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21st October 2011


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International News

Whirlpool wins International Design & Architecture Award

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Whirlpool has won an International Design & Architecture Award for its stunning Nova American-style, side-by-side fridge freezer.

KitchenAid's Vacuum Machine has the 'Chef Touch'

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Proper food preservation has not only become an increasingly important issue but also an essential science. With its built-in Vacuum Machine, premium manufacturer KitchenAid has produced a remarkably versatile product that preserves food up to three times longer than traditional methods to maintain organoleptic properties, nutrients, taste and colour.

Naked Collection

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At the recent Cersaie show, Glass Idromassaggio, the dynamic wellbeing producer from Italy, presented Naked, a highly original collection of baths designed by Giopato & Coombes.

50 grassroots rugby teams given new kits & chance to train with England

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A total of 50 schools and junior rugby clubs throughout the UK are being given the chance to win the prize of a lifetime - a training day with the England rugby team. The teams, which have already won themselves an Ultimate Kit & Laundry Package, which includes 22 bespoke Samurai kits and a top-of-the range AEG 9 series washing machine and tumble dryer, will compete against each other to gain the most votes for a chance to learn to kick like Wilkinson, lead a team like Moody or cross the try line like Ashton.

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

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.

Purple microwave takes it to the Max!

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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.

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair 2011 takes place next month

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.

Ellis Furniture introduces space saving cloakroom furniture

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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.

Steel adds Mega Wok burner to hob options

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Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional range cookers and kitchen appliances, is adding a Mega Wok burner to its extensive range of hob options.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils luxurious marble & granite consoles

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Imperial Bathrooms - the renowned British manufacturer of luxury bathroom products for the discerning - has further extended its collection of free-standing basin stands with a range of marble and granite consoles that boast 'his and hers' options.

Product launch success

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The recent success of Utopia's Spring Product Launch has surpassed the company's expectations, with significant numbers of new displays featuring i-line, Symmetry and Encurva, appearing in retailer showrooms.

Stuart Turner launches Wasteflo range

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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!

Welcome to the

Are you guilty?

Dawn Harlow, from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, (dawnharlow@kbsa.org.uk) tells us that a number of emails which have been sent out to members recently, have bounced back.

We occasionally have readers complaining that they "appear to have dropped off the circulation", only to find on investigation that they actually have a new email address which they didn't tell us about, or have even moved company, again, without updating us so it can be quite a common problem.

So if you've recently changed email addresses, do make sure you let everyone know!

The KBSA is also suggesting that you might consider adding other members of your staff to its mailing lists - your designer(s), showroom/installation managers etc who might benefit from its regular updates.

I think that's a great idea as it helps keep everyone up to date with what's going on.

And while you're doing that, why not add them to KBZine's mailing lists too? It's completely free of charge and judging by the feedback we receive from our readers and the click-throughs to our banner links, we reckon that it must be a useful reference for anyone in the industry. Other members of your team might also have some suggestions for editorials that you might not have considered, which could be featured on our pages too...




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

US home remodelling activity to remain weak through first half of 2012

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A sluggish US economy and housing market will continue to hamper home improvement spending well into next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released yesterday by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The remodelling market is expected to stay soft with the LIRA pointing to a modest decline in annual homeowner improvement spending over the next several quarters.

Abode Verso the rest!

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CRL's new Serenity sliding frameless shower door appears to float into place

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TTA invites nominations for 2012 Awards

The Tile Association has announced that it is now inviting nominations for the 2012 TTA Awards. The event, which will be taking place on Saturday, 21st April 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre complex, rewards the products, people, businesses and projects in the tile industry.

New technology cabinets from HiB

* Hibs-delaware.jpgBathroom products specialist HiB has introduced two handsome new LED backlit cabinets with, for the first time, heated mirror pads to prevent condensation.

Energy Saving Week highlights new 'intelligent' heating control

This isn't KBB as such but is very topical right now and offers qualified tradespeople who fit kitchens and bathrooms the opportunity to provide an extra service and earn some extra money too. Plus we're all in the business of saving energy...

The Baumatic Autumn collection of promotions is here

* Baumatic-AutAdComp.jpgBaumatic has launched the mother of all marketing campaigns, rolling out a series of four promotions in a nationwide push that will target more than 12 million end consumers. In this 'piece de resistance' of UK marketing, Baumatic will be promoting four different product categories, partnering with some big name brands such as Finish, Laithwaites, Lakeland and Prestige to offer added value to many Baumatic appliances.

From surviving to thriving by doing business overseas...

* AMS-Redditch-UKTI.jpgMore than 120 West Midlands business people were in Worcester on Wednesday to hear how they might benefit from the wealth of opportunities available in global markets as the recession continues to bite.

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

UK Employers are being urged to get their PAYE paperwork in order, after more than 500 returns incorrectly claimed to employ 'A N Other' in 2009/10.

Burlington rocks & rolls into SCIN studio

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Hi-Macs is key to superb wetroom design

* LG-Hausys-wetroom.jpgDesigned and made by Bespoke Surfaces, a specialist designer of bespoke kitchen and bathroom designs, this new wetroom display features the solid surface material Hi-Macs, which especially lends itself to this type of application.

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News in Brief
Gorenje has added a built-in pyrolitic single oven to the Black range in the 'designed by Ora Ïto' collection. T: 0208 247 3980
Novellini's Simon Bailey has joined Lakes Bathrooms as area sales manager, taking responsibility for the South East. E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk

Ideal Standard
has launched its new Concept Vanity furniture and basin collection. T: 01482 346461

Register for The Sleep Event Europe (23/24 Nov, Business Design Centre) at www.thesleepevent.com
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Recent News

New format a success for KBSA AGM

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A new format for the The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's AGM was warmly welcomed by members and judged a great success by those who attended the event on 4th October.

Suppliers receive their awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association presented the KBSA supplier awards at the recent 2011 kbbr Kitchen Conference. The awards recognise excellence in those companies that supply products to KBSA retailers and are the only awards of their kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges.

New AMA report provides major review of the UK Shower Market

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The UK shower equipment market has an estimated value of around £438 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices in 2011. This represents a moderate increase of around 1% when compared to the market size in 2010 and reflects the continuing fragility of the UK economy.

Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity

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.

Herman Miller awarded BIFMA level 3

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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.

A new Abode (albeit brief!) for needy children

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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.

Stourbridge builder fined for illegal gas work

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.

National Heat Pump Awards becomes annual event following launch success

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.

More UK retailers could collapse ahead of rent quarter due

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Retailers woes likely to mean more firms going under this week rather than pay their next quarter's rent, a property specialist warns.


iKBBI Launch Installation Standards Pledge

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The iKBBI is excited to announce the introduction of its innovative Installation Standards Pledge.

Issue 7 of AMA's Quarterly Housebuilding Bulletin just published

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.


Harry Wins Gold at Skillbuild Final

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The Skillbuild 2011 National Final took place from 14th to 16th September at Leeds College of Building, with the College's own Harry Coyle taking 1st place in the Wall & Floor Tiling category.


Atag extends popular promotions

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has extended its excellent Summer offers until the end of the year.


Ellis Furniture unveils impressive bathroom and kitchen brochures

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Ellis Furniture - a leading manufacturer of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture - has launched two impressive brochures to tempt consumers. The new bathroom range brochure and kitchen supplement present the high quality, beautifully designed furniture, and support the introduction of 18 new product ranges.

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