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19th October 2012


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International News

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.

White open-zone induction hob joins intelligent cooking from Amica

Induction cooking gets another boost this month with the introduction of a new white model from Amica

Axor Starck Organic: Harmony of head and heart

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This 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.

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.

Welcome to the


The Government's announcement yesterday that it is to postpone next year's much-needed business rates revaluation until 2015 and not implement it until 2017, has been greeted with despair by Britain's retailers, many of whom are struggling to pay rates based on rents back in 2008 when they were just about at their peak.

With rental values down over the majority of the country and in some areas having fallen by as much as 30%, the promise of a rate reduction was, for some, an incentive to struggle on. Now that this incentive has been removed I wonder how many more retailers will shut their doors for good...



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Cutting a greener deal for consumers

Huge improvements in appliance performance now mean that replacing an old fridge freezer can bring the same environmental benefit as installing double-glazing according to AMDEA (The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances). The industry is calling on Government to work with it to encourage consumers to replace their old appliances and use energy saving features - to cut their electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions.

Record month for Schuller sees new record set for September

* Schuller-GalaStineCurves.jpgInHouse has broken the €1 million barrier for Schüller sales in September. The month is 40% up on last year and puts InHouse in line for another record breaking year.

Wayne Dance, Managing Director of InHouse, says: "We had a great start to the year with the KBB exhibition. Schüller has been fantastic at totally reinventing its range with stunning new products at very competitive price points. While the economy is still struggling, we're seeing retailers move to Schüller who want the support, product and price point that will appeal to the market."

F & P Wholesale launches luxurious Diamond Collection and Refressshed brochure

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Meeting the increasing demands to deliver luxurious bathroom solutions, F & P Wholesale has launched the new Fresssh Diamond Collection, which judging by its looks, is set to become one of the most desirable bathroom ranges available in the UK.

US home remodelling spending set to accelerate

An improving housing market and record low interest rates are driving projections of strong gains in home improvement activity through the end of the year and into the first half of 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released yesterday by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The LIRA suggests that the seeds for what appears to be a very robust remodelling recovery have been planted, with annual homeowner improvement spending expected to reach double-digit growth in the first half of 2013.

A green sweep for Lec

* Lec-GREEN-SWEEP.jpgRefrigeration specialist, Lec, has obtained Energy Saving Trust approval across its entire product range.

Lec, which this year celebrates its 70th birthday, has had its entire product range rigorously tested and evaluated by the Energy Saving Trust.

LDL implements world class practices

* Simon-Ogden-LDL.jpgLDL Components is in the process of investing in the very latest technology to enhance its warehouse and logistical processes. This technology is known simply as 'WMS' or, to give it its full title, Warehouse Management System.

Nolte Kuchen Inhouse Fair 2012 a real success

Nolte Küchen's Information & Exhibition Centre was open to the trade audience from September for a week last month, proudly presenting a fresh design during the - as usual - unlimited opening hours in the evenings.

This year the focus wasn't only on product though. A completely new website including Social Media presence, an advanced Kitchen Planner (which will shortly be available for iPad, too) and a plausible target group concept, also caught the attention of the 7000 visitors.

Volante sliding door system - new from ECF

* VOLANTE -Pure-White.jpgThe benefits of sliding door storage systems over standard hinged doors are well known and have been utilised in Europe for many years. Their space saving characteristics, the ease of access they afford, and their sleek contemporary styling makes them a highly practical solution for the homes of today. ECF's Volante sliding door system follows these principles, helping to solve your storage needs.

Amica to introduce @micaSmart - at the heart of the kitchen

* Amicasmart.jpgThe UK's protected brand, Amica, is bringing what it believes is the easiest to use technology to cooking with the introduction of a brand new 7in. fully-interactive touch-control TFT programmer on the top models from its Platinum oven collection.

Gorenje and Ecover striving for the same goals

Gorenje and Ecover are pioneering in the development of new technologies and materials that are better for the environment, whilst continuously searching for new ways to reduce the use of energy resources - and the amount of waste produced during the production process.

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

* Assign.jpgWheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.

New Polypipe MVHR performs well and is simple to install and operate

Polypipe Ventilation has launched the Silavent Green Line HRX range of Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery appliances, incorporating advanced technology for maximum performance and innovative design for simple installation and operation.

MP Rob Flello visits Inta after Staffordshire Legionella outbreak

* INTA _ Rob-Flello-MP-visit.jpgAnti-scald tap, shower and valve manufacturer Inta has received a commitment from Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, that he will push for a review of the part G building regulations in Parliament after learning that lack of enforcement is compromising bathroom health and safety.

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