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10th September 2010


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International News

Whirlpool's new fridge freezer extends freshness up to 50% longer

Whirlpool is passionate about food preservation. Not only is food essential to life, for consumers food is ranked as part of enjoyment as well as being key to good health. There is a major focus on diet today and the desire for healthy and fresh food to cope with the pace of modern life and keep in good shape is top of mind for most.

KitchenAid's powerful hood is on an island of its own!

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It might be hard to believe for those of a certain vintage, but cooker hoods are now seriously challenging other glamorous kitchen appliances for iconic status as fashion and lifestyle statements. The dowdy and noisy models of 10 or 15 years ago now seem a lifetime away as consumers are romanced by hoods with show-stopping designs and state-of-the-art technology.

Mark David Enterprises trains

Staff at Mark David Enterprises had their sales skills honed last month when Grayam Hayden held his one day sales & negotiation course at their head office premises.

Symmetrical design at its best!

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The new Alpina APX 611 sink from Franke replaces the popular GAX 611; with its perfect symmetry, it represents a complete re-design of the original.

The sink's large 390 x 445mm bowl configuration, which is ideal for large pots and pans, is popular for hardworking, stylish kitchens. The new Alpina design features a modern drainer pattern which incorporates the tap ledge within the overall design of the drainer.

Available in a stylish stainless steel silk finish, the sink is constructed from premium grade materials and is perfect for modern-day living. The finish is incredibly durable and hygienic; it is resistant to staining, chipping, rust and corrosion and is also extremely easy to keep clean so will stay looking good.

T: 0161 436 6280
F: +44 (0)161 436 2180
E: [email protected]
W: www.franke.co.uk

Welcome to the

Heating water is the second largest user of energy in the home (after space heating) and about 25% of the household's annual energy bill is from heating water - so reducing your water wastage really will save money, energy and water and reduce your carbon emissions, thereby helping to protect our local water supplies, plants and animals.

This week is the 20th anniversary of World Water Week, so what better time to start really thinking about the water you use and why you are using it?

Waterwise, which is also celebrating its birthday - its fifth - is urging everyone to save water, energy and money by being more water efficient in their daily lives and routines.

Since its inception in September 2005 Waterwise has become known as the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and it fits in perfectly with the theme for this year's World Water Week which is 'The Water Quality Challenge - Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement'.

Waterwise is urging everyone to make small changes to their everyday water using behaviour, to collectively make a big difference. Simple actions like cutting a minute off a shower will, on average, save nine litres of water every minute.

If we all make simple changes like this, we can collectively save a lot. For example, if everyone in the UK saved just one litre of water a day we could collectively save enough water to supply 410,000 people with their daily water needs - that's more than enough water to supply all of Cardiff for one day.

Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise says: "The profile of water efficiency has risen dramatically over the past five years and now awareness is a lot higher, and even World Water Week is themed around using water wisely. We can all do our bit to help save water and look after water supplies, plants and animals.

"Simple changes in behaviour like turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, washing up in a washing up bowl rather than under a running tap and always using a full load in the washing machine and dishwasher can all help to save large volumes of water. We can also all invest in water-efficient devices when old ones need upgrading, and save water without having to consciously make the effort."

I couldn't agree more...

Water companies in the UK have always shown an interest in water efficiency and changes in policy, spending and attitudes have led to a step-change in water efficiency in recent years. Waterwise published a report on water efficiency activities in the UK earlier this year and it makes impressive reading. You can see it at:




Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Sheer quality: the Stalto Professional tap from Abode

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The Abode Stalto Professional tap offers cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling with multiple functionality. This majestically tall stainless steel tap has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality.

The tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the space. The moveable spout and single lever operation allows for one-handed control of flow and temperature.

With its diverse application of use, this high specification monostem mixertap is also designed to provide flexibility in food washing and preparation with its extendable pull-out hand spray which requires a minimum 0.75 bar pressure.

Abode taps form a perfect partnership with the company's newly created range of kitchen sink designs.

