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21st April 2017


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International News

First bathroom manufacturer to exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week: Bette takes the bathroom in a new direction at Design Fields

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German glazed steel bathroom manufacturer, Bette, will be the first bathroom sanitaryware manufacturer to take a stand in a Clerkenwell Design Week exhibition, when the event opens on 23rd May.

Stone Show outing for Ceralsio and CRL Quartz

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CRL Stone will be making its debut appearance at The Natural Stone Show later this month, as it showcases its new ranges of quartz and porcelain surfaces.

V-ZUG live Gourmet Academy enabled displays

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Innovator in the design and manufacture of high quality steam appliances, V-Zug, tells us it is proud to declare a prime collection of official 'Zugoramas' across the UK via its exclusive network of 'V-Zug Centres of Excellence'.

Ireland's Potter Cowan joins Wilsonart UK'S distributor line up

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Potter Cowan is one of Ireland's leading trade-only kitchen product and component distributors. Servicing retail and builder customers from three branches in Belfast, Dublin and Cork, the company is ideally placed to offer a launch pad for Wilsonart UK's Synergii laminate worksurface collection.

Aqata showering luxury at the Ideal Home Show Village

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Aqata, the renowned UK shower enclosure manufacturer, tells us it is delighted to be part of the Ideal Home's Show Village. The show homes feature products from Aqata's Spectra range, which uses 8mm thick toughened glass with smooth polished edges to create, contemporary shower enclosures or screens, including straight and curved panels, spacious walk ins, bi-fold, sliding and hinged doors with minimal framing.

Designworks tiles launch new Zen mosaic tile collection

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Zen is an elegant collection of mosaic tiles inspired by natural stone, marble and wood - perfect for both the pool & SPA industry and private bathrooms.

The products offer a matt texture in a range of tranquil colours which evoke relaxation in every inch.

Kartell by Laufen takes part in Milan Design Week with new collection

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Kartell by Laufen is taking part in Milan Design Week, from 4th to 9th next week, with a collection enhanced by new products and furniture accessories, to narrate an exclusive, original interpretation of the bathroom environment

Stoves unveils new built-in Richmond Collection

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Leading appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new collection of built-in ovens and gas hobs which emulate the classic design of its Richmond range cookers. The new Stoves Built-In Richmond range includes a 60cm multifunction single oven, available in four colours, and co-ordinating 60cm and 70cm gas hobs, which are available in three colours.

New and improved hot water tank from InSinkErator

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InSinkErator has introduced the NeoTank, a new and improved hot water tank for the company's full range of steaming hot water taps.

Wake up and smell the coffee...

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Bring warmth into the bathroom with this aromatic, elegant Mocha shade from Lustrolite panels...

Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to update both the bathroom and the kitchen.

LochAnna Kitchens expands portfolio, launching 18 ranges and additional kitchen features

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LochAnna Kitchens has added 18 new ranges to the portfolio, increasing the offer to an incredible 64 kitchens designs.

Roca brings together the future and the past to its stand at ISH

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In the year of its centenary, Roca attended the ISH fair in Frankfurt with a new concept of stand, the Roca Mall - a modern shopping centre of over 1000sq.m that puts together the history, the present and the future of the brand through its different collections and products.

Grohe launches new water security system for the home

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Grohe Sense and Grohe Sense Guard are Grohe's latest intelligent solutions for the smart home. The Sense smart water sensor monitors humidity, detects leaks and alerts homeowners instantly in case of a problem, while the Sense Guard is installed in the main water pipe and can switch off the water supply in case of a burst pipe. Both use ground-breaking smart technology, allowing them to be monitored and controlled using the new Grohe Ondus App.

Indesit introduces a new stylish and efficient cooker hood

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Today's modern family is busier than ever, and as a result, requires an extractor that can do the job without hassle and fuss. Indesit's new 60cm cooker hood, part of the Aria built-in cooking collection, features angled black glass and is designed and engineered to give users more room in the kitchen when cooking.

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Kitchen gadgetry and innovations have certainly made it into the nationals over the past couple of weeks, haven't they? One that surprised me, was the article about how the use of a blue plastic ball-like object, popped in with the wash, reduces the need for laundry powder/liquid and through adding to the agitation during the washing cycle, improves the result.

This makes sense to me, since the extra agitation echoes that of the ancient laundry tradition of beating laundry on the rocks in the river, or in later years, on a washing board (my mother used to have one of those), or of scrubbing the hands under the tap, rather than smearing on soap and letting the water rinse it off. What surprised me though is that this is something I wrote about in 2000, having had a discussion with Professor David Bellamy (he of TV fame) who advocated the device's use. It was even the same colour blue although I can't recall the manufacturer. Perhaps it's the same product, which has failed to catch on, despite David's recommendations...

Still on the subject of laundry, I was fascinated to read about the development by a team of US scientists and the US Department of Energy, of an ultrasonic machine that is claimed to dry clothes in half the time an ordinary dryer takes, more efficiently, more quietly and more cheaply and without the threat of shrinkage. It uses amplified sound waves emitted by piezo-electric transducers to rapidly vibrate the clothes dry and could be ready for incorporation into consumer appliances, within the next few years. What do you think about this idea, which is something I'd not come across before?

