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23rd January 2015


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International News

Liebherr appliances now to be supplied directly to the UK trade

From the beginning of this year, new stocks of Liebherr appliances have only been available from Liebherr GB.

Las Vegas anyone?

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Rev-A-Shelf's Shari McPeek has been in touch to remind us that there's a huge KBB exhibition & conference about to kick off in Las Vegas.

Abacus Elements wet rooms - high on technology, low on carbon footprint

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Create the ultimate luxury wetroom with Abacus Elements wet floor systems and installation guides...

Abacus Elements is a range of easy to install, tileable wet floor systems for domestic and commercial applications. Made by specialist manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products, Abacus Manufacturing Group, the waterproof structural foam boasts high insulation properties and high compressive strength.

Sensio launches curved acrylic LED over mirror light

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Sensio's Cascade curved acrylic LED over mirror light is just one of the innovative furniture lighting solutions from the company's new bathroom lighting collection.

InSinkErator's stylish range of 3N1 taps adds an affordable splash of colour to any kitchen

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Following the launch of the 3N1 kitchen tap with filtered steaming hot, hot and cold water, InSinkErator, the global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and major player in the steaming hot water tap market, has unveiled three brand new shades for the 3N1 range.

The stylish yet affordable one-piece kitchen tap is now available in three new finishes of Natural Stone, Orange and Pearl White; keeping with contemporary design trends and exhibiting an eye-catching splash of colour in any showroom.

Light up the life of a bathroom or kitchen with impressive new Abacus lighting portfolio

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Abacus Manufacturing Group has launched an impressive lighting portfolio to complement its ranges of bathroom and kitchen products. The LED lighting kits combine excellent performance levels with great aesthetic appeal while being extremely simple to install.

Milestone for Nolte Kitchens in Russia

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Less than a week after the opening of a studio in Tallinn, Estonia, a Nolte Kitchens flagship store was unveiled in Moscow.

Whirlpool's new 6th Sense induction oven can save 50% in time and energy

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Whirlpool has announced the launch of a new multifunction 6th Sense induction oven, the AKZM 8790/IX. The new oven is at the forefront of cooking technology for faster cooking times and greater energy efficiency; it saves us up to 50% in time and energy.

A traditional oven is probably the one we are all used to, however the big difference between the two becomes immediately apparent in the way of an easy to use cooking experience that will save users personal time, money and energy. The wonder of induction technology, which is clean, fast and super-efficient, makes the whole cooking process a joy.

Electrolux's Design Lab 2015 theme and upgraded prize fund announced

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Electrolux's popular global design competition, Design Lab, annually receives more than 1,700 submission forms from over 60 countries.

Introducing the complete outdoor kitchen: the latest cooking trend for your home

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California-based brand Lynx tells us it is delighted to introduce its range of beautiful, bespoke complete outdoor kitchens to the UK market; the ideal solution for outdoor entertaining.

Swan celebrates a stellar year

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As 2014 draws to a close, one of Britain's longest established brands, Swan, is celebrating what has been an exciting and successful trading year.

Geberit AquaClean range enhanced with new enhancement sets

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Enabling consumers to raise the comfort levels in their bathroom and enjoy the wellness benefits a shower toilet offers without the need for a complete refit, Geberit has launched a range of enhancement sets to its market-leading AquaClean range.

Blanco's story of quality will be showcased at LivingKitchen

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As one of the world's leading manufacturers of sinks, mixer taps and waste systems, Blanco Germany will be showcasing its impressive portfolio at the LivingKitchen exhibition, being held in Cologne, Germany, from 19th - 25th January 2015.

Hotel picks Max-Top for 5* quality

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Surface specialist Max-Top is thrilled to announce that the Alexander Hotel group has begun to install Max-Top Quartz surfaces in number of its luxury hotels throughout the UK. The 5* Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa in Sussex is the first to receive the product, that has been installed in a number of its stylish en suite bathrooms.