T: 01226 283434
F: 01226 282434
W: www.abode.eu

KitchenAid's double dishwasher is super functional

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For those who like their dishwashers to be super discreet and super functional, KitchenAid's flexible Dishwasher Drawer represents a special touch of luxury. This spacious and versatile built-in model, offering an optional stainless steel door, will blend seamlessly into kitchen layouts of different sizes and formats.

KitchenAid's Dishwasher Drawer is available as a single unit (KDDS 6010) or as a double unit stack (KDDD 6010), thus accommodating any aesthetic or space requirement. The versatile and powerful dishwasher is a classic example of KitchenAid's renowned professional approach to kitchen appliances, with 'A' ratings for energy, washing and drying efficiency and a low water consumption of 8 or 16 litres respectively.

Work the look with Nuance worksurfaces in the bathroom

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Bushboard's recently relaunched Nuance range of bathroom surfacing offers an increased choice of 20 worksurface designs and materials that will chic up any bathroom interior.

There are 15 laminate designs to choose from, centred around a palette of luxurious granites and stones, some with pearlescent particles, and which are available in high gloss texture and the brand new Soft texture which looks and feels like semi-matt polished marble. There is also the rich and exotic Ebony Oak (pictured) woodgrain laminate in the Grain texture which is matt to the touch and ever so lightly raised like real timber.

Frontline scores with professional rugby league live

More known for its great bathroom products, it is with great excitement that leading bathroom distributor announces that its sponsorship of St Helen's (Rugby League) has led the company to star in a new PS3 game!
The eagerly awaited Rugby League Live game will be available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on 2nd November 2010. Frontline is joining fans in cheering its release, as its logo will be on full view on the shirts of the St Helens' players both on the box and within the game.

Rugby League Live is designed to bring all the excitement and hard hitting action that you'd find on the pitch into player's homes. Gamers can choose between over 40 licensed teams including St Helen's.

Blast of future technology keeps food safely

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Popular appliance manufacturer Baumatic has launched the perfect product to ensure home-cooked food can be stored at its optimum temperature for re-heating at a later date; a great way of ensuring the whole family has access to a healthy, nutritional meal - however hectic life gets.

The Department of Health suggests that in order to ensure all the goodness and nutrients remain in freshly cooked food when stored, its temperature should be reduced from +70°C to +3°C within 90 minutes, something that is just not possible with a conventional freezer. Baumatic's Blast Chiller, from its PremiumLine compact range, exceeds this requirement by safely blast chilling from a starting temperature of +90°C.

Neoperl joins the BMA

A small family firm which started its life in Switzerland over 50 years ago and which has grown into a major international group has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.

Neoperl, with its UK offices in Malvern, is the latest recruit to the growing membership of the BMA. The group employs around 600 staff in 12 countries, manufacturing and supplying global tap, plumbing, filtration and appliance manufacturers.

Waterfront website wows the crowds

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As part of its continued drive to upscale its brand identity, Waterfront Bathrooms, leading British manufacturer of quality bathroom brassware, has launched an exciting new 'flick-book' brochure on its revamped website. The website's fresh new look and use of the very latest hi-tech software adds further fuel to its go-getting marketing campaign.

Users can access Waterfront's very latest product lines by clicking on the brochure thumbnail on the company's home page. The brochure is a dream to browse through, with customers able to use the mouse to turn over each page as they would with a hard-copy brochure, accompanied by a satisfyingly realistic paper-rustle each time the page is turned. Advanced software makes this interactive brochure far faster to flick through than traditional online brochures, which seem clunky and outdated in comparison.

Inspired cabinet design from HiB

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The Lenny design has a deep recessed, halogen-lit mirror framed by a graciously formed door complete with soft-close which conceals a storage area to one side.

The Logan design is a double-sided version with a centrally-placed mirror and storage cabinets to either side.

