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5th June 2015


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International News

Cape Cod brings a touch of nature into the bathroom

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Cape Cod, located in New England on the east coast of the US, possesses a memorable flair. This region, famed for its long sandy beaches, crystal clear water and untamed nature was the inspiration for Philippe Starck.

With his new Cape Cod bathroom range, the French designer has reinvented the bathroom, removing the barriers between nature and the indoors. Nature becomes a permanent part of the bathroom, a place for rejuvenation and refreshment with aesthetically appealing materials and forms.

Simplicity sells for Gorenje

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Gorenje has revealed that sales of its Simplicity Collection of stylish appliances in black and white, which operate intuitively through one single dial, have reached an all-time high.

"Consumers are seeking stylish, technologically advanced gadgets in every area of their lives," comments Stuart Benson, national sales manager for Gorenje UK.

British Ceramic Tile collaborates with Ted Baker to launch no ordinary designer tile range

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British Ceramic Tile has partnered with global lifestyle brand Ted Baker to launch a brand new collection of tiles, Ted Baker Residence.

A fashion forward selection of wall and floor tiles, the range blends British Ceramic Tile's unique manufacturing heritage with Ted's eye for detail and appreciation for a tile with style.

Grohe launches complete cubic brassware range

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Grohe has unveiled its new complete stylish cubic solution for the bathroom, offering sleek geometric designs for bath mixers, showers, thermostats and accessories.

Included is the Grohtherm Cube thermostat, which features precision-engineered Turbostat technology to deliver a safe and enjoyable showering experience.

Gaia's Devimat: the perfect finishing touch for wet rooms

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Most installers recommend the use of underfloor heating (UFH) in wet rooms and Gaia's Devimat system is perfectly suited to this application.

Not only does UFH create a warm, comfortable surface to walk on, it is also a more efficient way to heat a room than traditional wall-hung radiators. 

'Devine' handpainted pantry with custom made, dark oak interiors

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Tom Howley, luxury bespoke kitchen expert, is delighted to announce the addition of the new 'Devine' design to its Chelsea showroom. The hand-painted feature pantry, showcases a range of intelligent internal storage solutions and surpasses all aesthetic expectations.

The pantry includes beautifully crafted custom made dark oak interiors with multiple dovetailed drawers, while both cupboard doors are fitted out with extensive walnut racks for storing spices and herbs.

New voluntary label offered by European Water Label, includes energy saving and technical icons

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A new voluntary label has been introduced by the European Water Label to include an energy saving indication and range of technical icons.

Exquisite finishing touches from Belle Epoque Arcade

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The comprehensive accessory collection from Arcade Bathrooms is beautifully crafted and wide-ranging.

Each piece is handcrafted with the brand's hardwearing nickel finish, and for the ceramic pieces each is made of the finest china.

Sygma launches collection of fully stainless steel Metro tiles, inspired by Paris Metro

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Sygma-Group has just launched a new collection of stainless steel 'Metro' tiles, taking aesthetics earthenware tiles of the Paris metro.

Introducing the newest addition to Jetstone's Ceramic collection: Emperador Grigio

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The unique practicality of ceramics and continuing development in palette is instrumental in the ever-growing popularity of ceramic as a new choice in decorative surfaces.

International retailers find growth in UK shopping centres

The latest British Consortium of Shopping Centres/Local Data Company vacancy monitor has found the number of shops in UK shopping centres trading as 'multiples' has increased in the last year, with the data showing a rise of 1.3% in the number of 'multiples' and a corresponding 1.3% drop in the number of independent shops.

Abode launches Vedo - the perfect finishing touch to a bathroom

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With its continued ongoing product development plans for bathrooms, Abode has launched a portfolio of eight new tap ranges for 2015 including Vedo - a five piece entry level range of beautifully designed, basin and bath taps that are truly affordable.

The indulgent organic forms used to create this very modern Vedo collection will provide bathrooms with a softer, gentler feel and add the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom decor.

Appliance retailers' awakening awareness of alternative brands' attributes affirmed at CIH Showcase

Simon Freear, Country Manager for Amica in the UK and Ireland, is confident about the freestanding and built-in appliance market following the company's huge success at the recent Euronics Showcase at Birmingham's NEC.

New Tech-Drawer from Mark Wilkinson Furniture

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Mark Wilkinson Furniture has launched a new Tech-Drawer to charge Internet-connected mobile devices. The design adds up to, four USB connection points into the body of a standard drawer (eight for a double drawer) and can also house standard three-pin plug points.

"Homeowners these days have a collection of devices to fill their family lives," says the manufacturer.

PWS gets smart with Kesseboehmer storage offer

PWS has put the spotlight on its Kesseboehmer product portfolio, strengthening the offer and making it more straightforward for manufacturers and retailers to specify and order.

