KBZine-Logo-8.png

 

KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-newssince 2002
28th February 2014

 

We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.

 

Search
English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin


Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.



International News
Products

Soak away stress in a soaking tub

* BURLINGTON-BATH.jpg
There's nothing quite as pleasurable as a long lounge in a deep, comfortable bath - in fact doctors recommend a soak with candlelight and music as a stress buster and as a soothing treatment for anyone suffering from arthritis or joint injuries.
more


Ingenious space saving with Aqua-Cabinets

* AQUACABINETS.jpg
British bathrooms and cloakrooms are usually small - but that doesn't mean that there's no room for imaginative and inspiring design. Aqua-Cabinets has ingenious solutions that make the most of a limited floor area, giving every homeowner the chance to enjoy the benefits of modern bathroom design.
more


Whirlpool's Max microwave oven wins Which? Best Buy and Great Value award

* MAX-38.jpg
Whirlpool's popular Max 38 microwave oven has been awarded a Best Buy and Great Value award by Which? Magazine for the best microwave with a grill under £150.
more


Moduleo creates new products ideal for statement kitchen and bathrooms

* Moduleo-Ocean-Slate-roomset.jpg
Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo, has unveiled a collection of 16 new statement products to its Transform range, in-line with trend predictions for kitchens and bathrooms in 2014.
more



KBB Preview: Kitchen Door Workshop doubles the size of its stand

* Kitchen Door Workshop stand.jpg
Stand J80

Kbb Birmingham is just around the corner and Kitchen Door Workshop tells us that after an immensely successful year, it has decided to more than double the size of its stand for the event this time around.

The company first exhibited at kbb LDN in 2013 with a stand size of 15sqm and this year at Birmingham it will take on a stand double the size at 33sqm.
more


InSinkErator products are a real time saver for the Mistley Kitchen cookery school

* The-Mistley-Kitchen.jpg
InSinkErator, a global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and a major player in steaming hot water taps, has been chosen for use in Essex's renowned cookery school, The Mistley Kitchen.
more


Innovative BAL Rapid-Mat cuts project costs, saves time

* BAL Rapid-Mat.jpg
Contractors and tilers will reduce project costs and duration significantly with new BAL Rapid-Mat. The innovative uncoupling solution requires around 20% less adhesive than most cavity uncoupling mats, which need almost 'an extra layer of adhesive' to fill the surface cavities or dimples. The saving amounts to using 1.5 kg less adhesive per square metre, a major saving of 45 kg adhesive per 30 metre roll.
more


Steel appeal from Just Taps Plus

* Just-Taps-single-lever.jpg
Just Taps Plus has introduced a superbly engineered, Italian-made stainless steel range to the top end of the British bathroom market - Inox.
more


Showering with a splash of colour and innovation from Vado

* Vado-Vogue-red.jpg
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.
more


Abode Zeal 'on display' with Splinter Works Vessel Bath

* Abode-Zeal.jpg
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.
more


Bushboard relaunches premium Omega laminate worktop range with a design upgrade

* Bushboard-Omega-Tobacco.jpg
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.
more


Ascent, by Vado

* Vado-ASC-100-BS.jpg
Design and innovation, coupled with an astute understanding of the domestic and global bathroom brassware markets, have been crucial to Vado's phenomenal success over recent years. Integral to this is the company's product development programme which has recently developed the Ascent range of basin, bath and shower mixers.
more


Sourcing timber for furniture?

* Logging.jpg
Is your company able to show where its timber is sourced? European legislation and a growing requirement for sustainability accreditations are making the traceability of your timber supply chain of increasingly high importance.
more


Distinctly Abode: the new Mikro sink

* Abode-Mikro.jpg
Prior to KBB Birmingham, Abode has launched a new addition to its stainless steel range of kitchen sinks - the Mikro. The unparalled simplicity of the clean lines and patterned drainer of this modern sink create a sleek, contemporary design. When complemented by other stainless steel appliances within the kitchen, Mikro is an unobtrusive, yet stylish addition to the overall kitchen aesthetic.
more


Mike Pro brings designer style to commercial bathrooms

* Mike-Pro-Tall-Basin-Tap.jpg
A sleek, unassuming yet sophisticated design with appeal to the architect, interior designer, specifier and residential developer, and offered in a choice of two finishes and with many technological advanced features, the new Mike Pro range from Crosswater is an ideal choice for hotels, public buildings and luxury homes.
more


KBB Preview: Exploring the true potential of Mistral

* Glacier-from-the-MISTRAL-range-inset-chopping-board.jpg
Stand: M100

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.
more


KBB Preview: Selling made easier with ArtiCad - new versions launch at Show

* ArtiCAD-V19-bathroom.jpg
Stand number: M80

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.
more



Welcome to the

KBzine

TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, is urging greater coordination between insurers, loss adjusters and local authorities to help flood victims find fully vetted and technically competent firms to repair homes and business premises and carry out flood resilience improvements. I feel that all of us in the KBB industry need to do our part in getting the message across too.

