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26th June 2015


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International News

Tonic II Range makes a splash for Ideal Standard at London's iconic OXO Tower

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Some 200 delighted guests attended the launch of Ideal Standard's Tonic II with AquaBlade flush technology launch. The new collection was designed by award winning German design studio, Artefakt and comprises of ceramics, fittings, furniture and bathtubs.

Get the look: metallic copper

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Kitchen replacement company, Dream Doors, is tapping into the fashion stylist and interior designer's ongoing love affair with all things copper with the launch of the new Ultragloss Copper Leaf doors.

Welcome luxurious, sensual Rouge into your kitchen or bathroom and lead the catwalk!

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Use Lustrolite in Rouge to add a pop of colour to your home...

Business travellers routinely add days to work trips for personal travel

Four out of every 10 business travellers add extra days onto trips so they can enjoy personal travel without incurring the extra cost, new research has revealed.

Streamlined and elegant: the latest swan neck taps from Rangemaster

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The latest additions to Rangemaster's tap range offer homeowners a swan neck design to suit all types of interiors.

The models were designed to complement the company's existing range, allowing consumers to choose a tap that suits their personal tastes and requirements. The recent additions include the Mini Pro, Belfast Monobloc, Vertex, Parma, Bari Single Lever Pull Out Spray, plus an expansion of the Aquatrend family.

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.

Choose Arctic White for uber-cool kitchens and bathrooms

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White signifies safety, purity, and cleanliness; it is considered the colour of perfection by psychologists and designers alike. So introduce Lustrolite in Arctic for a super sparkling kitchen or bathroom.

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.

Blanco offers new kitchen storage solutions

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The 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.

Wall cabinets - Blum covers all options

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With 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

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Chao 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.

A long-term contract from Leisure Sinks

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Leisure 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.

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Have you ever got into one of those debates that start with the question: “If you could be a Superhero, what special powers would you have?”

While I love what I do for a living, working across two industries and looking after a family means that I end up missing out on a fair few product launches, which is frustrating. This week has been no exception with three important launches that I would have gone along to, had I been able to realise my Superhero dream of duplicating (or even triplicating) myself!

The team behind the Whirlpool laundry range launch invited me to ‘London’s most enigmatic laundromat’ where cocktails were mixed in the washing machines for guests to enjoy while having hands-on experience of the new equipment, while London’s Saatchi Gallery was the venue for the launch of the Hoover Wizard range of Wi-Fi appliances, offering guests the chance to browse around the gallery once the official proceedings had finished. Today, the team representing Haier is using London’s cookery workshop L’Atelier des Chefs to launch Haier’s 70 Series fridge-freezers. I’m told journalists will be split into teams and with the help of a top chef and using some of the * builder2.gifingredients from the fridge-freezer, create a dish that will be served to the opposing team for lunch. What fun!

Also bringing the fun element into a serious launch is the team behind Amica, who’ve used the ‘builder’s bottom’ – literally – to draw

attention to the fact that Amica has joined the ranks of the double oven manufacturers. And as someone who sees my fair share of builders’ bottoms, I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you…

Apparently we in the UK are unique in wanting to buy double ovens, so whoever started that particular bandwagon has to be congratulated for a well-run campaign too!

Both John Austen and I have worked in public relations and advertising and know it’s not the easiest job in the world… coming up with new ideas that will inspire people can be tough and so is the art of getting journalists out of their offices, so hearty congratulations from us to all the lovely PR and marketing people covering our industry; the invisible Superheroes who work so hard to get their clients the attention they demand!



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Caesarstone open day and new colours launch on Thursday 9th July 2015

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Caesarstone will be showcasing five stunning new colours and a selection of wonderful custom Caesarstone creations including the centrepiece, a Chef's theatre where a team of chefs will be preparing canapes and lunch.

New recess shower solution for compact bathrooms

* Aqata_Spectra-SP462.jpgUK shower enclosure manufacturer Aqata has launched a new recess option for the bathroom, increasing its line-up of luxury shower solutions for recessed spaces. The 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.

Aging population needs 'future-proofed' bathrooms

* Future_Proof_Bathrooms.jpgWith approximately 3000 people turning 65 every day of the week in the UK, Ripples says it is seeing the demand for future proofing for stylish accessibility continuing for years to come. With recent medical advances and a greater awareness of how to live a healthier lifestyle, many people are not only living longer, but they are also living fuller lives.

New for 2015: Abode's Modo

* Abode-Modo-basin-monobloc.jpgAbode has launched Modo, an eight piece range of beautifully designed, eco-friendly bathroom mixer taps for both basins and baths.

Cascading flows of water are the inspiration behind the Modo range and the spouts have been designed to be non-splash to ensure that water cascades evenly into the basin or bath. The design-led taps feature rectangular lines, contrasted against cylindrical forms and this luxury chrome tap collection looks stunning even when water isn't running.

Five modern natural stone baths for stunning Clearwater Portfolio

* Clearwater_Portfolio.jpgClearwater Baths, the stunning Natural Stone freestanding bath and basin collection from Bathroom Brands, has been fine-tuned, replacing models that were non-stone with a brand new range of Modern Natural Stone freestanding baths, in five new sleek and forward thinking models.

Natural Stone has proved so successful that the manufacturer has streamlined the range in favour of all natural stone. Natural Stone provides a rigid and strong bath of great elegance, without any need for ledges or surrounds. It is cleverly priced to offer not only great value for money but is also very competitive in this part of the market.

