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31st October 2014


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International News

A Ben de Lisi bathroom mirror - a reflection of design

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'The bathroom is pure in line and simple in detail, hard-working and never overstated' - Ben De Lisi

New bathroom mirrors from the iconic American fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi, are now available to buy at Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com The mirrors, with discreet gloss white framing, come in three sizes with lighting on the right, left or both.

Top five tips for selecting your worktop

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Expert comment provided by Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top UK

When it comes to choosing materials for a kitchen, worktops are a key consideration. Modern consumers expect high quality surfaces that look great, are hard-wearing and complete the look of their kitchen.

Burlington in bloom: decorated sanitaryware is coming back!

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Burlington Bathrooms has launched a decorated floral English Garden range into its Burlington Brand.

Hafele expands Essential architectural ironmongery range

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Hafele UK, has refreshed its range of architectural ironmongery, to ensure it is offering merchants, distributors and trade professionals, high quality products at the best possible price.

1909 & Metris training is a huge hit with PWS customers

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PWS tells us it is delighted with the positive feedback from its recent 1909 and Metris training sessions - so much so that plans are now underway to develop a regular programme of training for PWS customers, with a schedule that starts in January 2015.

Retro's back! Indulge in the elegance of yesteryear with Retro Nouveau

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Old meets new with the Retro Nouveau collection by BagnoDesign, the classically styled bathroom range designed for modern living.

Let there be light whatever the hour, with Geberit Monolith Plus

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Geberit has introduced a new addition to its best-selling Monolith sanitary module, with the Geberit Monolith Plus. Featuring the same sleek, elegant glass frontage as the original model, this latest addition not only conceals all plumbing worn neatly out of sight, but also integrates a wealth of technology to raise the comfort levels in the contemporary bathroom.

Ben de Lisi for beautiful bathing

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"The bathroom motivates you and energises you and, at night, it sends you off to bed: it has to be a haven of calm." - Ben De Lisi.

Encompassing a complete bathroom portfolio including sanitaryware, baths, bath and shower screens, towel warmers and accessories, Ben de Lisi's organically-designed collection will allow the designer to create the perfect room; while liaising with only one supplier.

'Furniture design is our forte', says Utopia

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Utopia is celebrating 25 years at the forefront of the British bathroom industry with the launch of its fabulous new Bathroom Collection 2015.

Geberit announces offer to acquire bathroom ceramics giant, Sanitec

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Geberit has this week announced a tender offer to acquire Sanitec, the Scandinavian-based bathroom ceramics specialist.

Franke introduces two new Maris tap styles to complement its Maris sinks

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Franke has introduced two new Maris tap styles to complement its popular Maris sinks range, making it easy for retailers to offer an integrated sink and tap combination that simplifies decision-making for the consumer.

The Maris offers the popular U-shaped spout design that works with so many kitchen styles, and features a striking cylindrical body with upright paddle levers. Finished in sparkling chrome or sleek silksteel, the tap measures 319mm in height, has a spout reach of 197mm, and a slim overall width of 120mm.

Welcome to the


A newly fitted bathroom is a real treat, isn’t it? Although of course the excitement will soon wane if the room isn’t kept clean and the sanitary ware and furniture are not looked after.

Although the ‘seat up / seat down’ argument is the one that generally first springs to mind when anyone’s asked about their bathroom bugbears, for me, it’s discovering urine on the seat or floor. For however expensive the bathroom may have been to buy and install, someone else’s urine carelessly dribbled will make the whole place appear cheap and grubby.

Help is, I gather, at hand, in the form of Aim-Straight - a new disposable paper cone that helps men and boys urinate into the bowl rather than around it. That’s good news in itself but Aim-Straight offers some extra benefits…

The material that makes up the cone incorporates several reagents which react to substances in the urine - such as blood, protein, glucose or certain bacteria, alerting the user to potential health problems such as prostate cancer or diabetes and the like, by changing colour as he urinates. Furthermore, the material’s hypo-allergenic antibacterial make-up is said to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections by keeping everything so much cleaner – a brilliant touch when one considers how few people apparently wash their hands after using the loo!

Apparently each cone costs just a few pennies which is a small price to pay for a regular health check on a part of the body most men don’t want examined by their GP! There are dispensers for them too so who knows, perhaps it won’t be long before bathroom furniture manufacturers are designing the dispensers into their cupboards, cabinets and toilet tissue dispensers.

And while we’re on the subject of bathroom hygiene, I’d never been bothered about whether the toilet seat was left up by a previous user until a colleague showed me a video of what happens to the contents of the bowl when you flush. The centrifugal effect is just the start and the rest really doesn’t bear thinking about, so it’s always advisable to close the lid and keep the bathroom clean and hygienic for not only the next user, but also yourself next time you visit! 





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign launched at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014

* BMA-AManda-REdfern.jpgAmanda Redman MBE, actress and Patron of the Children's Burns Trust, attended the launch of the Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign at the recent annual Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

The campaign, which is supported by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and its members, has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home and to promote the use of simple thermostatic devices to eliminate the risks.

Kaldewei: "Any grout joint is one too many"

* Kaldewei_Xetis.jpgThe Asklepios Group, one of the largest companies in the German healthcare sector, and its members of the Green Hospital Program, are focused on developing approaches to a 'green' hospital.

As part of the research project 'Greening the Patient Room - The Patient Room of the Future', Asklepios Engineer Michael Scherer, who campaigns for sustainability in hospital construction, explains the advantages of floor-level shower surfaces made of Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5 mm for hospital environments.

KBSA at home with Grand Designs Live

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association reports another successful 'expert live' at this year's Grand Designs Live (GDL) at the NEC earlier in October. Industry expert, Alan Stanford, acting on behalf of the KBSA, met with over 40 consumers to review their plans for a new project and give professional advice to help them progress their project.