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The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances’ pre-Christmas food waste survey, revealed that our enthusiasm for recycling wilts when it comes to food scraps. While an impressive 87% of we Brits say we put out paper and card for recycling, 84% regularly recycling plastic, 77% recycling glass and 75% recycling metal, only 41% of us bother recycling our food waste, meaning that our less frequently collected ‘main’ waste bin may attract more than a parking ticket when the weather gets hot!

Depending where we live our zeal to store food left overs for separate council collection falls even further, to 32% amongst those living in inner city areas and 24% for those  in purpose built flats.

For those turning their nose up at separate collection schemes, aside from those saying the service is not provided by their local authorities, top reasons cited included: “It smells” - (19%), “It attracts unwanted pests” - (19%), and “its unhygienic” - (14%).

Food waste that’s not recycled either goes to landfill or is incinerated; emitting greenhouse gases and wasting valuable biogas, precious soil nutrients and vital resources such as phosphorus. Clearly something needs to be done to change our behaviour…

WRAP  reports that only 10% of food waste is being recovered, yet nearly a third (32%) of those surveyed,  who do not use separate collection when it is offered by their local council, said that an easier/ cleaner option (like an in-sink  food waste disposer) would encourage them to do so. Food waste disposers grind practically any food waste to minute particles that flow easily through the sewer system to waste water treatment where biogas for heat and power is recovered, along with valuable fertilisers.

I do hope that those of you involved in advising householders and businesses that are about to refurbish their kitchens, do your best to persuade them to include a food waste disposer in their plans. As well as helping increase our biogas yields, it would keep leftovers out of landfill and prevent food waste from contaminating our streets and other valuable dry recyclables that have been taken to the dump, but which – if clean – might prove useful for another family.





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Inclusive kitchen and bathroom products to grow by 20% to 2018

* AMA-KBB.jpgWith the ageing UK population and the increasing number of people with disabilities, inclusively designed bathroom and kitchen products have been progressively installed in UK homes.

In 2014, the inclusive bathroom and kitchen products market was estimated to be worth around £150 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices (MSP). This represents an increase of around 2% compared to the market size in 2013.

Barwood Products welcomes DisabledGo report

* Barwood.jpgBarwood Products, which manufactures and supplies bathroom products for the disabled market, has welcomed a new report compiled by accessibility information provider DisabledGo, as 'sad but true.'

The report, commissioned by Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper, audited more than 30,000 shops and restaurants and claims access for disabled people on Britain's high streets is 'shocking.'

Key rooms kept beautifully increase a home's value

* Moduleo-Luxury-Vinyl.jpgKitchens and bathrooms are the key rooms which can inject significant value into any property during the current housing boom and luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo, which recently launched its innovative Impress collection to the UK market, has experienced continued success with customers looking to make bold statement designs in the kitchen and bathroom to create a 'wow factor.'

"In the past six months, we've seen a marked increase in the number of consumers looking to make real investments into their kitchens and bathrooms, to increase their return on investment later down the line," reveals David Bigland, managing director of Moduleo UK and Eire."

Tap into traditional and contemporary bathroom interiors with Laura Ashley

* Lucca-basin-mixer.jpgDesigned to complement its sanitaryware ranges, the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection's three brassware ranges cater for a variety of tastes and styles and come with a 10 year guarantee.

Ideal for contemporary bathrooms, Lucca taps feature a stylish open spout design and are finished in cool chrome. Included are a basin mixer (pictured) and a tall basin mixer with click waste, a deck-mounted bath filler and a deck-mounted bath-shower mixer.

Record-breaking Ladder Exchange crowns 'biggest idiot on a ladder'

* idiots-on-ladders.jpgAfter receiving more entries than ever before, the Ladder Association's Idiots on Ladders contest has ended and 2014's 'biggest idiot on a ladder' has been crowned.

The success of Idiots on Ladders mirrored a record-breaking year for the Ladder Exchange, which traded over 15% more ladders than in the previous year, continuing its three straight years of growth since being taken over by the Ladder Association in 2012.