For while the Government’s £5,000 Repair & Renewal grant will help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for those affected, it will be money wasted unless we can cut out the rogue traders who are no doubt already salivating at the thought of all the vulnerable homeowners they’ll be able to exploit.

The grants system - administered by local authorities - will go live from 1st April. Funding will be for measures such as waterproofing external walls; repointing walls with water-resistant mortars; new types of insulation; raising ovens, boilers and electrics well above flood levels; replacing floors and installing new types of kitchen units.

“Too often insurers are encouraging policyholders to find their own local tradesmen for emergency repairs or longer-term reinstatement works,” warns Liz Male, Chair of TrustMark (www.trustmark.org.uk). “It is vital that the community of insurers, surveyors, councils and anyone supporting flood victims now consistently signpost to TrustMark. Here they will find reputable firms to do this work; tradesmen who are properly vetted, insured and working to the well-established Government-endorsed standards.”

During my years as a journalist in the cleaning industry I’ve visited several homes and businesses that have suffered days or even weeks under several inches (or more) of water and am well aware of how long the drying out and cleaning processes take before anyone can even think about the refurbishment stages. We, as an industry, have plenty of time to get behind Trustmark’s initiative and ensure that any money that’s going to be ploughed into refurbishment projects is money well spent. After all, however wonderful a new kitchen or bathroom is, it’s only as good as the tradesperson that fitted it. Consumers facing issues have a habit of blurring the two…

Don't forget to 'like' our Facebook Page, or comment any of our Story Pages.

FB.jpg

www.facebook.com/KBzine 

Yours,

janhobbs.gif

Jan Hobbs

 



This Week's News

Further eruptions expected as Designer Bathroom Concepts announces launch of full Etna Collection

* Etna-blue-light.jpgWith its upcoming appearance as a finalist at this year's KBB Review Awards imminent, Designer Bathroom Concepts adds further ripples to the UK bathroom market with its introduction of the full Etna Collection.

Just as the Etna Bath has added a truly state-of-the-art twist on the freestanding bath, so too does the full Etna Collection. With a continuation of the elegant ripples we have seen on the Etna, the collection features freestanding basins, countertop basins and most strikingly, a round, freestanding version of the Etna Bath.
more


Tiler wins brand new van with BAL

* BAL-draw-winner.jpgProfessional tiler Mark Ellam has enjoyed the best possible start to 2014, as the lucky winner of a brand new van from BAL. Tilers using BAL Micromax2, BAL Max-Flex Fibre and BAL White Star plus and logging their purchases online, had earned free entries into the draw during 2013.

Mark's name was chosen randomly from thousands of entries, winning him a Ford Transit Connect, bearing the livery of his company, Imperial Tiling.
more


KBB 2014 preview: Bauformat launches new handleless collection

* Burger-Linea-Bauformat.jpgStand - O80

Renowned German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat is delighted to unveil at KBB2014 the UK launch of its new Linea Piantra handleless kitchen, the latest addition to its Burger brand.

Recently showcased at the company's in-house fair, Linea Piantra is a stylish addition to any retailer's portfolio and is competitively positioned to ensure an added value offering.
more


New electric shower range launched by MX

* MX-Inspiration.jpgMX Group has unveiled its new 'QI' electric shower range - a 'quick installation' range of electric showers that sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electricity - these showers are amongst the simplest and most effective electric shower installation options in today's marketplace.

Ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, these attractive showers are up to 30% slimmer than other units on the market. They're an ideal replacement product where an old shower has been removed or for shower replacement programmes for social and private landlords.
more


Setting fears aside, Kitchen Door Workshop retains 'Buy with Confidence' accreditation

* Kitchen-Door-Workshop.jpgThe online kitchen and bathroom replacement door specialist the Kitchen Door Workshop understands that many people can feel wary of buying online.

As such, it has applied and been accredited for the seventh year running for the Buy with Confidence East Sussex Scheme, once again reassuring cautious online shoppers that they are making a well researched choice.
more


Nicola brings wealth of industry experience to Bagno Brand Manager role

* Nicola-Norris.jpgBagnodesign, manufacturer and supplier of design-led bathroom solutions, has strengthened its marketing and sales team in the UK and Europe with the appointment of Nicola Norris to the role of Brand Manager.

A familiar face to many in the bathroom industry, Nicola brings a wealth of experience to her new position and joins the company from Ambiance Bain, where she was National Sales Manager.
more


Burlington gets an angle on traditional design

* full-Burlington-installation.jpgAvailable from March 1st, here's an ingenious idea from Burlington Bathrooms... Installing a traditional high level WC when access to the soil pipe is near a window can be a planning conundrum.

