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3rd August 2012


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International News

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

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The 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.

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

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With 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!

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Protecting 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.

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.

Welcome to the


It's all very well getting your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom into one of the sets on a TV programme but it only really does you any good if people know that you're the manufacturer. Some interested viewers may take the trouble to 'phone the TV channel to find out, but most won't bother.

Channel  5 is looking for a company to supply a new kitchen for use in the refurbishment part of 'Cowboy Builders', but the best bit is, the supplier is credited!

And it's not just at the end of the programme when many viewers will have gone off to put their kettles on... The supplier will receive web credits including full details of the products supplied and live web links on the Cowboy Builders' website - not bad eh?

Make sure you see whether you qualify by reading the item in this week's news.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Calling members of the KBSA: TV opportunity - can you supply a kitchen & appliances for Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders?

Channel Five’s show ‘Cowboy Builders’ is planning to make over some rooms in a property in Bradford, including the kitchen. The programme makers are looking for The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association members to offer a kitchen and appliances free of charge in return for the opportunity to be involved in this prime time show, which has attracted up to 2.3 million viewers in previous episodes.

Luxury living in the heart of the forest: Center Parcs Treehouses

* Hansgrohe_treehouse.jpgHansgrohe, the international bathroom specialist, has collaborated with Center Parcs for the last five years, during which time the villa, apartment and lodge categories have been expanded to appeal to a wider range of visitors and their needs.

Trade Mouldings to exhibit at W12

* Trade-Mouldings-OdesseyBW.jpgThe UK's popular manufacturer of quality cabinet doors and wrapped mouldings has signed up to exhibit at W12 Working with Design, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 7th - 10th October.

Ultra Finishing acquires Niko Distribution

After years of enjoying a successful relationship, bathroom speciaists Ultra Finishing and Niko Distribution have completed a deal which has seen Ultra Finishing acquire Niko Distribution.

Tony Wood of Niko Distribution will join the board of Ultra Finishing.

Corporate membership now available at the iKBBI

KBB Birmingham, 2012, also saw the launch of the The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers' brand new Corporate Membership programme.

This scheme has been rolled out across the UK with the sole purpose of enlisting KBB-related commercial businesses that have the very same vision as the iKBBI; to regulate and improve installation standards within the KBB sector.

Burbidge recruits new addition to the team

British kitchen manufacturer Burbidge has announced the appointment of Grant Hilliker as its new purchasing manager.

Grant has vast experience in the purchasing sector having started his career at Massey Ferguson in Coventry in the 1980's before moving into shopfitting and then more recently the motoring industry.

The Scent of Success for Mereway Bathrooms

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Everyone has their favourite perfume. When in the bottle it could be anyone's, but once someone wears it, it becomes individually theirs, they become themselves, feeling incomplete when not wearing it. A perfume magically lifts spirits and stirs emotions.

This new ethos behind the Mereway Bathrooms brand is the next chapter in Mereways' intriguing 'Live Life The Mereway' philosophy.

Moores continues to meet FISP criteria

Moores Furniture Group has successfully achieved Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme certification for the 6th consecutive year. 

Sirex sinks have high resistance to thermal shocks and colour loss

* Elleci-Sirex-Black.jpgWherever they are manufactured in the world, composite black sinks can experience a degree of chromatic (whitening of colour) and structural defects, after years of use. The majority of the deterioration is caused by the low resistance to thermal shocks, which results from a lack of material density and water seepage, causing a build-up of limescale in the micro cavities.

Whirlpool presents new Freestanding Product brochure

* Whirlpool-freestanding-prods-brochure.jpgWhirlpool, presents its new 2012-2013 freestanding appliance brochure, full of efficient and stylishly designed products.

Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

* LDL-rubbish-summer-promotion2012.jpgLDL's latest seasonal promotion focuses firmly on rubbish and includes special offers on selected PEKA and Wesco fully integrated kitchen waste solutions. These are available in a comprehensive range of capacities and styles, including the new 84 litre Wesco Pullboy Z system designed to fit a 600mm cabinet and the new PEKA Mullboy door mounted circular bin.

Pro-Dek racking provides efficient, organised board storage

prodek.jpgTwo cantilever racking installations from Pro-Dek Storage Systems have allowed one of Europe's largest manufacturers of kitchen and bedroom carcases and fascia panels to stock raw materials with maximum efficiency and minimum damage in a new factory in West Yorkshire.

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Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

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Get ahead of the Games

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

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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

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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 unveils stunning new kitchen brochure

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This 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.

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