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13th June 2014


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International News

Here's one for Dad: Whirlpool's Max Sport Limited Edition perfect for Father's Day!

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Styled in sleek white with a magnetic England flag on top, Whirlpool's new MAX Sport Limited Edition microwave oven has a special championship football flavour and is perfect for dad on Father's Day, 15th June. And with the football championships running in Brazil from the 12th June to 13th July, the timing couldn't be more perfect for a double treat.

Stoves stands out with launch of stylish fridge freezers

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Popular British kitchen appliance manufacturer, Stoves, has extended its collection of cooling products with the addition of two A+ energy rated side-by-side and French-door fridge freezers.

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.

New manufacturers' graphics now available from ArtiCad

KBB sector CAD software specialist, ArtiCAD, has announced the availability of a large number of new manufacturers' graphics. Designers using the ArtiCAD-Pro software can access these new catalogues and quickly and easily choose the specific items they wish to include in their design to ensure that they are as realistic - and as stunning, as possible.

Abode launches Astbury three-part mixer

Abode designers are continually seeking to create new designs for both modern and traditional homes and their latest, the Astbury three-part mixer, will look equally at home in a modern house or a refurbished older property. This rather striking new range was launched in March this year.

Sitting pretty - Kitchen Furniture Co introduces new Milly stool

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The newly-launched Kitchen Furniture Co. by Burbidge has extended its stunning furniture range with the introduction of the new Milly bar stool, which combines minimalist design and a slender profile for a sharp, simple look so aligned to contemporary city living.

Award-winning tiling fixed with BAL

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The 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.'

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.

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You’ll be well aware by now that I’m a sustainability and recycling fiend, so you may well imagine my delight at the Government’s recent decision to finally impose a levy on the reusable plastic bags handed out to shoppers at larger stores and supermarkets, in a move to reduce waste and the environmental impact they have and encourage people to take their own bags with them when they shop.

It is hoped that the 5p levied on each bag will go to charity, but bearing in mind the good causes that will benefit and knowing just how little 5p is actually worth these days, I wonder whether the figure should be doubled to act as a greater deterrent against bag use and the scheme expanded to encompass all shops. What do you think?

I asked this question yesterday in KBzine’s sister publication, Cleanzine, and someone later posted on our Facebook page that the bags comprise a mere 1% of global waste, which I admit isn’t very much, but a move to cut down on their use and thus reduce the damage they cause the environment and wildlife, is certainly a step in the right direction, isn’t it?

And while I’m on the subject of packaging, if you’ve taken steps to reduce the amount that you use, or if you’re in the supply chain and now insist upon your delivery drivers removing packaging at the point of delivery and taking it back to the depot to ensure that it’s disposed of responsibly, I’d love to hear from you!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

KBSA AGM & National Meeting - Date and venue confirmed - as well as some speakers

* kbsa-hotel.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has confirmed that the 2014 AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner will be held on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at a new venue - The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon.

It has also announced details of some of the speakers.

KBSA Designer Awards: 2014 judging panel announced

* kbsa-designers.jpgThe judges for the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards have been announced, and this year's panel includes experts from both the kitchen and bathroom sectors.

The panel is headed by kitchen industry stalwart Renee Mascari, CEO of the kbb National Training Group and Principal of Mascari Design Services.

New copper finish from Mereway

* MEREWAY-Gloss-Copper.jpgCopper is the must have metallic in the home this season and the Gloss Copper finish from Mereway Kitchens is proving to be the hottest new finish from this season's latest Cucina Colore collection.

The mineral finish is one of three robust acrylic doors available in a rich Copper; bold Bronze and a shimmering Pearl Basalt.

In keeping with the Cucina Colore ethos of mixing colour and texture for dramatic effect, all three work well when teamed with a wood grain finish to add interest and individuality to kitchen designs.

KBB NTG sponsors Bathroom & Kitchen Conference 2014

* Renee-Mascari.jpgThe Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom National Training Group has signed as a full sponsor of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014.

