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2nd February 2018
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Keeping up to date with current trends, Keller Kitchens creates a perfect kitchen for every customer.
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the Slovenian-manufacturer's commitment to the campaign for safer appliances is a step in the right direction towards tackling the industry-wide issue.
Big as in '559.741 sq feet of state-of-the-art production space' big, earning Keller a place in the top 10 biggest European manufacturers. That's huge.
Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers to do what they could not do before.
Offering a practical, sophisticated design, every cabinet is fitted with a shaver socket, adjustable shelves and low energy LED lighting. Each is easy to install and there is a range of sizes to suit any bathroom decor.
Those looking to add some period-style charm and incorporate useful lighting for tasks such as shaving or applying make-up can tap into the growing trend for wall lights with the Collection's Bathroom Wall Light (pictured).
It was interesting to read the Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s response to the Government’s creation of a national body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs (see Soapbox, below).
The new Office for Product Safety & Standards will help us meet safety challenges by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation. In addition to providing support for Trading Standards teams, it will co-ordinate work across local authorities where action is needed on a national scale and will ensure that the UK continues to carry out appropriate border checks on imported products once the UK leaves the EU. It will also work with the British Standards Institution to provide guidance on product recalls and corrective action, while conducting research into technological solutions to product marking and identification issues.
An ‘expert panel’ will be created from trade associations, consumer and enforcement representatives, to advise on safety issues as they arise, and – interestingly – it will research consumer behaviour to identify the best way to get people to register their appliances.
Am I naïve in thinking that the best way of ensuring products are registered, is for anyone selling an appliance to be bound by law to take the customer’s full contact details for inclusion on a national register? Yes, people move home, but rarely do they change mobile numbers and email addresses! Product recall/advice made easy…
The BMA’s Yvonne Orgill asks why, with so much legislation already in place, consumers are able to buy products that are unsafe or unfit for purpose.
Product safety never comes into question when I’m considering buying an electrical appliance. Yes, I’m aware of some of the dangers of some products because of what I’ve read in the news, but I look for something that fits the allocated space, looks good, has great reviews and as many of the functions I’d like, while still being affordable. I’ve never asked if something’s safe… I expect it to be. But then I’d never by an appliance from a dodgy source and clearly some others do!
Yvonne says that we as an industry could do more to make the consumer aware of the dangers of ‘buying cheap’ and I couldn’t agree more. I also think we could do a lot more to educate consumers on how to look after and use their appliances more safely, as this is clearly an issue too…
This Week's News
"With the news this week of the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards, it seems at last that there are signs of Government taking a serious interest in consumer safety in the home.
The remit of this new office, according to the Government, will be to manage large scale product recalls, like that of the defective tumble driers and faulty fridge freezers known to be the cause of many devastating fires - including Grenfell.
The Collectis 6-S sink demonstrates the innovative modern design from Blanco UK which meets the users' needs. The generous sized functional sink has a central sorting bin to make it convenient for the user when organising and preparing food.
The sorting bin comes with a lid to cover the bin when not in use and is integrated with a sorting compartment which is fitted with a space-saving waste pipe to collect the waste cuttings.
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has this week launched an exciting new insurance service which provides a wide range of robust commercial insurance products to the KBB industry.
BiKBBI chief executive Damian Walters, announced the launch of the new insurance service, in conjunction with United Insurance Brokers (UIB), a leading international insurance broker, in what he called "another milestone moment" for the organisation.
KBB Birmingham is the UK's first and foremost industry experience, offering retailers, fitters, designers, architects and suppliers unrivalled insight, inspiration and innovation into the latest products and services in the KBB sector. Blum, the UK's leading fittings supplier, has announced that it will be unveiling its biggest stand ever at 2018's event.
Visitors to the Blum stand will experience the very latest products, including stunning Space Towers, along with in-depth details on its outstanding services for retail and technical support.
As well as launching new products, InSinkErator will be showing its extensive product portfolio encompassing all product categories, including the award-winning Brushed Gold 3N1 L Shape steaming hot water tap, while the premium Showroom Collection will have pride of place to attract independent kitchen specialists.
Steaming hot water taps and food waste disposers are beneficial to retailers and independent kitchen specialists, as they are valuable add-on sales for new kitchens or for retro-fitting.
'Sell the dream, not just the tile' is the key message to retailers from British Ceramic Tile at KBB this year. The company is looking to work with retailers at the show, communicating the key trends set to influence the market and the solutions that will help consumer dreams become a reality.
"Surrey Interiors is an independently owned business committed to providing its customers with a quality service from design concept to completion and we're delighted to welcome them into membership," says KBSA corporate retail chairman Simon Acres.
Matt colours are an on-trend feature in the new Frame basin range from VitrA. Designed to co-ordinate with VitrA Frame furniture, the basins include countertop, inset and vanity basin designs and are available in black, matt black, white, matt white and taupe, depending on the model selected.
The round basin is available as either a countertop or an inset. The 40.5cm countertop design is striking with gently sloped sides and a fashionable narrow rim. It has a smart ceramic waste cover and comes in white, matt white, black, and matt black. The inset version is 39cm in the same colours.
Coinciding with the new year, mirror and cabinet supplier, HiB, has invested in a completely new-look lifestyle brochure to better encapsulate its ethos of making all the difference to consumers' bathrooms.
Reflecting HiB's status as a major player in the industry and its commitment to pushing boundaries in innovation, the brochure provides retailers and end users alike with a comprehensive look at the company's vast product portfolio.
The innovation comes in the form of the Hotkey, a simple but effective mechanism for the safe delivery of piping hot water. Hidden inside the tap body, a proximity sensor detects when the HotKey is nearby, activating the boiler to pump steaming hot water through a separate central channel to the spout. This is insulated, meaning the water arrives hot but the outside surface of the tap remains cool and safe to the touch.
Paul will work closely with architects and designers within the highly competitive contract market.
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