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9th September 2011
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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.
This Week's News
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*.
Guy 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).
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.
Hafele 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 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?
The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.
Ellis 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.
Introduced 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.
Surface 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.
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 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.
Fusion, 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.
The 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
Vado'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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Atag 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
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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that its AGM and presentations, which will take place on Tuesday 4 October 2011 at 16.00, will be followed by a networking dinner with entertainment provided by Matthew Osbourn, English Comedian of the year 2009.