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19th February 2016
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Designed for single tap-hole sinks, the new Aquaflow 35 allows for hot and cold water to be mixed - as well as turned on and off - in one simple action. Compared to similar kitchen mixer taps, this new model is considerably smaller, without impacting on functionality or durability.
Responding to retailer demand and strong sales of the Devonstone range, British Ceramic Tile has launched the new black colourway to strengthen the current offering of grey and brown. The eye-catching tile features a uniform pattern, making it easy to install in the home for one continuous, stunning look.
Giving retailers the opportunity to capture the sale of these high-end products during the initial kitchen design phase, the AEG launch enables kitchen showrooms to generate additional margin and offer customers a comprehensive solution to protect their home and appliances from the damaging effects of lime scale.
Pantone believe that "Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times."
The new season's arrivals are the epitome of luxury and create an instant focal point for the bathroom.
This leader has nothing to do with the last two, in which I commented on the problems caused by appliances that are giving up the ghost in the most spectacular way, by exploding or catching fire…A newly published report claims that the lifetime of electrical appliances is shortening and the writers are calling for a minimum period of service life, greater transparency in terms of life-expectancy and ease of repair.
The report, by the Oeko-Institut e.V. and Bonn University commissioned by the German Environment Agency (UBA), says:
“Many appliances have much too short a life-span. This is ecologically unacceptable. It is time to think about minimum requirements of product lifetime and quality. Many appliances are replaced despite being in good working order.”
The report finds that technological innovations and the desire for a new device are often the reason for early replacement. For three-quarters of those surveyed, the desire for a better device is pivotal. The proportion of large household appliances which were replaced within five years due to a defect increased from 3.5% to 8.3% between 2004 and 2013. A consumer survey conducted for the study revealed that about one third of those polled are not satisfied with the service life of their appliances.
“Short-lived products place a far greater burden on our environment than appliances with a longer service life,” notes the report. “Take washing machines: the energy demand and global warming potential during a lifetime of five years is about 40% higher compared to a washing machine with a lifetime of 20 years. These figures already take potential improvement of energy efficiency into account.”
The study could not find evidence of planned shortening of product lifetime (obsolescence) on the manufacturers’ part, but found that lack of transparency is a problem for consumers, who cannot tell by looking at a product how long it was designed to last. Price is not a reliable indicator either. The writers call for a labelling system which expresses the typical life expectancy of an appliance in hours of use.
“As concerns serviceability, appliances must be readily repaired which thereby lengthens their lifetime,” it argues. “This means, among others, easy-repair design and the availability of spare parts – also to non-proprietary shops and merchants.”
This report makes good sense, but if its suggestions are implemented, where does it leave an industry that thrives on sales?
This Week's News
As of 11th February 2016, SHD AG acquired the majority of the shares in British software specialist, ArtiCAD Holdings. The company founder, Richard Turner and director of corporate sales, Daniel Allerton, will remain as shareholders and will be responsible for the further development and sales strategy for ArtiCAD's software solutions.
ArtiCAD was founded in 1992 and specialises in the development and marketing of design software and custom technologies for the kitchen, bedroom & bathroom industry. Today, it is one of the leading players in the international market for visual planning software and its flagship products, ArtiCAD-Pro and BathCAD, are used by more than 7500 designers in the UK market alone, with a rapidly expanding number of users in North America, South Africa, Australia,
Renowned UK manufacturer Masterclass Kitchens will be heading to the NEC next month, as it showcases its very latest ranges and engages with existing and potential customers at this year's KBB Birmingham.
Masterclass will use the show as a launch-pad for a number of new collections, with visitors to Stand K133 being among the first to see what the manufacturer has in store for retailers stocking the brand in 2016.
"It's very welcome news that the Government has listened to the concerns of industry over the sclerotic planning system," says Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB. "Across the country, SME house builders continue to be frustrated by a painfully slow planning process that is holding back the delivery of new homes.
In the 14 years since Abode made its first entry into the UK market, it has become renowned for its progressive design styles at all budget levels. The company's focus on innovative kitchen sinks and taps has been recognised many times - with a cabinet full of industry awards which reflects Abode's ethos towards investment in design and product quality.
Kitchen taps have changed dramatically over the past few years and there is now an even wider range from which to choose. At this year's KBB, (Stand I91) Abode is launching 22 new styles of taps which - if previous collections are anything to go by - are going to be very well received.
The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group is dedicated to supporting independent kitchen specialists in the UK; members can benefit from an exclusive business consultancy opportunity to work with one of the UK's leading independent kitchen and bathroom retailers, with a support package, only available to KBBG members.
Richard Hibbert, (pictured) managing director and owner of KSL, an award-winning family business which opened its first kitchen showroom in 1989, is offering a consultancy service to KBBG members, providing advice on areas such as: new business start-up; product selection; showroom presentation and layout, and how to take kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design to a higher level.
Creating a striking aesthetic, steel windows were chosen by a homeowner in South London to form the rear 'walls' of both a new basement area and ground floor extension during the year-long renovation of their 1900 house in Fulham. The windows were supplied and installed by Steel Window Association member, Steel Window Service and Supplies.
The semi-detached, brick-built house was purchased some eight years ago and, as the homeowner's three children grew up, more space was needed to accommodate the family. A basement was dug under the house and a conservatory was demolished to make way for a rear extension. In previous properties, the couple had bi-fold doors but, having never been totally satisfied with the design, they knew that for this project steel windows would provide the look they wa
This year, the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference moves to its new venue, the Belfry Hotel and Resort, Sutton Coldfield, which recently underwent a huge £30 million refurbishment and is set to provide the ideal location for this year's 'Towards the Circular Economy'-themed conference and fringe activities.
The hotel is easily accessible by both private and public transport and large enough to accommodate the delegates and activities arranged by the conference organisers, the multi award winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association.
"Mistral was launched at KBB 2010 when we presented the industry with our different approach and, thanks to the many, many designers, installers and retailers who have dared to imagine what Mistral can achieve, we have grown to be a market-leading worktop brand," says the manufacturer. "In honour of this, Mistral has a new look as we seek to build on this success and continue the evolution of the brand by improving our offering to customers."
The first step of the new look Mistral branding will be a new consumer brochure to be launched at KBB 2016 (stand M100). The brochure will be an introduction to the limitless creative potential of Mistral, with ideas and inspiration on how consumers can create their ideal kitchens.
Plumbworld has launched the Plumbworld Design Scholarship 2017, a product design scholarship open to undergraduate first year, second year and third year product design, industrial design and 3D design students.
This is the first year the scholarship will launch, but if successful Plumbworld hope to repeat the scholarship annually. This year, the selected candidate will have their designs entered into an online poll and will be awarded £5,000 towards their university tuition and the chance for their product to be manufactured and sold on the Plumbworld website.
AMDEA, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, has welcomed the announcement 'Government committed to Product Safety', published yesterday in response to the report prepared by Lynn Faulds Wood which was commissioned by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).
AMDEA is pledging what it says is the domestic appliance industry's staunchest support of the Government's proposals for a Product Safety Steering Group and online 'centre of excellence'.
CRASH is a practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry. Every year, the charity uses this support to help a large number of homelessness charities throughout the UK to refurbish and develop their buildings.
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