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29th May 2013
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Gorenje has received The Reader's Digest Trusted Brand award in the category of home appliances in Slovenia for the seventh year in a row.
The Building Research Establishment is working with Franshion Properties (China), one of China's leading state owned developers, to give businesses an opportunity to showcase their most innovative and sustainable technologies in a new eco-city in China.
Those of you that met with John and Alan Austen on Sunday 19th May at kbb LDN will recall that John and I were due to fly out to Verona the following day to produce a daily newsletter for a large cleaning show. Sadly, because I needed to prepare much of the first day's issue in advance, I was unable to attend kbb LDN myself.
As you'll know though, John attended, and he's produced a brief photo report, which should prove of interest to those of you who, like me, couldn't attend in person. You can read it further down the page.
Cleaning is certainly not as glamorous as kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms but as you can imagine lots of the products we’ve looked at over there have benefited from that clever Italian design flair. And of course we’ve also enjoyed that wonderful Italian hospitality and friendship so it’s been a pretty good week – despite the lack of sleep that comes with steaming around a large exhibition all day, then putting a newsletter together overnight for a pre-show broadcast the following day!
One of the things that’s kept me going is that our hotel has recently been upgraded and I’ve been particularly spoilt with my bathroom. I’ve really enjoyed the little time I’ve spent in there as it’s fitted out with a gorgeous Jacuzzi loo, bidet and basin and lots of Geberit, Huber and Keuco products. I have to admit that I stroked everything when I first saw it.
Fabulous KBB products just have that effect on you, don’t they?
Finally - in case it passed you by... we announced on Friday that because of delays to our homeward journey from Verona, we'd be broadcasting that day's issue today and what would have been this coming Friday's issue next Friday instead. I know how these Bank Holidays can addle the brain so if you're based in the UK, today is Wednesday and not Friday and you do need to set your alarm and go to work tomorrow!
This Week's News
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has secured the well-known journalist and broadcaster Nina Hossain to act as host and facilitator at the Bathroom Business Conference on 8th October 2013. Nina is a familiar face on our screens, presenting and anchoring television news on the main UK news channels.
In response to the success of its Cambourne kitchen range, Ellis Furniture has added the striking Natural Oak finish to this versatile collection, which was launched in September 2012 in sophisticated Sage, cool, modern Chalk, classic Cream and pretty Almond.
Cambourne, featuring a 22mm, five-piece shaker door with a painted foil on the renowned Ellis 18mm cabinet, offers homeowners the highly desirable shaker style, painted timber look at an affordable price.
After 25 years of loyal service, John Swain, product manager at Franke UK, has announced his retirement.
The Kaha, which is Maori for strength, includes the latest innovation in Methven's clever Satinjet technology, delivering superior coverage. The collection features a new, stunning, white-on-chrome handset, with a 135mm faceplate and a crisp continuous chrome edge that blends with soft curves to create a timeless design. The revamped grey-on-chrome handset and shower head also have rounder, thin and tapering lines with soft curves.
Since arriving at Abode in 2012, Helen Clark has proven her experience and marketing skills with the realignment of the Abode bathroom and showering offer. She has now been promoted to marketing manager and will extend her considerable influence over the kitchen taps and sinks business, in addition to bathrooms.
The Karonia stand was continually busy with visitors admiring the flexibility of design possible with Mistral counter tops. Seamless joins and a perfectly smooth finish are readily achievable - even if using contrasting colours to create that something special for the homeowner. Our photo shows some of the specially designed shaping tools in the foreground while an installer discusses possibilities with stand staff.
At kbb LDN a scheme which signifies excellence in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation services was launched to independent retailers and the name of the first company to be awarded the accreditation was announced.
A Dagenham-based firm has been sentenced after a worker severed a finger and seriously injured two others on a badly-guarded cutting block capable of 10,000 cuts per minute.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has this week announced that retail giant B&Q has pledged support to the Installation Standards Partnership (iSP) - an initiative that was launched in 2012 at KBB Birmingham.
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According to the Health & Safety Executive's 'Driving at Work' publication, the biggest cause of occupational fatality is driving on business. There are more than 20 people killed and a further 250 seriously injured every week.
A package of measures put in place by the logistics sector for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games that includes more night-time deliveries could, if adopted permanently, improve some of our traffic issues and bring environmental benefits too, while helping to make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable users.
Leading experts in Environment from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and manufacturing companies across the UK met this week to make key recommendations to the revision of guidance to ISO14001, the widely used standard for Environmental Management Systems that customers use to differentiate between suppliers.
The hunt is on once again for Britain's most efficient and sustainable manufacturers. EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and ENER-G have launched the Environment award category as part of the fifth annual Future Manufacturing Awards with companies eligible to win two prestigious awards at regional and national level.