Behaviour change - improving health & safety performance

Ensuring the health & safety of your employees and colleagues can be tough, since the willingness to take a risk in the belief that everything will be OK seems to be inherent in most of us. This potentially dangerous mind-set can be changed though…

Whirlpool launches award-winning Supreme Care laundry range

* Whirlpool-Supreme-Care.jpgWhirlpool has launched a new, award-winning Supreme Care range of perfectly matching front loading washing machines and tumble dryers. The product's strongest asset is its exceptional performance level in noise, which claims the quietest spin cycle on the market, thanks to Whirlpool's revolutionary new ZenTechnology.

Gorenje sees increased demand for energy efficient appliances

* Stuart-Benson_GorenjeUK.jpgGorenje, has reported an increase in demand for energy efficient cooking products in line with Mintel's recent white goods report which states that consumers consider energy efficiency to be the number one factor when purchasing a new cooker.

Published in April, the report found that 58% of consumers consider a 'higher energy efficiency rating' the number one priority when buying a new oven, followed by reputable brand image and a long guarantee period.

Hoover Wizard launches at London's Saatchi Gallery

* Hoover-Wizard-WiFi.jpgOn Wednesday, London's Saatchi Gallery saw Hoover unveil the UK's first full family of WiFi enabled kitchen appliances, Hoover Wizard. The event attracted over 100 guests and journalists, who enjoyed presentations from the senior Hoover team, live demonstrations of the appliances, as well as a specially choreographed performance from robotic dance act 'The Dance Mob.'

Perfect Fit - a new bespoke kitchen concept from Schmidt, custom made to suit individual space

* schmidt.jpgWhen it comes to kitchens, no two rooms are alike. With architectural features to work around, awkward areas to negotiate and narrow gaps to fill, it's essential to maximise the space and incorporate as much storage as possible to create a clean, clutter-free kitchen that's as functional as it is fabulous.

Baumatic teams with Virgin Wines to launch Summer Wine Storage promotion

* Baumatic-Virgin-promo.jpgBaumatic has teamed up with Virgin Wines to launch a three-month summer gift with purchase promotion on wine storage appliances from its collection. Starting from next Wednesday, 1st July, purchasers of selected wine cabinets will receive a complimentary gift set of up to five bottles of wine, specially chosen by the expert sommeliers at Virgin Wines.

Geberit AquaClean plays its part in BBC DIY SOS Big Build heartwarming project

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Answering the call from the BBC's DIY SOS team, Geberit supplied its top-of-the-range AquaClean 8000plus Care, to help future-proof the newly designed ground floor wet room.

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News in Brief

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is running at Sandown Park this weekend - surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk … Better Bathrooms opened a new showroom yesterday in Cardiff; its first outlet in Wales – T: 0333 777 4777 … ‘Street' Style, new Royo Street furniture from Frontline Bathrooms, slots into tighter spots and creates an illusion of space – T: 0845 470 2427 … A new compact combi steam oven joins Smeg’s Linea range - E:  [email protected]

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Recent News

BMA conference line-up is complete

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With the final four world-class speakers approved at the recent Bathroom Manufacturers Association Marketing Committee meeting, the BMA - the organiser of this year's Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its complete line-up of speakers for the event on 13th October.

Mistral worksurfaces specified for new CDA showroom

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Solid surface specialist Karonia was selected by appliance brand CDA for a number of recent joint collaborations, including the new showroom at its Nottinghamshire headquarters.

Some questions answered as census reveals swing to renting began early this millennium?

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If you've been wondering why this millennium has seen a drop in numbers of buyers going for top end furniture, fittings and appliances, the latest 2011 census figures, released today, may have the answer.

Industry leaders uniting to discuss future of construction, address issues of skills shortages

Skills shortages, planning restrictions and the need for cultural change were the key topics arising from a high level debate attended by leading voices from around the industry, as UK Construction Week's expert advisory panel met for the first time recently.

KBSA Designer Awards - entries up on last year

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Following the closing date for the KBSA 2015 Designer Awards, the association has confirmed that the number of entries received in all categories is up on last year. Shortlists are currently being discussed by the judging panel, and an announcement will be made shortly.

LDL - Designed for Life

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LDL Components, the renowned distributor of furniture fittings and accessories, is celebrating its 12th year in business with a major brand relaunch focusing on the key strengths of the company as it moves forward.


KBSA's CEO, Graham Ball, has retired

Graham Ball, The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's CEO, has resigned from his position due to unforeseen family reasons after seven years of heading up the KBSA.

Abode expands salesforce

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Rob Wagg has joined the ever-expanding - and successful - Barnsley-based, Abode Home Products to further strengthen the sales and support team.


Amica launches new marketing suite

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Amica is underscoring its commitment to UK appliance and kitchen retailers with a new suite of marketing materials including a brand new 96pp full colour printed brochure and matching brochure-app.

Karonia introduces Mistral Connect

Solid surface specialist Karonia is introducing Mistral Connect, a retailer partnership scheme, as a key part of the evolution of the Mistral brand.

Electrolux Group launches 'Simple Switch' campaign for new Premier Partners

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Electrolux Group has this month launched the 'Simple Switch' campaign as part of its Premier Partner Programme. 'Simple Switch' is designed to support and guide independent kitchen studio businesses into a smooth and lucrative transition to the group brands; AEG, Electrolux and Zanussi, whilst guaranteeing a wide range of benefits and rewards.


New Utopia brochure designed to reduce carbon footprint

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Utopia Furniture Group has introduced 'Inspired by Utopia', a new concise version of its 2015 bathroom brochure aimed at reducing the company's carbon footprint.

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