Positioning a WC too far from the soil pipe causes flushing problems so the rule is, the closer the better. By using an angled pipe, the pan itself can be placed on the window wall where the soil pipe is usually situated while the high level cistern is on an adjacent wall.
more


Belling helps Temple Primary pupils to Cook It!

* Temple-Primary-School.jpgPupils at Temple Primary in Manchester are putting their cookery skills to the test, thanks to North West domestic appliance brands Belling and LEC.

As part of an extensive building programme which has seen the flagship Open Futures school expand its intake to three forms per year, the former staffroom was turned into a brand new Cook It studio.
more


Kitchens International announces major staff changes

In preparation for a highly successful year as the homes market picks up, Kitchens International has made some significant changes to its staffing.
more


AEG and Zanussi receive Best Buys in latest Which? Hob Testing

* AEG-hob.jpgThe AEG HK654200FB induction hob and the Zanussi ZGG66424XA gas hob have both received Which? Best Buy status after recent intensive testing.

The AEG hob scored an impressive 82% and Which? Said: "We were really impressed with this induction hob; it's quick, easy to use and has plenty of useful features. Not only does it cook brilliantly but it's very easy to clean when you've finished. In fact it's so good we didn't hesitate to make it a Best Buy.".
more


The KBzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The KBzine:

How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
Email:news@thekbzine.com
Tel: +44 (0)1372 811 307 
Mobile: 07980 288 373

Jan-new-15.jpg

 

 

 

 

John Austen
Publishing Director
Email:publisher@thekbzine.com
Tel: +44 (0)1580 755 863
Mobile: 07766 707 888
* John Austen-cutout-kbz.jpg

 

www.facebook.com/KBzine FB2.jpg

* Zenius_Media.jpg


REQUEST THE KBZINE HERE

The KBzine is broadcast every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add news@thekbzine.com to your address book.



Recent News

Brits expose brazen bathroom behaviour in cheeky poll from Splashdirect

* Regent-rolltop.jpg
Bath-loving Brits bring a new meaning to a night on the tiles. A poll of UK homes, led by bath and shower company Splashdirect, reveals the racy role our bathrooms play in our romantic relationships:

- Half of Brits have indulged in frisky bathroom behaviour at home
- Almost 40% have had a steamy session in a hotel bathroom
- One in 10 have snuck off to a friend's bathroom at a party for a bit of passion
more


Back by popular demand: BMA's Annual Conference details announced

* bma.jpg
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the venue and date for the Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2014.
more


Late payments concerns for tradespeople in construction sector

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.
more


Harvey Water Softeners receives Good Housekeeping Institute approval

* Harvey.jpg
Harvey Water Softeners has become the first water softener manufacturer to receive the official stamp of approval from the Good Housekeeping Institute.
more


IDS relocates to new HQ at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke

* IDS-Parkhouse-Stoke.jpg
Surface materials specialist IDS has recently moved its head office and regional distribution branch to a brand new and purpose built, 65,000 sq ft site at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke.
more


F & P Wholesale fundraising efforts result in £37K donation to Whizz-Kidz

* F-P-Wholesale-fundraising.jpg
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.
more


Internet Plumbing & Heating Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis

AMA's latest industry report: 'Internet Plumbing & Heating Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis', is now available.
more


iKBBI delighted to announce new consumer focused sponsorship deal

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.
more


George Osborne pays a visit to Triton, the Great British shower company

* Triton_George-Osborne-2.jpg
On 16th January the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited Triton - The Great British shower company in Nuneaton.
more


Mistoria Group hopes to 'clean up' with new business Mistoria Spotless

* mistoria.jpg
Manchester based property investment company, the Mistoria Group, has announced the addition of yet another business to its portfolio. Mistoria Spotless will deliver a number of different elements, including house clearance, a 'builders clean' and a 'sparkle clean' service and is the newest arm to the company, bringing the number of divisions operating under the Mistoria Group brand to nine.
more


Roman sponsored kit brings success

* Roman-sponsored.jpg
British shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, is the proud shirt sponsor of the Barnard Castle under 11s Rugby team. The manufacturer is sponsoring the under 11s Rugby team throughout its 16 matches of the season.
more


KBB Preview: Ideal Standard to throw a spotlight on new exclusive products at KBB 2014

* Ideal-sml.jpg
Stand E60

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.
more


People

New Commercial Manager brings two decades of experience to role

* BEN-VIGGARS.jpg
Ben Viggars, one of the bathroom industry's renowned career experts has joined one of the country's fastest growing bathroom businesses as its Commercial Manager.
more


Utopia announces marketing department expansion

* Utopia-marketing.jpg
Utopia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Victoria Wells as Marketing Assistant and the promotion of its existing marketing personnel.
more



© The KBzine 2017. Website Coding by Elderberry Development.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Cookies | Sitemap