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4th August 2017
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It will explore how the experiences and insights over the last 100 years have successfully influenced Roca product design, challenged established thinking and mirrored changes in our lifestyles and society at large.
The popular Pullboy Z waste bin system has two separate compartments to facilitate efficient sorting of household rubbish and has previously only been available with Blum Antaro drawers supplied in component form.
Alongside a simple-to-use control panel and intuitive remote control, the latest Geberit AquaClean shower toilets can also be operated via an app on an Android or Apple smartphone.
Following the distinctive curves of Svelte's 120 basin units, the exquisite cast-glass basin and worksurface is available in two distinctive finishes of Charcoal and Ice White.
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.
Water-based systems essentially use warm water from the central heating system and pump it through pipe circuits underneath the floor. This type of heating uses water at a lower temperature than standard radiators which helps to reduce heating costs.
With Summer storm season just beginning in parts of the US & well underway in much of Europe, Cintas Corporation offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.
Established in 1989, World Population Day was developed by the United Nations to raise awareness around the rapid increase in population which is being experienced globally. This year, HiB has been reminding retailers of the opportunities presented by the increase in multi-generational, or 3G, households.
Information technologies, smart data, digitisation and the Internet of Things have revolutionised many activities in our daily lives. For example, 15% of UK retail spending is now online, totalling £52 billion in 2015... eBay hosts 150 million active trades at any one time and lists more than 700 million items - far more than the inventory a physical market can hope to store or display.
Smart data, mobile apps and other digital applications are also beginning to be applied in waste management, with 'smart bins' being just one example. But can we do more? Can we use these technologies to help consumers make educated 'purchase, reuse and recycling' decisions? Can we make product management and waste management more joined-up and efficient?
I'm sure we can. And I've just this morning heard that a £7,000 prize has been put up, to encourage us to find the best ways of doing so... The London Waste & Recycling Board has teamed up with RWM (the energy, water, recycling, renewables and waste management show) and this year's partner, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK, to host #CEhack17 - a collaborative 'hackathon' event offering an opportunity to receive advice, support and mentoring from industry experts.
The challenge is to showcase innovative ideas that use mobile technology, smart data and the Internet of Things to deliver solutions for improving circularity. As an example, innovations could address (but are not limited to) the following aims:
Successful applicants will be invited to a pitch day in London on 31st August, from which five teams will be selected to pitch for the prize at the final at RWM in Birmingham on 13th September 2017. "I can't wait to see what creative and connected minds can propose," says Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director at Suez.
As someone who's always banging on about our need to look after our planet's resources, neither can I...
This Week's News
IT professionals believe that compliance and regulation and the unpredictable behaviour of employees will have the biggest impact on data security according to a new Concensus survey commissioned by independent global data security specialist, HANDD Business Solutions.
Following a period of sustained growth and extensions to its product range, Thomas Crapper is relocating its existing Stratford warehouse to larger premises in Huddersfield.
The new warehouse provides the manufacturer with 50% more space for stock, enabling it to respond to demand and fulfil customer orders promptly.
The result is a range of furniture and ceramics that centres on ergonomics, ensuring that frequently used items are stored within an optimum reach zone to maximise on user comfort.
Bertazzoni's first cooling appliance, the fridge freezer, has been created to the same high-quality specifications as the rest of the Italian brand's offering.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that it will be supporting The Ideal Home Show 2018 - the high profile consumer exhibition, taking place 17th March - 2nd April (Olympia, London) and 14th - 17th June (Eventcity, Manchester).
An advanced multi-layer acrylic panel that looks like glass, Lustrolite from Abacus Manufacturing Group is ideal for heavy-duty vertical applications, such as shower walls kitchen splashbacks in residential and commercial situations.
The product is quick and easy to install and, with its gloss finish, ultra-hygienic, hard-coated non-stick surface, does not harbour mould or calcium; bacterial growth is eliminated.
Available in either white or amber, the extractor makes a stunning design statement in the kitchen or indeed anywhere in the home. Its subtle lighting, which glows through the coloured Murano glass, also helps to create a warm and relaxing ambience, particularly perfect for entertaining.
Duravit's new Vero Air retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins whilst introducing the company's patented c-bonded technology - combining the unmistakable character of the original with a new level or precision and perfect proportions.
The straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection's linear charm.
British Ceramic Tile has launched an upgraded version of its website to better support retailers and consumers. Aspirational and informative, the newly revamped website is content-rich offering weekly updates on interior trends and real home makeovers, while providing a range of where to buy options including a 'find a retailer' facility.
New from Binopolis, the Joseph Joseph Titan Compactor Bin 30030 - part of the brand's Intelligent Waste range - effortlessly combines form and function and is the perfect choice for kitchens that are short on space.
The innovative, integrated compaction system compresses the contents so it holds up to three times more than a similar single compartment bin. Put simply, that means it can store more waste/recycling, needs emptying less often and requires fewer bin liners - saving the householder serious time, money and effort.
TKC has further strengthened its growing sales team with the appointment of Derek O'Neill as area sales manager, covering Gloucester across into South Wales. Derek joins the company with extensive industry experience having previously worked at Symphony, Magnet and PJH in similar roles.
TKC is growing its sales force to allow the creation of smaller area sales manager zones in some key geographical areas, to give customers more regular contact and a more tailored and personal service.
The two Intelligent Style themed brochures are available as a 90-page full range edition which includes all cooking, hobs and hoods, cooling, dishwashing, and laundry products from built-in, built-under and freestanding categories and a 43-page freestanding only edition. Each Amica brochure is supported by a photographic trade price list.
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