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29th May 2013


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International News

Geberit continues to make a splash to support retail partners

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Renowned innovator in sanitary technology, Geberit, is supporting the launch of its new shower toilet, Geberit AquaClean Sela, with a heavyweight consumer marketing campaign throughout 2013.

Gorenje once again named Slovenia's most trusted brand

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.

Vertix by Vado

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Vado's recently introduced Vertix collection includes stylish vertical thermostatic shower valves specifically designed to give a sleeker profile than equivalent horizontal exposed shower valves. A compact, easy to fit shower valve, its distinctive vertical fitting creates a streamlined, minimalist effect on the wall.

Steel introduces new gas hob collection

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Gas hobs add drama and flair to cooking, which is ideal for when entertaining at home, and is the fuel of choice for the hobby chef. Steel's new Genesi collection of built-in gas hobs is available in three sizes to suit a range of kitchen styles, with both four and five burner models on offer.

Dimplex launches compact corner towel rail

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Dimplex has introduced a new electric Compact Corner towel rail, perfect for utilising the corner space in a bathroom or wet room. The CPTC Compact Corner towel rail can be mounted at any height to suit other fittings and adds a touch of luxury to any bathroom.

Electrolux Hosts 2013 Cannes Film Festival Opening Gala Dinner

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The Cannes Film Festival opening gala dinner was held within the Electrolux Agora Pavilion for the third consecutive year. Guests, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman were treated to a five course meal all cooked on Electrolux professional appliances.

Kick back and cool down with the new InSinkErator under-sink chiller

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InSinkErator presents the perfect companion to its steaming hot water taps; a compact Under-Sink Chiller that provides perfectly chilled and filtered water at the touch of a lever.

Ultra-low profile shower tray meets growing demand for 25mm profile shower trays

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With the growing popularity of wet-room and walk in showers there has been a rapidly increasing demand for a lower profile tray; to ensure these trends are met Simpsons has introduced an ultra-low 25mm shower tray range called Slab.

Chinese developer seeks innovations for £20m flagship building in new £6bn eco-city

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.

Dare to imagine...

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One organisation counting down the days to kbbLDN is Karonia, provider of the Mistral range of solid surfacing. The company tells us it will be using the show, which starts in just nine days, to build on its presence at previous shows and further demonstrate the versatile nature of this 25mm enhanced acrylic material.

Abode 'Debuts' striking new bathroom taps

Another new Abode range makes its debut... The Debut range, created especially for the UK market, forms part of a new range of bathroom brassware products from Abode.

Maytag introduces new 10Kg capacity washing machine

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Maytag has added a new 10kg capacity freestanding washing machine to its range.

The new colours of Croydex

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Responding to the use of colour as a trend in the bathroom, Croydex has introduced two new shades to its already popular range of fashion colourway accessories, bringing the collection bang up to date for 2013.

Eco-friendly comfort from ClearGreen

Eco-friendly credentials and comfort-focused design combine in baths from ClearGreen. The range, another in the Bathroom Brands portfolio, includes contemporary freestanding designs, shower baths and single and double ended baths.

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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!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Broadcaster Nina Hossain to host this year's Bathroom Business Conference.

* Nina-Hossain.jpgThe 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.

Ellis Furniture expands Cambourne kitchen range

* Ellis-Cambourne.jpgIn 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.

John Swain retires from Franke after 25 years' service

* John-Swain.jpgAfter 25 years of loyal service, John Swain, product manager at Franke UK, has announced his retirement.

Methven extends Kaha Satinjet range with latest award-winning technology

* Kaha-Shower.jpgMethven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - has revamped and extended its award-winning range of Kaha Satinjet showers in the UK and Europe.

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.

Abode promotes Helen Clark to marketing manager

* Helen-Clark-Abode.jpgSince 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.

kbb LDN


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.

New FIRA Gold scheme launched at kbb LDN

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.

Joinery firm in court over worker's severed finger

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.

B&Q announced as iKBBI Installation Standards Partner

* BQ_IKBI.jpgThe 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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