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27th January 2017
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Bauhaus beats bathroom blues when it's bitterly cold
Blending both contemporary and traditional radiator designs with the latest in thermal bathroom technology, the exclusive range is guaranteed to add a stunning design feature to any bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom whilst offering the ultimate in premium functionality.
Gorenje brings the sunshine with new retro fridge
Boasting the highest achievable energy-efficiency rating (A+++), the fridge has a gross capacity of 260 litres and includes IonAir and DynamiCooling food preservation technology.
Kitchen and bathroom inspiration on show in Bury St Edmunds
Celebrate the trend for the 'fifth wall' with the Feature Floors collection from the House of British Ceramic Tile
Blomberg slimline dishwasher awarded Which? Best Buy
Creative and considered storage with PWS's YouBoXx
Raise the Bar with new Cluster and Bohemia Contemporary towel warmers by Aestus
Amica moves sales, marketing and service to Nottinghamshire
New research shines a light on what really works in performance management
AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN's 'Caring Communities'
Bespoke Laufen for prefabricated construction
Belling enters new market with Sensicare Collection: family favourite launches into laundry market
The new collection - which includes four washing machines, a washer-dryer, two tumble dryers and a 15-place setting dishwasher - means Belling now provides a complete range of home appliances.
Well... may I start by wishing you a Happy Thomas Crapper Day! My thanks go to Fiona Pavely of Shelan Communications for reminding me that today's the day for counting our blessings for the birth of Thomas Crapper (who died this day in 1910). If you're unfamiliar with the name, Mr Crapper is the 'gent' without whom we may not have become so 'engaged' with modern indoor bathroom facilities, as we have. Penny dropped yet?
Throughout his career, Thomas relentlessly promoted sanitary fittings and championed the 'water-waste-preventing cistern syphon', in particular. Innovative thinking may have advanced the WC to a level where it is now largely taken for granted domestically, but during the 1800s Thomas registered a number of patents, including the 'Disconnecting Trap' which became an essential underground drains fitting. His idea for a spring-loaded toilet seat was less successful however, becoming commonly known as 'the bottom slapper' and quickly ceasing production.
Having held four Royal Warrants and existed through five reigns over 150 years, Thomas Crapper & Co. continues to manufacture quality bathroom fittings today, 107 years after the death of its founder. While I'm not going to suggest we observe a two-minute silence, I couldn't help but acknowledge that had this gentleman not been so committed to his cause, I - and many of KBZine's readers, would probably not be enjoying the jobs we're in at the moment...
This Week's News
Recognising industry talent and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality, the 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced.
The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most stand-out entries in each category.
Freestanding bathroom furniture from Mereway offers best of both worlds
Mereway Bathrooms has launched a new range of freestanding bathroom furniture that is traditional in style with a contemporary twist. Knightsbridge is a design-led collection that taps into the trend for painted furniture in the bathroom and offers an affordable alternative to bespoke hand painted furniture.
'Le Baou': A contemporary island in Hi-Macs inspired by the jagged lines of a rock
We couldn't help but stare at the centrepiece of this kitchen: an island called 'Le Baou' - a Provençal word meaning 'rock'. This Crystal Beige monolith appears to have been carved from a single block and contrasts with the wooden wall in the background.
It discreetly houses the induction hob, dishwasher and sink while the rest of the appliances are hidden in the different cupboards to the back.
New Calla sink from Carron Phoenix offers durability of granite at entry-level prices
The new Calla 150 inset sink from Carron Phoenix offers the durability and easy maintenance of granite at an entry-level price point. Its curvaceous bowl design distinguishes it from other Carron Phoenix granite sinks and combined with its simple lines, offers across-the-board appeal for a wide range of kitchen styles.
Liebherr's new 390 litre BluPerformance fridge 'takes it to the max'
Liebherr tells us its new BluPerformance KPef 4350 fridge boasts the largest capacity of all its standalone refrigerators from the pioneering BluPerformance Collection, and when compared to a typical standalone fridge of 200 - 300 litres, is almost double in size thanks to its 390 litre capacity.
Ideal for compact kitchens in need of a clever food storage system, this appliance is built to the standard 60mm width, ensuring the greatest integration between kitchen cabinetry and essential appliances.
Meeting room hire offered by BMA
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association meeting room, situated on Keele University Business & Innovation Park near the market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, is available for members to hire at exceptionally competitive rates.
Kaldewei supports architects and planners with BIM data
International experts, industry bodies and government ministries worldwide, are firmly of the opinion that Building Information Modelling will be the future standard for project planning, coordination and cost control in construction.
Recognising this, Kaldewei is providing planners and architects with comprehensive support in the shape of digital data for the most important BIM software applications. With immediate effect, Kaldewei BIM data is available for download from the website.
Bushboard reaffirms commitment to customer relations with major investment programme
Bushboard has completed a one-year customer relations investment programme with the recruitment of additional staff, the refurbishment of its CRM office, the opening of a new fulfilment centre and the development of online design tools.
The CRM recruitment takes the team to five and the office refit has included the installation of new training facilities and state-of-the-art customer relations technology. The software helps to ensure all customer enquiries are dealt with promptly and allows the team to pro-actively keep in regular contact with Bushboard's retail partners.
Amica appoints product manager for integration and strategy
Amica S.A. has appointed Izabela Kosicka as the Amica product manager responsible for Integration and Strategy.
European role for Caroline Lonsdale at Wilsonart UK
Wilsonart UK has appointed a new Central Europe worktop product manager. Caroline Lonsdale has joined Wilsonart UK from the international Nobia Group and brings with her a notable record of achievement in product buying and management.
Supporting Wilsonart UK's vision for increased sales across Europe, Caroline will be responsible for research & development of new worktop products throughout the region. She will be supporting sales teams within the businesses at Wilsonart UK as well as sister companies Resopal and Polyrey.
Northern heights for Virtual Worlds
CAD technology company, Virtual Worlds, is strengthening its presence in the north by adding a new regional sales executive to its busy team.
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£2.8 million fine for furniture parts cartel
Two firms that make furniture parts have agreed to pay fines totalling £2.8 million for illegal cartel activity, after a Competition and Markets Authority investigation.
Age UK Trading CIC & BiKBBI announce strategic partnership
Croydex continues drive for growth with two new commercial appointments
KBSA reveals new website and brand refresh
New Smeg brochures separate different collections
Baumatic launches new 2017 matte ovens brochure: Matte Perfection for the Kitchen