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18th January 2013
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On 3rd March 2013, a new EU Timber Regulation, which will affect the entire furniture supply chain, comes into force.
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.
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.
Britain has seen three major High Street chains go into administration this week: Jessops (for many years The High Street's camera specialist), Blockbuster (the long-time leader in home video/DVD rental) and HMV (the last remaining dedicated music outlet). And of course there was Comet not that many weeks back.
As well as the recession, people are blaming the companies' failures on the growing use of the Internet for personal shopping and for Jessops this is particularly sad as its staff have shared their expertise with customers interested in finding out about a camera's attributes, they've demonstrated how the camera works and allowed the customer to 'have a play around with it' before seeing the customer go off to, no doubt, search for and buy the camera online, to save money.
Perhaps if the marketing people had been a bit more switched on they'd have found a way of using the superior service offered in-store to the company's advantage - perhaps even by charging for it and then offering discount vouchers to be put towards purchases made at the store. I don't know if the company had an Internet-based mail order business but if it did, it wasn't publicised enough. Jessops' demise needs to be taken as a warning to other companies like it, to find a way to work with the Internet rather than ignore it in the hope that it won't take too much business away.
And in case you're wondering why I've explained what the three companies do (when here in Britain we should all know) it's because John Austen tells me that we now have something approaching global readership and 120,000 page views, as this screen-grab shows.
Although this image depicts the locations of just the most recent 200 readers it does serve to illustrate how widely read KBzine is.
The wonders of the Internet, eh?
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This Week's News
All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 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.
Svelte, is Crosswater's latest comprehensive range of solid brass basin, bath and showering products. The sleek design of the tap spout delivers a thin blade of water, which is easily controlled by the single, equally slim control lever.
Industry report finds lack of awareness at board level of spending habits and inefficient supply chains holding back businesses.
Interiors UK 2013 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, offering retailers, designers and architects a vast selection of products from over 600 of the leading international interiors manufacturers. The event takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 20th to 23rd January.
UK shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, has reduced the price of its design-led Infinity shower trays and its Colossus Roman Stone trays - making them comparable to many standard shower trays available and even more attractive for customers.
Roman's Infinity tray range and Roman Stone tray range are both manufactured in Roman's on-site UK solid surface manufacturing facility. Breakthroughs in volume have seen the manufacturer now reducing pricing on these products.
The American Hardwood Export Council will showcase Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs at the Stockholm Furniture Fair from 5th - 9th February 2013. The project is a collaboration between Product Design students from the Royal College of Art in London, British Furniture maker Benchmark and the American Hardwood Export Council that began over 12 months ago, culminating in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the London Design Festival 2012.
Showcasing its beautiful collection of design-led products from the bathroom in all their full-colour glory, Bagno Design has launched a new brochure.
We now live in an age where every room in the home contributes towards our lifestyles and wellbeing. The bathroom is no exception - it's no longer a utilitarian and mono-functional area but rather one of private time, a place in which you can luxuriate and relax in a very personal way.
Global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, has launched a stunning new tapware collection reminiscent of an exotic Bird of Paradise flower.
With 'eating in' as the new 'eating out' increasingly many people are becoming budding master chefs. But without the right kitchen and appliances to cook on our culinary creations can turn out a disaster.
The collection, which features a wide variety of sizes, has been specifically designed for both domestic and commercial applications. With static and dynamic pressure control, the range is designed to reduce fluid pressures and maintain the desired level, preventing damage to system components located downstream of the PRV.
CornerTape's SiliconeXP, the Xtreme Performance two-in-one waterproof sealant and super strong adhesive, has been crowned Decorating Product of the Year in the DIY Week Awards 2012.
As part of an ongoing strategy to offer excellent customer service and a wide range of products on a 'one tomorrow' basis, F & P Wholesale is relocating its Bedford Distribution Centre.
One of the UK's largest online suppliers to the plumbing industry has extended its market reach into the professional medical industry by providing high quality, medical standard taps and sinks to a range of organisations including the National Health Service, GP surgeries, veterinary centres, laboratories and dental practices.
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