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28th June 2013


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Carron Phoenix launches its first boiling water tap with the Seraphina

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Carron Phoenix has entered the growing boiling water tap market with the launch of its new Seraphina model in the universally popular swan neck style in a chrome finish. The tap was launched in May as part of the company's newly updated and repositioned Elite Range of sinks, taps and waste disposal products.

Showerwall offer is enhanced with new tongue and groove option

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Showerwall, one of the industry's best established brands of waterproof wallpanelling for the bathroom, has upgraded its product offer with a brand new tongue and groove (T&G) option.

Whirlpool launches new range of chest freezers

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Whirlpool has added three new chest freezers to its extensive cooling portfolio, with capacious storage space (ranging from 200 litres to over 400 litres) for excellent preservation of frozen foods.

What to consider when choosing a lifting and handling aid

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.

Fresh - elegant new range from Schmidt

Fresh is an exciting new solution from Europe's leading kitchen manufacturer Schmidt, bringing a great new design with advantages to both retailers and consumers. Schmidt designers have analysed the difficult current market conditions and come up with some inspiring solutions while sticking to the guiding principle that Schmidt must always be an affordable brand.

Pebel Fragranite sink from Franke wins the Red Dot Design Award

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The Pebel sink range in Fragranite, launched by Franke in 2012, has scooped a Red Dot Design Award in the latest batch of winners recently announced.

Kirby Sebastian makes a big splash with bath collection

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Bathroom brand Kirby Sebastian (KS Bathrooms) has just launched two new freestanding baths, Palarmo and Sienna. The modern baths both feature simple yet elegant contemporary design that delivers both style and comfort.

ECF introduces the elegant Devon and Cornwall in-frame doors

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East Coast Fittings tells us it is delighted to introduce its stunning new range of painted timber doors presented in the classic in-frame style. Devon and Cornwall offer the perfect blend of the contemporary and the traditional, providing a timeless design whilst also being ideally suited to the demands of a modern kitchen environment.

New Whirlpool fridge freezer provides extra width and quality

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Whirlpool has created the ideal food preservation centre for consumers in the form of its new freestanding WBA 4328 NFTS fridge freezer. Big and beautiful with plenty of storage space, this extra wide model with an 'A+' energy rating is a great energy and money saving proposition for the retailer and an excellent opportunity to sell up.

Electrolux headlines Taste of Dublin 2013

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Electrolux is delighted to be headline sponsor of Taste of Dublin, Ireland's most exciting food festival, taking place at the stunning grounds of Iveagh Gardens from 13th -16th June 2013.

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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…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

UK shoppers explain why they hate the High Street

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.

Showering simplicity with Triton's T75

* Triton-Showers-T75.jpgBuilding 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.

Hettich actively protects innovations: commitment to property rights at Interzum

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.

New Neptune Slim Top sink from Franke is bang on for style, quality and value

* Franke-Neptune-NEX251.jpgThe 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.

TechTile London helps launch top art materials store

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.

Durability in the kitchen meets the grain with Okite

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Dave Boden joins Karonia

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Dave joins Karonia from Plasman Laminate Products where he was Customer Support Manager for over 26 years.

De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances appoints Ness as sole distributor for N. Ireland

* De-D-distrib.jpgDe 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.

Zanussi fridge freezers are only the 'Tip of the Iceberg' at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

* tip-of-the-iceberg.jpgJohn 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.

The SBID and Think Global Consultancy announce partnership with Ischia International Architecture Prize

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.

Vado celebrates 25th Birthday

* VADO-25th.jpgThe 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.

Worthy winner for Modern Homes kitchen

* Rees-family.jpgA family in Warwickshire has been chosen as the winner of the Sapphire kitchen competition run by kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailer Modern Homes to celebrate 45 years in business.

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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Recent News

CE Marking comes to bathrooms

Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Chris Taylor Hamlin, Technical Director, ask: "Are you ready for changes to CE marking?"

Electrolux Design Lab 20 semi-finalists revealed

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.

FIRA awards at the House of Lords

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An event held by FIRA, the furniture industry's leading body, at the House of Lords last Friday, was a great success. Over 230 guests attended the prestigious annual event hosted by Lord Hoyle of Warrington which took place in the Cholmondley Room and on the terrace overlooking the Thames.

Judges selected for KBSA Designer Awards

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:

And the kbb LDN 2013 Innovation Awards Winners were...

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The industry came together to celebrate the most innovative products in the KBB sector for the kbb LDN Innovation Awards 2013, sponsored by Blum UK.

Leisure Sinks to supply specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG

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Leisure Sinks has signed an agreement with specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG, which will allow the company's wide range of high quality sinks and taps to be supplied to a growing UK network of merchants.

Hippo signs three-year sponsorship deal with iKBBI

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has announced that Hippo has this week agreed a three year sponsorship deal, supporting the Institute and its objectives until 2016.

Vado success at NMBS 2013

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.


Iain McKinlay leaves Hansgrohe UK

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Iain McKinlay, UK Managing Director of Hansgrohe, will leave at the end of June 2013. Being with the company for 24 years, Iain has been at the forefront of the development of the modern UK bathroom industry that we know today.


Methven launches innovative displays for merchants: Tippers first to have self-selection displays in store

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Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has joined forces with Midlands-based builders' merchant Tippers, to launch a new display concept for its Deva brand.

Karonia Store relaunched

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Karonia Store, the online shop for all solid surface tooling and accessories, has been relaunched.

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