Welcome to the


Remember when, a few years back, Electrolux produced a limited collection of vacuum cleaners called Vacs from the Sea, made from plastic debris collected from the ocean?

Well it may just be that before long, other manufacturers will be supplying products mainly comprising ocean-salvaged plastics, as theyíre going to be collected via a passive ocean cleaning system that will be the longest floating structure in history.

Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, announced that a new system is to be deployed in 2016 - probably off the coast of Tsushima, an island between Japan and South-Korea. It will span 2,000 metres and will be operational for at least two years, catching plastic pollution before it reaches the shore.

Within five years, after a series of deployments of increasing scale, The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a 100Km-long system to clean up about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California.

"Taking care of the world's ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today," said Boyan. "Not only will this first cleanup contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it is a step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system's efficiency and durability over time."

The Ocean Cleanup will employ long floating barriers, using the natural movement of the ocean currents to passively concentrate the plastic itself. Virtually all of the water will flow underneath these booms, taking away all (neutrally buoyant) sea life, while the lighter-than-water plastic collects in front of the barrier.

The scalable array of floating barriers, attached to the seabed, is designed for large-magnitude deployment, covering millions of square kilometres without moving a centimetre.

Boyan's team's research indicates that a single 100Km†cleanup array, deployed for 10†years, will passively remove 42%†of the great pacific garbage patch. "We conservatively estimate this to be 70,320,000Kg," he said.

Plenty for each of us perhaps to one day own a product manufactured from waste plastics salvaged from the sea.



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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Alno AG completes the next step of its repositioning

Last Saturday, Alno AG took the next step in its repositioning and sold its subsidiary Impuls Kuchen GmbH (Brilon) to Steinhoff Furniture Holding GmbH (Austria). The change of ownership is scheduled to take place at the end of June 2015, subject to antitrust approval.

Alno AG and the Steinhoff Group will co-operate on a long-term strategy, which will secure jobs and the current trading position. Steinhoff will supply Impuls kitchens to Alno for the export businesses, meaning product supply and availability will continue as usual. This agreement will allow better utilisation of Alno's remaining plants and economies of scale in purchasing and production. All existing employees of Impuls Kuchen have been retained by the new owners.

LDL - Designed for Life

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iKBBI Inspectors: A great response

* ikbbi_Alan-Travers.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers announced last month that it was recruiting a national network of specialist inspectors to support a variety of activities, including work with The Furniture Ombudsmen dispute resolution collaboration.

Responses have been overwhelming with over 150 applications received in just under a month.

Choose Arctic White for uber-cool kitchens and bathrooms

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Lustrolite acrylic panels can be used for shower walls, bath panels, splashbacks - anywhere you lust after a stunning surface. Other fashionable colours in the range are Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Safari, Forest, Titan and Carbon; they come in seven sizes. Prices start from £127.20.

Brighton's Eco Technology Show

* ecoshow.jpgThe Eco Technology Show is back on 11th and 12th June and is shaping up to be the biggest yet with a packed show floor of 120 exhibitors and a free programme of over 70 seminars. A one stop shop for business, the public sector and build professionals looking for new innovations and low carbon solutions to drive down costs and streamline business, the event is taking place in Brighton's American Express stadium.

Key show highlights include:

Blanco offers new kitchen storage solutions

* BLANCO-SELECT-storage.jpgThe Blanco Select waste system provides the perfect way to organise a busy kitchen. The versatile drawers and bins are designed to make the most of the space under the sink. They are perfect for storing anything from kitchen waste to cleaning products to keep worktops clear and tidy.

The Select range is now being expanded to include four new models including the Blanco Select XL 60/3 Orga, which has three individual buckets and a convenient organiser drawer.

Ashgate Hospicecare and Nenna Kind benefit from annual dinner

* Franke-hospice.jpgLocal cancer charities Nenna Kind and Ashgate Hospicecare have each received £1,250 following a successful fund-raising dinner dance hosted by Franke Sissons of Chesterfield.

Both charities are close to the company's heart and both receive regular donations of monies and equipment. This latest round comes from the raffle and auction donations at the company's annual dinner held in March.

Wall cabinets - Blum covers all options

* Blum_lifestyle.jpgWith the introduction of the Aventos HK-XS lift stay systems for wall cabinets, Blum has now addressed the requirements of all furniture manufacturers - and retailers can display a product that immediately enthuses their customers.

The wide design of wall cabinets has been driven by market trends and is increasing year on year. The Aventos lift stay system is unmatched in terms of ease of use due to various features, and now covers all types and sizes of wall unit.

So it's Chao from Abode

* Abode-Chao-basin-monobloc.jpgChao is one of eight new ranges of beautiful chrome bathroom taps for 2015 from Abode. With a subtle, yet beautiful form, Chao is a modern classic in the making with an organic style, featuring striking curves.

