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8th May 2015
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A new report by Allied Market Research: 'Global Kitchen Appliances Market - Size, Share, Global Trend, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation, and Forecast 2013 - 2020', predicts that the global kitchen appliances market will be worth $253.4 billion by 2020, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.4% during 2014-2020.
Suitable for installation in the floor or against the wall, the Geberit CleanLine shower channel can be fitted into thin bed mortar and provides a powerful water drainage solution for wetroom showers.
Featuring a neutral, organic colour palette of walnut, noce and marfilm, the Rapolano collection has been made all the more contemporary with the addition of a new grey colourway - the modern day neutral.
These new colours have been introduced into the already popular range which comprises Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Titan and Carbon.
In a dark earthy grey shade finished in premium high gloss, it makes a stunning design statement enhanced by its streamlined design and contemporary appearance.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has recognised the Whirlpool Corporation with a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year award, which means that when the manufacturer's accomplishments are recognised in Washington, DC, on 20th April 2015, it will be for an industry-leading 25th time.
LDL is the premier UK distributor for Leyton Lighting and this launch marks the first in a series of new lighting products planned for the next few weeks.
Bathe has had a long-term relationship with Abacus and already has an extensive display of the company's Vessini range on the showroom's ground floor.
I can’t remember a general election that has been so exciting and one in which so many parties included items in their manifestos that could have such an impact on our lives. So caught up in the events have I been, that I managed to fall asleep over my laptop last night while producing this week’s issue of KBzine, so I’ve had some catching up to do on both counts this morning!
I hope that now the election’s over, the markets will see some stability and that we can get back to the job of improving both our economy and the lot of the British people.
I don’t know how you feel about it but I’m really concerned about Cameron’s pledge to extend the ‘right to buy’ scheme. There’s a real shortage of homes in this country and unless those who do end up buying are prevented somehow from being landlords, I can see the situation becoming a lot worse as there’s simply not enough housebuilding going on and very little space on which to build, in the areas where people want to live and there’s enough work for everyone…
This Week's News
Made from a hardwearing mix of minerals and resin, Clearwater's Natural Stone is the perfect material for the bathroom as it is easy to clean, can be made into sleek, contemporary shapes and maintains its good looks over many years.
Clearwater now offers modern and traditional basins to complement its impressive range of baths.
One of the longest established British brands, Swan, is realigning its electricals and housewares output for the first time in 30 years to create a stronger brand proposition.
Managed by Swan Products, the landmark move heralds a new era for the Swan brand as it looks to capitalise on consumer recognition for its classically designed small domestic appliances and white goods products by offering a range of complementary cookware and kitchen accessories.
Top end American appliance brand Viking is now available from Middleby UK, the wholly owned subsidiary of The Middleby Corporation, Illinois, USA. Middleby UK is based near Wigan and has a long history of supplying the company's commercial catering brands Pitco, Middleby Marshall, Blodgett, Houno, Brema and Holman to name just a few.
The Middleby Corporation, listed among the top 100 on the New York NASDAQ, purchased the Viking brand, along with all manufacturing, sales and marketing infrastructure, in 2013. Following a period of restructure and investment, which has included a brand new 50,000 sq.ft UK headquarters building in Goldborne, the company will relaunch the Viking brand to highly specialist retailers and interior designers.
Ryan Taylor, 19, from Cambourne, recently commenced a two year apprenticeship across a number of departments at Ridgeons' flagship branch on Cromwell Road.
Bathroom Manufacturers Association marketing manager Amy Kirk and technical director Christian Taylor-Hamlin will be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this August to raise funds for the BMA's chosen charity the Children's Burns Trust.
The challenge will see them take on the three biggest mountains in Great Britain - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. They will be scaling the 42km, in a combined climb time of no more than 24 hours, across three gruelling days with the aim of raising awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home.
As part of the largest team expansion of the company, InSinkErator has appointed two new members to its UK marketing team and introduced new point of sale materials, brochures and a dedicated website with online resources for retailers, to better support retailers with increased marketing materials and activity.
With experience in logistics and product management spanning over seven years, Brian Green has joined the team as product planner for Europe and Russia. Responsible for product development and working closely with the US headquarters, Brian generates vital information support for the sales team, distributors, retailers and consumers alike.
Aqata's new Spectra SP462 Double Door Recess option features hinged inward opening doors allowing easy access to the shower. It offers a simple yet practical solution for compact bathrooms, allowing maximum showering space outside the shower area whilst providing ample showering room inside.
Businesses that pass a rigorous independent assessment stand out from the crowd and some six in 10 (64%) consumers say a Which? Award could positively influence their decision when choosing a product or service. The very best businesses endorsed by the Which? Trusted Traders service have been shortlisted for a brand new award and 'Day and Knight', the bedroom design and fitting company, is amongst them.
The Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2015 Award, highlights traders endorsed by the Which? Trusted Traders scheme who've worked hard to focus their businesses on what consumers want and have delivered consistently high standards of customer service.
Abacus Manufacturing Group has appointed Kerry White as the new area sales manager for North London.
Lisa Dines, business development manager, The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers, tells us that following the announcement of its exciting collaboration with The Furniture Ombudsman last month, the Institute is now inviting KBB professionals to express an interest in finding out more about becoming an independent iKBBI inspector.
The part-time, self-employed role will be ideally suited to those with technical experience of kitchen, bedroom and/or bathroom installation or a proven practical installation background. It will involve inspection of installed KBB product to include working with The Furniture Ombudsman and its Dispute Resolution Service.
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Ripples says that in keeping with catwalk trends, Orange is the new colour for bathrooms - firstname.lastname@example.org … Dream Doors opened new showrooms last month in Dudley, Derby and Swansea - www.dreamdoorsfranchise.co.uk … Better Bathrooms has a new tap pack collection combining the Cambridge Basin Taps and Bath Shower Mixer - 0844 484 7678 … John Lewis has selected Gorenje to be part of its online storefront – www.johnlewis.com …
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