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11th November 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This Week's News
The bulletin reveals that:
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, 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.
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.
Shower 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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index registered a five-month high of 53.9 in October, up from 50.1 in September.
The launch of the new design show 'W12 - Working with Design', will be an important national event for KBB designers , manufacturers and retailers alike.
The Tile Association has announced its support for the 'Cut The VAT' campaign, adding its name to an ever growing list of organisations encouraging the UK Government to reduce VAT on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work from 20% to 5%.
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.
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...
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.