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28th June 2013
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There are a great number of factors to consider when choosing a lifting or handling aid, whether choosing to invest in it or simply selecting it to fulfil a certain job within a workplace. Choosing the right lifting and transportation aid for the job cannot only increase productivity and the volume of work which can be carried out, but it also fulfils an employer's safety obligations to the workforce. Employees have a higher level of protection from accident and injury when they select the right equipment, so ensuring everyone is informed enough to make these decisions is crucial.
I’m thinking that one of mankind’s failings could be good news for the KBB industry…
According to a recent report, fast food restaurants, churches, warehouses, and other types of businesses are reporting more and more thefts of plumbing parts from their washrooms.
One reason for this: The price of copper often used in pipes or pipe fittings remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.
The report, published on DigitalJournal.com, says that along with copper, the thefts typically involve flush valves and handles, outdoor pipes, toilet parts, and motion control sensors that trigger toilets and urinals to flush. While some of these parts are relatively inexpensive, the motion control sensors can be quite pricey.
Many of the thefts take place during business hours, take only about three to five minutes, and happen even when other people are in the washroom, which I find quite incredible.
While theft angers me, it occurred to me while reading the report that there’s often a silver lining somewhere and in this case it’s in the need for replacement parts to be manufactured…
This Week's News
High streets across Britain are struggling to survive because customers hate the experience of town centre shopping, a leading supplier of store fittings says.
Shoppers dislike having to pay inflated prices for parking with no guarantee that they'll find the goods or services they require at the right price.
Building on its established credentials as a leading UK manufacturer of electric showers, The Great British Shower Company, Triton, has brought the ultimate in showering simplicity to the market, with the introduction of T75 - a single control electric shower, which simply offers great looks at an affordable price.
For Hettich, the Interzum is the leading trade fair for unveiling new products. For the first time the German criminal prosecution authorities were called on at Interzum 2013 to take action in stopping the infringement of property rights.
The new Neptune Slim-Top sink range from Franke brings together style, quality and value starting with a very competitively priced single bowl model, giving retailers, builders and merchants a keenly priced sink with the assurance of a 50 year guarantee against manufacturing defect. Neptune was launched in May, as part of the 2013 update to the Franke Pro-Value Range.
Working alongside award-winning design studio Pentagram Design, TechTile London recently helped with the launch of a trendy new design store in Kingston-upon-Thames. Cass Art is a creative provider of a range of artistic materials and tools, and TechTile London has supplied their brand new Origin range of porcelain tiles for the launch of the brand new store.
Combining all the beauty of the natural grain of wood with the durability of a composite worktop, Okite introduces the Effetto Legno Oak work surface.
Dave joins Karonia from Plasman Laminate Products where he was Customer Support Manager for over 26 years.
De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances has appointed Belfast-based Ness as the sole distributor of the De Dietrich and Fagor brands in Northern Ireland. This exciting new relationship combines the market experience and expertise of Ness with the design, beauty and innovation from the De Dietrich portfolio, to strengthen and develop business in the region.
To celebrate the launch of the De Dietrich and Fagor appliance brands in Northern Ireland, Colleen McStravick, managing director of Ness and her staff hosted an Open Day for kitchen specialists at the newly refurbished Ness Showroom in Dow's Road, Belfast recently.
John Esling and Caroline Tait are going to attract a fair bit of attention at the upcoming RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (9th -14th July 2013) with their 'Re-imagining the fridge - 'Tip of the Iceberg' Conceptual Garden.'
John and Caroline designed the garden from their observation that a humble fridge could be re-imagined as a block that could be used to build something.
A new partnership will be unveiled at the sixth edition of Ischia International Architecture Prize (PIDA) between the Society of British Interior Design, the standard-bearer organisation to the profession of Interior Design and the only British representative at the European Council Interior Architects & Designers, and TGC (Think Global Consultancy), a young and dynamic English company active in the field of design and architecture.
The 8th June 1988 saw the creation of Vado, or Eurobath as it was known in those days. The world has developed significantly during those 25 years; the creation and use of mobile phone technology, the Internet, dvd's, five UK prime ministers - not to mention Vado's meteoric growth and most recently the acquisition of Vado by Norcros.
Owner, Tina Riley offered the £10,000 kitchen as a prize to a local family that was nominated as being worthy as a way of giving something back into the community.
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Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Chris Taylor Hamlin, Technical Director, ask: "Are you ready for changes to CE marking?"
A breathing wall that cleans the air, a hologram cooking appliance that prevents loneliness and a robotic cleaning appliance that runs on kinetic energy are just some of the innovative concepts chosen as semi-finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab 2013 competition.
The KBSA has announced a new line-up of judges for the 2013 KBSA Designer Awards. Judges have been selected for their breadth of experience in the industry, covering everything from design skills through to retailing, customer service and understanding of the industry's specific needs.
The judges are:
Vado tells us it has been a proud supplier to National Merchant Buying Society members since 2008 and that visitors to Vado's stand at this year's exhibition were able to take up some fantastic 'spot buy deals' on some of the company's best-selling ranges. Members placing orders on the day were also given a 'golden ticket' which automatically entered them into a draw to win a Nexus 7 tablet. The lucky winner was Kingsley Bathrooms, whose representatives were thrilled at winning the prize.