The final piece of 'news' surprised me, in as much as Environment minister Thérèse Coffey is claiming that all new fridges could soon be supplied with a free thermometer, to ensure that consumers keep their fridges at the desired temperature, to tackle the unnecessary waste caused through storing food at too high a temperature, so it spoils quickly. She's clearly behind the times...

Perhaps we should offer to sign her up to receive KBzine, so she can read all about the wonderful things this industry is doing - such as reducing water usage and producing 'smart' appliances - which do so much more to save energy and look after the environment, than what she's suggesting!



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Kitchen experts to promote industry at Grand Designs

* kitchen-expert.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association will be promoting the industry by having a number of retail members present to provide advice on live projects at Grand Designs Live (29th April - 07th May, Excel, London).

Appointments can be booked with the KBSA members for one-to-one advice in the Kitchen Advice Centre which is part of the Kitchen Live Experience sponsored by KBSA Corporate member Miele. The KBSA experts will advise and review plans with consumers for their new project and will give professional advice to help them progress their project.

National Tile Week gets retailers on board to celebrate best of British design and manufacture

* BCT-Tile-Week.jpgBack for the second year running, National Tile Week has seen success with national and independent retailers, supporting tile sales over the double Easter bank holiday weekends.

BMA boasts trio of new members

In just a few weeks three UK companies have joined the increasingly influential Bathroom Manufacturers Association. Easa Group, Heatrae Sadia, and Wallgate have become full members and all are committed to contributing to the aims and objectives of the association.

"A ripple of excitement always flows through the BMA's Keele offices when a new member joins the association," says Yvonne Orgill, the BMA's CEO. "But having three new members join within a matter of weeks was particularly satisfying. We are delighted to welcome them."

LDL launches unique new 3D drawer solution

* LDL-launches-unique.jpgAs part of its ongoing bid to offer unrivalled levels of customer service, LDL Components is introducing the unique 3D drawer solution, whereby fully assembled drawers, custom-built to the exact specifications of the customer using premium quality Blum components, are delivered within five days of order.

Roman wins Queens Award

* Roman-QA.jpgCongratulations to international shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, which has received The Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Roman has been awarded the Queens Award for International Trade as it has shown a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12 month periods, to a level which is outstanding. The Queens Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious corporate accolade that a UK business can win.

Daval launches 'Langham Kitchen Furniture Collection' in new Slate stone finish

* Langham-main.jpgDaval, a leader in the design and manufacture of quality fitted furniture, is launching a brand new contemporary kitchen furniture collection, Langham, which is also available in a range of two new stone effect finishes. It will be available from 1st June 2017.

New subscription model for ArtiCAD-Pro launched

* ArtiCad.jpgTechnology innovator and CAD software specialist for the KBB sector ArtiCAD, has announced that its flagship product, ArtiCAD-Pro, has recently been made available on a subscription basis for those clients wishing to pay a regular monthly fee, rather than a one-off licence fee.

And within a couple of months of its launch, this approach to purchasing ArtiCAD-Pro has become the company's fastest selling product. The monthly payment model makes this version very scalable as a business grows and more designers are employed.

Surprisingly versatile... The new Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet

* Geberit-AquaClean-Tuma.jpgA compact all-round solution for any home, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma is the latest shower toilet to join the market-leading collection. Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the AquaClean Tuma combines simple yet elegant design with sophisticated technology.

Hidden beneath the surface of its stylish design is a wealth of innovative technology. The patented WhirlSpray shower technology gently and thoroughly cleans the user with warm water.

Stoves reopens Community Kitchens Competition

* Stoves-Comp.jpgA community projects fund, run by British cooking appliance brand Stoves, has reopened after being been inundated with hundreds of entries from charities across the UK.

The £20,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of local communities by helping community organisations to transform their kitchen facilities.

Ripples launches new Style Guide

* RIPPLES-Style-Guide.jpgAward winning bathroom retailer Ripples, has launched a new Style Guide - an in-house magazine, filled with everything consumers need to know about bathrooms.

It covers new products coveted by Ripples, inspirational case studies and invaluable advice from Ripples design experts... a 'go-to' for consumers looking to refresh or totally update their bathrooms.

Utopia invests in biomass energy solution

* Utopia-biomass.jpgIn a move that enhances the company's eco credentials and also has long term cost-saving implications, Utopia Bathrooms has installed a biomass boiler and heating system at their Midlands-based manufacturing premises.

Sourced from Talbotts, a local company specialising in biomass and wood waste to energy solutions, the new system uses all the offcuts and dust waste that would previously have been collected in skips and then transported to landfill sites, a costly and unsustainable process.

New man in Scotland for Salice

* David-Brown_Salice.jpgIn response to the increasing demand for its products, Salice UK, the name synonymous with the development and manufacture of premier furniture fittings, is pleased to have appointed David Brown as its area sales manager for Scotland.

In this newly created position, David joins Salice with over 20 years' sales experience within the furniture fittings industry. He will now implement his knowledge to promote the high standards of products and customer service support that have for so long been the fundamental trading principles of Salice UK.

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