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12th May 2017


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International News

Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap come in two designs and five finishes

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Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap comes in two designs and five fabulous finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Graphite, Matt Black and Urban Copper, to smarten up any kitchen or office environment.

As with all new products from Abode, the technical and design side is hard to beat. The new mixertaps offer all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer but with the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees C.

Exotic meets Tranquil with Blanco's new nutmeg shade

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Never before has it been so easy to emphasise distinctive colour accents with Blanco Silgranit PuraDur - tone in tone or with an exciting contrast.

Nutmeg, the new CombiColours' hue, is a true feast for the eyes.

Now available: 'Affordable Luxury' from Xey UK

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'Affordable luxury' Spanish furniture is making its debut in the UK through Xey UK. Designed to offer a highly flexible furniture portfolio of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture as well as flooring, Xey delivers a tailormade selection of interior solutions for every room in the home, all covered by a 12-year manufacturer's warranty and expertly made in Spain.

Simply Supreme!

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The Supreme enclosure collection from shower specialist Simpsons is simple, classic design at its very best. Updating the classic enclosure to suit the needs of the modern shower room, the range is expertly designed to offer long-lasting style and practicality, with an impressive lifetime guarantee offered on all Supreme products.

LDL launches unique new 3D drawer solution

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As 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.

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

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Daval, 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

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Technology 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.

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The focus in recent years has been so much on ensuring we’re not bringing anything into the country which (or who) shouldn’t be here, that it appears we’ve lost focus on the awareness that others might want to take stuff out!

Vehicle leasing specialist Arval (www.services.arval.co.uk) has timely advice for fleet operators in the light of reports that thefts from vans are rising rapidly… New figures obtained by the BBC from 30 police forces show that these thefts have increased from 14,063 in 2014/15 to 22,749 in 2016/17. A van is broken into every 23 minutes.

“These figures are consistent with what we’re hearing from fleets at the moment,” says Arval’s Simon Cook. “In our experience, van crime tends to occur in cycles and our feeling is that we are on an upswing.

“What tends to happen is that thieves devise a new method of breaking in, operators adopt ways of preventing it, and there follows a decrease in the crime. Then, new techniques appear, and the whole thing happens again.”

Simon says manufacturers are trying to increase payload – sometimes by reducing the van’s weight by using lighter steel. This means it’s easier to use tools to cut through or to bend door frames. Commercially available transponder keys can also offer easy entry.

He says getting the right advice is paramount, since you can easily add up to £1,000 to the vehicle’s cost in locks and other security-related items.

Other suggestions include fitting the right security equipment (options include slam locks and trackers); indeed, anything that will protect the vehicle and make it difficult, noisy, or time-consuming for thieves to get in and to ensure that keys are kept secure at all times. Parking close to an occupied building or in a conspicuous, well-lit location is also sensible, although with long-distance drivers wanting a few hours rest at night, this isn’t always something that’s considered.

He also warns that while a heavily liveried vehicle is a good advertisement for your business, it’s also an indication of what’s inside as criminals can target certain industries or even companies.

As a teenager, I was working at a manufacturing company when a colleague had his lorry hijacked. Held prisoner as the thieves stole everything, he was frightened for his life and although physically unscathed, he never drove a delivery lorry again. Vehicle security might be expensive, but when you consider what’s at stake…



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Judging line-up announced for KBSA awards

* Andrea-Hillier.jpgThe KBSA has announced a new line-up of judges for its 2017 awards which were launched last week.

New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.

Get into the groove

* Groove-60.jpgThe perfect combination of style and substance, the new Groove cabinet from HiB is bound to hit the right note with homeowners...

The ultimate all singing, all dancing cabinet, Groove features innovative Bluetooth technology with integrated speakers, so users can instantly jazz up their bathroom routine by wirelessly linking the cabinet to their smart device of choice.

'Catch a Wave' with new Surf contemporary radiator by Aestus

* Catch-a-Wave.jpgAestus, has introduced the new Surf radiator: a contemporary heating design with elliptical contouring.

Designed to reflect the simplistic form of a modern surfboard, the new Surf contemporary radiator is manufactured from high quality mild steel and is available in either a matt white or matt black finish.

