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7th October 2011
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Stuart Turner remains at the forefront of design technology and product innovation and while this has traditionally enabled the company to engineer solutions to boost clean water, this October will see its product portfolio strengthened further with the introduction of the all new 'wasteflo' brand!
CAD specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Mereway has joined the company's thriving Supplier Partnership Programme. The full range of Mereway's kitchen cabinets, encompassing over 70 different finishes, including MFC, foil-wrapped, veneer, solid wood and painted finishes in slab, shaker and curved door styles, are now available as a comprehensive and easy to search graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro.
The heavy duty Elba ELK has an attractive drainer design and is finished in gloss white for a fashionable look that is equally at home in either a modern or traditional kitchen.
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I occasionally receive emails from overseas and have always assumed that they come not from regular readers, but from those who've stumbled across us during a quest via one of the search engines, for an answer to a pressing question or problem.
For the past few months we have been broadcasting KBZine in a different way that not only allows us to count the click-throughs to our advertisements and editorials, but which also allows us to take a real-time snapshot of our readers.
As this image of the most recent 200 readers (from our distribution to more than 7,000) shows, KBZine might be a UK-based operation, but we have readers in most continents and John says this snapshot is not an unusual one in as much as we are read globally on a regular basis.
I wonder whether KBZine will one day end up like its sister publication Cleanzine, and be read by 80,000 readers in 148 countries? I hope so.
Although both my kitchen and my bathroom are in desperate need of a makeover I can't imagine not having them at all and hope that one day we'll all have the decent, hygienic cooking and sanitary facilities that we deserve as human beings. Globally, we need to conserve water, so this is another good reason for manufacturers from the KBB industry and anyone with a related tale to tell, to get in touch and enable us to share your news and ideas with our readers, wherever they may be in the world, to help raise standards everywhere.
I was about to say, "together, we can make a difference" but that sounds cheesy. You know what I mean though...
This Week's News
The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc's electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv.
Whirlpool's MAX 35 range of stylish and colourful microwave ovens has been extended to include a striking new model in on-trend purple. The fashionable and contemporary range already includes colour options of black, cream, red, silver, and white.
The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the sponsorship of a PhD Studentship, offering a bursary of up to £9,300 per annum towards tuition fees and living costs. The research is to focus on design or manufacturing of contemporary furniture, looking at the development of either innovative furniture materials or volume production processes that can be embraced by British furniture manufacturers.
Contract furniture maker Herman Miller has been certified by global public health and environmental organisation NSF International to the highest level for sustainable furniture - BIFMA level 3. Products certified to the level program may satisfy US state and federal purchasing requirements and earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair will take place from November 5th to 8th, 2011 at Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Centre. It is being organised by the Xiamen Jinhongxin Exhibition Co along with the Fujian Association of Plumbing Sanitary & Valve Industry, the Kitchen Cabinet Chamber of Commerce of Fujian, the Xiamen Bath & Kitchen Association and the Kitchen Cabinet Chamber of Commerce of Xiamen.
Kitchen and Joinery specialist Magnet Trade has teamed up with electrical giant Sony to reward its customers for their spend this Autumn.
The 'Big Autumn Giveaway' offers account holders who spend £2000 ex VAT or more on kitchens and joinery this month, the chance to redeem some fantastic Sony products. There are nine fantastic electrical products to choose from.
Over 250 independent retailers have signed up to Hoover's exclusive reward scheme in a bid to bag a range of desirable prizes from iPods to holidays.
Hoover has introduced an incentive scheme designed to allow retailers and their sales team to earn reward points that result in prizes for every Hoover product they sell.
Making limited space work in a small bathroom or cloakroom is now a whole lot easier, thanks to the Cloakroom range from leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture, offering the perfect solution for compact spaces.
The Safe Anchor Trust is an award winning charity based at Shepley Bridge Marina in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Les Moss, founder of the charity and his team provide an annual programme of canal trips aboard narrow boats on the local waterways, specifically for special needs groups, those with health and mobility problems and socially disadvantaged groups.
James Raybould, who trades as Jim Raybould Electrical, Plumbing & Building Services, has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive for carrying out gas work at four houses in Worcester between September 2009 and July 2010, despite not being Gas Safe registered.
The Gas Safe Register is the official compulsory registration scheme for gas engineers in Britain and it is illegal to carry out domestic gas work without registration.
As part of the Vac from the Sea initiative, Electrolux already donates 1.5% of sales revenue from its green range vacuum cleaners to leading marine research organisation Algalita.
Following the outstanding success of last year's inaugural event, the National Heat Pump Awards 2012 have been launched in an expanded format and the event established as a regular annual highlight in the industry's calendar.
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News in Brief
Leisure Sinks has added cream and jet black versions to its stylish Highlight range of composite sinks. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maytag's new MNN 20FCSl7 American-style fridge freezer saves energy with its fully clad stainless steel doors and cabinet. It boasts 20ft. cubic capacity, Total No Frost and IntelliSense technology. T: 0844 499 0101
Leicester bathroom designer and retailer Plug, is expanding by offering a full interior design service and relaunching as Plug In Design. E: email@example.com
B C Sanitan's freestanding bath collection, comes in over 139 RAL colour options for that individual touch. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The 7th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available, providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI.
Smart Systems, a pioneer in business solutions for the kitchen and bathroom industry, and Miele, a world leader in the production of high quality domestic appliances, have announced the launch of an online contract quoting facility, which aims to provide Miele's Project Partners with the highest level of service in the industry. The system, which utilises Cloud computing, is open to all Miele Project Partners and promises to instantly deliver increased efficiency.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has been a long supporter of the campaign for a reduced rate of VAT on home repair and improvement work.
From 16th -19th October at the NEC Birmingham, InstallerLive will provide you with new skills and knowledge to take advantage of the vast business opportunities open to you as you transition towards low carbon ways of working.
A worker on a refurbishment project sustained serious burns in an electrical explosion after a North London company failed to carry out basic Health & Safety checks. The injured man was working on a construction site at Leonard Street, Islington, when the blast occurred. City of London Magistrates' Court heard that the explosion was caused when a main electrical supply cable to the site was cut during its removal.
Guidance providing greater clarity for businesses that offer work experience, placements and internships was published yesterday, as announced in the Social Mobility Strategy in April.
Scottish kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International has made several new appointments and promotions as the company expands in Scotland.