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27th July 2012


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International 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.

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.

Welcome to the


We've heard a great deal about the Olympic Village where they'll all be staying, the new stadia and aquatics centre where the sports men and women will be displaying their prowess and the surrounding parklands that have been established for them, as well as visitors, to enjoy, but nowhere have I seen any information about whose products have been used for the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms!

Winning a contract to supply fixtures, fittings, appliances and furniture for the Games has to be the biggest coup going and I'm surprised that - in an industry that is normally so good about sharing its successes - the relevant marketing people have kept so quiet. If this is part of the infamous Games crackdown on people using the event for marketing purposes I can understand just how frustrating that must be and hope that perhaps after the event I'm going to be inundated with press releases!

If you have any industry-related news you'd like to share with our readers (wherever you are in the world, as we have readers on just about every continent!) do please send it in for consideration, together with any supporting images.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

* Renolit-Olympic-torch-bearer.jpgNeil Douglass, Financial Controller for Renolit Cramlington, was honoured for his charity works by becoming one of the Olympic Torchbearers ahead of this year's London 2012 Olympics.

Get ahead of the Games

Ashley Hoadley of Darwin Clayton outlines risk management issues affecting the KBB industry during London 2012

Starting today, millions of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of extra visitors in the capital. Operators of KBB fleets could be affected by transport changes and special measures which have been put in place for deliveries.

New NHBC figures reveal decline in new home registrations during Q2 2012

New figures for Q2 2012 released today by NHBC reveal that new home registrations in the UK decreased by 24%, compared to the same period last year.

Following a contraction seen during Q1, public sector registrations declined 49% in Q2 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, bringing overall registration totals down across all new homes for the quarter.

Abode's Matrix RO sink collection brings a sharp geometry to the kitchen

* Abode-Matrix-R0_Atik-Tap.jpgThe Matrix R0 collection from Abode is a classically designed portfolio of six undermount stainless steel kitchen sinks with tightly radiused 25mm corners, bringing a sharp geometry to the kitchen. The sinks have been manufactured to enable interior/kitchen designers to give the end user a combination approach to their sink layout, or to design a single product installation for more compact kitchens.

Inta issues reminder to installers after news of another Legionnaires' outbreak

As another Legionella outbreak has been reported in Stoke-on-Trent, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta issues a timely reminder to engineers and installers on how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.

Multi award winning Asymmetric Duo bath wins two further prestigious design awards

* Kaldewei_Asymmetric-Duo.jpgWith more than 80 awards to its name, Kaldewei is one of the most lauded bathroom manufacturers in the world. A European market leader in baths, shower trays and enamelled floor level shower trays, the company has now received two further design awards for its Asymmetric Duo bath in Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5mm - the universal design award 2012, and for the lava black matt model, the red dot design award 2012 for outstanding product design.

Banish bacteria with Franke!

* Franke-Sanitized.jpgProtecting your family from nasty germs in the kitchen is important. Franke is helping to keep the sink clean and provi?de lasting protection by incorporating the Sanitized hygiene function in all Fragranite sinks.

On unprotected surfaces, bacteria can multiply every 20 minutes. Tests have proven that Fragranite treated with Sanitized reduces bacteria and microbe growth by 99%.

Colourful kitchens launched by Leicht

* Leicht-yellow.jpgTo celebrate Summer, Leicht has introduced a new era of colourful kitchen designs taking its inspiration from the retro look of the 50s, 60s and 70s and which combine new finishes with hi-tech features.

Curtain rises on the Debut 100 new value granite sink from Carron Phoenix

* Carron-Phoenix-Debut100-Waverley.jpgRetailers looking for a granite sink that offers high performance and design versatility at a value-for-money price, should take a look at Carron Phoenix's new Debut 100 sink. Debut is the price-fighting granite sink range first shown at KBB 2012 earlier this year.

Ellis Furniture unveils stunning new kitchen brochure

* Ellis-Furniture-brochure2012.jpgThis season Ellis Furniture is upping the ante in the brochure stakes with the launch of its new kitchen brochure. The company believes the new coffee table style glossy brochure titled 'desire' is its best ever. A delight to browse, 'desire' - and the new kitchen ranges - are sure to be a hit with retailers and consumers alike.

AKW showcases style for the care sector

The latest publication from AKW, the independent living solutions specialist, showcases its full range of showering and bathroom products for the care and retirement markets. Highlighting the company's 'Styleability' message, the brochure uses high-quality images to illustrate how accessible products come together to create beautiful bathrooms that are safe, easy to use and stylish.

'Ilbagnoalessi One' by Laufen celebrates 10 years of pure elegance

* AMB-TamTam.jpg10 years after its launch, 'Ilbagnoalessi One' by Swiss bathroom manufacturer Laufen, created in collaboration with 'Italian design factory' Alessi and designed by Stefano Giovannoni, has become a real bathroom classic. Today's collection sees the introduction of new ceramic designs and a complete new furniture range as well as brassware.

Ladies and gents urged to sign up for the Geberit Challenge today

* Geberit-fitter.jpgWith the regional heats of the Geberit Challenge now just a few months away, the manufacturer is urging any installers considering putting themselves forward for this ultimate test of skill and speed to sign up now, as spaces are filling up fast.

High function mirrors from HiB

* HIB-Mileto.jpgThe bathroom mirror has moved far from being an afterthought that was just an attachment to the wall for occasional use. Nowadays it is a focal point for the room and a source of light and beauty enhanced with functional technical features.

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Recent News

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.

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

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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.


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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