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30th May 2014


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International News

Deva introduces award-winning Satinjet to bestselling bath shower mixer

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Deva, part of the Methven UK Group, has introduced award winning Satinjet technology to its bestselling thermostatic pillar mounted bath shower mixer.

Atoll brings linear high fashion to bathrooms

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Smart, contemporary Atoll is the latest high fashion look from Crosswater.

Featuring a straight geometric spout and a slim, one touch control lever, the Atoll range can be operated with just a gentle lift or push. As well as being a great choice for new bathroom installations, Atoll can be a quick fix for updating a tired bathroom that is past its best.

Fixers applaud BAL Rapid-Mat cost savings

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Tilers nationwide are leaving feedback on new BAL Rapid-Mat at www.see-it-for-yourself.com and are unanimous in their praise for the tiling market leader's latest innovation. They are singling out the ease and speed of use, but are especially pleased with the amount of adhesive saved when using BAL Rapid-Mat.

In-toto celebrates 22% increase in 2013 kitchen sales

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In-toto kitchens has just announced its annual sales figures for 2013 and is celebrating a 22% increase on the previous year.

Founded over 30 years ago, in-toto is now a well-established kitchen brand in the UK with nearly 50 Design Studios nationwide. 

Family-friendly: the new washer dryer from Amica

Amica, one of Europe's fastest growing freestanding and built-in appliance manufacturers, has launched a new washer dryer. Designed to make life easier for families, Amica's AWDS914DJ washer dryer will wash a hefty 9Kg load and dry 6Kg.

Latest member, Vado, boosts BMF P&H Sector

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The Builders Merchants Federation's Plumbing & Heating Sector is rapidly gaining momentum and attracting more specialists to join the Federation. The BMF's latest new member, Vado, is one of the country's best-known manufacturers of taps, showers, accessories and fittings.

Industry leading guarantee announced by the Kitchen Door Workshop

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The Kitchen Door Workshop has promised since the launch of its Trends and Visions replacement doors, that these two collections would be dispatched in seven working days or less. To back up this statement, the company has now said that it will give the doors for free in the eventuality that this claim is not met.

Homeowners desperately seek space solutions as stay-at-home children count soars

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As more young adults chose to live at home with their parents, unable to get on the property ladder, IronmongeryDirect, the online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, is seeing a significant rise in products designed to save space and offer storage solutions.

Abode Matrix SQ GR15 with Zucca tap: smooth lines and pure angles

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For 2014 the Abode designers captured new ideas and shapes with both stainless steel and composite material to add seven new families of sinks to the Abode sink portfolio. The quality and design innovation of the new comprehensive collection opens up a wide range of benefits reflecting the same cutting edge design ethos as Abode's kitchen mixertaps.

Top five tips to capitalise on cooker hoods

Comments provided by Jacqui Hoctor, commercial manager at Best

Cooker hoods can often be overlooked by both consumers and kitchen retailers. However, choosing to stock stunning, stylish hoods can be both a business boost for kitchen specialists, and also invaluable for consumers who are looking for a complete kitchen solution.

Linear thinking from Leisure Sinks

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Practical and robust, the Linear range of sinks from Leisure Sinks is proving to be a hit throughout a number of market sectors, especially local authorities, housebuilders and developers.

Hafele announces its 'must have' kitchen product predictions for Summer 2014

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Drawing inspiration from its global experts and prominent international kitchen furniture trade shows, such as EuroCucina, design solutions expert Hafele UK has announced its predictions for the top kitchen products for 2014.

Grass Nova Pro Drawer System

Britannia Living launches recycling innovation Krushr

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Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has announced that it is bringing revolutionary new recycling compactor Krushr to the UK market. Krushr, which has joined the portfolio of Britannia Living brands, is launching in the UK following huge success in the USA and Europe.

Hull bathroom maker hopes for Cup Final flushed with success as it creates Steve Bruce Tigers toilet seat!

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Hull-based bathroom manufacturer, Ideal Standard, has created a commemorative tiger striped toilet seat featuring an image of Hull City manager Steve Bruce, in tribute to him leading the team to the FA Cup final for first time in club's history.

Bathroom Brands outlines wide-ranging plans to drive growth at 3-day internationally attended launch

British and Irish bathroom retailers, international customers, partner-distributors and the media gathered at Brocket Hall this week to hear news of further significant investment in the bathroom market. Bathroom Brands is the fastest growing bathroom business in the country, so a three day launch at a British stately home was the perfect scene to announce more ground-breaking advances.

'Ditch the tiles: Use wall panelling for the wow factor in bathrooms and kitchens!' says Abacus...

With superb design the differentiating factor for kitchen and bathroom studios, the wall finish is growing in stature as an important consideration; after all, the wall is the largest part of a room.

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Bearing in mind I’ve never been lucky enough to own a dishwasher or lived anywhere that I’ve been able to use one, news on TV and in the Nationals this week has set me thinking more than it should perhaps have done... apparently 844,000 dishwashers have been sold with a fault that can cause them to catch fire, yet despite efforts made by the manufacturers concerned, only 195,000 have, so far, been traced!

Does this mean that almost 650,000 potentially faulty dishwashers are currently being used, or have most of them been discarded because they’re either broken or the owners fancied an upgraded version and dumped them (or perhaps put them on Gumtree or something)? I understand that the appliances were manufactured between 1999 and 2005 so can probably safely assume that they’re not all still in existence, but what about those that are?

