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8th May 2015


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International News

Global kitchen appliances market expected to reach $253.4 billion, by 2020

A new report by Allied Market Research: 'Global Kitchen Appliances Market - Size, Share, Global Trend, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation, and Forecast 2013 - 2020', predicts that the global kitchen appliances market will be worth $253.4 billion by 2020, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.4% during 2014-2020.

Sleek, streamlined drainage design for wetrooms is seamless with Geberit CleanLine

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With wetrooms and open-plan showering areas being on trend, ensuring the right drainage is in place is an all-important part of the installation process. Designed specifically for wetrooms, the new Geberit CleanLine shower channel is as easy to install as a standard floor drain.

Suitable for installation in the floor or against the wall, the Geberit CleanLine shower channel can be fitted into thin bed mortar and provides a powerful water drainage solution for wetroom showers.

British Ceramic Tile extends its best-selling Rapolano collection

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British Ceramic Tile has extended its popular Rapolano stone-effect ceramic tile collection, with the addition of an on-trend shade of grey.

Featuring a neutral, organic colour palette of walnut, noce and marfilm, the Rapolano collection has been made all the more contemporary with the addition of a new grey colourway - the modern day neutral.

Whirpool announces UK and Ireland integration

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Following one of the largest acquisitions in the industry of Indesit Company Spa by the Whirlpool Corporation, the UK and Ireland organisational line-up for the new company has been finalised, and is now in operation.

Two stunning new colours of Lustrolite will enliven chic kitchens and bathrooms

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Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling, from Abacus Manufacturing Group, is now available in nine vibrant colours. The latest additions to the Lustrolite portfolio are Forest - a bright green - and Safari, a subtle khaki.

These new colours have been introduced into the already popular range which comprises Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Titan and Carbon.

New Lazio Lava oozes luxury

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Defining both luxury and aesthetics and reflecting European trends in design, the Lazio Lava is is the latest door to be launched from the K Collection, exclusive to PJH.

In a dark earthy grey shade finished in premium high gloss, it makes a stunning design statement enhanced by its streamlined design and contemporary appearance.

Whirlpool receives Energy Star Award - an industry-leading 25 times

The US Environmental Protection Agency has recognised the Whirlpool Corporation with a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year award, which means that when the manufacturer's accomplishments are recognised in Washington, DC, on 20th April 2015, it will be for an industry-leading 25th time.

LDL targets island life with new trio lighting collection

Designed to take advantage of the current vogue for island units and open plan living, LDL has added the new Trio collection of pendant and centrepiece lighting from Leyton Lighting to its range of lighting solutions.

LDL is the premier UK distributor for Leyton Lighting and this launch marks the first in a series of new lighting products planned for the next few weeks.

Abacus brings catwalk glamour to Bathe's bathroom showroom

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Keen to offer exclusive high end products within the company's newly extended showroom in the centre of Wigan, Greater Manchester, bathroom retailer, Bathe, turned to Abacus Manufacturing Goup to become a Ben de Lisi dealer and, in turn, create an outstanding display of room sets to allow customers to be inspired by the designer's bathroom range.

Bathe has had a long-term relationship with Abacus and already has an extensive display of the company's Vessini range on the showroom's ground floor.

New Kaldewei steel enamel washbasins launched

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Kaldewei has launched a new product segment: washbasins made of Kaldewei steel enamel as a logical expansion of the existing product portfolio.

British Ceramic Tile launches Trace, a new premium ceramic tile collection in collaboration with Conran and Partners

British Ceramic Tile is poised to launch a new high-end collection for 2015 in partnership with Conran and Partners; the collaborative British design studio founded by Sir Terence Conran working across brand, product, interiors and architecture.

New compact wall-hung basin: the best option for a smaller bathroom

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Designed to make the most of the limited area in the typical British bathroom, Compact from Britton now offers even more space-saving options with the addition of wall hung semi pedestal basins and a wall hung WC that complete the range and make it one of the most comprehensive space-saving ranges available.

Baumatic appoints C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland

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Following the appointment of Leaker Direct as exclusive distributor for Scotland in February, Baumatic, part of the Hoover Candy Group, has announced the appointment of C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland.

Welcome to the


I can’t remember a general election that has been so exciting and one in which so many parties included items in their manifestos that could have such an impact on our lives. So caught up in the events have I been, that I managed to fall asleep over my laptop last night while producing this week’s issue of KBzine, so I’ve had some catching up to do on both counts this morning!

I hope that now the election’s over, the markets will see some stability and that we can get back to the job of improving both our economy and the lot of the British people.

I don’t know how you feel about it but I’m really concerned about Cameron’s pledge to extend the ‘right to buy’ scheme. There’s a real shortage of homes in this country and unless those who do end up buying are prevented somehow from being landlords, I can see the situation becoming a lot worse as there’s simply not enough housebuilding going on and very little space on which to build, in the areas where people want to live and there’s enough work for everyone…



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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Beautiful basins in natural stone will maintain their good looks for years to come

* Clearwater_basins_063.jpgMade from a hardwearing mix of minerals and resin, Clearwater's Natural Stone is the perfect material for the bathroom as it is easy to clean, can be made into sleek, contemporary shapes and maintains its good looks over many years.

