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20th July 2012


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International News

New World raises spirits

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Modern kitchen appliance brand New World has launched an affordably priced dual fuel range cooker loaded with features.

Roman creates an over bath style statement

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Roman, the renowned UK shower manufacturer, has further expanded its range of bath screens with an Outward Opening Folding Bath Screen, which joins the company's popular Orbital range of enclosures and bath screens.

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.

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Regular readers of KBZine will be aware that I'm not a big fan of the EU and all the uneccesary costs our membership foists upon us. Very occasionally though, it comes up with a gem and I believe that this week's adoption of the scheme to force EU governments to revamp old public buildings as part of the energy efficiency directive, may just be one of them.

The idea is that this forced refurbishment may in turn inspire private building owners to follow suit - as proven in the US in the 90s - which in the short term will create jobs and in the long term save energy and valuable resources such as water, whilst cutting costs (you can read more about it further down the page).

Clearly this is good news for the KBB industry in terms of new facilities required and the labour needed to instal them and if it works as it did in the US, the effects will be felt more widely.

My question is though, how - with their economies the way they are right now, are the 'member states' going to pay for it?

Well I for one can think of an easy way of Britain saving an estimated £10 billion a year...




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New renovation rule set to boost inner-city industry

Newly adopted EU rules requiring governments to revamp old buildings will generate industrial renovation in cities, say commentators who welcome the energy efficiency directive approved by the European Parliament's energy committee last week.

Refurbishment activity in US poised for strong growth

With home sales in the US picking up and contractors seeing more positive business conditions in the future, refurbishment activity in the US is in a position to see accelerated growth by the end of this year and into 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released this week by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

TTA releases eagerly anticipated technical document

The Tile Association has published its latest technical document, Tiling with Resin Agglomerated Tiles, with the aim of providing advice for all parties involved in the use of resin agglomerated tiles.

The paper, prepared by a Technical Working Group of The Tile Association, should be used in conjunction with the current and forthcoming British, European and International Standards.

Stylish storage is not such a tall order with Irwell and Roeburn

* Croydex-Roeburn-Tall-Boy.jpgIdeal for providing much-needed storage space in the smaller bathroom, the Irwell Open Sided and Roeburn Tall Boys from Croydex are elegant new additions to the manufacturer's comprehensive collection of bathroom cabinets.

W12 Working with Design for the KBB sector

* W12-Ostermann.jpgThe W12 Working with Design exhibition takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 7th - 10th October. This cutting edge event will offer visitors a unique opportunity to view and experience the very latest products and concepts coming through to distinguish future KBB furniture designs, help to value and distinguish them individually.

Sink with silk appeal

* Ascona-ASK611-sink_Ascona-tap.jpgThe Ascona reversible sink from Franke, available in two single bowl sizes or one and a half bowl models, is perfect for a hardworking subtle kitchen. A new jumbo bowl version ASX 611-100, measuring 1000 x 510mm with a bowl of 435 x 435mm, has just been added to the range.

Franke welcomes new Marketing Operations Manager

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Inside and Out... Mereway Kitchens strengthens its salesforce

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Mereway Kitchens has strengthened both its internal and external salesforces with the following appointments:

Glass splashbacks and upstands in heritage colours for period designs and modern living

* Hafele-Crystal-splashback.jpgA new collection of toughened glass splashbacks has been launched by Hafele UK, introducing 11 colours ranging from soft, muted neutral tones to cool grey, black, white and Crystal.

Zanussi washing machine scoops a Which? Best Buy with impressive results

* ZANUSSI-ZWJ12591W.jpgThe Zanussi ZWJ12591W JetSystem+ washing machine is the latest model to have been awarded Best Buy status with an overall score of 74%!

LDL and PEKA on tour

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The mobile display unit is fitted with all the latest PEKA storage innovations for the kitchen and bathroom, including the new Libell range which is exclusive to LDL in the UK.

BAL's new course marks 20 years of tiling training

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Recent 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.

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.

Daval launches new products at Blum

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Popular kitchen and bedroom manufacturer, Daval, recently used the optimum facilities of supply partner Blum to launch five new product ranges for 2012/2013.

Mereway Kitchens; ultimate test raises cash for charity

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Mereway 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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Bushboard has updated the corporate livery for its fleet of delivery vehicles and is being rolled out mid July.

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.


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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