The conference, set for 7th October 2014 at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, is shaping up to be the breakthrough event in the bathroom and kitchen industry calendar. With its theme of Marketing the Future and packed with fresh and innovative thinking from talented and successful business speakers, the conference is aimed at breaking down the current industry paradigms.

Badea - new compact and colourful bathroom storage solutions

* BAUFORMAT-badea.jpgBadea by Bauformat is designed to provide retailers with access to a high quality and stylish range of bathroom furniture, washbasins and mirrors. Bauformat is delighted to showcase its latest range of bathroom storage solutions, ideal for compact bathroom spaces in neutral and vibrant tones.

The Badea collection consists of six distinctive modern and contemporary ranges with a multitude of finishes, styles, colours and configurations options. New additions in 2014 to the 'Gaste' and 'Sky Colour' ranges - perfect for cloakrooms and en-suites - are really exciting.

Ellis Furniture unveils new 1891 kitchen collection and brochure

* Ellis-1891-brochure.jpgOne of the industry's leading designers and manufacturers of high quality kitchen and bathroom furniture, Ellis Furniture, is celebrating the launch of its striking, new flagship 1891 Collection of real wood, painted kitchen furniture and the accompanying, equally stunning 1891 kitchen brochure.

The new 1891 Collection represents the company's single largest launch of kitchen furniture to date. This real wood collection of natural grain and painted doors - available as Shaker style and slab across the four ranges of Littendale, Mondrian, Aspect and Matisee - offers possibly the most affordable, outstanding quality range of painted kitchen furniture available in the UK today, providing retailers with a great opportunity to fill a gap in the market.

Ben de Lisi keeps it pure and simple

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'Simple' (pictured) is an elegant range of bold, contemporary sanitaryware that offers effortless chic and streamlined design with Nano Tech easy clean coating and a choice of products that includes a wall hung basin, back to wall and wall hung WCs and wall hung bidet.

New colours for Bauhaus Solo

* BAUHAUS-BLUE.jpgCompact in size and clever in its use of space and proportions, Solo is perfect for both smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms. Designed by Bauhaus, Solo is a useful basin and furniture unit combination which is now available in two smart new glossy colours. Quartz, a soft grey and Azure, a gentle blue join the existing Graphite, Calico and White options, bringing the colour choice to five.

Methven announces appointment of new CEO

* Martin-Walker_Methven.jpgMethven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has announced the appointment of Martin Walker as the new CEO of Methven UK, following the resignation of Steve Lee.

Martin, who will take up his new role on August 11th, joins Methven from creative plastics manufacturer Curver UK where he was Managing Director for the UK and Ireland.

Blanco UK promotes Simon Hart to Head of Sales

* Simon-Hart-Blanco.jpgBlanco UK has promoted Simon Hart to Head of Sales - a new role within the company.

Simon managed the multiple retailer accounts for over a year when he joined the company. He is now responsible for the sales team along with the multiple retailers, independent retailers and key accounts.

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Recent News

Builders' merchant, Haldane Fisher, fits out seven bathroom showrooms with new Ben De Lisi collection from Abacus Manufacturing Group

Iconic American fashion and interior designer Ben de Lisi has launched his second exclusive bathroom collection available from Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com and the collection is now displayed at three - soon to be seven - Haldane Fisher showrooms (www.haldane-fisher.com).

The completed showrooms are in Isle of Man, Belfast and Bangor and Haldane Fisher is an exclusive distributor in the seven geographical regions (the other regions are Lisburn, Newry, Portadown and Coleraine).

May Design Series makes its mark

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The 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.

Water Label shortlisted for its sixth award

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The 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.

Two more speakers secured for Conference

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Pursuing 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.

iKBBI co-develops industry training for life-saving asbestos awareness

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has announced a new training initiative for its members relating to life saving asbestos awareness specifically for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installers.

Franke teams up with 'Great British Bake Off' winner Frances Quinn to support Marie Curie 'Blooming Great Tea Party' events with its More in Store retailers

As part of its More in Store campaign, Franke has partnered with Great British Bake Off Winner, Frances Quinn, to help its independent specialist retailers to host local charity events, to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care's 'Blooming Great Tea Party', between 20th and 29th June.


Britannia appoints new business development manager

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

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