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19th April 2013


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International News

Coram Showers advances its portfolio with new Premier range

Coram Showers tells us it is proud to announce that its already established and celebrated Premier range has undergone a complete makeover and upgrade and is available now!

Reframing modern bathroom design with Lardo by Pelipal

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It is said that the essence of great design is for function to merge effortlessly with aesthetic. This is exactly what the new Lardo collection from renowned German manufacturer Pelipal does so well... A strong robust design with solid statement vertical lines in which beautiful reproduction wood grain sits perfectly with coordinated fronts in high gloss and neutral tones.

A new hero: Whirlpool's ADG 8410 FD built-in dishwasher

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The new Whirlpool ADG 8410 FD built-in dishwasher is the hero of the company's latest collection and with much justification... Super quiet, super energy and water efficient and with all the space you need. The sophisticated ADG 8410 FD offers the very best of Whirlpool's advanced technology along with great design and practicality. The capacious model has 13 place settings, 10 programmes and a low water consumption of just 10 litres.

Steel expands its collection with compact combi-steam range cooker

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Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional kitchen appliances, has expanded its combi-steam range cooker collection with the introduction of a 70 cm compact appliance.

Vado becomes part of Norcros

Norcros, the supplier of branded showers, tiles and adhesives with group operating companies including Triton Showers, Johnson Tiles and Norcros Adhesive - and which is also active overseas with operations in South Africa and Australia, has acquired brassware specialist Vado.

SBID joins 'the acronyms' to bring learning opportunity to design students on both sides of the Atlantic

This Summer will see the Society of British Interior Design launch an exchange programme to create educational opportunities and professional exposure for interior design students from both sides of the Atlantic. The move comes following a meeting with similar bodies from other parts of the world, which has been dubbed the 'Acronyms meeting'

Fantastic Fantasia - Elica's stunning new Vertical Hood

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Fantasia, the latest wall-mounted, vertical cooker hood to be launched by high-end Italian designer Elica has been awarded a prestigious 2013 Red Dot Design Award.

Sense the difference with Britannia: All-new range cooker collection revealed

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Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living is delighted to announce the launch of its all-new range cooker collection. With four new families - Delphi, Fleet, Q Line and Wyre - the collection boasts the premium quality customers have come to expect from the Britannia brand; combined with subtle styling updates and improved features. The result is an enhanced range designed to delight the senses and help consumers discover the true pleasure in cooking.

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As I write, workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic are in flames and are likely to continue to burn for days. One, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 lives and injured more than 100 people; there have been calls for the entire town surrounding the plant to be evacuated.

The other, in the Smurfit Kappa cardboard recycling mill in the Nechells area of Birmingham, doesn't appear to have injured anyone, but is devastating for the workforce and those living nearby nonetheless - to say nothing of the damage to the supply chain and the business itself.

It will take some weeks for investigators to discover what caused these two incidents but in the light of the Boston Marathon bombing this week, it would do us all good to be extra mindful when it comes to both health & safety at work and security.

Our thoughts are with the injured, those who have been made homeless or who have lost their workplaces, and in particular the families, friends and loved-ones of those who are no longer with us.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Silverdale wins 'Exporter of the Year' Award

* Silverdale-awarded.jpgJust over a year after Silverdale Bathrooms became independently owned, the company has won the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce 'Exporter of the Year for 2013' award.

Highly desirable: the luxurious Fresssh Diamond collection from F & P Wholesale

* Fresssh-Diamond-collection.jpgSet to become one of the most desirable bathroom ranges available in the UK, the Fresssh Diamond Collection from F & P Wholesale is the perfect collection to meet the increased demand to provide luxurious bathroom solutions.

Award winning entrepreneur returns to KBSA AGM

* Nigel-Botterill.jpgThe KBSA has announced that Nigel Botterill, one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, will return to this year's AGM following his sellout success last year. Nigel, a self-made millionaire, has built eight separate multimillion pound businesses and teaches thousands of UK business owners who aspire to super success. Nigel is an experienced business speaker and has shared the stage with Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Duncan Bannantyne and a host of other top entrepreneurs.

Franke adds three new tap designs to its popular Minerva boiling water tap offer

* Franke's-Minerva-Mondial.jpgReflecting the growing popularity and demand for boiling water taps as the 'It Gadget ' for the kitchen, Franke has added a stylish trio of new designs to its Minerva tap range.

New Sinos sink range from Franke is ahead of the curve

* Franke-Sinos-SNX251-sinkF.jpgPositioned at the top-end of Franke's extensive sink offer, the new Sinos sink range marks a departure from linear styling and responds strongly to the design trend for softer, flowing lines.

Crosswater announces appointment of new Digital Commercial Manager

* pete-mersh-crosswater.jpgCrosswater has appointed a Digital Commercial Manager, Pete Mersh. The new role has been created to support the overall business strategy as the company enters its next exciting phase launching a new generation of showering with the only digital water controls controlled wirelessly via an App.

Electrolux Group appliances awarded 22 Red Dot awards for product design

* Electrolux-3D-oven.jpgElectrolux has achieved an outstanding result in 2013's Red Dot design awards, securing a total of 22 awards for high quality design for Electrolux, AEG and Zanussi.

Appliances including ovens, hoods, hobs, dishwashers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners were all recognized by the international jury.

New Saniflo MD predicts success

* Tim-Pestell_Saniflo.jpgSince taking over the helm of Saniflo UK at the end of last year, managing director Tim Pestell is warmly welcoming the new financial year with an exciting plan for raising brand awareness and growing market share.

The Kronoswiss Showbus is coming to an IDS branch near you!

* Kronoswiss-Showbus.jpgThe Kronowiss Showbus is making a return trip to the UK and will be visiting all of IDS's 12 regional branches for open days between the 23rd May and 14th June. The tour is designed to give IDS's several thousand customers across the furniture, retail shopfitting and specification sectors, access to the Kronoswiss quality experience by bringing the pop-up exhibition within easy reach.

Leisure Sinks unveils 80th anniversary brochure

* Leisure-Sinks-brochure-2013.jpgLeisure Sinks, the largest UK manufacturer of domestic stainless steel sinks, has produced a brand new product brochure to coincide with its 80th anniversary. Redesigned and embossed with the company's special 80th anniversary logo, the new brochure showcases the full range of stainless steel, composite and fire-clay ceramic sinks Leisure has to offer, as well as complete details of its extensive range of taps and waste disposal units.

Gorenje expands its range with two, five burner gas hobs

* Gorenje-G760-AX1-gas-hob.jpgEntertaining at home is becoming more popular and for many is now the favoured alternative to going out for a meal. When cooking for a group, hobs that offer more usable space, like the new Gorenje G 962 AX1 and G 760 AX1 five burner gas hobs, are ideal.

Michael's Marathon for Sense

* Mereway-charity.jpgMereway retailer and former 'The Apprentice' contestant Michael Copp is warming up to raise money for deafblind charity Sense as part of its celebrity running team.

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