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7th July 2017
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Growth in the real estate sector, increase in demand for ceramic sanitaryware from Southeast Asian countries, change in consumer preferences and a shift of manufacturing facilities to emerging economies are factors driving the growth.
French furniture specialist Schmidt has been working with this natural material for more than 80 years and its benefits are easy to appreciate. It's warm, versatile and full of heritage and artisan appeal.
Designed to efficiently hang and dry essential bath linen, Studio is made from high quality brass which is chromed to a mirror-finish.
In-Wash is an innovative WC with in-built technology for exceptional personal hygiene that provides complete cleaning, care and comfort. Its soft curves and minimalistic design mean In-Wash will adapt perfectly to the interior design of any bathroom space for ultimate well-being.
Extra deep with sleek lines for a luxurious bathing or showering experience, there are three freestanding models in both acrylic and solid surface resin along with two double-ended, two single-ended and one inset bath.
I visited a friend this week who was having work done on her bathroom. I knew the people who'd replaced her electric shower a couple of years ago and had expected that they'd done a good job, so was disturbed to join my friend at the consumer unit, as the electrician showed us how the wiring hadn't been properly fed through the casings, causing a burn. "You're lucky you didn't fry!" said the electrician.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I said how much responsibility we all have for one another's safety and the story above is just one that underlines this fact. Timely advice to our industry from the Bathroom Manufacturer's Association's Yvonne Orgill highlights a case where those involved weren't so lucky...
that of the hot tub company fined £1m for a health & safety breach, which lead to an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. Two men died and 20 others were affected due to contamination in one of its hot tubs on display.
Legionnaire's disease is usually associated with large buildings, but Yvonne reminds us that because legionella bacteria are natural inhabitants of water, any part of a water system can be prone to contamination. "This can happen if the water system in your home is poorly treated or left to stagnate," she warns. "People usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria, from taps and showers, or spray from spas or whirlpools. "
Legionella thrives in water temperatures of 20-43C. Consequently, general good practice is to keep your hot water at a high enough temperature and to regularly use your water systems to prevent stagnation. Hot water should be stored at a minimum of 60C and distributed so it does not drop below 50C. If you're away for a few weeks and your water system has been out of use, on your return it's a good idea to run a hot tap for a few minutes to flush any stagnant water from the pipes."
That's something of which I'd not been aware so I thought I ought to share it - just in case...
This Week's News
More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, global health & safety professionals, leading academics and some MPs have joined leading organisations in signing the letter.
The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.
Official Health & Safety Executive figures show 137 people died at work in the financial year 2016/17. [see note 1 for breakdown by sector]. GMB says while the number of deaths is down slightly, they are just the tip of the iceberg and every death demands justice and enforcement.
As a leading British manufacturer of bathroom furniture, Utopia has consistently made the shortlist for the Best Bathroom Furniture Brand category in the annual award scheme run by BKU (Bathroom & Kitchen Update) but this is the first time it has won this coveted award.
Around 60 members attended the annual general meeting which included the usual constitutional business, marketing and technical reports, an update on October's Bathroom and Kitchen Industry Business Conference, and presentations from two guest speakers.
Shower enclosure specialist Lakes Bathrooms has announced its results for financial year ended May 2017; with a turnover of approximately £16.5m, the company is over 3% up on the previous year and is predicting continued growth in the coming year.
According to Lakes Bathrooms, its premium collection, Coastline, was overall the biggest seller, with continued growth in sales of walk-in enclosures, to support the trend for wetrooms and more spacious showering.
Being able to recommend products that offer quality finishes and match the latest kitchen trends is vital when it comes to meeting customer needs. Now, trade-only supplier of high-quality rigid kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, has launched four new ranges to its collections to ensure fitters can do just that and, importantly, at the right price.
New colour options have been added to the ever-popular Sherwood, Eton and Soho collections alongside a brand new, premium in-frame kitchen in the shape of the Chelsea Matt Dove Grey range.
Hudson Contract is encouraging young people across the country to pursue a career in construction with a new video campaign featuring apprentices, employers, Ian Billyard, principal of Leeds College of Building and MP for East Yorkshire, Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight.
Instant drinking water appliance supplier, Zip Industries, an Australian company with a major presence in the UK market, has announced that it will join forces with Culligan International.
The £20million investment of the existing historic Mill House on Lincoln's waterfront into a high-end residential and commercial development, is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017.
Lustrolite acrylic panels in sophisticated carbon are great for adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to any kitchen or bathroom.
These award-winning, high gloss acrylic wall panels are perfect for beautiful bath and shower walls and kitchen splashbacks. With a special hard coated top layer, the panels are chemical- and highly scratch-resistant, and effortless to clean.
"A dream come true! We made it to the 5895m high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after a final night climb of 1295m in freezing temperatures. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most worthwhile." This was the message received from Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, from the top of Kilimanjaro.
Garry joins with 28 years of industry experience; he will not only be developing new and existing business, but will also manage the Smeg accounts for John Lewis, Homebase and B&Q.
Caple has launched its new Kitchen & Bedroom Collection 2017 brochure, which is available now to download.
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