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20th December 2013


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New countertop basins from Bauhaus are beautifully crafted

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Bauhaus bathroom furniture has added to its extensive collection of designer basins with the introduction of a new range of four beautifully crafted, cultured-mineral marble counter top designs.

Luna cabinets offer a flexible bathroom storage solution

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Helping to maximise storage potential in the bathroom, Roca has launched Luna, a new range of mirrored cabinets.

Abode splashes out in John Lewis

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John Lewis, the well known high street department store, recently chose Abode to supply the group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new, in-store bathroom departments. The group's programme of new bathroom studio openings is going extremely well with its flagship store in Oxford Street, London, being the latest to make its debut.

PWS injects new colour palette to Metris collection

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PWS has introduced an extensive line-up of new design options to its contemporary Metris collection. In response to the demand for personalisation in the kitchen Metris has launched a 15-strong colour palette in matt, high gloss and textured finishes.

Coram introduces shower tray collection for new Premier Range

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Premium British manufacturer of quality shower enclosures, showertrays and bathscreens, Coram Showers, introduces its collection of elite shower trays for its just launched Premier Range of enclosures.

Save time and money with Space-Plug

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Introducing Space-Plug, a revolutionary and ingeniously simple new way of securing kitchen base units to the wall, guaranteed to save time, effort and money. Space-Plug is a tough, adjustable spacer designed specifically for this purpose and now available from LDL.

New Elite mirrored doors and side panels from Simpsons Enclosures offer discreet showering

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Thanks to its mirrored doors and side panels, the new Elite Mirrored enclosure range from Simpsons provides the most discreet form of showering. Ideal for adding a feeling of extra space and light in all bathroom spaces, Elite Mirrored is also the perfect finish for modesty in a shared family bathroom or in Jack and Jill en suites.

Modern Homes wins KBSA Small Business Saturday promotion

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Congratulations to Tina Riley of Modern Homes, winner of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association 'Small Business Saturday' promotion.

Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!

Astracast appoints Louise Craven to position of National Account Manager

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The exciting developments at Astracast have continued with a new addition to the team; Louise Craven.

Hansgrohe takes the headache out of selecting the optimum shower experience

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As part of the innovative Select programme from Hansgrohe, the new ShowerSelect concealed thermostat sets make selecting and turning the different functions on and off both intuitive and pleasing: with the simple push of a button. Each person taking a shower is assured the exact same, comfortable experience every time. There are no complex electronics, just a reliable mechanical control that is also easy to install in conjunction with the tried and tested iBox from Hansgrohe.

Ellis Furniture launches Reflection Gloss Maize

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Continuing this season's launch of new bathroom products, Ellis Furniture has launched Reflection Gloss Maize with the new centre wave worktop.
Featuring a 22mm lacquered handle-less door, Reflection is available across the entire fitted and modular cabinet offer. Shown here with reduced depth modular units and a glass centre wave worktop, the effect is simple, stylish and contemporary.

Six Golds in a row for Abode!

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Abode won another Gold Award at the Designer K&B Magazine's 10th anniversary Awards. The Gold Award presented to Paul Illingworth, Design Manager of Abode at the recent Awards lunch, makes it six Golds in a row for Abode!

Electrolux Supplier Awards 2013 winners announced

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Electrolux held its first ever Supplier Awards event last week, celebrating its top direct material suppliers from around the world.

Visions in High Gloss in Red by Kitchen Door Workshop

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The Kitchen Door Workshop, hopes to provide those in the trade with a little welcome relief this year in the pre-Christmas rush with its fast turnaround times and quick and fuss free installations.

Deserved promotion for Laura Weeks!

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As yet another example of how Crosswater promotes from within, Laura Weeks has been promoted from the Sales Office to the new role of Marketing Communications Officer for the Crosswater Group.

Welcome to the


Those that celebrate Christmas but use it as an excuse for commercialism and excess are likely to be inflicting heavy use on their credit or debit cards over the next few days. I wonder though, whether the news this week that our insatiable desire for electrical and electronic goods produced a frightening 48.9 million tonnes of e-waste globally last year, might make them think twice?

The volume of this waste is rising dramatically. The UK apparently throws out around £762million worth of electrical and electronic gadgets each year. It produced 1.3million tonnes of this waste in 2012, but the UN predicts that this will rise by a third by 2017.

