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9th November 2012


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International News

Bushboard unleashes potential of quartz worksurfaces with pioneering M-Stone range

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Following its preview to the trade at KBB 2012, Bushboard is launching in mid-November its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurfaces which are supplied in blanks for easy installation direct on site.

Lakes Bathrooms reintroduces stone resin trays

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Shower specialist, Lakes Bathrooms, has reintroduced a range of stone resin trays to add further choice to complement its Classic and Coastline collections of enclosures. Last year the manufacturer changed to contemporary, lightweight, low profile tray ranges in Acrylic Capped Resin and Sheet Moulded Compound, but sustained demand for traditional trays has sparked the launch of a new stone resin range.

CRL launches 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings!

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CRL proudly brings to the market a new surface protection system specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel. 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan.

Whirlpool's Eco Monitor guarantees energy optimisation

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Whirlpool guarantees minimal resource use in its latest laundry products thanks to its new Eco Monitor feature.

Her name is Rio...

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Moods Bathrooms from the PJH Group has added the striking new RIO range of bathroom brassware to its growing portfolio.

Lawcris opens new doors with Hettich

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The practicality, performance and style of Hettich's sliding door mechanisms are now available from Lawcris. The nationwide distributor of panel products and fittings has chosen to stock a choice of InLine and TopLine systems as part of an expanded Hettich offering.

Charnwood Period Style bedroom doors look the business but don't break the budget!

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With its unique patented construction process, the Charnwood collection from ECF gives the frontal appearance of a traditionally constructed door, yet maintains the flexibility afforded by the modern manufacturing methods used in the production of vinyl wrapped doors.

Abode introduces Euphoria shower pack

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Abode's Euphoria showers and accessories have been designed exclusively to co-ordinate with the complete Abode bathroom offering. The portfolio contains a myriad of outstanding design pieces.

Ellis Furniture creates bright kitchens with the new Solar range

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The new Solar range of kitchens from Ellis Furniture is set to brighten up the heart of any home. Available now, Solar with its high gloss finish and shaker style doors, marries contemporary chic with classic charm.

10 new high gloss colours from Renolit

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Renolit now offers a total of 15 Renolit Alkoren high gloss colours with the addition of 10 new colours i to its collection of classic 3D forming foils.

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.

A green sweep for Lec

Refrigeration specialist, Lec, has obtained Energy Saving Trust approval across its entire product range.

Volante sliding door system - new from ECF

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The 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

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The 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.

Welcome to the


A press release I received last week for use in KBzine's sister publication, The Cleanzine, quoted research which showed that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter.

Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, are also often similarly contaminated and this is nearly always from the human hand... indeed the researchers reported faecal contamination on an incredible 26% of the hands they tested!

Anti-bacterial plastic is relatively inexpensive and easy to produce and there is a real case for it to be introduced as widely as possible, in areas where bacterial contamination can spread from one person to another. For although the thought of touching faeces deposited by someone else is enough to put anyone off their lunch, we mustn't forget that picking up someone else's germs can actually kill us.

I'm aware that some companies in the KBB industry are using anti-microbial coatings on surfaces such as kitchen worktops, but I'd love to know whether any work has been done on incorporating this type of technology into other areas of our kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, or whether I'm trying to look too far into the future... Do please let me know!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Industry taskforce pushes forward on key Portas recommendation

The newly-formed, industry led, cross-sector taskforce has agreed to undertake a review of UK towns and cities to identify through empirical research the property-related barriers to the vitality and performance of town centres.

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

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Although it's unthinkable for those of us living in the more wealthy parts of the world, it is a harsh reality that one in three people on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils stunning new trade showroom

* Imperial-Bathrooms.jpgImperial Bathrooms, the quintessential British bathroom manufacturer, announces the opening of its stunning new showroom in November 2012 that has been exclusively designed for bathroom retailers and contract customers. Coinciding with the launch of the company's new 2013 Design Guide and website, the 1,500 square feet showroom in Aldridge, West Midlands, will showcase Imperial's new, spectacular bathroom collections.

Energy efficiency projects in construction successful despite economic crisis

A change in strategy can result in project success in tough economic times, as a conference on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the construction industry has shown. Twenty-two coordinators for Concerto projects subsidised by the EU went to the Brussels conference to share their experiences.

The Irish Republic has been one of the countries most hard-hit by the financial crisis; "This has been a success during the deepest crisis Ireland has ever experienced," said Seamus Hoyne from the Limerick Institute of Technology in summarising his project experiences, and the results do indeed speak for themselves - 400 buildings renovated and 50 energy-efficient buildings built from scratch. 

KBSA welcomes two new retail members

Caroline-Cooper_Ruth-Ward.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed on board two new retail members, demonstrating that KBB retailers are recognising the value of KBSA membership - particularly the ability to offer consumer protection, increasingly seen as a 'must have' in the current climate.

British Ceramic Tile makes life look better for retailers with launch of 'HD Origin' marketing campaign

* BCT-HD.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile is making life look better for independent retailers with the creation of a new marketing campaign to support the launch of its new HD (High Definition) Origin collection.

KBSA welcomes new kitchen design foundation degree

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed the news that a degree aimed specifically at the kitchen design industry is to be launched next year. The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom, National Training Group, which is supported by the KBSA, has been working alongside Buckinghamshire New University to shape the degree which will be open to students in September 2013.

"This is great news for our industry and a landmark development in the provision of relevant and recognisable training standards for KBB professionals," says KBSA CEO Graham Ball.

Essential Value range from Carron Phoenix is outstandingly good value

* Carron-Phoenix-Essential.jpgCarron Phoenix's Essential Value sink and tap range could better be described as the Outstanding Value Range because it offers savings of up to 20% on popular-selling products when sold as a pack with retail prices starting from as little as £115.

PWS features on BBC News Live

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The interview was broadcast on BBC News Live as well as BBC World Radio, with a third interview being filmed for the local BBC Look North programme.

Thanks KBzine!

Hi there,

Just a note from over here in the States: I really enjoy reading your online newsletter! Great work--you really push the boundaries in research, developing issues, and general information about Kitchen and Bath and business. Thanks so much! I just wish I could access some of the similar products offered there, here in the US.

Thanks again for the good work!

Scott Haig, CKD

Bay Area Kitchens
17306 Highway 3
Webster, TX  77598-4133
(281) 338-2737
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NKBA Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Treasurer

EQ Software develops TradeZone Ordering Link for PWS

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The kitchen components and worksurfaces supplier turned to EQ Software to develop the 'live' link between the two systems and provide the fastest, most efficient and informative way for customers to place orders.

Larger waterproof TVs for lucky bathers...

* flat screen tv bathroom.jpgWaterproof and in-wall television pioneer, Aquavision, has introduced two larger sizes to its Frameless range.

The competitively priced range was designed after consultation with developers, architects and specifiers and can be installed directly over the bath or within a shower enclosure.

Crosswater announce key national sales drivers

* Crosswater3.jpgContemporary brassware, shower enclosure, bathroom furniture and ceramics specialist Crosswater, has appointed Mark Dalton and internally recruited Stuart Telfer as Joint National Sales Managers. Stuart and Mark will both report directly to founder and Managing Director David Hance.

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Recent News

Construction weakness continues in October amid further fall in new work

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In figures released recently, October data highlighted another difficult month for the UK construction sector, with the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI survey showing a subdued trend in output levels alongside moderate reductions in new work and employment.

Cutting a greener deal for consumers

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Record month for Schuller sees new record set for September

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