Both cabinets demonstrate clever and practical design where the closed cabinet offers the aesthetic pleasure of a framed and illuminated mirror with shelf and, when opened, an impressive degree of storage without compromising the position or field of the mirror.

* HiBs_Logan.jpgLogan dimensions: W75 x H55 x D16cm

Lenny dimensions : W62 x H59 x D16cm

T: 020 8441 0352
W: www.HiB.co.uk

New distributor of greywater system for Spain

CME Sanitary Systems, the manufacturer of leading micro greywater management system 'Ecoplay', together with HB Systems UK, has appointed Sopactel as its distributor for Spain.

The appointment comes as Spain recovers from one of the worst droughts in its history, when reservoirs were almost 50% under capacity and rainfall was around 40% of the national expected average.

Sopactel, based in Barcelona, got together with HB Systems and approached CME Sanitary Systems after the drought of Summer 2008, to find out more about the innovative system that helps households and commercial users to reduce their water consumption by a third.

BEAMA welcomes The Energy Saving Trust's public report

* Kelly_Butler.jpgBEAMA (British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association) has welcomed the Energy Saving Trust's public report, 'Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps' on the interim findings of the UK's first domestic heat pump field trial. The report is an essential tool to inform the heat pump industry about the positive and negative impact of heat pump design, installation, commissioning and end-use.
"During 2009, the installed base of heat pumps doubled with annual sales of around 14,000 units, which points towards a future of rapid market growth," comments Kelly Butler, BEAMA's marketing director.

"As with all developing markets, field trials can ensure sustainable technology growth and customer satisfaction, which is why heat pump manufacturers and other stakeholders acted responsib

Get your plumbing questions answered

Some plumbing problems require immediate assistance from a licensed professional, but for non-emergency plumbing tips and advice, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of a plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating in the US, offers Home Connect. This free online service puts homeowners in contact with experienced, licensed plumbing professionals who can answer questions about home plumbing repair and common plumbing problems.

"Customer service is the core of our business, and being able to have top-notch licensed plumbing professionals who can answer plumbing questions and offer tips on how to handle a home plumbing repair is very important to us," says Elizabeth Young, Director of Marketing and Customer Satisfaction.

New kitchen component event is just 11 days away...

The launch of Kx v.10, a three day kitchen component event showcasing the next generation of kitchen storage and accessory solutions from leading manufacturers and distributors, has been announced. Designed to fill a conspicuous gap in the market for a UK trade exhibition of kitchen components, the first event will feature LDL Components, Blum, Peka, Wesco, Furnipart, Turnstyle and Multiwood.

Kx v.10 will be held at the impressive, centrally located Blum headquarters in Milton Keynes from Tuesday 21st September to Thursday 23 September. In addition to the launch of new and innovative products from each exhibitor, there will also be a series of product demonstrations and seminars.

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News in Brief

With grey fast becoming the new black, The Sleep Room's new Chrome bed is bang on trend. It's available in three different sizes and two contemporary colours.
T: 0845 459 9937

New from Jax Bathrooms, 'Nebraska' combines simple, classic styling with a light Oak finish and comprises basin unit, tall-boy, open-boy, drawer unit, bath panel, back-to-wall WC unit, mirrored cabinet and toilet seat.
E: [email protected]

Simply screening the showering area to help the bathroom 'flow', the Centre Fix Panel from Aqualux allows access from either end.
T: 0870 241 6131 E: [email protected]

Pitacs, the large independent joint distributor of heating and electrical products, is moving to Milton Keynes following the acquisition of a major logisitics hub. The new head office will be home to the Aeon and Ultraheat radiator brands and comprises 110,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. T: 01525 379505

Burgbad's new bathroom furniture is available in small, medium and large sizes. Perhaps even better: The new washstand arrangements allow rooms to appear bigger than they actually are! E: [email protected]

The AEG-Electrolux B98205M multifunction oven with steam functions cooks faster with less energy, while enhancing flavours, preserving nutrients and giving more control over surface textures. www.electrolux.com

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