However, the UK’s not the biggest culprit. An interesting analogy comes with the report on Qatar, which produced 1.1million tonnes of e-waste last year – working out at 139lbs per person. This is the equivalent of 11 times the weight of the Pyramid of Giza or 200 Empire State Buildings!

The Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative - a partnership of UN organisations, industry, governments, non-government and science organisations, has produced an interesting interactive map at http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/WorldMap.html which compares the amount of e-waste produced by 184 countries (that’s almost as many as Cleanzine goes to!).

If you’re thinking of spending out on electrical and electronic gadgets for a friend or loved one for Christmas, take a look at the map first. On a personal level it might save you some money, but on a global level (if everyone takes note) it could make a real difference to those landfill sites if everyone giving gifts uses what they’ve learned to persuade the recipients to dispose responsibly of unwanted gadgets…

Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year – and look out for our next issue of KBzine, which will be with you on 10th January.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

KBSA: New Year resolutions!

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association tells us that, having analysed the results of its recent research project, it is going to work towards repositioning itself in order to develop consumer interest and awareness. This will include new messaging and a new value proposition for both consumers and current / potential members.

Pivotal role for Laufen's customisable solid surface material in futuristic bathroom design

* LAUFEN-SLEEP3.jpgAs a manufacturer of innovative solutions that shape the future of bathroom design, Laufen was chosen by Purpose Design for inclusion in the Sleep Concept Hotel at the recent Sleep London event.

Renolit new solid colours: modern colours in trend setting textured surfaces

* Renolit1.jpgThe Renolit 3D stock range new introductions in 2013 included a number of stunning new solid colours and such has been the success of the range that further colours have now been introduced.

15% of companies have sales catalogue but not a website with e-commerce

A staggering 15% of companies have a website without e-commerce, yet these same companies have a catalogue to drive sales, according to a new report.

British Ceramic Tile extends its HD collection

* BCT-Mantis.jpgLeading tile manufacturer and distributor, British Ceramic Tile, has expanded its high definition (HD) collection with even more colours, styles and finishes to keep up with demand from retailers.

One of the company's fastest growing collections to date, the fabulous HD range now includes new concrete and wood-effect tiles, together with imitation marble and sandstone in a range of colours from emerald green through to terracotta.

Galaxy Showers refreshes its product range to meet customer demand

* Galaxy-3500M.jpgGalaxy Showers has announced plans to refresh its brand image and streamline its product portfolio to better suit the needs of its customers. The decision for this change came about following extensive consumer research into the showering market and will open new opportunities for Galaxy in a range of sectors.

GDHA named White Goods Supplier of the Year at CIH Awards

Denver.jpgGlen Dimplex Home Appliances, the parent company of Stoves, Belling, New World and Lec, has beaten suppliers from across Europe to be named White Goods Supplier of the Year at this year's CIH Awards.

Vibrant Vessini - for the perfect bathroom

* Vesinni.jpgThe popular Vessini range by Abacus Direct, from which the designer, retailer or installer, can create the ultimate bathing solution, has been enhanced to answer the demand from today's designers, installers and housebuilders.

The stunning products in the mid/top range portfolio include shower screens, brassware, sanitaryware, baths and furniture and all boast technical excellence and cutting edge design.

App...y Christmas from Amica!

* Amica-Brochure.jpgAmica kick starts Christmas and New Year with a new brochure App for both android via Google Store and all IOS devices via the iTunes store.
As one of the first kitchen appliance brands to launch its own app, Amica is excited about the development. Simon Freear, country manager says:

"Obviously the app is free, but it's also super quick and clean to add to a showrooms mobile device."

Utopia's Movember team in all their hairy glory

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Well, it's not actually a 'most wanted' poster but six brave chaps from Utopia Bathroom Group who grew moustaches in November as part of the Movember fund-raising campaign. Fearlessly shrugging off the hilarity and horror of their partners, friends and colleagues, the members of the Utopia team raised well over £1,000 for this international charity which supports a number of key men's health issues.

Whirlpool UK announce changes

* Ian-Railton.jpgWhirlpool has announced a number of changes within the organisation. 

Ian Railton has been promoted to General Manager, Northern Europe, and is responsible for the Nordics, UK and Ireland. Ian is now based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The Cook’s Kitchen, by Mark Wilkinson OBE, first to win Design Classic Award

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