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2nd March 2018
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Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.
The Kinemagic Serenity Plus is a high quality, all-in-one shower cubicle that has been designed to fit in exactly the same space as a standard bath and can be installed with the minimum fuss and hassle.
One of the products taking centre stage will be the Rauvisio Crystal Mirror. Technically known as polymeric glass, Crystal Mirror is one of the most advanced mirror materials in the world, and is a great alternative to mirrored glass.
It is aesthetically as beautiful as real glass yet has none of its limitations, opening up new and exciting opportunities in the design and production of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture and surfaces.
Alongside Crystal Mirror, Rehau will also be introducing visitors to Rauvisio Wave, Karat polymer-stone and Mineral solid-surface ranges plus its new Crystal Decors portfolio.
With sales of collections such as Luna and Ted Baker Geometric growing month on month, the company has plans to increase its product portfolio to include more ranges that offer this innovative production process which sees the latest in inkjet technology combined with rotocolour printing.
Not everyone wants a towel ring, or has the space for a standard 60cm rail. Recognising the shift in trend towards smaller, minimalist bathrooms, the new shorter rails have been developed to satisfy this market need.
This is just what we need, isn't it? A country blanketed in snow, warnings of black ice everywhere, abandoned vehicles all over the place, trains welded to frozen tracks and no signs of improvement... All just a day or two before many of us plan to head to the NEC Birmingham for the start of the UK's biggest showcase for our sector - KBB 2018, which opens at 09:30 on Sunday!
I'm one of the lucky ones who can swan up and enjoy the show once all the hard work's been done... Yes, it's tough on the feet, covering what seems like endless miles to get around all the stands, but that's nothing compared to the efforts that have gone into building the stands and ensuring the exhibits are in place. Those involved deserve a pat on the back this year since the logistics involved will have been so much more complicated because of the weather. I can imagine the exhaustion felt at the end of each day under normal circumstances, but when that's added to, perhaps, being told that the stand's centerpiece is in an overturned lorry on the motorway and having to make last minute changes to plug the gap, or being stuck for hours a freezing vehicle, unable to make it back to the hotel for a much-needed hot shower, it must be soul destroying!
This weather causes enormous headaches for our industry, doesn't it, with customers waiting excitedly at home for deliveries and getting nasty when things have been delayed - as if they could do any better! Sometimes deliveries will arrive on time but the fitters are stranded somewhere or have been called out to an emergency.
In cases like this, communication is key. It's so easy to email and apologise for the delay, or 'phone and discuss a new estimated time/date - I don't know why more companies don't take the trouble. Although this week you're less likely to be accused of forcing someone to take an unnecessary day off work, timely communication breeds goodwill, instills trust and encourages repeat business.
If you're coming to the show, do drive safely (did you see the M62 pile-up video? It's worth a look as it explains so much more than any expert will about clever behavior in bad conditions or following an accident)! Having had my appetite whetted by the fabulous images and descriptions in the press releases I've been sent, I'm looking forward to seeing it all in reality and I'm hoping to see you there too!
This Week's News
Blanco UK has appointed Darren McCrellis (pictured right) as regional sales manager for Northern Ireland. He has replaced Joe Cleland (pictured left) who was Blanco's previous regional sales manager in Northern Ireland for over 12 years.
Darren has joined Blanco from Potter Cowan in Belfast where he was showroom manager. Prior to that, he was sales and design consultant with Orrlee Kitchens for 10 years.
Steamist, which supplies bespoke, luxury steam rooms, showers and saunas to the residential and commercial sectors, will be demonstrating its steam shower in the Total Sense Steam Cabin to potential specifiers and installers.
Visitors will also get the chance to look at the ShowerSense, which enables the user to employ up to three separate outlets. Then the luxury extras include the ChromaSense Lighting option which lets the bather switch between six colour enhancements of blue, green, pink, red, yellow and purple, as well as white.
The Bathroom Brands group is set to reveal a series of exciting innovations and advancements for each of the individual brands, including the brand merge of the distinctive Arcade collection with Burlington Bathrooms, at KBB Birmingham next week.
In a year of exceptional development for the Bathroom Brands Group, the two level, 350sq.m stand will introduce a new phase for Arcade, with the exceptional craftsmanship of the brassware and ceramic ranges retained as part of The Arcade Collection from Burlington.
The commercial and top end residential manufacturer's stand will provide specifiers and installers - as well as other customers, with the chance to view its renowned DallFlex and recently revamped CeraLine series of products.
The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association tells us it's been contacted by the Building Engineering Services Association regarding raising awareness of the so-called 'Aldous Bill'. The Bill seeks to amend the Construction Act to ensure retention monies are held in secure third-party deposit schemes, leading to a much better built environment and supply chain.
The KBSA says it is happy to add its name to the list of supporters of the Bill, which currently boasts 53 supporting bodies covering many different areas of the industry and over 100 MPs. Please find attached some items that may be of use:
Marking the first time CRL Stone has exhibited in its own right at KBB, Stand F85 will have a distinctive natural feel, as the company launches a range of new colours into its CRL Quartz and Ceralsio collections. Visitors will be amongst the first to see 11 new colours in the manufacturer's popular Ceralsio ceramic and CRL Quartz ranges, all influenced by striking natural materials including marble and granite.
The new additions, launched due to customer demand, bring the total number of colours available from CRL Stone to 70 and all of them will be on display at the Show.
The trends for 2018 are a tale of two stories according to British Ceramic Tile's in-house design team. On one side, you have faded grandeur; interiors that have aged over time, revealing an inner beauty. Surfaces are worn and distressed, revealing layers of visual interest for a textural, natural look within an organic colour palette.
British Ceramic Tile's head of design and product, Claire O'Brien, explains:
The latest data released in the BMF's Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) confirms total Q4 2017 sales were up +6.3% on Q4 2016, delivering stronger growth for the quarter than the running average, which in turn helped to push the annual growth numbers. Overall, merchant sales in 2017 finished 4.8% ahead of 2016 by value.
As Hafele brings its biggest stand to date to the UK's largest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom experience to next week's KBB, it's also sharing a big prize for a lucky winner: a luxurious spa break for two.
Maxtop Quartz has struck a deal with Cookstown Panel Centre (CPC) in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Established more than 30 years ago, CPC supplies quality products to the kitchen trade across the whole of Ireland - everything from Blum hinges to Egger MFC, along with a portfolio of surfaces which Maxtop Quartz's Black Onyx Sparkle, Diamond White, Pewter Grey and Warm Grey surfaces now joins.
"We pride ourselves on supplying the highest quality and most comprehensive range of kitchen materials in the marketplace and Maxtop Quartz is no exception to this," explains Gerard Mallon, CPC managing director.
As our kitchen spaces become ever more multifunctional, it's important to choose a style that suits your needs and lifestyle on many levels. It not only has to keep its good looks for years to come but it also has to deliver in terms of design with a layout packed with practical features.
When you want the perfect blend of classic and contemporary styling, the Nebraska collection from Schmidt Kitchens offers the best of both worlds.
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Sunday 4th March:
Bertazzoni is set to realise its distribution potential, having partnered with several companies across the UK. Gardiner Distribution, KA Distribution, KTS (Kitchen Trade Suppliers), MCD, Sinks & Things and Swift Electrical will be supporting the Italian-headquartered kitchen appliance manufacturer in achieving greater reach to kitchen specialists and independent retailers.