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14th February 2014
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Visitors to the Karonia stand can expect to be stunned by the ground-breaking displays of Mistral 25mm solid surfacing and by three new additions to the range. The stand has been specifically designed to explore the true potential of Mistral and fuel the imagination of visitors.
CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, will be seeking to wow visitors at this year's KBB show with the latest versions of all four of the company's core technologies - ArtiCAD-Pro, BathCAD, MyRoomPlan and MyRoomFinish - being featured. The four products have all been designed specifically and solely for the KBB industry with the aim of making it easier and faster for ArtiCAD clients to sell their products and services.
Salice will be exhibiting its range of furniture fittings for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms at the KBB show. Visitors will be able to view a selection of the product range, including the Slider S20 two-door coplanar sliding system which is a popular choice with today's designers due to its combined features of reliability, aesthetic design and ergonomic advantages. Slider S20 is suitable for kitchen cabinets, sideboards and small wall cabinets, up to a weight of 20kg and offers versatile and easy installation.
Following the unveiling of Pelipal to UK retailers at kbb 2012, Pelipal is reinforcing the brand, showcasing 17 collections of its stunning bathroom furniture at this year's show.
Blanco's passion for perfection is reflected in one of the UK's most comprehensive portfolios of high quality sinks, taps and extractor hoods.
We Brits are renowned for talking about the weather but it seems that our current flooding issues are making the news around the world. I'm lucky just to be suffering from a leaky roof, but living only a few miles from flooded areas around the rivers Thames, Mole and Wey, I must confess that I draw back my curtains each morning with some trepidation, worried that the floodwaters will have finally made it to my doorstep.
Needless to say, my thoughts are with the families and businesses that haven't been so lucky and my praises go to everyone who’s waded in (literally!) to help them – and particularly those of who say they’ve have gone without any rest at all, for 48 hours or more. That’s the British Bulldog spirit for you!
Of course, once everything’s been cleaned up, decontaminated and dried out, all the flooded kitchens and appliances will need to be replaced - which is good news for our industry however far in the future that will be. It’s a longer process than is generally realised.
In the meantime though, life can’t be easy for delivery drivers and tradespeople who are having to brave the high winds, rain and the inevitable diversions around floodwaters and fallen trees and I hope that those awaiting their arrival are understanding of the difficult circumstances under which they are forced to go about their work.
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A survey recently compiled and published by the Construction Products association has revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2013, an amazing 76% of companies within the construction industry had reported that payments received had drifted to between 30 and 60 days.
Late payments severely affect company cashflow and therefore if you are a builder, carpenter, painter and decorator, plumber or similar, it's critical to be both professional and organised with raising and chasing invoices. www.yourtradebase.com handles all these tasks and more by professionalising quotations and invoices and creating and utilising 'remind me' functions to ensure that work completed by tradespeople, isn't forgotten.
Stainless steel is very popular with interior designers and architects and is often specified for swish, modern homes. Brushed stainless steel is the perfect material for manufacturing sleek, contemporary taps. The surface is non-porous, can't be damaged by household cleaners or abrasive pads and is very easy to clean. The smooth, non-porous surface means that grime and germs can't linger. Accidental minor scratches can be buffed out and the material is totally corrosion resistant, guaranteeing a long life and trouble free performance. It is also completely recyclable and is lead free, delivering totally clean, safe water.
Bathroom retailers keen to capitalise upon consumer demand for premium technology and high end style need look no further than Vado's exclusive new collection of electric showers which are designed to add more than a splash of colour to the bathroom.
Developed with independent retailers and their customers in mind, Vado's latest ranges of luxury showers are perfect for creating an eye catching showroom display, whilst the colour palettes available offer something to suit all tastes and interior schemes.
The architecturally tall, innovatively designed, Abode Zeal floor-standing bath filler with shower handset has been chosen to accompany the stunning Splinter Works 'Vessel' hammock style bath, on display at the Ideaworks London Experience Centre in Great Portland Street, London for the Carbon Fibre exhibition from January 28th to March 20th.
Just as the Zeal range has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality, so has the Vessel hammock bath.
Bushboard is relaunching its premium Omega 40mm laminate worktop range at the end of February and it will be on full show at the KBB exhibition. The range upgrade is a fashion-forward mix of popular stones, trendy woodgrains and practical splashbacks in modish colours and a linear texture that keeps laminate on the button for today's kitchens.
There are 16 new designs available for worksurfaces and upstands, plus a further eight new designs for splashbacks only. Omega will also include the world-class Sanitised anti-bacterial protection on all of its products, the first UK worktop range to offer this benefit.
