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9th September 2011


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International News

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

For customers wanting to save water without completely changing their existing mixer shower or losing showering performance, Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead provides a quick, easy and affordable solution.

New kitchen market report published

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A new edition of JKMR's 'Overview Report on the UK Kitchen Furniture Market 'has now been published, providing an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

Maytag has launched a new range of premium tumble dryers offering a superb level of drying performance.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

Handcrafted in the UK using time-honoured techniques and combining practicality with the beauty and luxury of solid and real wood veneers is Barrington - a stunning new line-up of free-standing fine furniture from Imperial Bathrooms.

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

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As part the ongoing launch of the new Deva collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of showers and tapware - is launching the Signature range of Deva, 'own stable' shower kits.

Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

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Ever a leader in kitchen technology, Franke has introduced the Roller hood which is compact at 90cm wide, unobtrusive, with its steeply-angled design - and hugely efficient. This sophisticated unit will complement all kitchen schemes whatever the layout and size.

The stylish black glass surround contrasts beautifully with the stainless steel strips while ambient lighting is achieved with halogen lights. There is a choice of touch or optional remote control.

Welcome to the

Regular readers of KBZine will be aware that I was a strong advocate of our need to cut the amount of waste we send to landfill, long before the EU set the ever tightening targets we now have to meet.

Although my local council operates a good doorstep collection scheme for recyclables, it doesn’t take items such as aluminium foil, paint tins, builders’ rubble, broken computers etc., but these – or bits of them – can be used in the manufacture of other products.

Householders are encouraged to take them to the local waste transfer station where they are separated into different skips for collection by companies prepared to pay for them.

It’s a pain to take everything there but it cuts local taxes and it’s good to know I’m doing my bit, so I do.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

De Dietrich awards service contract to Assurant Solutions

De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances has appointed Assurant Solutions as the provider and administrator of all service repair contracts for both De Dietrich and Fagor brands in the UK*.

Musical chairs with a twist!

* Guy-Pratt-TFO.jpgGuy Pratt, Assistant Director of Community Protection for Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of the Standards Board for Stevenage-based The Furniture Ombudsman, has now also become the Chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO).

AGA Rangemaster says streamlined processes improve profit performance

The AGA Rangemaster Group has released the results of its first half year trading statement for the 2011 financial year... and the Midlands-based specialist in range cooking and kitchen living has announced an improved profit performance, with a marked rise in operating profit to £2.9 million from £0.8 million.

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

* Wari_corner_Glassline_Chrom.jpgHafele offer a broad range of storage solutions to suit all kitchens and together with their partner Vauth Sagel have launched Premea Glassline, an innovative collection of interior cabinet storage systems that can be tailored to meet design demands.

Roca rocks it

Roca is a leading global bathroom brand, not only renowned for its cutting edge design and technology but also for its commitment to the environment which puts it at the forefront of the industry.

Roca's latest addition to its portfolio of environmentally-friendly products is Drain News. This deceptively simple innovation begs the question - why didn't anyone think of this before?

Zanussi fridge freezer one of Which? magazine's Top 10 Space Savers

Which? has named the 'Best Buy' Zanussi ZRT318W fridge freezer as one of its 'Top 10 space-saving kitchen gadgets'.

The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.

Just Add Water - Ellis Furniture joins forces with Fayers

* Just-add-water.jpgEllis Furniture is delighted to announce its partnership with Fayers independent plumbing, heating and builders' merchant group, which sees Ellis Furniture bathrooms displayed in all three smart London-based bathroom showrooms under the Just Add Water brand.

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

* verona-and-venician-Franke.jpgIntroduced earlier this year, the new Portfolio 55 collection from Franke is an exclusive range of taps designed for the style conscious consumer who demands quality products for the kitchen. There is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto.

The Venician model has a graceful swan neck spout with white levers. It has a spout reach of 193mm.

IDS hits £1m sales with its Webstore on-line shopping solution

* IDS Webstore Home Page.jpgSurface materials distributor IDS has notched up £1m worth of sales on its e-commerce site IDS Webstore which allows trade customers a 24/7 online trading solution with the key benefits of product ordering, account management and delivery tracking.

Tile Depot sponsors Wycombe Tigers Youth FC

* Wycombe-Tigers_Tile-Depot.jpgIndependent tile, stone and wood retailer Tile Depot, has helped brand new football team, Wycombe Tigers Youth FC, set up with sponsorship secured for its very first season.

With stores across London and the South East including branches in High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Watford and Slough, Tile Depot is ideally placed to back the team, which has been accepted for entry into South Bucks Youth League for the 2011/12 season.

Polypipe launches Domus radial duct system

Polypipe Ventilation, has launched its Domus Radial Duct System for properties requiring whole house ventilation.

Traditional ducting systems are based upon a branch design, with ducting to rooms run off a main duct connected to a MEV, MVHR unit or in-line fan. The Domus Radial Duct System works differently in that each room vent is served by one 75mm semi rigid duct which connects directly to a central distribution system splitting the air from the Air Handling Unit.

20-20 Technologies strikes the right chord for Symphony

* Fusion-user.jpgFusion, by 20-20 Technologies, has been working with the UK's largest privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, the Symphony Group, for around 20 years to deliver advanced design software.

FIRA to supply furniture test equipment to the Philippines

* Fira-test-rig.jpgThe Furniture Industry Research Association has secured a contract to supply the Forest Products Research & Development Institute (FPRDI), a research and development agency under the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines, with furniture test equipment.

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News in Brief
Register for Designersblock 2011, which takes place in Clerkenwell, London, from 22nd through 25th September, by visiting: www.designersblocklondon2011.eventbrite.com
Stuart Turner's new 'wasteflo' macerators and lifting station feature a removable watertight cassette system for easy and clean access without the need to remove pipework, or the appliance, for servicing.  T: 08449 800 097

's new pocket sized trade catalogue is perfect for plumbers and fitters who need information while on site but can't cope with large A4 catalogues. E: sales@vado-uk.com

Italian chef, Enzo Saccucci, will be on the Hoover Candy Swift Trade Show stand preparing a range of dishes to demonstrate the capability and versatility of the manufacturer's cooking  appliances. Swift takes place in Stoke on Trent from 18th through 20th October. T: 0151 334 2781

has added a new four burner and a new five burner gas hob to its Magna range. Both feature A+ burners for a perfectly adjustable flame, wide heat range and a very high output. T: 0208 247 3993
How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
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Mobile: 07980 288 373

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KBSA releases details of post-AGM networking dinner

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Pronorm signs five new retailers in under two months

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Pronorm continues to strengthen its position in the kitchen sector as the company further expands its UK dealership with five new retailers signing up to sell its contemporary kitchen furniture within the last two months.

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