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27th February 2015


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International News

Five-star cleanliness, comfort and luxury from Geberit at the Chedi Andermatt Hotel

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Shower toilets offer guests the chance to experience spa-like cleanliness and give hoteliers the opportunity to raise the comfort levels above their five-star status. That is why Geberit AquaClean 8000plus was the natural choice for the bathrooms in the luxurious Chedi Andermatt Hotel located in the beautiful Swiss Alps.

Keep kitchen drawers tidy with Leicht's new Q-box

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Any good cook will tell you how important it is to have all one's ingredients and utensils close at hand so that cooking is quick and easy. Renowned for its German kitchen design, Leicht has developed an independent organisation system for drawers called Q-Box.

Britannia expands portfolio with splashbacks

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Britannia Living has announce new splashbacks to complement its premium kitchen appliance range.

Catergorised by stainless steel, glass and decorative steel, the new splashbacks are available in a variety of configurations from 90 - 120cm, complementary of Britannia's range cooker specifications.

The European Water Label: a force for good

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Designed to help all of us easily identify water-saving products, which, when installed and used correctly, use less water than other products, the European Water Label is having an enormous effect.

Abode Verla receives award nomination

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Abode tells us it is delighted that its Verla monobloc kitchen tap has been nominated for the 2015 Kbbreview Design Awards within the 'Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year' section.

Verla is an innovative new take on kitchen mixer tap styling with a 'V' shaped body design.

The smooth curved radii of the tap come together perfectly from the architecturally tall spout design, to the easy-to-operate style handles.

Choose a kitchen in any colour with new RAL options from Alno

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Alno can now offer almost unlimited colour options for the kitchen with its latest launch for 2015...

The German manufacturer now offers six different kitchen ranges that can be ordered in any RAL or NCS colour. With thousands of options available, this colour matching service provides guaranteed colour accuracy.

T: 0113 3315 100
W: www.alnokitchens.co.uk

Gone grey - Burbidge's contemporary classic Malmo in the shade of the decade

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With the grey heyday showing no sign of abating any time soon, Burbidge is delighted to introduce its best-selling Malmo kitchen in a gorgeous new Light Grey high-gloss finish.

Systemline S7 installed at prestigious showroom in London Design Centre - Victoria + Albert Baths

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New multi-room audio system Systemline S7 has been installed in a high-profile showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

Bespoke screens designed by SWA members are gracing the best bathrooms

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Exploiting the strength and slim proportions only steel can offer, bespoke internal glazed partitions, screens and shower enclosures are increasingly being designed and manufactured by Steel Window Association members for high-end commercial and residential projects.

A little Kitchen Magic will help spread some cheer...

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It's the same every year; you take down the decorations, pack up the tree and the tinsel and lock away the wrapping paper. The festivities are over, and in comparison to the previous couple of months; the house looks somewhat lacklustre.

Abode welcomes a further sink model to the successful Connekt family

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Stainless steel inset sinks are one of the most popular choices of sink within the home today as they offer flexibility in design and installation. With this in mind, Abode has launched yet another new model into its value for money Connekt Family.

ProApp delivers Geberit know-how straight to your Smartphone

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Tapping into a digital world, installers can now enjoy access to product details and installation instructions for Geberit products directly from their Smartphone, with the launch of the Geberit ProApp.

Kilrock combats household damp with launch of new Damp Clear moisture range

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Kilrock is extending its portfolio of problem-solving household products with the launch of new Damp Clear Moisture Trap - an effective and hassle-free solution for the removal of excessive moisture such as that which can be found in kitchens, utility rooms and bathrooms.

Welcome to the


It’s coming up to six years since John and I took over the reins of KBzine from our late friends Richard and Debbie Schwarz, who launched it 13 years ago. I believe over my time here I’ve probably soundly established myself as a bit of a hippy (John says ‘aging’!) in as much as I hate unnecessary waste and am a recycling and energy/water-saving fanatic. You’re probably also aware that I have a way of attracting dodgy tradespeople.

You’ll no doubt be as surprised as I am then at the fact that last week, I treated my family to our first ever household laundry drying appliance and even booked the delivery man to install it for me! I’ll readily whinge about the issues I’ve faced so it’s with pleasure that I can sing the praises of the people at Indesit who supplied my Hotpoint washer dryer and employees Anthony Green and Gary McPhail who delivered and installed it for me and removed my old Servis washer that was over 15 years old and struggling to fill (and very heavy according to the lads).

