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17th August 2012


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International News

Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

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The 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

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Hettich 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.

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.

LDL adds to Kitchen Essentials range

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Pan 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Having just returned from a festival where I enjoyed the use of some very impressive 'compost loos', as opposed to the more traditional type - and about to head off to another, which is likely to offer yet another way of dealing with human waste, it was with interest that I read briefly about the winners of the Bill Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge (see more below).

The ones I've become used to over the past week are very basic but they're great for the environment as they don't require any water at all. A bucket of sawdust, some anti-bacterial handwash and a little solar lighting is all that's needed to keep everything fresh and easy to use and I didn't notice any unpleasant smells emanating from any of the little blocks of wooden huts in the six days I was away.

It's incredible just what the human brain can come up with when there's a real need, isn't it?

And with vast swathes of the world without adequate sanitation - and growing demands on Mother Earth's water resources, there is a real need in this area.  I'm looking forward to learning more about the attributes of those schemes that caught the Microsoft founder's eye and will report back in our next issue.

You'll have to wait a while though, as John & I are taking our annual holidays and our next issue won't be broadcast until Friday 7th September.

We will be keeping an eye on our emails while we're away though, so if you have anything of interest to share with our readers, do please let us know about it.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect on Monday.

Bathing with a view: Kaldewei equips private luxury residences of 5-star hotel

* Kaldewei_Conoduo_bath.jpgFor more than 100 years, guests from all over the world have found peace and relaxation in an exclusive setting on Mont-Pèlerin near Geneva. The 5-star Le Mirador Kempinski luxury hotel and the 14 exclusive apartments promote maximum wellbeing for guests and owners. Living up to this credo, several of the hotel suites and private residences are equipped with high-quality baths and floor-level shower trays in Kaldewei steel enamel. 

Sensio approved as a corporate KBSA member

Sensio is delighted that it is now a corporate member of the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association. As a leading lighting manufacturer, Sensio has joined the organisation with a goal of providing help and support to all kitchen retail KBSA members.

Inta welcomes retailer's dedicated healthcare division

Anti-scald bathroom equipment manufacturer Inta is encouraging bathroom merchants to follow the lead of online retailer Notjusttaps, after it announced the launch of a division dedicated to healthcare washroom products on its site.

Inta specialises in TMV2 and TMV3 compliant thermostatic mixing valves, taps and showers, all of which feature its innovative anti-scald technology. The company, which has spent a decade campaigning for greater anti-scald education, successfully lobbied for changes to building regulations in the UK that make the fitting of TMV2 valves in all new bathrooms compulsory.

Eye-catching Epos makes stunning statement in stylish kitchens

* Franke-Epos.jpgThe elegant Epos EOV glass sink from Franke is designed to complement a stylish, modern kitchen and makes a stunning aesthetic statement.

Ellis Furniture adds to Inspire kitchen range

* Ellis-Furniture-Inspire.jpgEllis Furniture is expanding the popular Inspire range of contemporary gloss kitchens to include three new colours - gloss graphite, gloss caramel and gloss cream - and a variety of new cabinet styles including internal drawer options in base, studio and tall cabinets bi-fold wall units and the increasingly popular internal curved cabinets. 

Rearo aims to clean up in the kitchen

* surfstone-frosty-white.jpgRearo, one of the UK's leading providers of laminated and solid surface materials to both commercial and domestic markets, has created a new solution for aspirational consumers, planning to revitalise their kitchen but operating on a strict budget. 

British Ceramic Tile's Elite stone collection makes its TV debut on Channel 5

* TV-kitchen.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile's extended Elite stone collection made its first appearance on prime time television this July, featuring in Channel 5's brand new series of Half Built House.

David is revved up for week-long fundraiser on the continent

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HiB introduces interactive lighting display for retailers

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The attractively designed board has the large, circular Kinetic light, whilst a protruding overhead panel displays the three LED shower lights showing their different surround finishes: white, chrome, and matt aluminium.

New price range and new offerings from Nolte Kitchens

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Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

* winning-toilet-for-Bill-Gates.jpgBill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world. 

Crosswater hires independent consultant as part of key expansion plans

* Richard-Hurst.jpgThe Crosswater Group has enlisted the expertise of independent consultant Richard Hurst of RAH Consultancy, to assist in its bid to improve its customers' wellbeing and to become the leading supplier within all segments of the bathroom market.

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Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

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New man at the BMA's helm

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Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

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Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

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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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