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8th November 2013


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International News

British Ceramic tile makes an impact with its new glass offer

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Bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours, contemporary decors and on trend designs, British Ceramic Tile's extended collection of glass products is set to make a big impact.

New family of taps are full of plus points

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With brassware a crucial element of any bathroom design, Laufen has introduced a new family of taps, designed by Andreas Dimitriadis (Platinumdesign), each with its own distinctive style.

LDL introduces 'Bright, Shiny New Stars' from Furnipart

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LDL Components is delighted to unveil the new 2013 collection of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart, the leading Danish manufacturer. Available exclusively through LDL, the new range continues the 'The Star on Your Furniture' theme and is entitled Bright, Shiny New Stars. According to Furnipart, the focus is on long, slim aluminium handles elegantly integrated into the full length of the front of the door or drawer and on simple handles or knobs for furniture.

Ellis Furniture launches Hydra Chocolate Grey

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As part of this season's launch of new bathroom products from Ellis Furniture, the popular Hydra range has welcomed the addition of two new door finishes: Chocolate Grey and Cirrus, both of which offer a warm and welcoming finish to any bathroom.

Creating space and money

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Smith's Environmental Products has a great solution for kitchens with limited wall space, Space Saver. Fitting neatly into the plinth of a kitchen unit, Space Saver eliminates the need for conventional radiators, as the before and after pics show.

Carron Phoenix's Windsor tap is a classic little number

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The new Windsor tap from Carron Phoenix is bang on the continued trend for heritage styling, combining a traditional swan neck spout with quarter-turn lever handles with crisp white ceramic effect casings.

2014 snapshot - a year of design inspiration where there are no rules, says Uber's Bob Gonzalez

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Here, Bob Gonzalez, of Uber, reveals the trends that will be emerging in our nation's kitchens next year:


2014 will herald more colour while still respecting the grey, earthy tones which have proved so popular in 2013. Exciting vibrant colours, such as petrol blues and ruby reds, will bring personality into the kitchen. Used alone or mixed with neutral cream or grey tones for islands or a one-wall line, colourful units will be seen everywhere, for every budget.

Ellis Furniture launches curved worktop

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In response to growing demand for hotel-style bathrooms, Ellis Furniture has launched a new, one-piece 50mm Hi-Macs curved worktop as part of this season's ongoing product launch.

Abacus offers ultimate in cutting edge design in linear drains for superb wet rooms

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Building on the success of Elements' original linear drain comes the recently-launched 600mm linear drain offering the ultimate in cutting edge design. In two cover options - brushed stainless steel or tileable to match the wet room floor - they have been designed and developed specifically for the UK market.

Leisure Sinks goes with the Aquaflow!

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The Aquanomic Aquaflow (TAF1CM/-AN) kitchen mixer tap from Leisure Sinks has been designed as an economical way of complying with the latest Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Manufactured from robustly engineered chrome brass, the tap is 175mm high and capable of operating at pressures up to 4.0 bar.

Way forward for forests and woodland is announced

At an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson received the first report from Grown in Britain, an initiative created six months ago with a mission to kick start a sustainable future for the UKs forests and woodland.

Welcome to the


It’s comforting to know that I’m in good company…

Shortly after finishing last week’s leader in which I slammed those that are knocking the European Ecolabel initiative - soon to be expanded to include toilet flushing systems, I received a press release from the Bathroom Manufacturers Association headed up: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’. In it, BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill challenges:

“Whether you’re a cynic or a supporter, whether you like it or not, labelling for water-using products is here to stay. And that’s a fact so you’d better get used to it.”

The statement, which features below in full, argues the case for becoming involved in a voluntary labelling scheme in an attempt to sideline the possibility of having a mandatory system foisted upon us by the EU – and you know what that can mean in terms of red tape, costs, inefficiency and dismay amongst consumers. Energy saving light bulbs anyone?

I leave you to peruse Yvonne’s statement and act as you see fit…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Soapbox: Doing nothing is not an option, so here is your invitation

Yvonne-Orgill-BMA_142.jpgYvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, argues the case for conserving our precious water resources and invites everyone to become involved...

Whether you're a cynic or a supporter, whether you like it or not, labelling for water-using products is here to stay. And that's a fact so you'd better get used to it.

Latest estimates suggest that Europe is heading towards a drought and it will run dry in 2050.

Fagorbrandt (France) places organisation under legal protection order - De Dietrich UK remains autonomous

On Wednesday 6th November, FagorBrandt (France) took the decision to place the French part of the Fagor Group under the protection of the French legal system. Consequently, it has filed an application for insolvency in the Nanterre Commercial Court. This decision, which legally separates the activities of FagorBrandt (France) from Fagor Electrodomesticos (Spain) should allow the French business to continue to trade whilst endeavouring to safeguard jobs, together with the interests of its suppliers and partners.

Stunning new extractor hood meets strategic demand for white-glass pack

* Amica-white-glass.jpgAmica, the Polish manufacturer of mid-market, built-in and freestanding appliances, has introduced a new, white glass and steel version of its popular OKC653SW vertical chimney extractor at the request of kitchen and electrical retailers for a complete white-glass package.

New RIBA-CPD on EUTR announced

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InSinkErator applauds new WRAP research

Food waste disposal expert InSinkErator, has this week expressed its support of new research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme, indicating a reduction in household food waste.

Second year for Crosswater at the Sleep Event

* Crosswater-KHzero.jpgOn 20th and 21st November 2013, Crosswater will partner with the renowned international interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, in this year's Sleep Hotel - a showcase for the best in hotel bathroom design. Hosting Room 5 at the event, being held at London's Business Design Centre, they will display new brassware; the KH Zero collection - a result of an alliance between Crosswater and the designer.

Finance matters: CCS shortlisted for national award

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Infrarad warms up energy debate

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Robert Lee Distribution expands in north of England with purchase of JSB Distribution

Robert Lee Distribution has announced that it has recently completed the purchase of regional bathroom distributor JSB Distribution. Many in the industry will be more familiar with JSB Distribution’s own brand of bathroom products Synergy Bathroom Solutions, a retail-focused range that consists of sanitaryware, furniture, baths, brassware and showering products.

Rearo to overhaul branch network

Rearo-GLASGOW-newpic7.jpgFollowing an upturn in sales of almost 30% in less than 12 months at its Glasgow showroom, Rearo, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of solid surface and laminated worktops, is to invest a six figure sum in its network of trade counters across the country.

Bathroom Brands obtains planning approval for a new state of the art UK Headquarters

* Bathroom-Brands.jpgBathroom Brands has announced the commissioning of a brand new facility. The UK head office part of this new development will combine the portfolio of 10 bathroom brands including such well known names as Burlington, Britton, and Crosswater, together in one purpose designed and built facility.

Holloways of Ludlow open new kitchen showroom in London's Brook Green

* holloways-horiz.jpgHolloways of Ludlow has announced the opening of its new kitchen showroom, located adjacent to its well-established interior fixtures and fittings shops in Brook Green, West London.

Putting something back into the community: Abode sponsors local football team

* Abode-Sponsor-Horbury-Athletic.jpgAbode has decided this year to sponsor a local football team, in the form of Horbury Athletic Football Club, which has been playing in the Wakefield and District League for many years.

Mick Bone joins Crosswater Contracts as new Residential Sales Manager

* Mick-Bone_Crosswater.jpgMick Bone, formerly Residential Sales Manager for Ideal Standard, has joined the contracts team at Crosswater Group.

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