From placing my order to booking a delivery date, the text I received a day prior to delivery informing me of my 3-hr timeslot (so I didn’t have to wait in all day) and a further text telling me the van was 15 minutes away, to the installation itself – well – it was an absolute joy. If that’s what the service is always like then I’ll be back (and no, I didn’t play the ‘don’t you know who I am’ card – they had no idea I’m in the industry)!

We’ll still be drying outside whenever possible but with three ladies back in the household, drying washing on radiators in wet weather and having misted windows isn’t a good look and it isn’t healthy either. I reckon I’ll be able to turn the heating down and may end up with lower energy bills too. I must admit I’m a little daunted by the new technology though – it feels a bit like when I was left at home alone with my newborn twins for the first time: “How am I going to get my head around this?”

I’ll let you know how I get on…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

AEG supports KBSA consumer push

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that AEG has joined the KBSA's consumer push by uploading its consumer brochure into the Association's 'brochure warehouse' on the website.

This innovative feature allows KBSA corporate members to have consumer literature in this 'warehouse' to help consumers in the initial research phase of a room project, and now includes brochures from Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Rangemaster and other leading brands, as well as furniture from the Omega PLC group, Mereway Group, sinks and taps from Franke and Blanco and worksurfaces from Silestone and Dekton.

Royal Arcade over-bath shower is truly stunning

* ARCADE-room-shot.jpgArcade is the truly timeless brand set to provide the ultimate in luxury for any traditional or contemporary setting. This latest stunning piece, the Royal Freestanding over-bath shower temple, is an elegant alternative to the freestanding Piccadilly shower temple, and is yet another example of the striking design and quality of the range.

Like every Arcade piece, the Royal freestanding over-bath shower is hand finished with exceptional care using the finest materials and manufacturing processes. The hardwearing nickel finish is also used throughout all complementing brassware, fittings and accessories.

Sanitaryware durability: new test process launched for secure areas

* BMA-sanitaryware-testing.jpgNo sanitaryware product should be considered as indestructible. That's a fact and it is true that some sanitaryware products are more robust than others. But how do you know which is the best choice for a particular installation?

In a new initiative The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, in association with the UK Government's Ministry of Justice, leading independent test houses and bathroom product manufacturers, has launched an all-new standard test process for 'The Robustness of Sanitaryware.'

On-site assessments (OSAT) now available for installers

* Rob-Mascari.jpgIn an effort to endorse the skill levels in the kitchen and bedroom fitting industry, installers can now have their work assessed in the workplace whilst gaining a formal qualification, through an on-site assessment scheme known as OSAT.

"This has many advantages," says assessor Rob Mascari. "Most importantly, the installer does not need to take time out from work."

May Design Series goes global

* iMay1.jpgKBB at May Design Series, will this year welcome leading kitchen and bathroom brands from across Europe and beyond to the most internationally-focused interiors exhibition on the UK circuit. Taking place from 17th - 19th May at London's ExCeL, the event will welcome 140 KBB brands to the show floor.

A total of 15 different countries will be represented in the kitchen and bathroom sector alone, with exhibitors joining from Austria to Cyprus; Portugal to Estonia.

Whirlpool dishwasher awarded 9/10 by TrustedReviews

* Whirlpool-Powerdry.jpgThe new Whirlpool dishwasher, the 6th Sense PowerDry ADP 900 IX, has been awarded 9/10 by TrustedReviews, which praised the Whirlpool dishwasher for its hero features, acknowledged as the PowerClean and PowerDry programmes.

TrustedReviews commended the cleaning power of the rear mounted jets for cleaning really mucky pots and pans, while the PowerDry option, which actively draws moist air and steam out of the appliance, leaves plates and plastics cupboard, bone dry in just one hour. Also noted were the exceptional wash performance, the lush design and finish, and the self-cleaning filter.

Cosentino Group expands its presence in Canada

* Cosentino.jpgThe Spanish Cosentino Group is strengthening its position in Canada with new company-owned facilities; firmly establishing the multinational in this market. Cosentino currently operates a Centre in Calgary and a 'City Associated' showroom in Toronto, both of which opened recently. The Group is also planning a new Centre in Vancouver in the near future.

