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19th July 2013


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International 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

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Responding 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

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LDL 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.

New ovens deliver intelligent style and intelligent service

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Amica 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

Versatile, 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

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Agglomerate 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...

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There'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!

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.

Welcome to the


Summers in the UK have left a lot to be desired in recent years; we’ve had a few good days early on when it’s supposed to be cold, rainy and windy; then what should be the warmest, sunniest times have been reduced to sporadic sunshine with lots of cold and rainy days in between. Many of us thought that this year was going to be the same – although we didn’t get the sunny bit at the beginning this time and some people were still having to heat their homes throughout June. This long heatwave has really taken us by surprise, hasn’t it?

I was saddened to hear about Lincoln postie Graham Bennett, who died on Monday while delivering letters in temperatures reaching 27 degrees. The heat is difficult enough to be working in as it is – indoors or out - but walking about in the hot sunshine with a heavy load makes it virtually unbearable.

I do feel for the delivery people tasked with humping heaving washing machines and the like into people’s homes and even more so if the work involves lugging the things upstairs in flats and maisonettes. From my weekend hobby/job at the estate agents, I know how uncomfortable it can be keep getting back into a locked up car in this weather, with no time for it to really cool down again by the time you reach the next property and have to lock everything up again – and all I have to carry is a set of keys and some property details! Let’s hope the recipients of these heavy white goods give those that deliver them a bit of leeway if the weather has made them a little slower than normal, and that they offer them a cold drink before sending them on their way again – in these temperatures it really could turn out to be a lifesaver…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting Summer jobs

Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health & safety of young people hired for temporary, Summer work.

Vessel designer hammock styled suspended bath really has the 'wow' factor

* The-Vessel.jpgThey say a picture speaks a thousand words and this is most definitely the case with the Vessel bath. A truly awe-inspiring piece of craftsmanship, this designer bath is a must-have within any luxury bathroom, both as a work of art and an indulgent place of relaxation.

BMA AGM delegates learn how to avoid jail sentence for wrongly labelled toilets!

* bma-agm.jpgA new European law now makes it possible for manufacturers of the humble loo to be sent to jail if they are found guilty of labelling their toilets incorrectly. The eyebrow-raising law came into force in July and it was just one of the topics discussed at the recent AGM and Council meeting of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.

New brochure for Sensio|Koch range

Following the partnership of two of the most influential brands in the furniture lighting industry in 2011, Sensio and Wilhelm Koch have released a new brochure displaying the latest products from the range.

If you're wondering whether to visit 100% Design...

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Showerstyling by Showerwall is a brand new, custom-printed bathroom laminate being launched at 100% Design, stand K140, on 18th September. It will offer designers and specifiers the option of bespoke, digital printed wall panelling to give a bathroom a signature design, while also guaranteeing easy installation and maintenance.

Tom Bruck appointment will strengthen Burbidge brand

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New, deeper, ergonomic natural stone baths offer deep relaxation

* Nebbia.jpgBradley Wiggins and Andy Murray are advocates of an ice-bath after hard training, races and matches. Mirroring this, running and cycling, tennis and football are some of the UK's favourite pastimes. So, will these sporty consumers be hunting down a bath with multi-purposes in mind?

De Dietrich exclusively chosen by Cornflake to feature in the Smart App-artment

* Richard-Walker_Robin-Shephard.jpgA VIP event was held by Cornflake, the supplier of premium home automation systems, to launch the Smart App-artment - its new experiential retail showroom in central London.

Leisure sinks and taps installed at prestigious university

* Leisure-Sinks-Oxford-U.jpgA total of 45 Linear Compact stainless steel sinks and 216 Aquaflux Aquanomic taps from Leisure Sinks are being fitted at a series of newly constructed student accommodation blocks at the University of Oxford. The chrome-plated brass taps and fully reversible sinks will be installed in the kitchen areas in a number of halls of residence on campus.

No need to pay premium for energy-saving radiators, says Quinn

Installers and home owners could get better efficiency benefits from one of Quinn's panel radiators, rather than paying a premium for energy saving models, according to the company's managing director Nick Whitwell.

InSinkErator appoints new contracts manager, UK

* Elaine-Mead.jpgElaine Mead has been appointed Contracts Manager, UK, at InSinkErator, the world's largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and a leading brand of steaming hot water taps. Elaine, who has worked for the company for 15 months, was promoted by Managing Director, Europe, Ashley Munden, in April 2013 with a specific brief to drive forward and expand the contracts side of the business.

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

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The latest AMA report on the state of the UK Shower Market concludes: "Forecasts indicate that the UK shower equipment market will stabilise in 2013 and return to modest growth from 2014, as consumer confidence and housebuilding levels gradually improve. By 2017, the overall market value is forecast to be £490 million at MSP, which would represent an increase of around 15% compared to the estimated market size in 2013, yet still be below the peak in 2008."

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