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7th March 2014


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International News

Further eruptions expected as Designer Bathroom Concepts announces launch of full Etna Collection

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With its upcoming appearance as a finalist at this year's KBB Review Awards imminent, Designer Bathroom Concepts adds further ripples to the UK bathroom market with its introduction of the full Etna Collection.

Just as the Etna Bath has added a truly state-of-the-art twist on the freestanding bath, so too does the full Etna Collection. With a continuation of the elegant ripples we have seen on the Etna, the collection features freestanding basins, countertop basins and most strikingly, a round, freestanding version of the Etna Bath.

KBB 2014 preview: Bauformat launches new handleless collection

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Renowned German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat is delighted to unveil at KBB2014 the UK launch of its new Linea Piantra handleless kitchen, the latest addition to its Burger brand.

Recently showcased at the company's in-house fair, Linea Piantra is a stylish addition to any retailer's portfolio and is competitively positioned to ensure an added value offering.

New electric shower range launched by MX

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MX Group has unveiled its new 'QI' electric shower range - a 'quick installation' range of electric showers that sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electricity - these showers are amongst the simplest and most effective electric shower installation options in today's marketplace.

Ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, these attractive showers are up to 30% slimmer than other units on the market. They're an ideal replacement product where an old shower has been removed or for shower replacement programmes for social and private landlords.

Burlington gets an angle on traditional design

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Available from March 1st, here's an ingenious idea from Burlington Bathrooms... Installing a traditional high level WC when access to the soil pipe is near a window can be a planning conundrum.

Positioning a WC too far from the soil pipe causes flushing problems so the rule is, the closer the better. By using an angled pipe, the pan itself can be placed on the window wall where the soil pipe is usually situated while the high level cistern is on an adjacent wall.

AEG and Zanussi receive Best Buys in latest Which? Hob Testing

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The AEG HK654200FB induction hob and the Zanussi ZGG66424XA gas hob have both received Which? Best Buy status after recent intensive testing.

The AEG hob scored an impressive 82% and Which? Said: "We were really impressed with this induction hob; it's quick, easy to use and has plenty of useful features. Not only does it cook brilliantly but it's very easy to clean when you've finished. In fact it's so good we didn't hesitate to make it a Best Buy.".

Soak away stress in a soaking tub

There's nothing quite as pleasurable as a long lounge in a deep, comfortable bath - in fact doctors recommend a soak with candlelight and music as a stress buster and as a soothing treatment for anyone suffering from arthritis or joint injuries.

Ingenious space saving with Aqua-Cabinets

British bathrooms and cloakrooms are usually small - but that doesn't mean that there's no room for imaginative and inspiring design. Aqua-Cabinets has ingenious solutions that make the most of a limited floor area, giving every homeowner the chance to enjoy the benefits of modern bathroom design.

Whirlpool's Max microwave oven wins Which? Best Buy and Great Value award

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Whirlpool's popular Max 38 microwave oven has been awarded a Best Buy and Great Value award by Which? Magazine for the best microwave with a grill under £150.

Moduleo creates new products ideal for statement kitchen and bathrooms

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Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo, has unveiled a collection of 16 new statement products to its Transform range, in-line with trend predictions for kitchens and bathrooms in 2014.

KBB Preview: Kitchen Door Workshop doubles the size of its stand

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Kbb Birmingham is just around the corner and Kitchen Door Workshop tells us that after an immensely successful year, it has decided to more than double the size of its stand for the event this time around.

The company first exhibited at kbb LDN in 2013 with a stand size of 15sqm and this year at Birmingham it will take on a stand double the size at 33sqm.

InSinkErator products are a real time saver for the Mistley Kitchen cookery school

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InSinkErator, a global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and a major player in steaming hot water taps, has been chosen for use in Essex's renowned cookery school, The Mistley Kitchen.

Innovative BAL Rapid-Mat cuts project costs, saves time

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Contractors and tilers will reduce project costs and duration significantly with new BAL Rapid-Mat. The innovative uncoupling solution requires around 20% less adhesive than most cavity uncoupling mats, which need almost 'an extra layer of adhesive' to fill the surface cavities or dimples. The saving amounts to using 1.5 kg less adhesive per square metre, a major saving of 45 kg adhesive per 30 metre roll.

Steel appeal from Just Taps Plus

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Just Taps Plus has introduced a superbly engineered, Italian-made stainless steel range to the top end of the British bathroom market - Inox.

