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25th September 2015


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International News

Hi-Macs brings a splash of colour to the bathroom

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Attention to detail makes the difference between a design that is merely practical and a bit boring and one which is attractive and eye catching.

To furnish a bathroom, you need to take all possible aspects into consideration, including both the design and the functionality as well as the material used, since this will have a big impact on the final result.

The American Hardwood Export Council to present four projects at 100% Design

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The American Hardwood Export Council is to present four projects at 100% Design, as part of the London Design Festival 2015.

Latest LED lighting innovation from LDL

LDL's latest lighting innovation is the new Targa slimline LED light from lighting specialist Leyton.

Available now, the sleek 5mm light features chip-on-board (COB) technology and is both remarkably powerful and extremely efficient.

Whirlpool's 'Kitchen of the Future' wows IFA fair visitors

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As mentioned in last week's leader, Whirlpool presented its entire brand portfolio, for the first time, at the international fair, IFA in Berlin, over the past several days.

Bespoke bathroom screens designed by SWA members

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Exploiting the strength and slim proportions only steel can offer, bespoke internal glazed partitions, screens and shower enclosures, designed and manufactured by Steel Window Association members, are growing in popularity.

Especially prevalent in high-end commercial and residential projects, steel is the favourite today due to the visual, innate solidity of the material; without being overpowering, steel creates a look no other material can replicate due to the slenderness and robustness of the steel sections.

Cabuchon Bathforms launches 5th generation deep soaking tub - the Yasahiro

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British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has announced the launch of the Yasahiro, a modern take on the traditional Japanese Ofuro and a bath that draws upon more than 20 years' experience in deep soaking tub design.

Since the 1991 launch of its first contemporary, Japanese-style deep soaking tub - the Imersa, the company has been steadily introducing new and improved designs.

New Lustrolite colours at 100% Design - for stunning bathroom panelling and kitchen splashbacks

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100% Design featured the Abacus Manufacturing Group stand where the latest stunning new Lustrolite colours were on display.

Lustrolite acrylic high gloss wall panelling is proving exceptionally popular with designers and retailers who want to add pizzazz to kitchens and bathrooms - or, indeed, any room.

Quadra from MHS Radiators provides practical perfection

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MHS Radiators has introduced the visually stunning Quadra to its inspirational collection of designer towel rails.

An opulent combination of form and function, Quadra encompasses a rigid structure to provide practical storage space and shelves for towels, as well as impressive levels of heat for the bathroom.

Abode Marino: a striking contemporary design

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Abode has launched a portfolio of eight new tap ranges including Marino, a collection of beautifully designed basin and bath taps.

The Marino family has a striking contemporary design suitable for all bathroom styles with its distinctive long lever handle making one-handed operation effortless. The tall, square shaped design of Marino products with radiused edges will give all bathrooms an interior design look and feel.

Introducing BAL Tank-it - the ultimate waterproofing system for all applications

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Suitable for internal or external waterproofing, BAL Tank-it is the new, ultimate tanking system formulated with innovative technology from the UK's market-leader in tiling solutions. Highly polymer-modified, the two-part, rapid-setting product provides complete protection and can be tiled after only 90 minutes - and, since no priming is required, it produces significant time and cost savings on key installations for tilers and contractors.

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I’m sure we’ve all been there… we do our research before visiting a store to purchase our new appliance, we’ve built up a great rapport with the salesperson and decided to shop at that store again, then as we’re about to pay they go and spoil it all by attempting to sell us several years’ worth of extra parts & labour guarantee at a ridiculous cost. The fact that they’ve probably spent a good deal of the contact time selling the appliance’s superior workmanship, components and reliability seems to be forgotten in their quest to increase their commission and perhaps achieve a target by selling this add-on, which tends to leave us as customers feeling a bit let down.

We in this industry are doing our best to promote the concept of saving water and energy and a press release I received this week describes a product that hits the spot in both terms of a brilliant add-on to that sale AND a useful aid when it comes to saving water. For customers on a water meter it’s got to be a far better impulse buy than a pricey long-term guarantee, hasn’t it? You’ll be offering them something they need, which will save water and thus money, instead of asking them to pay for something you’ve just spent ages convincing them they’re unlikely to need!

Oasys is a decorative disk that hangs anywhere in the home and it shows daily infographics about how much water the household has been using, by talking wirelessly to a microphone on the main water line. It shows people the impact of their daily water use habits and the difference they make when they save water, allowing them to set goals to do even better. It also forecasts the weather, how much water is in local reserves, and can text/email you if there's a water leak.

You can read more about it below…

Also featured in this week’s news is a plea by the European Water Label’s Yvonne Orgill, for cash incentives to be made available to encourage users of water/energy-guzzling products to switch to those that reduce water usage and save energy.

In both cases it will take a little investment but the money spent will be far outweigh the benefits achieved – not just in personal terms but when it comes to our environment too.

