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20th July 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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...
This Week's News
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.
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.
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.
Ideal 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Steve Rutter has joined leading kitchen sink producer, Franke, as Marketing Operations Manager.
Mereway Kitchens has strengthened both its internal and external salesforces with the following appointments:
A 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.
The Zanussi ZWJ12591W JetSystem+ washing machine is the latest model to have been awarded Best Buy status with an overall score of 74%!
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.
Building Adhesives Limited has marked its 20th anniversary of training professional tilers with the launch of a new course on tiling with natural stone. The one-day masterclass is aimed at experienced fixers needing more specialised knowledge and skills, or a refresher course, in this increasingly popular area. BAL training has benefited several thousand tilers, at all levels, since the first course was delivered at Stoke on Trent in 1992.
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New official statistics published yesterday show the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.
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.
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.
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.