Showering with a splash of colour and innovation from Vado

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Bathroom retailers keen to capitalise upon consumer demand for premium technology and high end style need look no further than Vado's exclusive new collection of electric showers which are designed to add more than a splash of colour to the bathroom.

Abode Zeal 'on display' with Splinter Works Vessel Bath

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The architecturally tall, innovatively designed, Abode Zeal floor-standing bath filler with shower handset has been chosen to accompany the stunning Splinter Works 'Vessel' hammock style bath, on display at the Ideaworks London Experience Centre in Great Portland Street, London for the Carbon Fibre exhibition from January 28th to March 20th.

Bushboard relaunches premium Omega laminate worktop range with a design upgrade

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Bushboard is relaunching its premium Omega 40mm laminate worktop range at the end of February and it will be on full show at the KBB exhibition. The range upgrade is a fashion-forward mix of popular stones, trendy woodgrains and practical splashbacks in modish colours and a linear texture that keeps laminate on the button for today's kitchens.

Welcome to the


KBB 2014 Review - Part 1

The visitor numbers aren’t up yet but we don’t really need them. Reflecting the news regarding the UK economy, the housing market and the fact that more of us are in work than there have been in many a year - kbb 2014, which finished on Wednesday afternoon, was busy, busy, busy.

The exhibitors were delighted (not even one grumble – from anyone – apart from the fact that they were tired and had aching feet, legs and backs, or perhaps dry throats from talking so much). Everyone with whom we spoke, said there had been a good mix of all the types of visitors they’d wanted to see and that these visitors had been serious buyers and specifiers, rather than simply being out on a ‘jolly’. They also said that the networking opportunities provided by the event, were invaluable.

The visitors we met with were excited too… they were delighted by the innovation and “spoilt for choice” for all their kitchen, bathroom and bedroom needs. All this bodes well for the next kbb Birmingham, which takes place in two years’ time.

Do we really have to wait that long…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

kbb 2014 Innovations Awards

Bedrooms-Daval.jpgI mentioned innovation so perhaps I should kick off this review with a look at the Innovation Awards winners – announced at the show on Monday. With each and every exhibitor able to enter the awards (sponsored by Blum) by displaying an innovation tag on what they felt was their most innovative product, there was an abundance of products for the judges to consider. “This year the kbb exhibitors showcased more innovative products than ever, with each one providing a new and interesting solution,” they said.

We saw so many exciting innovations that we felt relieved not to have been charged with selecting the winners, who were:

The Global Kitchen Cafe: a perfect place to pause and ponder

* Nick-Crosley_V-ZUG_142.jpgThe Global Kitchen Cafe was a hub of activity. Featuring a fabulous Rot Punkt kitchen and V-ZUG appliances, the area featured demonstrations and cooking challenges as well as food from across the globe.

KBB Review Awards 2014 winners announced at landmark 20th ceremony

* Al-Murray_host.jpgWinners of the kbbreview Awards 2014 were announced at a much anticipated ceremony, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Tuesday. The occasion marked a landmark 20 years of the most prestigious awards event in the kitchen and bathroom industry, which are organised by kbbreview magazine.

Winners of the 18 award categories were announced by celebrity host, Al Murray, better known as the Pub Landlord, in front of many of the industry's most well respected names. Guests at the glittering gala ceremony enjoyed a three course meal followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment in the gaming room.

A packed seminar programme hit the spot in more ways than one!

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It also gave the aching feet of those who attended, some much-needed respite!

Mobil Turi UK's kitchen: all the way from Italy

* Mobilituri2.jpgAs one of Italy's largest kitchen manufacturers, Mobil Turi was delighted to be showing at kbb Birmingham 2014, using the event to introduce its collection of Italian kitchens to the UK for the first time.

Sensio - lighting up all those dark places...

* Sensio-bedroom lighting.jpgAs a market leader of kitchen & bedroom lighting solutions and a company that's established a reputation for developing award-winning, innovative LED lighting solutions of the highest quality, it was only appropriate that Sensio had a strong presence at one of the most prominent trade shows in the industry. This enormous stand (at 105sq.m) showed off the company's lighting innovations a treat, allowing visitors to interact with and understand each concept. We certainly liked what we saw...

