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21st October 2011
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Whirlpool has won an International Design & Architecture Award for its stunning Nova American-style, side-by-side fridge freezer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Dawn Harlow, from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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...
This Week's News
Yet another Gold Design Award win for Abode, the stylish Barnsley kitchen tap and sink manufacturing and design outfit...
C R Laurence continues to respond to requests for progressive sliding shower door systems with the brand new Serenity Series Frameless Shower Door System.
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.
Bathroom products specialist HiB has introduced two handsome new LED backlit cabinets with, for the first time, heated mirror pads to prevent condensation.
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...
Baumatic 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.
More 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 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.
Looking to increase the awareness of its quintessentially British natural stone products amongst the UK's leading interior designers, architects, developers and discerning home owners, Cumbria-based Burlington has teamed up with London-based surfaces and materials specialist consultants, SCIN.
Designed 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: email@example.com
Ideal Standard has launched its new Concept Vanity furniture and basin collection. T: 01482 346461
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.