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12th October 2012


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International News

Amica set to bring Red Dot winning oven to UK... if market wants it!

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The Red Dot Best of The Best oven, Zen, from Amica, is being considered for the UK market following IFA, Berlin. But the company would like input from the UK kitchen and electrical retailers on its unusual qualities.

Business leader warns companies about investing outside established markets

The head of Europe's leading employers' body has called for companies that have their principal markets in Europe to reassess the risks and opportunities of concentrating their production and service centres at locations far removed from their customers.

Metropolis... just as the name suggests

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Metropolis; a range of stylish contemporary stainless steel handles and knobs designed to suit the modern home...

Exclusive to Hafele UK, Metropolis hosts a selection of bar, bow, pull handles as well as square, classic mushroom and tapered knobs.

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

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With water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.

Another success in the kitchen for Hi-Macs

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The merger of Karim Rashid's futuristic vision with the extraordinary properties of Hi-Macs, the latest-generation acrylic stone, has given rise to Kook and Karan, two kitchens manufactured by Aran Cucine, remarkable for their ultimate originality.

Sleek and efficient by design: new Aquacurve from Leisure Sinks

To further strengthen its extensive range of high quality taps, Leisure Sinks has launched Aquacurve - a new contemporary styled model with a sophisticated swan neck design. Available in a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced tap is ideal for the domestic or contract markets.

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

Robert Mohl, Managing Director of Bridport luxury bathroom company Ocean Bathrooms, is seeking to make more people aware of the true value and importance of the humble toilet in their home

Bushboard adds sensational new surfaces to its Prima worktop range

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Living up to its new corporate strapline of 'sensational surfaces for your kitchen', Bushboard has added six new worktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS package which will be fully merchandised across the UK with retailers by the end of the month.

Life looks better in HD with British Ceramic Tile's new ceramic tile collection, HD Origin

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Designed to replicate nature and imitate the appearance and intricacies of real stone, the new HD (High Definition) Origin collection from British Ceramic Tile has been created using the very latest in high definition inkjet technology.

The Basis of a beautiful kitchen

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The new Basis inset sink from Franke, in either single or 11/2 bowl configuration, is designed to bring colour and style to all kitchen design schemes.

Cooking up a storm in kitchen tap designs from Pegler Yorkshire

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As the hub of the home and the most used room in the house, the kitchen - and thus its design and accessories, is highly important. When it comes to taps, choice is what most consumers want, along with guaranteed quality. Pegler Yorkshire has developed its Francis Pegler Kitchen tap range to offer both of these essential qualities.

Welcome to the


Well this year's Bathroom Conference, which was organised by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, certainly attracted the big guns - as our picture taken once the dancing took over from the gala dinner shows!

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Sadly, due to work commitments elsewhere this week, John Austen and I were unable to make it this year. Judging by the other pictures on the BMA website (www.bathroom-association.org) we missed one heck of an event and are making sure that we'll be around to take part in the next one.

If, like us, you were unable to attend, you haven't missed out entirely as you can read a comprehensive summary of many of the presentations which have been provided courtesy of David Kuczora of Clive Reeves PR who was clearly working very hard throughout the event! The papers certainly appear to have been as interesting as the choice of 'special guest' (who brought some real majesty to the occasion and even deigned to present the awards). Sometimes controversial, they provide some real food for thought, so make sure you don't miss them...




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Furniture retail quality Group publishes new guide for glass in furniture

FIRA has announced the publication of a new industry Standard for glass in furniture: FIRA-FRQG G001 Glass in furniture - requirements. The document has been produced by FIRA in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group (FRQG), comprising technologists from the major retailers of furniture in the UK. It has been introduced to ensure that basic safety levels relating to glass in furniture and mirrors are maintained.

Hettich App now available

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Hettich has introduced what it believes is the most comprehensive furniture fittings App to be offered in the UK.

The UK is among 20 countries selected by Hettich for the initial roll-out of the App, and it is available free through the Apple App Store.