The Chao basin mixer creates a designer-style statement to any bathroom with its sweeping body design and single lever control for effortless single handed control and can be easily teamed with both conventional basins, as a deck mounted tap installation option, as well as at the side with deck mounted basins.

British Ceramic Tile expands its marketing team with the appointment of a new digital manager

* Oliver-Spencer.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has expanded the digital side of the business, appointing Oliver Spencer as digital manager. This new appointment sees the company drive forward its digital strategy across both UK and global markets.

Previously digital marketing executive (EMEA) at global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, Oliver will report directly to marketing director, Caryn Clarke, and joins the business with over eight years' experience of delivering B2B, digital and social media projects.

A long-term contract from Leisure Sinks

* Leisure-Sinks-new.jpgLeisure Sinks, the UK's biggest manufacturer of domestic stainless steel sinks, is renowned for its wide product offering. One of the most popular ranges in its portfolio is the Contract, a sit-on sink which is available in a variety of bowl and drainer configurations - including two BSI Kitemark approved designs.

There are five models available (LC42, LC105, LN105, LC106 and LN106), each made from 18/10 stainless steel. All sinks have two 31mm tap holes suitable for pillar or deck mixer taps, as well as a satin bowl and bright drainer. Plus, all Contract sinks boast a 10-year warranty.

Plumbing lecturers put to the test at final

* Winner-with-lecturer.jpgThe final of the National Apprentice of the Year that took place recently at Adey Heating Systems in Cheltenham was the culmination of six months of regional heats to find Britain's premier plumbing apprentice.

At every event the best apprentices from each region were put through their paces with a practical test that included the installation of a Saniflo macerator. At the final the students were given two days to plumb a complete bathroom; using a Saniaccess 3 for the waste water from a basin and w.c. Ideal for bathroom en-suites, the Saniaccess 3 features convenient covers for simple servicing and ease-of-maintenance without the need to remove the macerator from behind the w.c.

Kitchen fitter prosecuted for endangering homeowners' lives

A Tyneside man has been sentenced for putting the lives of homeowners at risk after deceiving a local kitchen fitting company by claiming he was Gas Safe registered.

Neil Scott, a self-employed kitchen fitter, was contracted by the company to carry out work at three properties in Newcastle where kitchens were being refurbished in the last quarter of 2012. The work involved installing gas appliances - including gas hobs - and in one case a central heating boiler.

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News in Brief

Congratulations to Nolte Kitchens, which took Silver in the Architects Partner Awards - T: 01707 290 444 … J. Rotherham tells us it’s installing the UK’s first dedicated sintered stone production line for even greater shaping accuracy – T: 0845 388 1927 … The Ideal Home Show runs until Sunday afternoon in Manchester - www.idealhomeshowmanchester.com …  Susann, Euromobel’s latest handleless Linea Piantra range, comes in glossy grey, three further neutrals and a zingy yellow – T: 01922 698000

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Space and light: key trends for 2015

Modern British living is about embracing space and light, reveals new research commissioned by Direct Line Home Insurance, which identifies the latest building and renovation trends. Researchers surveyed builders and tradesmen directly, to understand the latest trends in property works and redesign to identify the changing face of Britons' homes.

KBB NTG launches series of industry learning guides

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The KBB National Training Group tells us it is delighted to announce the launch of a series of industry Learning Guides. The guides have been developed to form part of the Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom industry's Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as well as building together to form a foundation of learning - adding support to our industry's education programme.

Return to Rise Hall: This time the kitchens get it!

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Granite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV's Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler's Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers' live-in quarters.


PWS makes senior operations' appointments

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As part of PWS' strategy for significant growth, over the course of the next few years, the company has announced two senior appointments. Kevin Gay has been promoted to operations director and Andrew Buckingham to IT manager.

Utopia strengthens sales team

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As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the best possible support for its customers, Utopia Furniture Group has announced the further restructuring and expansion of its sales team.

Aqata appoints new regional sales manager

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UK shower specialist Aqata has appointed Nick Boys to the position of regional sales Mmnager for the South West of England.

BAL strengthens specification support team

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Building Adhesives Ltd, the manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary products, has continued to strengthen its specification support team with the appointment of William McLachlan as business development manager.

Geberit appoints new product manager sanitary systems to its UK office

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Geberit has welcomed a new face to its team this month, with the appointment of Graham Aird to the role of product manager sanitary systems.


Max value for retailers with Max-Top

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Worktop specialist Max-Top has announced the launch of a new initiative that will offer UK kitchen and bathroom retailers free Max-TopQuartz displays. The company is so confident with the quality of its product and market demand that it will be footing the bill for display units up and down the country.


Another exciting kitchen tap brochure from Abode

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The latest Abode kitchen tap brochure is now available and can be viewed on-line or downloaded or retailers can email for hard copies for their showrooms.

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