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11th November 2011


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International News

Smart storage ideas from Blum

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A world leader in kitchen fittings and storage systems, Blum has conducted intensive research into the use of kitchens and best use of the volume of the kitchen cabinet.

Blum UK Marketing Director, David Sanders, says that "functional cabinets" are the way to go: "We buy a refrigerator or an oven for a specific purpose, so why shouldn't every kitchen cabinet have a specific storage purpose," he asks.

Livery Company launches new sustainability award for British furniture manufacturers

The efforts of British furniture manufacturers to become greener are to be recognised by a new annual award from the industry's Livery company, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

Aquadi leading way with handleless bathroom doors

Aquadi by Symphony is bringing a touch of European sophistication to the UK market with the introduction of a handleless bathroom door.

NHBC Foundation publication showcases international comparisons of CO2 emissions

As a measure of success, the UK is beyond its target to meet the carbon emissions set out in the Kyoto protocol, according to a new publication by the NHBC Foundation.

Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware wins Design Award Gold Certificate

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Methven is celebrating another award win after receiving a Gold Certificate for Product Innovation, for the second year running, at the Design Awards ceremony held recently at Lord's Cricket Ground. The certificate, awarded to the Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware, follows hot on the heels of a coveted red dot design award earlier in 2011 and accompanies the Gold Certificate awarded to Methven Satinjet Tahi in 2010.

Kompact solution to single and double panel radiators from MHS

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The Kompact range of single and double panel radiators, from MHS, delivers variety, quality and exceptional value. Comprising the Kompact Panel, Kompact Plan and Kompact Line, the range is among some of the highest output compact panel radiators available in the UK.

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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Yet another Gold Design Award win for Abode, the stylish Barnsley kitchen tap and sink manufacturing and design outfit...

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

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C R Laurence continues to respond to requests for progressive sliding shower door systems with the brand new Serenity Series Frameless Shower Door System.

New technology cabinets from HiB

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

Hi-Macs is key to superb wetroom design

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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.

Welcome to the



Since becoming Editor of KBZine almost three years ago I've marvelled at some of the slick marketing campaigns those in the KBB industry have come up with, together with the beautifully written press releases that inspire us to seek out new furniture, fittings and appliances for our homes and workplaces.

I can recall in the early days, sending a snippet of eloquence across to John Austen, with a note saying something like, "I love this!" His reply that we were going to like this industry echoed my feelings and I have to say, we have not been disappointed.

When a reader sent me this article from the Daily Mail I took one look at the picture and thought, "Yes - you've done it again!" but on closer look see that you've missed a trick!

'Who left the taps running?' is not a marketing play by one of the clued-up manufacturers or PR outfits, but a huge fibreglass tap making up a collection of artworks in the 'Sculpture of the Sea' exhibition by Simon McGrath  along Bondai Beach in Sydney, Australia, which is designed to highlight the environmental impact of humans on the planet.

I'm glad that this is something the KBB industry has already committed to, with its determination to reduce our consumption of both energy and water and I really hope that today and all its ceremonies and gatherings will help to bring peace to this world and more care from all of us, for Mother Earth and all its riches.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Latest ONS construction industry output figures released today

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The bulletin reveals that:

NKBA Market Report : "Although optimism is faded, revenues continue to rise"

The National Kitchen & Bath Association released the results of the US Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the third quarter, reflecting a rise in showroom traffic and an increase in kitchen remodels from one year ago. Although the number of bathroom remodels declined from the second quarter, results show a significant increase over the bathroom sales of a year ago.

Atag launches 2012 range at annual House Show

* ATAG_House-Show.jpgAtag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, launched its innovative new products for 2012 at its annual House Show.

FIRA - CMA achieves renowned testing accreditation

The Furniture Industry Research Association's Hong Kong furniture testing facility, FIRA-CMA Testing Services, is celebrating after achieving accreditation to the International Standard ISO 17025 from the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme for Physical and Mechanical Testing.

New brochure and new collection from Lakes Bathrooms

* LAKES_Brochure.jpgShower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has launched a new brochure with a free DVD, to showcase its full range and introduce the new Coastline Collection. The 100-page book now details a wide selection of frameless, semi-frameless and fully framed enclosures built with a choice of 8mm or 6mm safety glass.

AEG Neue Kollektion picks up nine iF Design Awards

The iF Product Design Awards are amongst the most prestigious design awards in the world. This year, Electrolux has won a total of nine of the iF awards for its AEG Neue Kollektion products. The winning appliances were selected by an international jury who sifted through 2,923 entries from 48 countries. The winning appliances were assessed on the level of innovation, functionality, quality and ecological compatibility.

