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11th January 2013
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Show-stopping cooker hoods are increasingly in demand, featuring the ever-developing technology in this area. All Blanco by Gutmann hoods are handcrafted to the highest standards and all offer the highest levels of air movement and a host of innovative but practical features.
Thousands of people across the country will stand in their kitchen this month, possibly cooking a Christmas feast for their family, and they will resolve to upgrade their kitchen as part of a New Year's resolution. Home improvements are a very popular resolution for many people to make, and with the kitchen one of the most frequently used rooms in any home, it's important for it to be both stylish and functional. This guide examines the trends which are taking over the kitchen world right now, and are set to be huge in 2013.
Made from genuine pewter in the UK exclusively for Hafele, this understated, robust and classic collection has been designed to maximise versatility through mixing and matching of handles. Hafele chose Pewter as the material for its debut range of branded hardware because of the inherent benefits to the customer.
Currently suffering what appears to be my second relapse into the flu which started several days before we broadcast our last issue of KBzine before Christmas, I've had plenty of time to lie around over the break, reflect on things I never generally have time to think about and watch rubbishy TV programmes.
Unusually my New Year's Eve was spent alone, shivering and wrapped in blankets on the sofa, which meant that throughout the day I saw a number of news bulletins showing the different countries welcome in 2013 with incredible firework displays - even, for the first time, North Korea. Now I may sound rather Scrooge-like here but having become bored with London's offering at least five minutes before the end - spectacular as it all was - I started wondering what all the homeless people watching from sleeping bags in doorways, or cardboard boxes in London's parks, would be thinking as they looked up into the night's sky. Then I thought about the homeless throughout the world, and those who are sick but can't afford essential medicines, and those who are hungry or thirsty, or without sanitation, and wondered what they thought of it all.
If just half of what was spent on all the fireworks globally could have gone to good causes instead, just think what a difference it would have made to these people's lives!
Reading the item (below): ‘The state of water 2013’, brings home the fact that despite all the flooding experienced last year in the UK, Continental Europe, the US and beyond – water is still very scarce in some parts of the world and it’s going to become scarcer. We have to get to grips with conserving it while making sure it’s available to all those that need it.
I wish there was a way of persuading the various spendthrift governments to consider what’s really important in everyone’s lives and donate half of what they waste to something like WaterAid instead…
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This Week's News
After three months of picture submissions and voting, the UK Ladder Association's global 'Idiots on Ladders' campaign has discovered the biggest 'ladder idiot'.
A new training programme, provided by The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO), is set to be launched at the Interiors Show in January. The existing courses have been refreshed and prices have been lowered to help make training accessible to everyone in the furniture and home improvement industry.
LDL Components, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, is offering free delivery on all online orders during January. The promotion is to highlight new features of the website www.ldlonline.co.uk including:
On 3rd March 2013, a new EU Timber Regulation, which will affect the entire furniture supply chain, comes into force.
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) was initiated due to increasing concerns over unsustainable forest management practices and illegal logging. Studies have suggested that approximately 20% of timber and timber products, entering the European market, originate from an illegal source.*
The promotion runs through to the end of March, 2013 and is detailed in a promotional flyer through a number of Abode's distributor partners.
A great start to the New Year reports the Keele-based BMA, with manufacturers and media queuing up to join the recently restructured association.
"We are all really pleased with our start to 2013," enthuses Yvonne Orgill, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association Chief Executive. "After a very solid 2012 with sustained development and growth we have got off to a great start this year with five new members joining the BMA, which we have just restructured to become a Company Limited by Guarantee."
The quintessential British bathroom manufacturer, Imperial Bathrooms, continues its major ongoing new product programme with the launch of three stunning additions to its already acclaimed floor tile collections.
In 2003, the General Accounting Office in the United States issued a report warning that the US was entering a new era of water scarcity. The report projected that by 2013 at least 36 states could face water shortages. However, the report was incorrect. By 2008, five years earlier than projected, at least 36 states were already dealing with periodic, if not chronic, water shortages with California, New Mexico, and Arizona at the top of the list.
Rearo, Scotland's top-notch provider of laminated and solid surface materials, has launched a completely new look to its Selkie Board range.
British businesses and manufacturers are set to benefit from the expertise of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation in Environment issues, with the appointment of one of its environmental consultants, Greg Roberts, as the UK Expert sitting on a group reviewing a key International Standard, ISO 14004.
F & P Wholesale, the famed UK distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to the independent merchant sector, has announced the promotion of Shane Knight to the position of Marketing & Development Director.
With two new stunning additions to its Max range of uniquely designed microwave ovens, Whirlpool has proved again that it is right on the money in the fashion stakes.
Electrolux is pleased to announce its three year headline partnership of a series of Taste Festivals across Europe starting in 2013. The Festivals celebrate the culinary arts showcasing some of the best restaurants in Europe through eating, drinking and entertainment. Locations include London, Rome, Dublin, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow, Paris, Milan and Amsterdam.
Classic 1960s street lanterns, shaped like mushrooms, are now being put to a new use: They have been turned into stools known as 'Statthocker' which are ideal for the bathroom or kitchen!
Shower manufacturer, Roman, has developed some 'water labels' for its showroom displays, to indicate that its shower valves are all officially accredited as part of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Water Label Scheme.
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UK kitchen frontals and accessories manufacturer Burbidge, has announced that it has taken on the name and product range of Woodfit - a distributor of hardware components for the furniture industry - after the business went into administration.
Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, writes...
The latest report from the 2011 Census makes fascinating reading and gives the bathroom industry food for thought.
A partnership between Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian will see the design, build and eventually de-construction of an affordable family home which showcases the principles of resource efficiency and aims to change the future of homebuilding in Scotland.