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5th January 2018
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The M-Box has no single parts, just one compact box containing Franke Pro M filter, inlet combination, mixing valve set, gasket set and control box.
Glasgow-based Rearo believes the new range will accelerate demand for luxury shower panels which do away with the need to replace tiles.
A friend of the family who manufactures and fits anything from high-end furniture for expensive apartments in the smart parts of London, to reception desks and other bespoke furniture and fittings for even smarter hotels and designer stores globally, had a perfect start to 2018... He's being trained up to operate the company's CAD equipment.
As well as the lure of 'moving up to the offices' (as if his skills on the shop floor aren't quite as valuable as office work) he's excited because this means he's going to be the only one in the organisation who's able to both design and manufacture the company's wares.
Now I don't know much about CAD systems and perhaps they've moved on a lot since I was shown how they operate at a manufacturer's press launch almost two decades ago, but wouldn't an operator require at least the carpentry and joinery basics before being let loose on designing something that may end up costing the client some tens of thousands of pounds? Just imagine the problems if they made something, shipped it overseas and then found that it didn't quite fit, or perhaps that there wasn't room to open the doors on the units?
It's long been said that the best managers will have worked their way up from the very bottom of an organisation, since they have a greater understanding of what's required of everyone's roles. When it comes to the manufacture of intricate furniture and fittings that have to be able to function as well as fit, I'd have thought that starting at the bottom would have been a prerequisite.
I'll wait to be corrected... and in the meantime, may I wish you a happy, safe and prosperous 2018? With KBB Birmingham and the awe-inspiring Ecobuild looming, we have quite an exciting time ahead of us, don't we?
This Week's News
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation ended 2017 on a high note and its chief executive Damian Walters is equally positive about the Institute's prospects in 2018.
Roca places a huge importance on innovation, design and style and its new Modo collection is the epitome of all three. Modo's unique quality is that it can be moulded and sculptured into bespoke and individual pieces ready to suit all interior decors.
The collection has been created using Roca's new and exclusive material Surfex - a breakthrough in manufacturing technique and an unprecedented evolution in bathroom design. Surfex is a malleable solid surface material formulated from a combination of minerals and resins, allowing for the creation of shapes that were unthinkable until now.
Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings) and The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group - part of Europe's leading kitchen and bathroom buying group, have signed a partnership that will increase trading opportunities for members of both organisations.
The partnership will provide CIH members with a comprehensive kitchen sales package, including access to tremendous buying advantages from a variety of kitchen suppliers from around the UK and Europe, enabling them to offer a 'one-stop-shop' to customers originally thinking of purchasing appliances. The deal will also enable KBBG members to increase sales, by selling kitchens to CIH members when they might not have previously done so.
The new freestanding appliance includes an electric double oven with induction hob and programmable timers, in a space-efficient frame that's perfect for keen cooks with modest kitchen spaces.
With the current trend for material mix, everyone knows that adding a touch of metal to an interior project will elevate it instantly, but that cost, fabrication and performance can be drawbacks. Step forward the new 'wonder metal', Fenix NTA, a unique material in its field and the result of three years' research and development.
The bathroom is one of the most hardworking areas in any property and, for it to be trouble free, the quality of the 'build' is just as important as the aesthetic features that immediately catch the eye. The Elements range from Abacus is designed with this in mind and ensures tried and tested wetroom solutions that are versatile and easily fitted, yet provide long term performance.
While Abacus offers a comprehensive range of bathroom products, including sanitaryware, brassware and furniture, Elements enables the bathroom designer and installer to make the basics of the bathroom work with complete peace of mind.
Amin Taha Architects + Groupwork have renovated a 1950s house in London's Bayswater area, cleverly restoring Travertine and cherry panelling using American cherry - a premium wood with a creamy white sapwood and rich reddish brown heartwood, with a fine uniform straight grain and smooth texture.
Popular for its subtle grain patterns and warm colours, the wood is of medium density with good bending properties and medium strength and shock resistance. It will darken as it ages.
Over the last two years the company has worked with several high-profile bloggers offering product at a discount in return for honest feedback and pictures of the worksurfaces in use in real homes, with genuine issues and real families. "Our products are in use in homes, places of work and commercial property across the world," explains Ruby. "It's terrific to get feedback and sight of how the products are performing and what they actually look like in real homes."
Caple has joined forces with boutique vodka brand Black Cow to supply appliances to the kitchen in the distillery's new 'brand home', which features a kitchen and bar alongside the distillery at Childhay Manor Farm, West Dorset.
Black Cow's Bar + Kitchen has been designed to cater for cooking demonstrations where visitors can pay for tasting experiences. After a tour of the distillery and learning a few cocktail-making tricks of the trade, visitors sit down to lunch.
A study from Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide. Nearly three in four respondents plan to incentivise employees to improve data hygiene and take accountability for data compliance.
Sorting wet recyclables can be a pain so consumers could well find benefit in the new CW2054 Simplehuman Dual Recycling Liner Pocket Bin, which not only looks stylish with its striking black finish and stainless steel trim, but which also features two spacious compartments, that will make it easy to separate and store rubbish and recycling.
KitchenAid, the luxury appliance manufacturer, has produced a new brochure for trade partners, which presents highlights of its major domestic appliance product portfolio.
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The Panera-S features a pull-out spray with an innovative control button at the top of the handle for convenience. The spray can be easily directed into the sink bowl and, with a simple click of a button, it can be changed from a clear or a spray jet of water - perfect for washing large pots and pans.