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12th July 2013


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International News

New Blum Tandembox Antaro available from LDL

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Blum's brand new Tandembox antaro modular drawer system is now available from LDL Components from stock.

The new, award-winning drawer profile, available in grey, silk white and stainless steel, has a contemporary rectangular gallery rail which can be combined with a number of colour co-ordinated design elements to create the required effect.

Axor - Brand of choice for the Waldorf Astoria Berlin

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In January, following a three-and-a-half year period of construction, the 'Zoofenster' skyscraper, which has been the subject of much discussion, finally opened its doors in Berlin... the international luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria moved into the 118 m high tower, prominently located between the Zoo Station and the Memorial Church.

Showering simplicity with Triton's T75

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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.

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.

Welcome to the


Working from a home office as I do, can be isolating - but it has its advantages… for example, I’ve produced this issue of KBzine from my garden in the sunshine, listening to my favourite music mixed with the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves and the tweeting of birds. Bliss! And a highly productive way to work too!

You may shortly learn through the wider media (a press release has just landed in my Inbox) that 100 officebroker.com staff are piloting a ‘take your plant to work’ scheme, aimed at boosting productivity. Workers are encouraged to bring a plant from home to keep on their desks and the idea is that they will be refreshed and inspired by them. Staff productivity will be monitored during the study.

A spokesman said: “It’s a fun study but there is a serious side to it too – we’re hoping workers will feel more focused and alert thanks to the oxygen the plants will be releasing. Also, we hope that bringing their plants from home will help them feel relaxed and more able to work.”

A salesman has already reaped the benefits, as his plant has helped him deal with stress. “I used to get really irate when deals didn’t come together or when things didn’t go according to plan,” he says. “I used to rant and rave but now I just have a chat with my spider plant and I immediately feel much better.”

Scheme inventor Chris Bonnett, of GardeningExpress.co.uk , says: “Scientific studies have proven that plants are fantastic natural air purifiers. Not only do they release oxygen but they also absorb toxins from the atmosphere. We wanted to help businesses by offering to help them make their offices happier and healthier.”

I can vouch for the fact that being surrounded by nature is good for the soul and improves productivity, so if anyone suggests that you take a plant to work, don’t laugh; get involved!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

What price recovery?

In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country - Latvia - to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD's composite leading indicator for the eurozone has now been at, or above, the long-term average trend line for the last three months in a row and GDP projections even for the current year are being revised upwards.

Franke launches its first downdraft hood

* Franke-Downdraft.jpgResponding directly to retailer demand, Franke has introduced a brand new downdraft hood in chic stainless steel and black glass, the first of its kind in the Franke range and boosting the company's portfolio of styles to cater for a range of kitchen designs. The product is part of Franke's 2013 range update and became available to retailers at the end of May.

LDL extends range of Wesco waste solutions

* Wesco-Kitchen-Box.jpgLDL Components has extended its range of Wesco built-in kitchen waste solutions with the introduction of the new Pullboy Premium, an 'all-in-one' bin with its own soft close runner system. The sturdy bin, which has an overall capacity of 41 litres divided into 17, 11, eight and five litre compartments, has an integrated frame in powdercoated, zinc plated metal with inset cup handles to facilitate removal. The inner bins have double handles that can also be used to fix the bin liner.

Vado publishes new accessory catalogue

Accessories have always been a notorious hard sale for showrooms as they are considered an afterthought for most consumers when buying a new bathroom. With this in mind, Vado has published an accessory catalogue designed as a useful reference for showroom staff, along with showrooms customers.

New ovens deliver intelligent style and intelligent service

* Amica-oven.jpgAmica has been growing steadily in the UK, building on a reputation for intelligent style, innovation and build quality along with the reassurance of its very own first rate customer service. It is with this backdrop that Amica rolls out another collection of stylish cooking appliances.

One for all with Glide II by Bauhaus

* BAUHAUS-GLIDE.jpgVersatile, practical and with a classical simplicity that will never date, Glide II from Bauhaus is the furniture collection that meets every bathroom need.

Thinner's a winner in worktops

* Granite-Transformations-thinner.jpgAgglomerate is the fancy-sounding name Granite Transformations applies to its kitchen worktop and bathroom surfaces. It's beautiful, tough, durable and much thinner than other materials like granite, marble, engineered stone or solid synthetics, but equals or exceeds them in technical performance terms.

New little wonders from Crosswater...

* Crosswater-Svelte_Mini.jpgThere's now a really big choice of compact basins for cloakrooms, small bathrooms and even twin bowl set ups - but many consumers never stop to think that to look its best, a small basin needs a tap that is in perfect proportion. There's a Mini-basin mixer from Crosswater to suit all tastes and basin styles; whilst smaller than its full size counterpart appeal maybe even bigger!

Travis Perkins Group show support for Water Efficiency Label

* Iflo-Rhea-suite.jpgTravis Perkins Group, the UK's largest supplier of building materials, is supporting the introduction of a voluntary water efficiency label by working with the WRAP industry working party and pledging to include the mark on product packaging, branch displays and marketing materials..

Bushboard promotes Shashi Patel to Technical Director

* Shashi-Patel.jpgShashi Patel has been promoted from Technical Product Development Manager to the newly created position of Technical Director in recognition of his role and responsibilities at the company's UK worktop plant..

Chocks away for furniture industry charity cycle challenge!

50 staff at two furniture industry organisations are hoping to raise funds for their local hospice by cycling 874 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats, but they won't be leaving the building!

Staff members at FIRA and The Furniture Ombudsman will be taking turns to cycle the 874 miles on an exercise bike, to raise money for Garden House Hospice in North Hertfordshire.

'Betsy' the trusty Whirlpool fridge freezer retires after 43 years' service

* Betsy-just-retired.jpgA 'workhorse' Whirlpool fridge freezer, the first major purchase of a newly married couple from Ipswich in 1970, has finally retired after 43 years of service.

The sturdy EVL13C, nicknamed 'Betsy' by Alan and Marilyn West, has been running non-stop since the couple bought her back in May 1970.

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New AMA report provides a major review of the UK Shower Market

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