Bertazzoni to cook up a storm in the UK

* Bertazzoni.jpgItalian cooking appliance specialist, Bertazzoni, has established a subsidiary in the UK to support ambitious growth plans. Bertazzoni UK will occupy a 1,600sq.ft premises in Prenton, Wirral, comprising offices and a showroom. The facility is set to open in the coming months.

Known for design and cutting-edge engineering, Bertazzoni's product portfolio includes range cookers, hobs, ovens, extractor hoods, dishwashers and refrigerators. Founded in 1882, the business, based in Guastalla between the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Parma, is ran by fifth and sixth generation family members.

Kaldewei is recognised as one of Germany's most valuable brands

* Kaldewei.jpgAs a premium international brand, Kaldewei was recently voted a 'Superbrand 2016/2017'. The manufacturer of high-end bathroom solutions made of superior steel enamel ranks among Germany's most successful brands. The competition assessed more than 1,300 brands in Germany with only the Top 100 being awarded the title of 'Superbrand'.

The jury said that, based on the consistent introduction of innovative products and true design icons, as a provider of high-end bathroom solutions, Kaldewei has clearly positioned itself in the luxury segment.

Celebrating 150 years in style!

* Burbidge-1.jpgBurbidge is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark this special birthday, the company held an open day at its Coventry headquarters to enable visitors to learn more about Burbidge's past, present and future and examine its production facilities and latest kitchen ranges.

As well as the factory tour, the event included a showroom visit. These showcased how the beautiful Burbidge products are made, and revealed how the bespoke colours can be created. There were also short presentations from Ben Burbidge and his father David.

World's largest dishwasher unveiled

* largest-dishwasher.jpgBosch unveiled the world's largest dishwasher on London's Southbank last weekend. Measuring 50 times larger than an average dishwasher, this interactive experience gave visitors the chance to walk through a wall of water and stay perfectly dry.

Using 2,000 litres of recycled water falling at a rate of 44 litres per minute, a cascade of water was created. However, as visitors tentatively walked towards the curtain of continuously flowing water, state-of-the art motion sensors responded to their presence and movement, automatically stopping the flow of water as they stepped under it.

BMA representatives visit The Imperial Bathroom Company, Aldridge

* BMA-1.jpgImperial Bathrooms say it was delighted to welcome the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's environmental manager, Jonathan Green, (right of pic) and technical manager Christian Taylor-Hamlin, (left of pic) to its headquarters in Aldridge, Walsall, recently.

Jonathan and Christian enjoyed a personal guided tour of the ceramics manufacturing facility by export & marketing director James Stevenson and experienced first-hand the dedicated team of time-served craftsmen at the manufacturer's Aldridge facility.

Abode's Matthew Pitt takes up the challenge of a long distance walk

* Abode_Matthew-Pitt.jpgMatthew Pitt, commercial & operations director of Abode, has taken on the challenge to walk The Dales Way, an 84-mile walk, in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. The charity is close to Matthew's heart as his father, unfortunately, suffers from vascular dementia.

The 84-mile walk starts on 14th May from Windermere in the Lake District to Matthew's home town and birthplace Ilkley, which is in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. As well as fatigue, bad weather and blisters, he'll be trying to avoid the ill effects of over-indulging during the evenings in the excellent hostelries along the way.

Learning with Blanco

* Learning-with-Blanco.jpgAdam Fitton, one of the Blanco regional sales team, spent a day at a school in Ubud, Indonesia, so that the enthusiastic group of children could practice their English. The school is charity-funded and provides free English lessons; it also supplies pens, books and uniforms.

The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.

Zip Water UK's Hannah Sherwin raises more than £3800 for charity in London Marathon

* Zip-Water.jpgHannah Sherwin, marketing assistant at Zip Water UK - manufacturer of advanced drinking water appliances - completed the world-famous Virgin Money London Marathon last month, raising £3,820 for a charity close to her heart.

Hannah ran the gruelling 26.2mile race in aid of King's College Hospital, where her mum received a kidney and liver transplant back in September 2015.

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

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