The Hanover International Forum Design quality seal went to AEG appliances across all product categories.

New basins from VitrA's T4

* VitrA-DoubleBasin.jpgAs part of the fabulous new T4 collection launched at ISH 2011, VitrA is offering a stunning array of new basins that cover a wide scale of size and format options.

The width range starts at 450mm and goes through 600mm, 700mm, 800mm, 900mm to 1300mm (which is a double basin). The 800mm is an asymmetrical basin.

Birmingham tradesman fined over asbestos release

A Birmingham handyman has been prosecuted after releasing asbestos fibres while refurbishing a kitchen at a flat in Solihull.

Inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive found William Rogers, a carpenter and general handyman, had removed partition walls containing asbestos insulating board at the premises in Masons Way, Olton, in January 2011.

Women cook better living with a partner

* Amica-Inari-hob.jpgA woman's cooking ability improves dramatically after she moves in with her partner as she happily takes on the traditional female household role, a new study has shown. Research shows that three quarters of women not only cook more but are better at it than when they are single.

FIRA leads the way on cutting carbon footprint of furniture industry

The Furniture Industry Research Association will be sharing the findings of a key furniture industry research project that has assessed the feasibility of providing the UK furniture industry with product carbon footprint benchmarks. The event, which is open to those within the furniture industry, will be held on Tuesday 6th December, at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, between 10.00 and 16.00.

Carron Phoenix broadens appeal of Sapphira sink range with classic white

* Carron-Phoenix-Sapphira-Desire-tap.jpgCarron Phoenix has broadened the appeal of its popular Sapphira ceramic sink range by adding a white single bowl option offering classic modern styling. The Sapphira range was launched on July 1st along with a host of new sink and tap styles as part of the company's product update programme for 2011 and the new Sapphira in white augments Carron's choice of modern and traditional sink designs which includes the Bali, Shonelle and Solaris insets, Carlow undermounts and Belfast styles.

Kenmore introduces hybrid water softener and whole-home water filter

With recent conversations and news highlighting water conditions, it's natural that Americans seek the highest in water quality in their homes. Today, the Kenmore brand is offering a comprehensive, household approach to water solutions that together, make water at home cleaner and better tasting while extending the life of the home's appliances.

Leisure Sinks' new Spa Filter tap offers ultimate convenience

* Spa-filter-tap-from-Leisure.jpgLeisure Sinks has launched a new Spa Filter tap which offers homeowners ultimate convenience for food and drink preparation. The stylish dual lever tap has a three-way dispenser system to provide crystal clear filtered water, mains cold water and hot water - all in a competitively priced and high quality design.

CornerTape SiliconePro marks introduction of sealant to CORGIdirect

The latest products from the award-winning sealant-taming brand, CornerTape, are now available from CORGIdirect - the trusted supplier of essential gas-related product and services.

The recently-launched SiliconeKit bundles together a range of CornerTape products as a complete toolbox for the removal, preparation and replacement of silicone joints in bathrooms and kitchens and contains a Silicone Remover Tool for sensitive surfaces along with a Silicone & Grout Remover Tool, a Residue Remover Brush, four dedicated Preparation Wipes, a roll of CornerTape for joints 6mm wide and a Silicone Forming Kit as well as an instruction DVD.

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News in Brief

Congratulations to Zehnder whose new Fina radiator has achieved 'Best Product of 2011' in the Plus X Awards. T: 01252 531207

The KBSA has welcomed Perrin & Rowe as corporate member E: sales@perrinandrowe.co.uk / www.kbsa.org.uk

Whirlpool's latest washing machine offers a new low temperature colours programme to care for your laundry colours even better than before T: 0208 649 5000

Steel has introduced a powerful six-zone induction hob to its range cookers - the Genesi G10FF-61. E mark.scott@steelcuisine.co.uk

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AMDEA celebrates the accomplishments of Uwe Hanneck

After its Board meeting and AGM on 26th October, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances held a lunch at the Riverside Room of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, for 50 members and industry colleagues to thank Uwe Hanneck of BSH, for his tireless efforts in serving the Association. Uwe was AMDEA Chairman for the past six years and has now retired, handing the baton to John Morrissey of Indesit.


LDL Launches Autumn Promotion

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LDL has launched the latest edition of In Focus, its seasonal selection of new products supported by special promotional offers.

The Baumatic Autumn collection of promotions is here

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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.

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