House builders are increasingly incorporating low and zero carbon (LZC) technologies into new homes as part of their approach to achieving the on-site performance requirements expected from the Government's target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. But which technologies are being installed, and what do the occupiers of these homes feel about them?


Consumer Credit Solutions helps Avanti deliver customer service

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Avanti 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.

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