Clearwater now offers modern and traditional basins to complement its impressive range of baths.

Reunited after 30 years: Swan Electricals and Housewares

One of the longest established British brands, Swan, is realigning its electricals and housewares output for the first time in 30 years to create a stronger brand proposition.

Managed by Swan Products, the landmark move heralds a new era for the Swan brand as it looks to capitalise on consumer recognition for its classically designed small domestic appliances and white goods products by offering a range of complementary cookware and kitchen accessories.

Viking finally in safe hands in the UK

* Viking.jpgTop end American appliance brand Viking is now available from Middleby UK, the wholly owned subsidiary of The Middleby Corporation, Illinois, USA. Middleby UK is based near Wigan and has a long history of supplying the company's commercial catering brands Pitco, Middleby Marshall, Blodgett, Houno, Brema and Holman to name just a few.

The Middleby Corporation, listed among the top 100 on the New York NASDAQ, purchased the Viking brand, along with all manufacturing, sales and marketing infrastructure, in 2013. Following a period of restructure and investment, which has included a brand new 50,000 sq.ft UK headquarters building in Goldborne, the company will relaunch the Viking brand to highly specialist retailers and interior designers.

Ridgeons hires first apprentice

* ridgeons.jpgRidgeons, the independent timber and builders merchant in the East of England, has hired its first apprentice of the year, following a newly formed partnership with Cambridge Regional College.

Ryan Taylor, 19, from Cambourne, recently commenced a two year apprenticeship across a number of departments at Ridgeons' flagship branch on Cromwell Road.

BMA staff take Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for charity

* 3-peaks-challenge.jpgBathroom Manufacturers Association marketing manager Amy Kirk and technical director Christian Taylor-Hamlin will be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this August to raise funds for the BMA's chosen charity the Children's Burns Trust.

The challenge will see them take on the three biggest mountains in Great Britain - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. They will be scaling the 42km, in a combined climb time of no more than 24 hours, across three gruelling days with the aim of raising awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home.

InSinkErator expands marketing team and initiatives, introducing new POS material

* InSinkErator-UK.jpgAs part of the largest team expansion of the company, InSinkErator has appointed two new members to its UK marketing team and introduced new point of sale materials, brochures and a dedicated website with online resources for retailers, to better support retailers with increased marketing materials and activity.

With experience in logistics and product management spanning over seven years, Brian Green has joined the team as product planner for Europe and Russia. Responsible for product development and working closely with the US headquarters, Brian generates vital information support for the sales team, distributors, retailers and consumers alike.

Aqata increases its line-up of luxury shower solutions for recessed spaces

Aqata's new Spectra SP462 Double Door Recess option features hinged inward opening doors allowing easy access to the shower. It offers a simple yet practical solution for compact bathrooms, allowing maximum showering space outside the shower area whilst providing ample showering room inside.

Best traders to be recognised by Which? Awards 2015

Businesses that pass a rigorous independent assessment stand out from the crowd and some six in 10 (64%) consumers say a Which? Award could positively influence their decision when choosing a product or service. The very best businesses endorsed by the Which? Trusted Traders service have been shortlisted for a brand new award and 'Day and Knight', the bedroom design and fitting company, is amongst them.

The Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2015 Award, highlights traders endorsed by the Which? Trusted Traders scheme who've worked hard to focus their businesses on what consumers want and have delivered consistently high standards of customer service.

Abacus Manufacturing Group welcomes new area sales manager for North London

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An exciting opportunity...

* Lisa-Dines.jpgLisa Dines, business development manager, The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers, tells us that following the announcement of its exciting collaboration with The Furniture Ombudsman last month, the Institute is now inviting KBB professionals to express an interest in finding out more about becoming an independent iKBBI inspector.

The part-time, self-employed role will be ideally suited to those with technical experience of kitchen, bedroom and/or bathroom installation or a proven practical installation background. It will involve inspection of installed KBB product to include working with The Furniture Ombudsman and its Dispute Resolution Service.

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News in Brief

Ripples says that in keeping with catwalk trends, Orange is the new colour for bathrooms - [email protected] … Dream Doors opened new showrooms last month in Dudley, Derby and Swansea - www.dreamdoorsfranchise.co.uk … Better Bathrooms has a new tap pack collection combining the Cambridge Basin Taps and Bath Shower Mixer - 0844 484 7678 … John Lewis has selected Gorenje to be part of its online storefront – www.johnlewis.com …

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Bob Marsden, new UK country manager for Nolte Kitchens, taking over from Richard Pedgrift

After 10 years with the company and four years in the UK as Nolte Kitchens' country manager, Richard Pedgrift is handing over the position to his colleague Bob Marsden.


Distinctly Abode: new bathroom brochure features eight new ranges - and more!

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"Gone are the days when the bathroom was a place for pure functionality - now it provides a haven from hectic lifestyles, a place for wellness or to experience the latest in bathing technology.

MHS Radiators unveils new retail catalogue

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Following a successful 2014, MHS Radiators has expanded its product portfolio and launched a brand new, 72-page retail catalogue for 2015. The new brochure contains details of the company's vast array of radiators and towel rails, while also showcasing an extensive palette of new colours and textured finishes.

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