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10th August 2012


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International News

Trade Mouldings to exhibit at W12

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The 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.

The Scent of Success for Mereway Bathrooms

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A perfume is just a perfume, right?

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.

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.

Welcome to the


Since becoming editor of KBZine several years ago, I've discovered the most incredible technology that's available to us in the home - technology which is so cleverly used, that if the information hadn't come from such a reliable source, I wouldn't actually believe  what I was reading. So often I've thought that we've gone as far as we can and then someone comes up with something else that amazes me - and I sit with my mouth open and stare in wonder.

It's just happened again.

"What does a washing machine you use like a hula hoop and an intelligent dish that transforms food into sound have in common? Two things: They are both semi-finalists in Electrolux Design Lab 2012 and both look to engage our senses in new and interesting ways," says the press release.

Of course I had to click on the link to find out about the other entries.

How about the Easy Stir, which uses magnets that react to your induction stove to stir the food in your pots, leaving you free to get on with other things in the knowledge that your food won't burn... Or the Smart Embossed Blender, through which you can feel how smooth or rough your ingredients are while you're blending, so you know when the job's complete... or the Spacepan - a portable stovetop that can be used virtually anywhere in the home and which lets you know how hot the heating elements are via illuminated, colour indicators under each pot...

Then for those who travel long distances for work but need to arrive at the appointment looking smart; 'Touch' fits into the palm of your hand where it uses infrared light to remove wrinkles from your clothes while you're still wearing them.

I've only touched the surface, so visit http://newsroom.electrolux.com/uk/2012/08/07/electrolux-design-lab-announce-30-semi-finalists/ and prepare to be wowed!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

BMA uses its unique position to pave the way for new industry agreement

A recent meeting of the main players in the bathroom industry, organised by the award-winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has broken new ground in establishing a framework for process improvement for product certification.

Whether we like it or not bathroom products produced for sale in the UK must meet laid-down legal standards.

Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

* AQUA-6.jpgThe Aqua 6 is the final shower enclosure collection in the new Aqua range to be launched by Aqualux. Featuring 6mm glass, Aqua 6 consolidates the company's strong mid-range position with a higher mid-range option that offers cleverly-designed, luxury features and a superb finish.

Hettich's Magic range puts interiors in the right light

* Hettich-Ma.jpgHettich has launched a new Magic range of lighting for the UK, carefully selected to complement and enhance all styles of living space. The new Magic catalogue includes 64 lighting options plus associated accessories.

New man at the BMA's helm

* Steve-Lee.jpgHe's been there before and he is back again for a two year term as President of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association... Steve Lee has taken over the top job from retiring President, Ian Stuart.

At the BMA's recent AGM at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, Ian Stuart concluded his fixed term of office reviewing the achievements of the Association and thanking the staff for their work, with limited resources.

NKBA awards outstanding kitchen & bath design students and colleges

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association recently recognised kitchen and bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honours during the Educators' Forum at the NKBA's 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago.

Joiner on community service after illegal installation causes expensive explosion

A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage to four properties.

Alex Irvine was hired by John and Emily Reid to cut out a kitchen unit, worktop and install a new free-standing gas cooker in Kirklands, Renfrew in March 2009.

LDL adds to Kitchen Essentials range

* LDL-new-chrome-rack-coll.jpgPan hanging racks and magnetic knife racks are the latest additions to LDL's Kitchen Essentials collection. The two new products offer convenient and accessible storage for some of the most frequently used items in the kitchen.

Available now: a new remote-controlled extraction concept from De Dietrich

* De-Dietrich-Updraft-Extractor.jpgWith a reputation for pioneering many new appliance concepts, De Dietrich has launched the Updraft Extractor. 

Voluptuous Verbier

* Franke-Verbier.jpgThe Verbier from Franke has been designed to make an impact in any kitchen. This traditional tap includes a contemporary twist without being over-elaborate.

The unique spout which curves upwards towards the end gives an elegant appearance. The tap embraces the increasing demand for a 90 spout and the Verbier will complement many sinks including Belfast models and other ceramic ranges.

Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

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Niko sets the standard in 100% recyclable shower trays

Niko is setting a new standard in environmentally-friendly shower tray design. The new HydroLite shower trays are durable, strong and ultra-light.

Niko's clever manufacturing process preserves natural resources, saves energy and conserves the environment. The HydroLite shower tray is made from 35% recycled materials and the finished product is 100% recyclable.

BAL White Star: the fixers' friend

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"Sooner or later," says one experienced fixer, "you use BAL White Star."

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Recent 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

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Hansgrohe, 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.

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.

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.

Moores continues to meet FISP criteria

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

Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

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Neil 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

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.

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.

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.


Burbidge recruits new addition to the team

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


Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

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LDL'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.


Whirlpool presents new Freestanding Product brochure

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

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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