Sensio showcased its new range of bedroom lighting solutions which feature the pioneering rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, a concept that's new to the UK lighting market. The battery has a high energy density, allowing it to run for approximately eight months between charges (based on 2.5 minutes usa

Bauformat launch a host of exciting new kitchen innovations that stand the test of time

* Bauformat.jpg2014 is set to be a year of celebration for Bauformat, with the leading German kitchen manufacturer toasting its 40 years in the UK, a Golden 'M' award and the UK launch of its "Schnell" range at KBB Birmingham. Visitors to the show will also have a unique preview of its new retail showroom concept - Cube Fashion, a 'shop within a shop' that offers a completely new consumer shopping experience of Bauformat products.

Developed and designed for retailers and the wider trade, Schnell is a versatile collection of 'made to order' German rigid kitchens available for express delivery within 10-15 working days. The aptly named "Schnell" range (meaning quick) offers retailers access to all Burger brand kitchens price group 1 and 2.

New Leicht kitchen designs attracted the crowds

* Fenella.jpgOne seemingly constantly busy stand at the show was that of Leicht, which was showcasing some smart new kitchens, but that didn't stop the company's PR specialist Fenella Taylor from taking us on a tour of the 60sq.m stand to talk us through the new designs, which were on three displays.

On display were the new 2014 Synthia-C/Ceres-C - a handleless kitchen that was shown in the new slightly textured, antique oak colour combined with new Alpine grey and an artic white island. The concentration of colour and material provided a calm, stylish look.

Gorenje: Stylish Slovenian appliances which have that special something

* Gorenje_Wendy-Gray.jpgGorenje's Wendy Gray told us that everyone in the team representing this Slovenian home appliance manufacturer was thrilled to be demonstrating the new Gorenje+ range of stylish, high-performance products that had been created exclusively for high street retailers.

Wendy explained that the Gorenje+ collection, which will be available from June 2014, has been created to support high street retailers by guaranteeing them in-store exclusivity.

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Recent News

Tiler wins brand new van with BAL

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Professional tiler Mark Ellam has enjoyed the best possible start to 2014, as the lucky winner of a brand new van from BAL. Tilers using BAL Micromax2, BAL Max-Flex Fibre and BAL White Star plus and logging their purchases online, had earned free entries into the draw during 2013.

Mark's name was chosen randomly from thousands of entries, winning him a Ford Transit Connect, bearing the livery of his company, Imperial Tiling.

Setting fears aside, Kitchen Door Workshop retains 'Buy with Confidence' accreditation

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The online kitchen and bathroom replacement door specialist the Kitchen Door Workshop understands that many people can feel wary of buying online.

As such, it has applied and been accredited for the seventh year running for the Buy with Confidence East Sussex Scheme, once again reassuring cautious online shoppers that they are making a well researched choice.

Brits expose brazen bathroom behaviour in cheeky poll from Splashdirect

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Bath-loving Brits bring a new meaning to a night on the tiles. A poll of UK homes, led by bath and shower company Splashdirect, reveals the racy role our bathrooms play in our romantic relationships:

- Half of Brits have indulged in frisky bathroom behaviour at home
- Almost 40% have had a steamy session in a hotel bathroom
- One in 10 have snuck off to a friend's bathroom at a party for a bit of passion

Back by popular demand: BMA's Annual Conference details announced

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the venue and date for the Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2014.

Late payments concerns for tradespeople in construction sector

A survey recently compiled and published by the Construction Products association has revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2013, an amazing 76% of companies within the construction industry had reported that payments received had drifted to between 30 and 60 days.

Harvey Water Softeners receives Good Housekeeping Institute approval

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Harvey Water Softeners has become the first water softener manufacturer to receive the official stamp of approval from the Good Housekeeping Institute.

IDS relocates to new HQ at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke

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Surface materials specialist IDS has recently moved its head office and regional distribution branch to a brand new and purpose built, 65,000 sq ft site at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke.

F & P Wholesale fundraising efforts result in £37K donation to Whizz-Kidz

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F & P Wholesale, a distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to independent builders' merchants, has raised thousands of pounds for national wheelchair charity Whizz-Kidz following two years of fundraising.


Nicola brings wealth of industry experience to Bagno Brand Manager role

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Bagnodesign, manufacturer and supplier of design-led bathroom solutions, has strengthened its marketing and sales team in the UK and Europe with the appointment of Nicola Norris to the role of Brand Manager.

New Commercial Manager brings two decades of experience to role

Ben Viggars, one of the bathroom industry's renowned career experts has joined one of the country's fastest growing bathroom businesses as its Commercial Manager.

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