KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-newssince 2002
7th September 2012


We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.


English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.

International 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.jpg
For 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. 

Eye-catching Epos makes stunning statement in stylish kitchens

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

Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

* AQUA-6.jpg
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

* Hettich-Ma.jpg
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

* LDL-new-chrome-rack-coll.jpg
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

* Trade-Mouldings-OdesseyBW.jpg
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

* Mereway-Vogue-Crocodile.jpg
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.

Welcome to the



Yesterday's announcement on the Government's plans to boost British housebuilding, jobs and the economy, (read the report in detail, below) has prompted much discussion from various quarters. Apart from the obvious nit-picking by the Opposition, real fears of householders about over-development by their neighbours and concerns about Green Belt land being destroyed, most seem to be encouraged by the move.

I can see some potential problems though.

Working as an estate agent at weekends (now something of a hobby for me) I am well aware of the damage our ridiculous stamp duty system causes to the housing market. Properties sitting even a fair way above one of the thresholds languish on the books because buyers are reluctant to accept the huge jump in duty they'll pay as a result of moving up into the next tax bracket by even one penny. Vendors of these properties often end up withdrawing from market, creating a barrier to the completion of chains of buyers and sellers because of the resultant shortage of properties in those price brackets. This needed addressing years ago with stamp duty being levied on a sliding scale. Now, with the relaxation in planning laws allowing householders to build that extra bedroom rather than move home, the problem is going to become worse.

Another problem is the lack of confidence in the economy, with those worried about their jobs reluctant to spend - either on new homes or new kitchens and bathrooms. There is also an issue regarding the supply of mortgage finance and I am seeing more and more often, buyers with mortgages in principle having them withdrawn when they decide to offer on a property. This needs to be addressed and I don't think the new proposals go far enough as the money being allocated is negligible compared to what is actually needed to create a market for all the properties that will supposedly be built.

Another 'fly in the ointment' is seen by the Local Government Association, which doesn't believe that the planning system has been responsible for the lack of house building. It has released figures which show a backlog of 400,000 prospective homes which have planning permission but have not been built because of a lack of demand. Jon Neale, director of residential research at global real estate consultancy, Jones Lang LaSalle, backs up this view, saying that most builders are concentrating on margin rather than volume and have no intention of starting a building boom.

It will be interesting to see how things pan out.




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Government publishes legislation to help accelerate major infrastructure investment and house building

The Government has published legislation which will enable it to guarantee up to £40 billion of investment in infrastructure, and up to £10 billion in new homes. The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill gives statutory backing to the UK Guarantees programme announced in July and the housing guarantee schemes also announced last week.

Showerlux UK

Coventry based Showerlux UK ceased trading from its Coventry base in Sibree Road on 23rd August 2012 with 16 staff being made redundant.

Tim Corfield of Walsall-based Griffin & King, has been appointed by the director to assist in calling meetings of members and creditors with a view to placing the company into liquidation this month.

Discover Vintage

* HAFELE-Vintage.jpgA new and exciting collection of Vintage style handles hasbeen introduced by Hafele UK.

Selected to enhance and complement any piece of furniture, each handle has been individually chosen to add drama to the furniture. This avant-garde category includes Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or Art Deco selections.

Paralympics coincides with launch of BMA's new special needs web page

The award winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association has completely upgraded its special needs website pages, coinciding with this month's Paralympics.

The new pages 'Making Life Easier' pull on volumes of information provided by those members of the BMA who design and manufacture bathroom products especially for use by people with special needs.

Renolit reveals two modern abstract designs

* Renolit-Cobra_.jpgRenolit has announced two quite individual and striking fantasy designs as new additions to its Covaren stock range.

Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns
The design is modern and contrasting, yet creates a very homely atmosphere depending on the colour combination used. It is most suitable for combinations with the three colours which feature within the printed design itself - namely greys, coffees and blues. 