The GHI is renowned for testing products from vacuum cleaners to irons and saucepans to washing machines in the four key areas: performance, ease of use, design and instructions.
The company is known for thinking of everything to make life easier for the retailer and installer. One example is the glass panel delivery service. Abacus Direct now offers the option to deliver heavy glass to the consumer's room of choice which literally takes the load from the retailer in terms of labour and attendance on site.
Situated just 1.4 miles away from the old premises, the new site is excellently positioned on the main A34 road serving Stoke, in a superior and more prominent location, giving customers improved access and enhancing the company's levels of service, stockholding and product availability.
Ben, who has worked for the biggest names in UK bathrooms over the last 20 years, said "Working with Patrick Riley and the growing team at Bathroom Brands is exhilarating. The company has shown itself to be progressive and committed to working with independents and I relish the chance to put my sales & marketing expertise to great use. This is period of real change and excitement I am delighted to be part of it."
F & P Wholesale, a distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to independent builders' merchants, has raised thousands of pounds for national wheelchair charity Whizz-Kidz following two years of fundraising.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, the distributor organised a series of exciting events designed to involve everyone within the business in fundraising activity - from employees through to customers and suppliers - resulting in a phenomenal final total of £37,000.
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AMA's latest industry report: 'Internet Plumbing & Heating Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis', is now available.
Insight Retail Group (IRG), owner of consumer price comparison websites Kitchen-compare.com, KitchenCompareTrade.com, Bathroomcompare.com and Bedroom-compare.com was unveiled today as the latest sponsor of The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers.
After confirming its return to the show, Ideal Standard has unveiled its initial plans for KBB 2014. Highlights include hosting a press conference and Designer Day on the stand, as well as the launch of a selection of products exclusively for the retail sector.
Wickes is moving its Support Centre from Harrow to a new state-of the art facility at Vision House in Watford, bringing its team of 200 employees to the southwest Hertfordshire town. The move represents a high profile investment in the business community in Watford, which was named one of the top 100 UK towns for company growth last year, according to the local Chamber of Commerce.
Abode is not a company to sit back and expect visitors to seek it out... "We have invested heavily on our creatively designed stand this year to 'wow' all who come to see us," says a spokesperson. "You cannot miss it as it stands proud, in front of you, as you enter Hall 19.
The trend to go as minimalist as possible has been around for some years, but wanting to eliminate potential pitfalls right from the start, German manufacturer Nolte Küchen took some time to come out with what it says is 'the real thing' when it comes to handleless furniture. Now MatrixArt - a major innovation for 2014 - is 100% handle-free by incorporating the trim into the carcase.
Leicht kitchens will be showcasing its latest 2014 designs over three displays on its 60 sq.m stand. These include the 2014 handleless Synthia-C/Ceres-C, which will be shown in the new slightly textured, antique oak colour combined with new Alpine grey and an arctic white island. The concentration of colour and material is designed to provide a calm, stylish look.
The KBSA and the Dulux Design Service will launch an innovative partnership between KBSA retailers and interior designers at KBB that will provide consumers with a comprehensive design service. The collaboration, which links KBSA retailers and Dulux interior designers across the UK, will offer opportunities for Dulux interior designers to access the KBSA network of independent retailers for their customers.
The value of the total kitchen worktop market is estimated to have declined from a high of £200m in 2007 to £170m in 2011, increasing modestly to £173m in 2012 and again to £177m in 2013.
Key issues that have influenced the UK domestic kitchen furniture and worktop market in recent years include:-
* The blurring of distinction between the kitchen and dining room, with less formality in the home and a move towards open plan living.
Information from a publication released at the end of 2013 hints at a small recovery for furniture manufacturing in the UK, but this improvement is overshadowed by poor export performance and China gaining a massive foothold of our import market.
As one of Germany's leading kitchen manufacturers, Schüller will be a main attraction at kbb 2014. With its two brands - schüller.C collection and next125 - Schüller will be demonstrating its commitment and investment in the UK market by exhibiting exciting new 2014 additions for the first time. kbb 2014 is the perfect opportunity for Schüller to showcase why it has 'Probably the best kitchens in the world' and for next125 to demonstrate its ethos of 'Design in harmony with nature and price'.
Utopia Bathroom Group has announced that it will be running monthly training days throughout 2014. Previous sessions have been very well received with retailers finding the days extremely helpful, both for briefing new staff members and also for updating existing personnel.
Sensio will be exhibiting at kbb Birmingham for the fourth time this year. As a market leader of kitchen and bedroom lighting solutions and a company that has established a reputation for developing award-winning, innovative LED lighting solutions of the highest quality, it's only appropriate that the company has a strong presence at the event - one of the most prominent trade shows in the industry.