Visitors also received a free copy of the KBSA Showcase handbook, which gives full details about the Association, as well as retail members and their locations, along with details of the 110 plus brands that support the Association as Corporate Members.

New interior mark made with Olympia

* Olympia-White-with-Tavola.jpgThe latest contemporary offering from Uform is the new Olympia range which comprises an 18mm MDF membrane-pressed door with a soft touch and off-white matt finish.

The handle is included but not fitted and additional flexibility includes a choice of two handle finishes: matt or polished aluminium, which opens up a great range of design opportunities.

Form meets function with Roca's new showering range

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Roca's new T-1000 thermostatic mixers have a clear temperature display on the dial ensuring the set temperature is visible and can be easily adjusted. In addition, the thermostat is fitted with the manufacturer's Security 38 degree technology, a red button that stops the control knob being turned beyond 38 degrees C, eliminating the risk of scalding.

KBB NTG's new website is designed to work on mobile devices

* NTG-Website.jpgThe Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group (KBBNTG) has recently launched a new website, which has a fresh and contemporary look and has been designed to work on mobile devices, making it easier to use when visitors are out and about.

Cosentino to collaborate with tennis player Rafael Nadal

* Cosentino-Nadal.jpgThe Cosentino Group is entering into a collaboration agreement with tennis player Rafael 'Rafa' Nadal - considered the best Spanish athlete of all time - whereby the two will develop various promotional and support actions between them.

The first of these will involve the manufacturer sponsoring the 'Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar' project, the tennis academy that the athlete will open soon in his hometown of Manacor (Majorca, Spain) to promote the values of sport among youngsters.

Martin Carroll becomes Duravit UK managing director

* Duravit_Martin_Carroll.jpgWith effect from October 1st, 2014, Martin Carroll became the new managing director of Duravit UK. Martin has gathered experience over several years as sales director for the company and has an extensive specialised knowledge of the bathroom industry.

One of his main tasks will be the coordination, support and expansion of distribution channels and the direct approach to project decision-makers.

The Swiss experience

* Ripples.jpgRipples franchisees and showroom managers had the pleasure of visiting the world class Roca Zaha Hadid Architects gallery in London earlier this month. The team caught up with the latest product developments of Swiss company Laufen and in particular its exciting new Kartell range.

The Ripples team and Laufen operate similar core values with design and quality at the heart of both companies' business philosophy.

New range of AEG quiet and stylish hoods: perfect for any kitchen

* AEG-hoods.jpgThe new collection of Designer hoods from AEG brings quiet efficiency and elegant style to the kitchen. Whether the required style is discreet or a bold statement in the kitchen is called for, there is an AEG hood to suit.

Three Peaks Challenge Team raises a big cheque Motor Neurone Disease Association

* 3-Peaks.jpgThe Miele UK Three Peaks Challenge team has presented senior corporate fundraiser at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Ben Sharpe, with a cheque for £10,000.

The team raised money for the charity by completing the demanding task of conquering Ben Nevis (1344m) in Scotland, Scaffell Pike (978m) in England and Snowdon (1085m) in Wales.

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Recent News

New safety initiative launching next month

On 4th November 2014, AMDEA, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, will be hosting a reception to introduce stakeholders to 'Register my appliance', the new industry safety initiative aimed at encouraging the public to register their appliances.

Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements, says Trustmark

A new long-term campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills was launched yesterday with support from TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen.

KBBG launches exclusive membership offers

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, part of DER KREIS, Europe's leading kitchen and bathroom buying group, has secured two major exclusive offers for its members. Britannia Living, supplier of the premium Britannia and Bertazzoni appliance ranges as well as Best cooker hoods - and Jetstone, the Hertfordshire-based specialist in stone worktops, have exclusive offers available to members until 31st December 2014.

British Safety Council offers free stress advice to businesses

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With stress costing the UK economy £6.5bn, it is undeniable that this is one of the biggest health related priorities facing businesses. The British Safety Council is lending its voice to this important issue, as well asking workplaces to give due attention to occupational health overall.

Remember with Utopia

We've all been deeply moved by the sight of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London, one for each of the 888,246 British lives lost in the First World War.

Homeowners set to spend £6BN on property upgrades

Nearly a third of UK home owners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6BN in projected works planned annually, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders.

Screwfix insight backs up FMB's research

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Commenting on yesterday's report from the Federation of Master Builders, which revealed that nearly a third of UK homeowners are set to spend £6 billion on property upgrades in the next three years, Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, said:

"Our insight from tradesmen echoes today's research by the Federation of Master Builders into the amount of work homeowners are planning to carry out on their home over the next three years.

BMA announces new logo and visual brand identity

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association tells us it is thrilled to reveal its new logo and new visual branding, which together with the recently launched new website, highlight the strategic focus to set new standards as a leading light in the bathroom industry.

New survey reveals shocking failure of Government to address payment issues

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StreetwiseSubbie.com's latest survey of 216 specialist contractors reveals that the voluntary measures put forward by the Construction Leadership Council, and the promises of help from UK Government to 'help' specialist contractors in the construction industry are still suffering from payment abuse.
Lack of payment is destroying jobs and killing businesses and hampering economic growth.

KBSA announces National Chair Designate

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Tina Riley will take on the position of KBSA National Chair Designate, ahead of confirmation of her appointment at the next Board meeting.

British Ceramic Tile supports the next generation of designers

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British Ceramic Tile, has proudly sponsored the 'Live Design' project as part of The Flooring Show 2014.


Wirquin in your pocket

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Wirquin has launched a new pocket guide for customers to quickly identify the innovative products they need on the job.

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