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27th May 2016


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International News

Ultra-Natural addition has beauty in its veins

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Caesarstone has extended its premium Ultra-Natural range of quality quartz worktops with the launch of Statuario Maximus, which has the appearance of natural stone.

A marble-inspired design, Statuario Maximus is a bold new surface, featuring intricate warm grey veins which sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate background veins.

New Pro filter system launched by Pando

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Pando, the Spanish cooker hood and extractor manufacturer, has added an integrated filter system to its existing range of premium products.

Xpelair puts noisy bathroom fans back on the agenda

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The latest Noise Attitude Survey highlights that 48% of people feel that our home life is spoilt by noise, whilst a fifth are kept awake by sound disturbance at night.

Chic Coheba joins RAK's porcelain collection

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A new stone-effect tile range has joined RAK's porcelain collection. New Coheba includes four stylish base tiles and a contemporary mixed-mosaic design, which includes each colour tone in a repeating rectangle design. All of the surfaces have a chic Lappatto finish and can be used on walls and floors, offering huge design scope for commercial and residential applications.

New Victorian back-to-wall WC by Perrin & Rowe

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Perrin & Rowe has introduced its new chinaware design, in the form of a Victorian back-to-wall pan: now available to retailers.

KBSA Designer Awards 2016

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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.

More Bette Baths with hidden overflow - BetteSensory options extended

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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.

RAK launches encaustic-styled Cronto Collection

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RAK Ceramics has launched a new range of encaustic-styled porcelain tiles. The new on-trend Cronto Collection includes 15 rustic wall and floor tiles, in a mix of plain and decorative designs. Patterns include traditional hotchpotch decors and retro-shapes, giving tremendous design scope in a range of natural tones.

Popular commercial tap range extended and enhanced with new technology and design

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A popular commercial tap range has undergone a major design and functionality overhaul to ensure modern water saving efficiency and design credentials are met.

This Week's News

Miele crowned Which? Home Appliance Brand of the Year 2016 with "unparalleled" results

* MEILE-ABINGDON.jpgFor the second consecutive year, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, has been crowned Home Appliance Brand of the Year at the prestigious Which? Awards. Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the best businesses that deliver innovation, excellent products and service that score highly in Which? research and testing.

Jess O'Leary, Which? home appliances expert commented: "Miele's strike rate in our testing is unparalleled - 91% of all appliances we've tested are either a Best Buy or Worth a Look."

Kitchen entrepreneur shortlisted for coveted interiors award

* Alan-MacGregor.jpgAEG is delighted that one of its premier partners has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Glasgow-based Silver Birch Interiors has been shortlisted for the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2016 in the category 'Best Kitchen Company'.

After taking the plunge into self-employment in 2007, young entrepreneur, Alan MacGregor, grafted in the kitchen industry for eight years before setting up his first business in 2012.

Next125 wins two Red Dot design awards for contemporary kitchen design

* Next125.jpgThe jury of the Red Dot Design Awards were so impressed with the high quality of design in the next125 collection, that they awarded the 'Red Dot Winner' label to two products. Both the new carcase height of 87.5cm and the stunning NX 950 ceramic fronts caught the eye of the international panel of experts and gained winning status.

Introduced to increase design flexibility, the new 87.5cm carcase and reduced 5cm plinth height creates the additional benefit of increased storage space, making it easier to accommodate larger items. Equally, the new dimensions add an almost monolithic quality to this purist design.

Open sesame! with Servo-Drive flex by Blum

* Blum1.jpgBuilt-in fridge/freezers can now also be elegantly concealed behind fronts in minimalist handleless kitchens. Blum's Servo-Drive flex opens handleless fronts at a single touch. If the door has been opened unintentionally the self-closing mechanism ensures that it closes automatically within a couple of seconds. This will prevent defrosting and food from spoiling.

Servo-Drive flex also has a feature that stops the door from opening if the user just leans against it. The only prerequisite is that the refrigerators and freezers have been built into cabinets - they must not be stand-alone appliances.

European Water Label launches new two-minute movie

* European-water-label-countries.jpgAn excellent new advertising movie 'One Europe, One Label' has just been released by the Water Label Company.

The movie, specifically created to highlight what the Label is all about, where it's used and who supports it, will be seen across 34 countries of Europe and beyond, and is aimed at attracting more members and users.

Boutique hotel style at home

* Matki-Boutique-Corner.jpgThe Matki Boutique Walk-In range creates an understated, hotel-spa feel in a variety of bathroom spaces and a luxurious showering experience, showcasing the beauty of 8mm and 10mm solid safety glass with discreet yet highly-polished Chrome finishing.

Boutique takes the stress away from walk-in installations with all configurations coming with an integrated shower tray and optional integrated brassware as part of the package.