Companies north of the border to get lifesaving advice

Construction companies in Dumfries & Galloway are to receive potentially lifesaving advice at a free event aimed at preventing injury and ill health on site.

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in and in the 12 months up to April 2012, 49 workers lost their lives on building sites across Britain

White open-zone induction hob joins intelligent cooking from Amica

AMICA-induction-hob.jpgInduction cooking gets another boost this month with the introduction of a new white model from Amica

The clean lines and bevelled edge of the new Amica white induction hob provides a blend of minimalism and advanced, flexible functionality for today's contemporary interiors.

Axor Starck Organic: Harmony of head and heart

* Axor_Starck_Organic_Ambience.jpgThis stunning new collection combines organic-minimalist design with a responsible way to handle water - it offers a flow rate of just 3.5 litres per minute without any compromise in functionality. A new type of spray brings a new water sensation to the wash basin and there are separate controls for water volume and temperature. Produced using an innovative and sustainable manufacturing process, it is intuitive, ergonomic and economical.

Products and innovations show award-winning credentials

* LAUFEN-living-square.jpgThe design excellence and high quality of the sanitaryware and bathroom solutions produced by Swiss manufacturer Laufen continue to be realised, with the company picking up a whole raft of prestigious awards in 2012.

As a result of the company's successful collaboration with outstanding architects and designers, the aesthetically-appealing design and high quality of Laufen products continually win over international judges, with top awards being won this year for individual products and materials.

Gorenje partners with London charity RADICLE

* BillShoaban.jpgSlovenian appliance manufacturer Gorenje, has partnered with London-based charity RADICLE (Residential And Drop-In Centres London Enterprises). RADICLE provides emotional and practical support services for isolated and vulnerable people in the local area, including three residential schemes for homeless young mothers and their babies, two drop-in centres used by over 700 older people, and a nursery visited by more than 50 local families.

Annual Bathroom Conference - The Retail Revolution:

Peter-Cross.jpgChicken and charity shops - fighting against the death of retail

Peter Cross, business partner of Mary Portas and managing director of Yellowdoor, delivers the keynote address at the Annual Bathroom Conference:

I'm going to discuss something this afternoon which on the surface of it seems a bit bloody obvious - how we shop today. Yes we know people have less money, yes they shop online. But I want to look at the reasons why.

Annual Bathroom Conference - Bathroom market dampened by economy, says GfK

Andrew-Phipps.jpgConsumer confidence index edges up to a 15 month high, but the bathroom market remains in the throes of the recession.

GfK reported that value sales of bathroom suites declined by -9%  from the year ending July 2010 to year ending July 2012. This decline can be attributed to low consumer confidence and the beleaguered economy, which is experiencing the worst double dip recession since records began.

Annual Bathroom Conference - New Defra head of water lauds industry's Water Label efforts

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' new head of water supply and infrastructure opened the Conference by praising the work the industry has carried out to encourage consumers to save water.

Chris Preston from Defra confirmed the Government's commitment to reducing legislative 'red tape' as well as being 'the greenest government ever.'

Annual Bathroom Conference - Government austerity is killing consumer spending

Scott-Livermore.jpgThe world economy has been on a turbulent ride and whilst there was a bounceback in 2010, growth is slowing and turbulence remains high. Scott Livermore, chief operating officer at Oxford Economics, asks just when will we see a UK recovery?

The impact of the global financial crisis is clear to see, with recovery hampered by ongoing Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. In 2011 manufacturing decelerated globally - declining in the Eurozone, stagnating in Japan and barely growing in the US.

Annual Bathroom Conference - Good digital is just about connecting stuff with people who want stuff

Stefan-Hull.jpgStefan Hull, insight director at Propellernet, demystifies digital at the Annual Bathroom Conference:

The biggest question we all want to answer is how do you get a bigger piece of the pie when the pie is shrinking? There are opportunities out there. Companies are doing well. So stop making excuses if you’re not.

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