Roman's cushioned close graces new product

* Decem-Sliding-Door.jpgThe Decem collection of luxury shower enclosures, wetrooms and bath screens combines everything Roman has learnt about showering over the last 29 years to create what it says is an unparalleled range.

New to the range is the Decem sliding door, which stands at 2000mm luxury 10mm thick toughened glass and features a true soft close door system, to present a silent and ultra-smooth running door action when both opening and closing.

KBBG welcomes Sycamore Lighting to growing portfolio

* Sirius-LED-Sycamore.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, part of the Der Kreis, has expanded its growing portfolio by welcoming Leeds-based Sycamore Lighting on board.

The significant development means that KBBG members will be able to benefit from exclusive buying conditions from Sycamore Lighting, which offer innovative lighting solutions and products for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sector.

Complete your Genesi kitchen with Steel's complementary kitchen products and appliances

* Steel-Bradshaw.jpgSteel, the Italian manufacturer of beautifully crafted, bespoke kitchen appliances, is launching for the first time in the UK a range of stylish complementary units and appliances to accompany the customisable Genesi range cooker.

With complementary refrigerators, kitchen units, cooktops and hobs now available, customers can design and create a perfectly co-ordinated, contemporary and complementary kitchen.

#HealthSimplified with Gorenje

* Gorenje-RK6193KRD-FF.jpgGorenje is encouraging the UK to get healthy with its latest social campaign #HealthSimplified. The new campaign, which will be rolled out across the company's Twitter and Facebook accounts, also sees consumers in with the chance of winning Gorenje's innovative RK6193 fridge-freezer.

Stuart Benson, national sales manager at Gorenje UK, explains: "As the nation embarks on new year diets and exercise regimes, we want to help them and we believe the key to success is keeping it simple!

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Recent News

Miele is star performer in the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey

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In the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele is the 'Best Brand Overall' in five (cylinder vacuum cleaners, upright vacuum cleaners, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers) out of the eight categories it is featured in.

Minister highlights safety concerns as too few people register their domestic appliances

Thousands of consumers are missing out on product safety warnings as they fail to register appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines, according to research published yesterday. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson is encouraging more people to take this important step and use 'register my appliance.'

Methven goes back to school with L&Q

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Global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, has completed work on a prestigious central London development, as part of its contract with leading housing developer London & Quadrant (L&Q).

Tom Howley opens new Bristol showroom

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Tom Howley, luxury bespoke kitchen expert, has got 2015 off to a good start with the opening of another new showroom - this time in Bristol.

KBSA report says 2014 business increased by 7%

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association says initial figures indicate that overall value sales from its members increased by 7% in the year ending December 31st 2014. This figure confirms anecdotal reports that were seen throughout the year, with members being extremely positive about sales.

Soapbox: Addressing skills gap and improving industry image will be key for construction in 2015

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Richard Threlfall, KPMG's Head of Infrastructure, Building & Construction, argues that in 2015 the construction industry will need to address the widening skills gap and take further steps to improve the image of the industry...

Save the date!

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Organisers of the well-established Annual Bathroom and Kitchen Conference have declared the 2014 event the biggest and most successful yet with well over 240 delegates attending over the two days of activities.

Kitchen refurb puts chef out front

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The Grassington House Hotel kitchen is undergoing a massive £100k refurbishment during January, but far from closing, John Rudden and his team are turning the two week transition period into a new dining experience at the award-winning establishment.

Franke Water Systems raises valuable funds for Cancer charities

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Franke Sissons' (aka Franke Water Systems) senior management team has successfully summited Mount Snowden to raise money for three important cancer charities including Chesterfield's own Ashgate Hospice.

Wirquin staff support Cash for Kids

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Santa's sleigh left Wirquin, the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment specialist, loaded with presents donated by staff for disadvantaged children in South Yorkshire.

The toys were dropped off at the local Asda supermarket and will be distributed by Santa's helpers, aka the Cash for Kids charity, to young people living in poverty to help make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter.


iKBBI welcomes first female member

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is delighted to announce that Pamella Edwards, of Plumbing Angel, became its first female member in December.

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