PWS Worksurfaces boosts Strata granite and quartz offer

* PWS-Sinuous_white.jpgStrata, PWS' own brand of quartz, granite and acrylic worksurfaces, has been boosted with an extensive range of exciting new finishes. The quartz collection, enhanced with 12 new options, now offers a twenty-three-strong palette, with a further fifteen new granites unveiled to bring the total granite portfolio to 33.

Following an intensive period of research, evaluating current and emerging trends, gathering customer feedback and drawing on the huge knowledge bank at PWS, the new collection includes a considered mix of colours and finishes, to give customers multiple colour and pattern choices from one tried and trusted source.

Liebherr has great success at Grand Designs Live London

* Liebherr.jpgLiebherr has great success at this years' Grand Designs Live. From the 30th April to the 8th May at ExCel London, Liebherr showcased a plethora of appliance products with which visitors could interact.

With over 500 exhibitors across seven sectors, there was a lot to see, but Liebherr stood out from the crowd with an impressive collection of refrigeration appliances and wine cabinets positioned prominently within the dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom section.

HIB welcomes bathroom renovation popularity

* HIB-Stratus-50.jpgPopular bathroom brand, HiB has welcomed new market research which reveals that the bathroom is the most popular room for home improvements.

According to a new study by The Tile Depot, (www.swns.com) UK bathrooms are now the most popular choice of home improvement, with nearly half (44%) of people choosing to renovate their bathroom. In comparison, the kitchen comes a close second with 42%, followed by the garden with 17%.

Max-Top announces The Panelling Centre partnership

* Max-Top-Quartz.jpgMax-Top has announced the launch of its patented quartz surface in Ireland. The product will be distributed to kitchen installers and retailers by Grafton Group company The Panelling Centre, the supplier of kitchen and wardrobe components with branches in Dublin, County Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork.

"Max-Top Quartz surfaces offer a whole host of benefits that will really suit installers in Ireland, from being ready for immediate sale and installation to the variety of decors available," says Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top.

Shaws launches 'Florida' urinal

* Florida-Urinal.jpgShaws has launched 'Florida', a heavy duty fireclay urinal suitable for both commercial and luxury applications, following an abundance of interest from the architectural, specifier and building trades.

Already commissioned for specific installations in some of the country's most prestigious buildings, the product is now being added to Shaws' commercial portfolio and will be available through Shaws' dealer partnerships and builders merchants.

Customer at the core - Burbidge's expanded team sees customer satisfaction soar

* Burbidge-Customer-service.jpgHaving recently invested in expanding its customer service team, Burbidge is thrilled to announce that its reputed customer satisfaction levels have soared to the next level.

During the last two years, Burbidge has bolstered its customer service division with two new appointments in order to deal with increased demand following the launch of its new kitchen and bathroom furniture ranges.

150+ Franke More in Store retailers support Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party campaign

* Franke_World-Choc-champ.jpgOver 150 of Franke's More in Store retailers across the UK are setting out their stalls ready to host a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie in June. Registration is open until 10th June via Franke's More in Store microsite (www.moreinstore.co.uk) for any more retailers wishing to join in the fundraising fun.

This year, Franke has teamed up with UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks to support the campaign.

Croydex strengthens sales team with two new appointments

* craig.jpgBathroom accessories specialist, Croydex, has strengthened its sales team with two new appointments.

Craig Blakeway (pictured left) joins the award-winning, Andover-based company as area sales manager for the East of the UK whilst Andrew Wilkins (below right) has been named area sales manager for London and the South East region.

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Recent News

Abacus goes with the Flow

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Determined to open 'a bathroom showroom like no other', builders and plumbers' merchants, MP Moran, turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create an impressive display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms.

BMA builds its conference line up

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced three more speakers for the day-long event.

Internet sales of plumbing products in the UK increased by 28% in 2015

The Internet is the fastest growing distribution channel of the overall UK plumbing and heating products market and has experienced strong growth levels in the last five years.

iKBBI provides support to Trading Standards

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In addition to providing support to The Furniture Ombudsman and its vital work with Alternative Dispute Resolution, Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installers Chief Inspector Geoff Jackson has confirmed that the iKBBI will be present at this year's CTSI conference in Telford.

New head office and manufacturing warehouse facility for Phoenix Bathrooms

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Phoenix Bathrooms will be moving to new larger premises on Monday 9th May 2016.

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.


VitrA expands sales team with new 'North of England' rep

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VitrA is expanding its sales team by appointing Darren Dutch as area sales manager for the North of England.

Dream Doors appoints Ed Brewer as new director of operations

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Kitchen makeover franchise firm Dream Doors has announced the appointment of Edward Brewer as the company's new director of operations.


New and updated Kinedo brochure published

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Saniflo has launched a new Kinedo brochure detailing the latest products and updates to bring together the whole range of Kinedo self-contained cubicles including the updated Kinemagic bath-replacement range, the brand new Eden, the Kineprime Glass as well as the latest Kineduo shower baths and the existing portfolio of leak-free cubicles.

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