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27th January 2017
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Blending both contemporary and traditional radiator designs with the latest in thermal bathroom technology, the exclusive range is guaranteed to add a stunning design feature to any bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom whilst offering the ultimate in premium functionality.
Boasting the highest achievable energy-efficiency rating (A+++), the fridge has a gross capacity of 260 litres and includes IonAir and DynamiCooling food preservation technology.
The new collection - which includes four washing machines, a washer-dryer, two tumble dryers and a 15-place setting dishwasher - means Belling now provides a complete range of home appliances.
Well... may I start by wishing you a Happy Thomas Crapper Day! My thanks go to Fiona Pavely of Shelan Communications for reminding me that today's the day for counting our blessings for the birth of Thomas Crapper (who died this day in 1910). If you're unfamiliar with the name, Mr Crapper is the 'gent' without whom we may not have become so 'engaged' with modern indoor bathroom facilities, as we have. Penny dropped yet?
Throughout his career, Thomas relentlessly promoted sanitary fittings and championed the 'water-waste-preventing cistern syphon', in particular. Innovative thinking may have advanced the WC to a level where it is now largely taken for granted domestically, but during the 1800s Thomas registered a number of patents, including the 'Disconnecting Trap' which became an essential underground drains fitting. His idea for a spring-loaded toilet seat was less successful however, becoming commonly known as 'the bottom slapper' and quickly ceasing production.
Having held four Royal Warrants and existed through five reigns over 150 years, Thomas Crapper & Co. continues to manufacture quality bathroom fittings today, 107 years after the death of its founder. While I'm not going to suggest we observe a two-minute silence, I couldn't help but acknowledge that had this gentleman not been so committed to his cause, I - and many of KBZine's readers, would probably not be enjoying the jobs we're in at the moment...
This Week's News
The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most stand-out entries in each category.
Mereway Bathrooms has launched a new range of freestanding bathroom furniture that is traditional in style with a contemporary twist. Knightsbridge is a design-led collection that taps into the trend for painted furniture in the bathroom and offers an affordable alternative to bespoke hand painted furniture.
We couldn't help but stare at the centrepiece of this kitchen: an island called 'Le Baou' - a Provençal word meaning 'rock'. This Crystal Beige monolith appears to have been carved from a single block and contrasts with the wooden wall in the background.
It discreetly houses the induction hob, dishwasher and sink while the rest of the appliances are hidden in the different cupboards to the back.
The new Calla 150 inset sink from Carron Phoenix offers the durability and easy maintenance of granite at an entry-level price point. Its curvaceous bowl design distinguishes it from other Carron Phoenix granite sinks and combined with its simple lines, offers across-the-board appeal for a wide range of kitchen styles.
Liebherr tells us its new BluPerformance KPef 4350 fridge boasts the largest capacity of all its standalone refrigerators from the pioneering BluPerformance Collection, and when compared to a typical standalone fridge of 200 - 300 litres, is almost double in size thanks to its 390 litre capacity.
Ideal for compact kitchens in need of a clever food storage system, this appliance is built to the standard 60mm width, ensuring the greatest integration between kitchen cabinetry and essential appliances.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association meeting room, situated on Keele University Business & Innovation Park near the market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, is available for members to hire at exceptionally competitive rates.
International experts, industry bodies and government ministries worldwide, are firmly of the opinion that Building Information Modelling will be the future standard for project planning, coordination and cost control in construction.
Recognising this, Kaldewei is providing planners and architects with comprehensive support in the shape of digital data for the most important BIM software applications. With immediate effect, Kaldewei BIM data is available for download from the website.
Bushboard has completed a one-year customer relations investment programme with the recruitment of additional staff, the refurbishment of its CRM office, the opening of a new fulfilment centre and the development of online design tools.
The CRM recruitment takes the team to five and the office refit has included the installation of new training facilities and state-of-the-art customer relations technology. The software helps to ensure all customer enquiries are dealt with promptly and allows the team to pro-actively keep in regular contact with Bushboard's retail partners.
Amica S.A. has appointed Izabela Kosicka as the Amica product manager responsible for Integration and Strategy.
Wilsonart UK has appointed a new Central Europe worktop product manager. Caroline Lonsdale has joined Wilsonart UK from the international Nobia Group and brings with her a notable record of achievement in product buying and management.
Supporting Wilsonart UK's vision for increased sales across Europe, Caroline will be responsible for research & development of new worktop products throughout the region. She will be supporting sales teams within the businesses at Wilsonart UK as well as sister companies Resopal and Polyrey.
CAD technology company, Virtual Worlds, is strengthening its presence in the north by adding a new regional sales executive to its busy team.
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