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29th January 2016
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Haier Group and General Electric have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate globally and jointly pursue growth projects in focus areas where both companies can increase business competitiveness such as industrial Internet, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. This strategic cooperation framework agreement brings together two highly complementary world-class enterprises and establishes a model for cross-border investment and cooperation between China, the US and other regions.
Available exclusively in the UK from LDL, the Fluid II solution for corner spaces utilises Peka's clever swivelling carousel system to ensure perfectly balanced movement. What's more, the improved profile of the shelves enables the system to function fully even when the opening angle of the unit front is restricted to 85%.
Many chefs use vacuum drawers to shrink-wrap food and liquid in air-tight bags. By stopping the food from being affected by ambient air or humidity, it helps to preserve its flavour, moisture, texture and nutrients.
Featuring an illuminated electronic touch control and 3W LED light bar, it offers Caple's latest advanced technology and measures 900mmW x 400mmD x 800-1200mmH.
An interesting post appeared on our Facebook page this week, written by Bags Mort, who’s asking us all for input on a problem he’s having with rusty shower controls. In it, he says:
“I am currently having an issue with a supplier under the Sale of Goods Act regarding shower controls provided three years ago. It would appear that the controls are rusting externally, and the supplier is now arguing about durability and the reasonable amount of time a person should expect shower controls to last.
“Can anyone give me any industry guidance on how long a consumer should expect shower controls to last before they might reasonably expect this type of corrosion, given that shower controls by their very nature will be subject to heat and moisture for prolonged periods of time?
“The company is asking for expert/industry standards to determine reasonable time against durability etc. before they will help in any way, and in the meantime I am stuck with a shower that is constantly continuing to corrode.
“All help/comment appreciated!”
I mentioned to John Austen that I was incredulous that a supplier felt it was ok for a shower control to go rusty. I agree with Bags that anything that’s destined to spend its life in a damp and steamy bathroom and be constantly doused in water, shouldn’t really change too much in appearance – unless of course you’re a human being who’s spent too long in the bath & ended up looking lobster-like and with wrinkled fingers!
John’s response was that his showerhead – even newer than Bags’s – had gone the same way, (rusty, not wrinkled!) but I got the impression that he was resigned to the fact that it had rusted, because he’d bought it over the Internet.
So what’s the answer to this one please?
Do we come from such a throwaway society that we shouldn’t be bothered that bathroom fittings are rusting while still fairly new? Or is it that there are so many fabulous designs being launched that the manufacturers expect to be able to tempt us to replace our old fittings after a couple of years, and therefore don’t build them to last? Or have Bags and John fallen foul of some products that are just not fit for purpose?
Your input – as Bags said – will be most appreciated; not just for his dispute, but for my own knowledge.
This Week's News
A new report from MTW Research on the UK bathroom market suggests that bathroom retailers' sales will outperform the UK economy in 2016, with sustainable growth forecast throughout the year as consumer spending continues to remain high.
Based on data from 90 leading bathroom retailers, the research found that sales in 2016 are now at an historic high, surpassing £1 billion for the first time. According to the report, 2016 is set to enjoy high levels of consumer confidence boosting growth in the high value sector of the bathroom market. Rapid housing transaction growth, low unemployment and sustained vigour from specialist retailers with regard to differentiation of service are just some of the key issues identified by MTW as prompting growth across the bathroom industry in 2016.
The Bathroom Academy has been under review by experts from the bathroom industry for almost 12 months. Many man-hours have been dedicated to make the eLearning website bang up-to-date and its fresh new look brightens the easily navigable site.
Workloads for small builders across the country took a downward turn towards the end of last year, the Federation of Master Builders' latest State of Trade Survey has revealed, amid worries over wider economic uncertainty.
"The building industry remains confident of continued growth but the slowdown we saw in the last quarter is a cause for concern," notes Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB. "Undoubtedly, the adverse weather experienced in large parts of the country has played its part, by causing projects to overrun and costs to spiral. However, the fact that both current and expected construction workloads are down in every region is worrying given some of the gloomy predictions being made about the wider economy.
Two years ago it reported that black granite was by far the most popular amongst its own customers, although later that year it predicted that white worktops would be amongst the top interior design trends, attributing this to the 'Apple effect' of minimalist white product design.
Festool is giving customers the chance to win £5,000 of Festool tools... This fun competition is to celebrate the launch of the new SysRock BR10 Site Radio by asking tradespeople to submit a video of them singing along to one of the SysRock songs, as chosen by tradespeople at the end of last year.
Entrants can visit have 20 songs to choose from and can download the backing track and lyrics. Once you've recorded yourselves singing, you can upload your video to be in with a chance to win.
The appliance owes its speed to an enhanced drying process that reduces the cycle length down to 138 minutes for a full 13 place-setting load; features such as the MyTime option are designed to reduce the time duration of any selected cycle.
Pantone believe that "Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times."
The stylish new 'Gorenje by Starck' collection is now available exclusively through John Lewis. Developed with internationally acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, the collection boasts a selection of ovens, microwaves, hobs, hoods, refrigerators and warming drawers - all of which boast 100% matching design and feature Gorenje's most advanced technology.
"Gorenje by Starck is a stunning new line of technologically advanced appliances and we are delighted to be partnering with John Lewis to make this available to consumers across the UK," says Jernej Hren, managing director of Gorenje UK.
Rangemaster has launched a new waste disposal adapter for its growing range of sinks with square wastes. The new offering allows any of the company's high quality waste disposal units to be fitted to the entire range of sinks, whereas it was only previously possible on models with circular versions.
The new adapter has a brushed finish to complement all stainless steel models. It is also constructed from three easy to assemble parts, making installation quick and simple.
To coincide with an increasing product portfolio, InSinkErator has moved to new offices with a new showroom and demonstration area that proudly showcases the wide range of InSinkErator products, increasing the opportunities for retailers to experience demonstrations and product specific events.
The 3N1 steaming hot water taps in an array of beautiful shades dominate the back wall of the showroom, while the food waste disposers are displayed throughout, offering a true reflection of how the products would look and sound once installed.
The new season's arrivals are the epitome of luxury and create an instant focal point for the bathroom.
Abacus Manufacturing Group, the bathroom products manufacturer and specialist distributor, will be supporting Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate with two skydives during 2016.
Hoover has added to its freestanding division, with the appointment of Garry Smith as laundry product manager. Having spent his 27 year career working as a buyer at a leading retail partner, Garry joins Hoover to assist with the company's ambitious growth plans.
Steve Macdonald, marketing director at Hoover Candy UK comments: "Garry's wealth of experience makes him ideally placed to join the product development team as we continue to build a range of appliances which meet and exceed consumer and market expectations. In fact, we have a vision for all our appliances to be 100% Wi-Fi connected by 2017."
Hafele UK has launched a new Kitchen Accessories directory, which showcases the latest innovations in kitchen storage, stylish waste management and ventilation, boasts over 1000 kitchen fixtures and fittings - providing everything trade professionals and kitchen studios need to make high-end kitchen designs, including flexible systems for accessible kitchens.
The catalogue also includes new product launches, such as Vauth-Sagel's latest swing out larders, Flex Corner and Cornerstone corner solutions as well as a XXL Liner waste bin, Hailo's laundry carrier and the Plasmamade ventilation system.
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