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4th November 2016


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International News

Introducing the Esteem monobloc kitchen tap

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Abode added 16 stylishly designed kitchen taps to its portfolio, at KBB earlier this year. All of these new, practical taps are now available through Abode's distributor partners and can be purchased from specialist kitchen outlets on the high street, nationwide.

One of the latest products to be launched is the contemporary styled Esteem monobloc.

Neolith Polished - a real winner!

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Neolith Polished finish by Spanish Sintered Compact Surface manufacturer TheSize has received the Plus X Award seal of approval for Innovation, High Quality, Design, and Functionality. The company has also been presented with the Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award Certificate in the Surface & Technology category.

New and improved spec for Prima Brand

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The Prima Appliances, Sinks & Taps Collection, exclusive to distributor PJH, has been upgraded and a higher specification range launches next month.

Franke's Cristallo tap features a distinctive angular design

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The minimalist aesthetics of the new Cristallo from Franke's Specialist Range make it a versatile tap for both traditional and contemporary kitchen designs.

The Cristallo features upright paddle levers and the popular U-shaped spout. The spout sits flush with its striking cylindrical body to give it a distinctively angular, yet streamlined, design.

Scona and KA 90: luxurious, seamless and contemporary

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With the Scona shower programme, Kaldewei is now able to meet almost any size requirement and installation type for modern, low level showering.

British Ceramic Tile launches a new dedicated kitchen tile collection to support independent retailers

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British Ceramic Tile has launched its first ever, dedicated kitchen tile collection to better support retailers in generating add-on sales during the kitchen buying process.

Welcome to the




First, please accept my apologies for the late arrival of this issue of KBzine. Unfortunately I’ve been grappling with that hazard of modern living – running water!

Living at the foot of Epsom Downs means my water is incredibly chalky. I get through a kettle a year (goodness knows what’s happening to my insides!) and any clothes I iron invariably end up with limescale streaks which need rinsing off.

I’m about to choose a new bathroom but refused to do so until I’d had some sort of limescale inhibitor installed and although one went in a couple of months ago it sprang a leak last week and flooded the room.

My (ex) plumber installed a replacement, which he didn’t fit correctly and it leaked. In so doing, he also damaged the stopcock (causing it to leak) and an elbow joint which also started leaking. Although he’s been back most afternoons, each visit he’s made things worse and I’ve spent a great deal of time mopping up and emptying bowls I’d managed to squeeze under the low pipes.

Having awoken to a flooded room yet again this morning, I called a different plumber who sorted the worsening leak this afternoon.

Trying to eradicate limescale has proved an expensive exercise but I can’t live with scummy tea and will be trying another solution…

As you may imagine, I’ve been rather stressed – so much so, that last evening (when I’d realised that whether my stopcock was open or not, I couldn’t stop the system leaking) I decided I may as well do some washing and found myself sat on a footstool in front of the machine, simply watching the washing churn. I was so tired, it didn’t seem to be an odd thing to be doing and it was quite therapeutic. As I sat there, I started thinking…

I’m so busy writing about wonderful innovations in these machines… the myriad of programmes offered, their ability to adjust the volume of water/detergent according to the load’s weight/soiling, eco functions, wool/hand washes, ‘smart’ functions which mean we can turn them on when leaving work so they’re ready to unload when we arrive home… that I forget what a wonderful invention they were.

Even without all these functions, they perfectly replicate the hundreds-of-years-old practice of bashing and kneading cloth on the rocks in rivers and lakes, to clean it.

That, in itself, is really clever, isn’t it?


This Week's News

KBSA facilitates free members' seminar next month

* seminar.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Croner, its legal & technical helpline service provider, is holding a legal briefing seminar for business owners next month, which will be free of charge for KBSA members to attend.

Designed to be informative and interactive, to help delegates tackle the day-to-day challenges that employing people brings, the seminar will cover the following subjects:

Triton shows support for AMDEA 'Register My Appliance' initiative

* Amore-Brushed-Steel.jpgTriton tells us it is proud to support the launch of AMDEA's (Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) Register My Appliance initiative, which strives to improve safety for millions of households nationwide.

The new AMDEA scheme aims to capture a list of domestic appliances installed throughout the UK from more than 60 leading brands and allow manufacturers quick access to the owner's details should remedial action be required.

New freestanding bath offered in several finishes

* V+A-bath.jpgVictoria + Albert Baths has announced its latest freestanding modern bath design - the Terrassa.

Named after the Spanish city province of Barcelona, the Terrassa features a synonymous rimless design taking many of its design cues from the Barcelona bath, one of the company's most popular designs found in hotels worldwide.

The contours of the bath are highlighted by smart, sculpted 'swage' details on the inside, creating unique shadows to emphasise the Terrassa's distinctive shape.

Comprehensive grab rail range can't be beaten

* Hand-rails.jpgInclusive bathroom solutions supplier AKW offers a comprehensive range of grab rails in many configurations for installation as a mobility support in bathrooms, particularly for the elderly and disabled.

The grab rails include fixed and fold-up steel and plastic versions, some fluted for additional grip and others with a smooth grip.

'Spa-luxe' bathroom heating by Vogue (UK)

* spavogoe.jpgLavish spa interiors are now entering households on a much grander scale, just as couture fashion has hit the UK high street. In answer, Vogue (UK) presents its range of deluxe contemporary heating solutions with Stendy and Stendy Quad - epitomising spa-luxe design in the home.

Stendy, (pictured) is a subtler version of the contemporary Stendy Quad, offering a softer mix of large 41mm gauge D shape tubes and 23mm round hanging bars for a more delicate aesthetic.

Building Adhesives appoints David Hackett as GM

* BAL-people.jpgBuilding Adhesives- manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and ancillary tiling, flooring and decorating products under the BAL and Dunlop brands - has recently appointed David Hackett as general manager. Formerly sales & marketing director, David now takes full responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business.

New head of channel, kitchen appointed for Whirlpool UK Appliances

* Stephen-Rickersey.jpgWhirlpool UK Appliances has appointed Stephen Rickersey, who joined the company last month, as head of channel, kitchen. Stephen will be reporting to sales director Nick Hughes, bringing a new perspective to the company to deliver a strategy that focuses on developing premium.

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Now officially the best of British: iKBBI

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers announced yesterday that it had been granted permission, by The Secretary of State, to change its name with immediate effect. The organisation is now to be known as The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.

British Ceramic Tile represents manufacturing alongside Philip Hammond in The Parliamentary Review

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InSinkErator appoints new marketing manager, Europe and Russia

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Roman launches new brochures

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