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7th November 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.

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I know the link between the KBB industry and what I’m going to say now is a tenuous one, but you’ll see from this week’s news, that I attended the launch of some fabulous new Whirlpool dishwashers this week.

This involved travelling to London by train and embarking at St Pancras Station, before walking across and through St Pancras International and along the shopping mall. But despite a frantic search, nowhere did I see a poppy for sale and nor have I seen any in my home town of Epsom.

I wear a poppy to show my respect of ALL those who’ve lost their lives fighting what I consider to be unnecessary battles throughout the world and am flummoxed as to why – on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, I’m unable to do so this year. I felt self-conscious walking into the room without a poppy, but noticed immediately from the other people’s lapels that I’m clearly not alone in being unable to buy one!

Where have all the poppies gone I wonder? Has so much effort been put into making the wonderful display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and the large versions festooning our towns and cities, that no-one’s been making the paper versions?

Elsewhere in the news is trouble of a different sort, with Turkish appliance manufacturer Beko being fined £75,000 (plus costs) for failing to reveal to Trading Standards that several Beko cooker models were potentially unsafe, if used with bottled gas when the grill oven door was shut.

Sadly, this is a difficult one to recover from, since once a brand is associated with an issue such as this, members of the general public quickly forget what particular part of the company’s portfolio has suffered problems and avoid the brand completely, just to be safe.

While next year’s poppy push will no doubt feel somewhat subdued after this year’s extravaganza, I can’t help feeling that the Royal British Legion will find it easier to get back to normal by this time next year than Beko will…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

UK Infrastructure ambitions in jeopardy unless skills shortage addressed, says LCCI

With 20% more workers required to meet the pipeline of around £96 billion of construction projects in 2014 - 17, the London and South East region is facing a major skills crisis. This could impact the wider economy as early as April 2015, when a total of over 600,000 workers will be needed on site to deliver major projects currently in planning, according to a new report by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and KPMG.

The Report, 'Skills to build', outlines the labour requirements to deliver construction projects in London and the South East between 2014 - 2017 and the gaps in training that must be filled to meet this demand.

Manhattan makes heads turn, not just movies!

* Manhattan-White-Main.jpgMaintaining its modern mark with its all new Manhattan range and using a revolutionary new manufacturing process, Uform has introduced a new 22mm, integrated membrane-pressed door with a high gloss finish available in both white and alabaster.

Finished in a premium quality gloss foil that produces a mirror-like finish (minimising any orange peel effect); Manhattan offers exceptionally high quality and affordability for the handless look that seems like it's here to stay on the market.

BSI launches first global risk management standard for supply chains

British Standards Institution, the global business standards company, has this week launched PAS 7000, a universally applicable supply chain information standard for suppliers and buyers at organisations of all sizes around the globe. It will bring transparency and cost savings to the procurement of supply chains.

PAS 7000 Supply Chain Risk Management-Supplier prequalification helps answer three key questions relating to any organisation's supply chain partners: Who are they? Where are they? Can they be relied upon? The standard draws on the collective expertise of 240 professionals drawn from global industry associations and organisations, and it addresses product, process and behavioural criteria for supplier prequalification.

Crosswater adds 'Glitz' and 'Sparkle' to bathrooms this Christmas

* Glitz.jpgBathroom specialist Crosswater is launching two new basin mixers from its Gallery collection, bringing a touch of hotel glamour to its offer. The chrome plated brass basin mixers are sleek and slender in shape, and are elegantly encrusted with stunning crystals to add a stylish and unique finish.

"We're thrilled to offer something new, something dynamic and on trend to add to our eclectic collection of bathroom mixers," explains Dave Hance, Group Chairman of Crosswater.

Lixil Water Technology Group: A new global market leader to be born

* David-J-Haines_Grohe.jpgTokyo-based Lixil Corporation has this week announced a new global operating model with four core technology business units to further globalise its business. The most notable change from this new model will be the creation of Lixil Water Technology Group, which integrates the Lixil Group's worldwide sanitaryware business including the Grohe Group and the American Standard Brands, effective 1st April 2015, pending relevant regulatory approvals and internal corporate procedures.