See the concept come to life at: www.electroluxdesignlab.com



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

EWL pushes for incentives to replace old bathrooms with the latest water/ energy efficient products

* Yvonne-Orgill-BMA.jpgYvonne Orgill, managing director of the European Water Labelling Scheme, argues the case for cash incentives that will persuade householders using dated products to swap to more efficient alternatives

"Since the latest toilet models flush with a maximum of four litres, it follows that 10 million of the houses in England use twice the amount of water they need to.

coBuilder UK helping companies create and distribute accurate data across construction industry

* bim.jpgThe creation and use of data is about to become part of the day-to-day construction business in the UK. But how is the industry actually going to face the challenges, especially in the context of Building Information Modelling Level 2 becoming mandatory in the UK in April 1st 2016?

This is by all means a huge milestone that is expected to massively revolutionize the whole industry.

Keep clients mindful of home water use with Smart, wall-mounted device

* OASYS-ON-WALL.jpgOasys helps households save water by providing meaningful information on their daily consumption, displayed on a friendly touch-screen console mounted anywhere in the home.

Everyone knows there's a water crisis. But few know that it's bad enough for the World Economic Forum to rank it with the greatest impact of all worldwide issues. Ad campaigns and word-of-mouth have reduced usage a bit, but don't provide the constant feedback that guides real behavioural change.

Sottini's new design-led collection defined by craft and creativity

* Sottini.jpgSottini relaunched at 100% Design this week with a confident and elegant collection of new design-led bathroom products that are based on a foundation of quality and innovation.

The company has collaborated with internationally-renowned and award-winning product designers from around the world to realise the innovative new collection of bathroom products.

First class surfaces for student halls

* Diamond-White-Sparkle.jpgManchester student accommodation, Liberty Living at Sir Charles Groves Hall, has recently been refurbished to include Max-Top Quartz surfaces in all 78 flats.

Auxillium Property Solutions managed the project and selected the Diamond White Sparkle worktop for all kitchen and breakfast bars in the halls due to its durability and stylish finish.

Quooker dealers to cook with John Torode

* JOHN-TORODE.jpgQuooker, manufacturer of the 100-degree boiling water tap, is to reward a selection of its extensive dealer network by inviting them to an exclusive cookery class with celebrity chef John Torode.

The dealers will be invited to the pre-Christmas session at the Good Housekeeping Institute in London's Soho at the end of November. 

Duo of promotions on Roca wall-hung installation systems

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KBSA proud to report another successful AGM & National Meeting

* KBSA-AGM.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has said that this year's AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner were even more successful than last year's events, with 120 delegates in attendance and more than 40 retailers and almost 50 corporates.

Showing excellence in customer service...

* Customer-service.jpgThe winners of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Excellence Awards were presented last week at the 2015 Networking Dinner at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon.

KBSA Supplier Awards winners announced

* Suppliers-Award-Best.jpgThe now traditional KBSA Supplier Awards were announced last week following votes by KBSA members for those suppliers who had excelled in their service to them in 2014.

Members voted Product Supplier of the Year to built-in brand leader NEFF – which is the fourth time NEFF has been voted best in class.

The KBSA has announced the winners of the 2015 Kbsa Designer Awards...

* Adam-Thomas.jpg"The KBSA Design award entries this year demonstrates the design led talent our industry has to offer today's consumer," said Judge Renee Mascari, owner of Mascari Design Solutions, and CEO of the kbbNTG.

Gorenje promotes national sales manager

* Stuart-Benson.jpgGorenje has promoted its national sales manager, Stuart Benson, to the role of sales director. Stuart boasts more than 25 years' experience within the appliance & kitchen industry, and joined the company in early 2013 as national sales manager for the UK & Ireland.

Jernej Hren, managing director for Gorenje UK, comments: "I was delighted to be able to offer Stuart the promotion to sales director. Since joining, he has been integral in taking the sales team forward and has been successful in raising Gorenje's profile across the UK."

New managing director for Alno UK

* Adinde-Blacquiere.jpgA new managing director for German kitchen company Alno UK has been announced. Adinde Blacquiere has taken over the position following her previous roles as channel director and finance director for the growing company.

Adinde's predecessor Jonathon Wagstaff has taken on other responsibilities for the development of the International business after spending six years steering Alno UK from strength to greater strength.

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Indesit makes changes at the top

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Indesit has announced two structural staff changes within its marketing departments. Piero Pracchi, previously marketing director UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior director, Brand & Digital Marketing [EMEA], in recognition of his UK success, while Fiona Hope has been appointed marketing director UK & Ireland.

Barwick appoints new managing director Gary Campbell

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Leading independent bathroom distributor Barwick tells us it is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Campbell to the role of managing director.

Utopia promotes Chris Jones

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After six highly successful years as Utopia's business development manager for the Midlands region, Chris Jones has been promoted to the position of key accounts manager.

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