KitchenAid's Twelix oven is ideal for the passionate gourmet

* KitchenAid-Twelix-oven.jpgKitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, offers the cooking enthusiast the Twelix oven, to create exceptional results in the domestic kitchen.

Small is affordably beautiful - Mini from Roca

* mini-2-Roca.jpgCompact and stylish, Roca's Mini is a contemporary cloakroom or small bathroom solution that, as its name suggests, is ideal for small spaces. This amazing value for money, perfect combination of furniture, basin and mirror or mirrored cabinet is available in Gloss White or Textured Oak, Wenge or Grey finishes.

ECF reveals Component Portfolio 2012/13

* ecf_cp3_cover.jpgAugust saw the launch of ECF's latest catalogue - the 2012/13 Component Portfolio. Showcasing ECF's extensive range of furniture components and accessories, this 268 page catalogue features over 2000 stocked products and includes over 250 new and exciting additions to the range.

New collections from Uber Furniture feature in Articad-Pro

* articad-uber.jpgCAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that new door and handle collections from Uber furniture are now available as comprehensive graphics catalogues in ArtiCAD-Pro.

The Zen Collection from uber features a matt slab door in Pavilion (grey green) and Pearl (white) colours. Babington is a high gloss range of slab doors available in Pearl, Canvas, Latte, Stone, Pavilion and Nero. Bibury focuses on curved doors and is available in high gloss and silk couture.

Designer drainers from Franke

* FRANKE-CEX210_mobiledrainer.jpgFor a stylish, removable drainer in the kitchen, the new Mobile Drainer from Franke is just the job; and ideal for add-on sales opportunities for merchants and retailers.

Online retailer Dramco enjoys growth

* DRAMCOh.jpgDramco is a leading online bathroom retail business based on Milton Park, Oxford, and as a result of significant and increased demand across both the trade and consumer sectors, is expanding its premises and moving from the Innovation Centre to 18A&B Milton Park.

Flo~mate, the new mains boost pump from Stuart Turner!

* Stuart-Turner-Flomate.jpg'Flo~mate' pumps offer a simple solution to boost incoming mains water pressure without the need for a cold water break tank. At times when mains water pressure is insufficient, Flo~mate will deliver a minimum 1.5 bar pressure at a maximum flow rate of 12 litres per minute, meeting the requirements of most unvented boilers.

New kitchen for FIRA - sponsored by Homebase

* FIRA-Homebase.jpgFIRA International, the world's leading independent furniture technology centre, has officially opened its refurbished staff kitchen, sponsored by Homebase.

The KBzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The KBzine:

How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
Tel: +44 (0)1372 811 307 
Mobile: 07980 288 373

* Jan-Mel-thumb.jpg 




John Austen
Publishing Director
Tel: +44 (0)1580 755 863
Mobile: 07766 707 888
* John Austen-cutout-kbz.jpg


www.facebook.com/KBzine FB2.jpg

* Zenius_Media.jpg
 KBzine founded by Richard & Debbie Schwarz


The KBzine is broadcast every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add news@thekbzine.com to your address book.

Recent News

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.

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

* TV-kitchen.jpg
British 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

* David-Ancill_Mathew-Jones.jpg
An Indesit director will swap cookers for cars when he takes part in a seven-day rally to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

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.

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.

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.jpg
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. 


Crosswater hires independent consultant as part of key expansion plans

* Richard-Hurst.jpg
The 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.

New man at the BMA's helm

* Steve-Lee.jpg
He'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.

Burbidge recruits new addition to the team

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


Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

* roman-Project-252.jpg
Roman, the UK shower manufacturer and designer, has been delighted by the success of its Project 252 social media campaign. Conceived originally as a year in the life of Roman through photos and managed on Flickr (it can be viewed at www.flickr.com), the campaign has surpassed all expectations, as the company reviewed it at the halfway point of the year.

Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

* LDL-rubbish-summer-promotion2012.jpg
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

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

© The KBzine 2018.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Cookies | Sitemap