Whirlpool launches new dishwashers with PowerDry option

* Whirlpool-Powerdry.jpgWhirlpool has launched some impressive new top of the range dishwashers for 2014 for both its built-in and freestanding collections. The new 6th Sense PowerClean dishwashers have a clever PowerDry option, which makes them the No.1 in cleaning and drying in just one hour.

As we witnessed during Wednesday's launch, this PowerDry option makes clouds of steam a thing of the past when you open the door after dishwashing - and everything, including plastic items, is perfectly dry and ready to put away! The machines are incredibly quiet too...

New arrangements regarding Liebherr in the UK

Liebherr-Hausgerate GmbH, responsible for the Liebherr Group's domestic appliances division, has decided to establish its own organisation in the UK, providing sales and service of Liebherr refrigerators and freezers in the future.

Liebherr has come to an arrangement with the current importer, Coolectric, whereby its business activities relating to Liebherr will cease. "We would like to thank Coolectric for their contribution over the years," says the manufacturer.

Abode's popular Connekt flushfit sink now available nationwide

* Abode-Connekt.jpgAbode's latest innovation, the Connekt Flushfit ultra slim sink, which was introduced at KBB earlier this year, is now available nationwide. Abode tells us that sales are proving that the market was ready for such an ultra slim sink, which can be flush fitted or inset and - when inset, sits no higher than a 2p piece.

The sink with its ultra-thin edge detailing, delivers a sleek, contemporary look to any chosen worktop. Both 1.0 and 1.5 bowl sinks are manufactured in premium 18/10 grade stainless steel, have distinctive drainer patterns, are both reversible and are quite simply, all-round stunning designs!

Idiots on Ladders contest reaches new heights

idiot-on-ladder-2014.jpgNow in its third year, the Idiots on Ladders contest held by the Ladder Association is currently having its most popular year ever. Part of the annual Ladder Exchange, the contest has already received more than 50 pictures highlighting the worst and most dangerous examples of ladder misuse.

Aimed at spotlighting the importance of ladder safety and training, submissions can come from anyone anywhere in the world, and after being vetted by Ladder Association experts, the worst - and often most dramatic - examples are added to the Idiots on Ladders album on the Association's Facebook page (facebook.com/ladderassociation).

Hafele announces winner of national trade competition

* hafele-John-Swain.jpgA carpenter from Herefordshire is celebrating success after winning £5,000 in a competition with home solutions specialists, Hafele UK.

Jon Swain was presented with his cheque for £5,000 this week, after being randomly picked as the lucky winner in the 'How do you say Hafele?' competition. The competition saw over 300 entrants submit a video clip of themselves to the Hafele UK Facebook page saying: "This is how I say Hafele," for their chance to win a number of prizes, including 50 Festool CXS drills, Hafele t-shirts for every entry, and a top prize of £5,000.

The bar mixer with the Exe factor: The new Exe Bar Mixer from Triton

* Triton-EXE-mixer.jpgTriton has launched the new Exe Bar Mixer to offer installers one new mixer shower with a choice of two different handle options. In keeping with Triton's ethos for easy to install products, the Exe Bar Mixer has been designed to make the installation process simple with the supplied dog leg fittings providing flexibility of the pipe centres between 130mm to 170mm.

Triton's Exe Bar Mixer shower is available with one of two handle design options. The Exe Standard Handle is smooth to turn, whilst the contemporary design will fit well with most existing bathroom designs. Alternatively the Exe Lever Handle is suitable for all applications and user abilities. The extended paddle design gives added ease of use and is simple to operate with one finger, providing an inclusive showering environment

BAL looks to the future of health and safety Standards

* BAL-Factory-Arial.jpgBuilding Adhesives Limited continues to lead on health & safety in the workplace, already preparing for International Standards two years ahead of their arrival.

It has again been awarded business-wide accreditation for a range of International and British Standards relating to quality, environmental management and occupational healthy and safety. Having long held BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and BS EN ISO 14001:2004 certification, it has now added BS OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation.

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Recent News

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

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Amanda 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.

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.


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

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The 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.


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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