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11th January 2013


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International News

Quiet oven to come to UK

The Red Dot Best of The Best oven, Zen, from Amica, will be available from 1st January 2013. Amica Zen, pictured here, is an environmentally sound, technically advanced oven conceived for those who are searching for tranquillity and simplicity in their homes. The Zen is the antithesis of overwhelming technology. No illumination, alarms, ringtones or buzzing timers - nothing to attack the senses.

New innovative extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann are show stoppers

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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.

The bathroom cabinet - much more than storage

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Gone are the days when the bathroom cabinet was purchased down at the local hardware store when you realised that you'd forgotten where to store your shampoo and deodorant. In those days a plain white plastic box often with sliding glass doors was all that was available.

Commercial tile trends for 2013

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.

The 'revamp'...

At home with Lamont

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Lamont, from Hafele, is an exclusive collection of solid pewter handles and fittings consisting of an 18 piece ensemble. It has been designed to complement the home with co-ordinating window, door and cabinet hardware.

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. 

European Bathrooms agrees to settlement from Qualitex Supplies

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The Patents County Court proceedings for infringement of design right issued by European Bathroom against Qualitex Supplies in October have now been settled. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the parties have agreed to the following statement being made available to the public:

Handles for handleless kitchens

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LDL Components is delighted to unveil Edge, the brand new collection of contemporary, design-led handles from popular Danish manufacturer, Furnipart.

Croydex goes global with Shanghai store opening

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With more than 90 years' experience of supplying bathroom fittings and accessories, Croydex has now gone global with the opening of a flagship store in China.

Expo Build China 2013 - gateway to China's building & decoration market

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China is the world's largest producer and consumer of building materials, as well as representing a new market for those who engage in sustainable building. The USD$1,700 billion construction market is forecast to grow at an 8.5% CAGR, or RMB 30 trillion, by 2020. The retrofitting market is expected to increase by more than 1,000%.

British Ceramic Tile supports UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show

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As one of the leading tile manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, it was only natural that British Ceramic Tile step in to help the tiling competition at The Skills Show, held at the NEC Birmingham earlier this month.

Welcome to the


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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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

* Idiot-ladder.jpgWhat better way to kick off the New Year than to show you an image that as well as giving you a laugh should help ensure that you take ladder safety more seriously throughout 2013 and beyond?

After three months of picture submissions and voting, the UK Ladder Association's global 'Idiots on Ladders' campaign has discovered the biggest 'ladder idiot'.

'Training for everyone' says The Furniture Ombudsman

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 introduces online promotion

* LDL-January-promotion.jpgLDL 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:

Can't see the wood for the trees?

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.*

A retailer opportunity to receive a free display thermostatic valve!

* abode-fervour.jpgAbode, one of the UK's largest bathroom tap, shower and valve manufacturers, is offering retailers an opportunity to receive a display concealed thermostatic shower valve, free of charge.

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.

Manufacturers queue up to join the restructured BMA

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."

Imperial Bathrooms unveils stunning new range of floor tiles

* IMPERIAL-tiles.jpgThe 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.

The state of water in 2013

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 expands top selling Selkie Range into the kitchen for 2013

selkie 2013.jpgRearo, Scotland's top-notch provider of laminated and solid surface materials, has launched a completely new look to its Selkie Board range.

EEF Environment Consultant appointed as UK expert on the guidance for ISO14001

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F & P Wholesale appoints new marketing & development director

* Shane-Knight.jpgF & 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.

Whirlpool right on trend for the Spring with its new Max microwave colours

* MAX-Collection.jpgWith 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 to be European brand partner of Taste Food Festivals

* taste-festivals.gifElectrolux 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.

Disused street lanterns turned into new furniture with Hi-Macs seat

* sechs_statthocker-Hi-Macs.jpgClassic 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!

Roman creates water labels

* Roman-Water-Label.jpgShower 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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Recent News

Lewisham merchant has a 'Year of Beer' on Inta

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Lewisham-based builders' merchant H E Olby is raising a toast this Christmas, after winning anti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta's popular Year of Beer competition.

KBSA welcomes more new members

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Burbidge kitchens expands business by taking on the Woodfit brand

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.

Crosswater invests in its delivery fleet: clear signs of success reflected in further £250k transport investment

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Soapbox: Census lessons for bathroom industry

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.

ArtiCAD celebrates 20 years in KBB industry with 20 year old clients

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Popular CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, is celebrating 20 years in the KBB industry. Founded in 1992 by Richard Turner, an IT entrepreneur from Hull with a special interest in the kitchen retail sector, the company has grown to become a major force in the industry both in the UK and overseas.

Fagor Spoutnik microwave showcased on Channel 5's 'All New Gadget Show'

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Highlighting its 21st Century design, and "throwing out the rulebook to create something different" in microwaves, the Fagor Spoutnik was featured on the 'All New Gadget Show - Christmas Special' on Channel 5, on Monday 3rd December (repeated Saturday 8th December).

Belling puts independents on the road

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Independent retailer Direct Kitchens and SS Audio will be driving home for Christmas after each winning a £22k, fully branded Ford Transit van from Belling.

Roman to the rescue

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UK shower manufacturer, Roman, has once again been called upon by home rescue show, Cowboy Builders, to help out two families in need, and renovate their bathrooms.

Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian to develop 'Resource Efficient House'

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.


Abode expands marketing expertise

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Helen Clark has joined Abode Home Products, the ever-expanding and successful, design-led kitchen and bathroom products company.

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