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13th January 2012
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As 2012 fast approaches, Ideal Standard International designer Robin Levien gives his bathroom predictions for next year:
We are living through uncertain times once again and this creates insecurity. This insecurity translates into nostalgia for a supposedly better time. This time is usually the 'vintage era' of the mid-20th century and will impact the bathroom through optimistic splashes of colour or fabrics and even bold geometric patterns to brighten up bathrooms.
IDS has had a showroom presence in the Norwich area for six years, servicing a varied customer base in the Norfolk area. Strong business growth, coupled with an expanding customer base and product portfolio, resulted in IDS looking for a larger site for the next stage in its development . The new site boasts a superb geographical location facilitating easy access for trade customers to visit, as well as fast road access for prompt deliveries in line with IDS's policy of 24-48 hours from stock.
It was good news this week for the many drivers from overseas, whose job it is to deliver KBB products and equipment into the UK, with a comprehensive report on the availability and use of lorry parking facilities in England published by Roads Minister Mike Penning.
The five videos can be found by following a link directly from the company's home page.
Videos include making tea and coffee,and how the tap's safety handle works. The final video shows how easy it is to fit the tank behind a standard 150mm plinth; an attribute which has proved a real selling point.
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Welcome to the
Welcome to the first issue of KBzine for 2012 and a Happy New Year to all of you. We've had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that time - much of it not good - so rather than reflect on it, let's get on with the news from the industry.
There are some bright spots amid the gloom, including the decision by Topps Tiles to continue with expansion plans despite tough trading conditions, and Mereway reaching the milestone 25 years. Our congratulations and best wishes for the future!
This Week's News
At Tuesday's Annual General Meeting of Topps Tiles, Michael Jack, Non-Executive Chairman announced that whilst trading conditions remain tough, the group is going ahead with its plans to open a further five stores this year.
"Trading conditions remained tough throughout our first quarter," he said. "Against this backdrop, like for like revenues across the first 13 weeks of the financial year decreased by 4.2%. In the context of the previously reported 6.9% like for like decline during the first seven weeks of this period we are assured by our performance over the quarter as a whole and encouraged by the progress made in the last six weeks' trading.
One company celebrating despite the prevailing financial gloom is British kitchens and bathrooms manufacturer Mereway, proud still to be a family owned business after 25 years, and looking forward to a busy and successful 2012.
As part of the celebrations, the 220 strong workforce shared a specially baked kitchen-shaped cake to mark this special event in the company's history.
Several leading organisations have joined together to urge the Government to tackle the growing problem of late payment in order to help small firms survive, grow and drive economic recovery.
The industry bodies, including those representing UK-based suppliers, have written to the Business Minister, Mark Prisk, to call for a plan of action to address late payment, which decimates small firms' cash flow.
The sophisticated range of FilterFlow taps from Franke has been designed to offer more choice to the consumer who wants a tap which dispenses hot, cold and filtered water. There are five options - Kubus, Olympus, Doric, Corinthian and Mini - and each is offered in a chrome or SilkSteel finish.
The Franke FilterFlow system separates water into different channels allowing the tap to dispense hot, cold, mixed or filtered variations via three levers. The system is protected by a robust stainless steel housing for reassuring durability.
Continued growth for shower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has seen the company relocate to new, significantly larger premises. The move doubles the space to a total 60,000 square feet and consolidates its four existing Gloucestershire sites into one much larger head quarters.
Still based at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, Lakes Bathrooms is now adjacent to the M5 motorway, in a modern, two storey building that combines mixed office and warehouse space. The new three acre site accommodates a showroom which displays a full range of the manufacturer's shower enclosures and associated products: the Coastline Collection, the Classic Collection, shower trays and the Safety and Comfort range.
All the air in a Whirlpool fridge passes through the high-tech Microban anti-bacterial filter. Microban is the world leader in anti-bacterial air filtration designed to reduce bacteria, odours and mould in the refrigerator. This ensures mould and odours cannot survive to cause a harmful build up of bacteria, which means Whirlpool's fridges stay hygienic for longer, offering the enterprising retailer a valuable sales tool.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced that this year's Bathroom Conference will take place on 9th Otober at the Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.
"Don't miss this year's event which promises to be an early sell out," warns Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "Make a note in your diary!"
Bringing with her 18 years of industry knowledge, Tracy will play a key role in the development and introduction of new products as well as support Area Sales Managers and Customers alike.
Hafele is an internationally established family business founded in 1923. As an innovator of functionality, Hafele is one of the leading international companies for the furniture industry, architects and planners, joinery and related trades supplying furniture fittings and architectural hardware as well as electronic locking systems in more than 150 countries worldwide.
The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the election results for the 2012 NKBA Executive Committee, which will be led by 2012 President Alan W. Zielinski, CKD of Niles, IL.
John K. Morgan of Glyndon, MD will serve as President-Elect, while John A. Petrie, CMKBD of Mechanicsburg, PA becomes Vice President. Carolyn F. Cheetham, CMKBD of Red Deer, AB, Canada was elected Treasurer and Clay Lyon, CR has been elected to serve as the 2012 NKBA Secretary. David Alderman, CMKBD will serve as Immediate Past President.
Amica's brand new built-in catalogue bucks the A4 trend at a user-friendly 18 x 18cm and contains stand-out high-gloss product imagery as well as specifications, dimensions and feature explanations; all packed into an easy-to-read format on 46 neat little pages.
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A new Foresight project investigating the future of manufacturing out to 2050 was launched this week by Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Steve Macdonald, marketing director of Hoover Candy, shares his views on the pent-up consumer. He argues that the will and need for consumers to invest in new kitchens is there but unless the industry can make it comfortable to pay for their investment, they will remain 'pent -up'.
UK mums are dreaming of a white goods Christmas, according to money-saving site ILoveCashback.com
Top 10 Christmas searches at Britain's popular shopping site that combines price comparison, voucher codes and cashback, include the ever-helpful 'dishwasher', 'microwave' and even the good old 'refrigerator'!
Design is to play a central role in the Government's new Innovation & Research Strategy for Growth - unveiled recently by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills.
Hoover's ovens are proving to be a hit with a chef on Britain's Best Dish as he claimed the oven is as good as a professional oven when producing a winning meal on the programme.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that three new quality retailers have joined as members. Bank Interiors with a showroom in Kenilworth, Osborne Interiors of Chiswick and S&T Kitchens in Berkshire.