Have the owners perhaps failed to send off their guarantee cards, or moved house (taking their appliances with them)? Or are these people aware that the appliances may be putting their lives in danger, but are simply too busy to do something about it? Do they read the papers or are they blissfully unaware of the danger they may be in? Or do we instead have disproportionately high numbers of positive thinkers amongst the dishwasher owning population, compared to everyone else?

Government figures revealed that faulty appliances caused 6,000 household fires in 2010/2011, so while my musings may seem somewhat airy fairy, there is a real issue here.

Assuming that the manufacturers concerned have done all they can to trace the owners, what then happens in the event of one of these appliances catching fire? What lengths will a manufacturer go to, in order to trace a customer that may be using a dangerous appliance? And if a manufacturer can prove that the customer is in receipt of a recall request but has failed to act upon it, will the customer’s insurance company have to pay out, will the manufacturer take responsibility or will the customer be held liable for failing to return the product or arrange for it to be made safe? 

As a layperson when it comes to such matters, I see a real blurring of the lines here and would love to know how the responsibility is divided up – if, indeed, it is at all…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

May Design Series makes its mark

* MDS14.jpgThe May Design Series closed its doors last Tuesday following three days of business, where high-calibre retailers, contract buyers and interior designers attended from across the UK and internationally. A total of 10,051 top-quality visitors attended - continuing the 1% year on year increase that the event is recording.

C.P Hart, John Lewis, Homebase, Mark Nicholas Designs, Sykes Bathrooms, Tesco, Bathstore, B&Q, Two Guys Kitchens, Staffan Tollgard, Nicholas Haslam and Tara Bernerd & Partners are a sample of the lucrative attendees.

Richard Walker leaves De Dietrich to accept new senior industry role with GDHA

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Richard joined De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances in 2006 from Electrolux, when he accepted the newly created post of marketing director and within the same year he was promoted to the role of sales & marketing director. During his time in the business, he managed a 16-strong sales & marketing team, and all targets were achieved each years.

Award-winning tiling fixed with BAL

* TTA-Awards-Best-Leisure.jpgThe stunning redevelopment of Tate Britain, with extensive use of BAL tile adhesives, has won The Tile Association Award 2014 for 'Best use of tile in the leisure or hospitality sector.'

Stonework specialist Szerelmey completed two packages in the Grade II listed building's south-eastern quadrant, on staircases and flooring, involving both new build and restoration work. BAL adhesives were used extensively at for the award-winning work, including BAL Stone & Tile PTB, BAL Single Part Fast Flex and BAL Supercover Rapid Flex. BAL Thickbase and BAL Prime APD were also used during the preparation phases.

Water Label shortlisted for its sixth award

* water.jpgThe Water Label project, brainchild of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association - and now seen on bathroom and kitchen products in over 30 countries across Europe - has been shortlisted to receive an award in the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014.

The UK government's Environment Agency and Waterwise are behind the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014. It is the most high profile awards scheme in the UK to recognise the water efficiency achievements of the public, private and third sector organisations.

A busy first year for Bathroom Brands' Faye Rainey!

* Faye-Rainey_Bathroom-Brands.jpgWhen Faye Rainey accepted the position as the new brand development manager for Bathroom Brands she may not have realised how busy her first few months in the role would be.

Faye, a graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, accepted what she describes as: "An exciting opportunity to define, the now four brands in the Bathroom Brands portfolio". Managing a huge £1million research, design and photography budget, alongside creative design agency Reef Design, Faye and the Bathroom Brands team have succinctly defined the Burlington, Britton, Clearwater and new Arcade brands.

Stoves stands out with launch of stylish fridge freezers

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The Stoves FD90 and SXS90 are 90cm wide models that offer the latest in convenience and efficiency and are available in sleek black and modish stainless steel.

Two more speakers secured for Conference

* CMcLellan.jpgPursuing the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference theme of 'Marketing the Future', two more speakers, who are renowned for fresh and youthful thinking, have been signed up to the speakers programme.

They are Heather Sophia Athié, Account Director at Mynewsdesk, and Clif McLellan (pictured), Vice President, Global Water Division, NSF International.

Franke's first More in Store Expert Series seminar on showroom design and display deemed 'excellent' by attendees

* Elaine-Cowan_Franke.jpgFranke's first seminar in its More in Store Expert Series, held recently at the company's head office in Manchester, got off to a strong start with 10 retailers attending to hear Elaine Cowan, professional interior designer and 20-year long kitchen retailer at Cameron Interiors, offer advice and tips on how to make the most of showroom design and display.

During the breakfast seminar, Elaine revealed how design, atmosphere and flow affects customer engagement, how to get more customers through the door, and give tips on how to keep a showroom 'ready for business' at all times. She also answered specific questions from attendees in a group session and on an individual basis over coffee afterwards.

And the winner is... Burge and Gunson

UK Shower manufacturer Roman and UK shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson - one of London's largest independent bathroom specialists, the lucky winner of their prize draw, held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference recently.

The draw was open to all Fortis members, with the chance to win a state of the art 50 inch television. To be in with the chance of winning the prize, the Merchants had to hand in their unique reference number at the Roman and JT stand.

Britannia appoints new business development manager

* David-Murray.jpgPremium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has bolstered its external sales team with the appointment of David Murray as new business development manager.

Bringing more than five years experience from the electronics assembly industry, David has worked with retailers and distributors throughout the UK and will manage Britannia's retail partnerships in the Home Counties.

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