The group's increasing commitment to the region was evident at its annual summit, which brought together its most important customers and business partners in the North American region. With the title 'Cosentino 100 Strategic Summit', this year's convention in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), brought together more than 300 participants from 115 fabricators, as well as major supplier companies and Cosentino North America staff.

Educational toolbox talks will help firms spread onsite dust awareness

* dust-control.jpgOne of the UK's leading dust extraction specialists has launched a series of demonstration days that aim to educate construction site workers on the importance of controlling dust, while showcasing the efficient implementation of equipment.

Following a recent surge in dust awareness enquiries, Dustcontrol UK, has launched 'Toolbox Talks', during which the Dustcontrol team can instruct attendees on dust-related best practice and operational procedure.

Franke's Uridan waterless urinals provide solution to water leakage

* Uridan.jpgWinchmore School, London N21 - a co-educational secondary school, has completed a washroom refit specifying Franke's Uridan waterless Cadet Pod GRP Urinals.

"We wanted a waterless solution to reduce water use and maintenance costs," explains Adrian Bailey, facilities manager at Winchmore School. "There are other water-free products available for this type of installation but we wanted assurance it would stand the wear and tear of secondary school pupils and be completely odour free."

New look and strategy for F & P simply delivers more

* FandP.jpgF & P, the UK's trusted distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products, has launched its new look brand and strapline, highlighting the wholesaler's service-focused strategy and promise to 'simply deliver more' for its customers.

F & P was established in the 1960s and has since been committed to supporting independent merchants and retailers to grow their businesses profitably by offering much more than just a comprehensive range products through its nine dedicated distribution centres across the UK.

LDL appoints product & supply partner manager

* Phil-Morley_LDL.jpgLDL Components has announced the appointment of Phil Morley to the newly created position of product & supply partner manager.

Phil, who has been working for LDL since the beginning of the year, has over 25 years' experience in the kitchen industry. His most recent role was in kitchen retailing but he has also worked for leading companies such as Spring Ram and Scotwood.

BAL strengthens specifier support with new business development manager

* Matt-Leaver.jpgBuilding Adhesives Ltd, the renowned manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary products, has appointed Matthew Leaver as national business development manager, strengthening the company specification support.

Matthew's role includes working with architects, designers and specifiers to support them on M40/M20 specifications, deliver project support and provide RIBA-accredited CPDs.

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News in Brief

Blum rejoins KBSA, bringing the number of new brands joining since September’s AGM, to six… Look out for Beko’s new cash-back promotion launching in next Friday’s KBzine… Get InSinkErator’s smart new 3N1 steaming hot water tap brochure at www.insinkerator.co.uk... Roca extends its popular Debba collection for even greater design flexibility – T: 01530 830080… See Masterclass’s new Ashbourne Shaker range at www.masterclasskitchens.co.uk

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Recent News

Amica opens first strategic showroom in UK

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Europe's fastest growing kitchen and home appliance brand, Amica, has opened the first in a series of planned solus Amica showrooms in the UK.
Amica's first solus showroom opened during January 2015 within the head office building of one of its partner distributors, Portway.

Do it right and you can build the perfect wetroom

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writes Ian Pattison, Managing Director, Abacus Manufacturing Group

"There is one thing that must rank before all others with any shower or wetroom installation - it must be leak free.

Deciding how this is achieved should come at the earliest stage of planning and design. Of course, the waterproofing properties of any product cannot be considered in isolation; aesthetics and ergonomics are also key factors in the decision-making process, along with practical thoughts about how the work will be executed on site.


British Ceramic Tile, has promoted Mark Rigby to the position of national account manager

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Reporting directly to global sales director, Neil Anderton, Mark is tasked with driving forward key national accounts, with a focus on developing new customer focused ranges and concepts as well as driving existing business.

Astracast has appointed Lisa Vallance to the position of regional development manager for Yorkshire & the North East.

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Lisa has over 16 years of experience in the industry including trade merchant, specification and retail roles. She has worked with many of the big names in the market including Kohler, Mira, Twyford Bathrooms and Jacuzzi UK.


Build loyalty by letting your customers know about this offer...

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From now until the 31st March 2015, one of the longest established British brands, Swan, is offering a lucky first time buyer the chance to win a range of small and large kitchen appliances from the successful Vintage Collection. What better way to be remembered for providing an 'added value' service than having one of your customers win the prize?

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