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13th May 2016
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RAK launches encaustic-styled Cronto Collection
Popular commercial tap range extended and enhanced with new technology and design
Uform launches three new ranges in matte, gloss & oak finishes
Smeg debuts stunning Dolce Stil Novo collection
AEG brings sous vide cooking to compact range
Introducing the latest Laura Ashley collection from House of British Ceramic Tile
Make a standout style statement with HIB'S Zircon
John and I have produced this issue of KBzine while also covering an enormous four-day cleaning show in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
One of the things that has struck me while walking around the halls is that the lines between that industry and this are starting to blur.
We're starting to see more and more self-cleaning loos displayed, which are of the calibre that one would normally see at a KBB event – i.e. smart rather than ‘municipal’. Perhaps it won't be many years before the majority of us have these in our bathrooms at home – and if the local authorities don't continue to close our public washrooms and sell them off to be turned into housing – we might just see them in 'away from home' washrooms too.
Cleaning toilets can’t be on many people’s bucket list, can it?
Another area where I see a real crossover is in the conservation of this planet's resources – and particularly water. Both industries are working really hard to ensure that we use as little water in our processes as possible.
Further down the page is a thought-provoking piece selling the benefits of the food waste processor. I've spent the week looking at these on a much grander scale and learning about what happens to the waste at the other end of the process. Judging by some of the conversations I've had, it won't be that many years before every new kitchen will have to incorporate water-saving devices and a food waste crusher/disposer of some sort.
I for one don’t think it will be a moment too soon…
This Week's News
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has reminded us that the deadline for 2016 Designer Awards submissions is fast approaching - so don't miss the opportunity to showcase your talents.
The deadline for entries is Friday 3rd June 2016.
More Bette Baths with hidden overflow - BetteSensory options extended
With the launch of the BetteLux Shape bath in 2015, Bette introduced a new type of electronic waste and overflow system called BetteSensory, which removes the need for a visible bath overflow. The company is now adding this innovative option to other baths in its portfolio.
Bette teamed up with drainage expert Viega, to create the BetteSensory, which allows the smooth Bette enamel to be enjoyed without being interrupted by an overflow. Developed specifically for the BetteLux Shape bath, it can now also be fitted to baths in the BetteLux, BetteLux Oval, BetteArt, BetteFree, and BetteOne collections, as well as all Highline and Silhouette designs.
Your contribution to landfill...
Problems are often brushed under the carpet, but one problem that cannot be ignored any longer is the issue of sending food waste to landfill sites.
InSinkErator, inventor of the food waste disposer, has always had the environment at the forefront of its thinking, and provides a solution to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill sites.
'Form and Functionality' from the Pure Bathroom Collection by Smiths Briten
Bang on trend for summer 2016's pared-back look, distributor Smiths Briten has launched two beautifully simple bathroom suites - perfect for either a small cloakroom or a larger en-suite.
Calcutta Marble booms as tastes change: Decor of the month from Wilsonart reflects historical design trend
Wilsonart has identified growing demand for white marble effects. There's no coincidence that the enduring design appeal of white marble, just like that of the Taj Mahal so recently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is enjoying a resurgence in kitchen design.
The white marble trend was seen throughout the Eurocucina showcase in April underlining how much this intricate design is back at the forefront of the market.
New technology: Washbasin and bathroom furniture merge to form a single unit
To meet the highest design requirements in the bathroom, Duravit has developed an innovative method that involves connecting the ceramic furniture washbasin to the surface of the vanity unit to create a perfect whole.
This completely new look produces an exceptionally sleek washing area.
Bathroom storage just got seriously slick with HiB'S Stratus
HiB is continuing in its unrelenting mission to help consumers to make their bathrooms beautiful with its stunning new Stratus bathroom cabinet range.
A must-have for any retailer, the Stratus is the ideal choice for discerning customers seeking a storage solution which isn't just slick in design but guaranteed to inject a real 'wow' factor into their bathroom.
Caple launches new pyrolytic pizza oven
Cooking pizza reaches a new dimension with Caple's new Sense Premium C2485 pyrolytic oven. The pizza function is a first for Caple and this model, which comes with a pizza stone, will cook this Italian cuisine in just three minutes at a temperature of 350C, making this the perfect choice for fresh pizzas.
Utopia invests in manufacturing excellence
Bathroom furniture sector specialist, Utopia Bathrooms, has demonstrated its commitment to UK manufacturing by investing in a new board storage and delivery system including a throughfeed router at its Wolverhampton headquarters.
Representing capital investment of over £500,000, the new machinery has increased productivity and facilitated better capacity planning.
VitrA expands sales team with new 'North of England' rep
VitrA is expanding its sales team by appointing Darren Dutch as area sales manager for the North of England.
Employee raffle helps four-legged friends in their time of need
The future is looking bright for two canines in need at a Romanian dogs home thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted staff at the Geberit HQ in Warwick.
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BMA builds its conference line up
Internet sales of plumbing products in the UK increased by 28% in 2015
iKBBI provides support to Trading Standards
New head office and manufacturing warehouse facility for Phoenix Bathrooms
The new premises have been in the process of development over the last three months and will consist of a new purpose built product training centre where the whole range of Phoenix products are displayed, open plan office for greater departmental communication and a warehouse and manufacturing facility that will be twice the size of the existing premises.
How to make the North a magnet for the 'Millenials'
Five year warranty on selected laundry products launched at CIH Show
Dream Doors appoints Ed Brewer as new director of operations
PWS expands sales force with trio of appointments
Covering the North West is Chelley Thompson, who takes over the role following Paul Dorrington's recent promotion to northern sales manager.
New and updated Kinedo brochure published