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1st October 2010


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International News

Desire: Carron Phoenix's latest tap creation


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With a move away from the ordinary, Carron Phoenix's new Desire tap has been designed to complement modern kitchens with its super slim profile and array of chic finishes. Taking its lead from trends within bathroom brassware, the Desire tap comes in a choice of stunning contemporary finishes in matt black, matt white, brushed nickel and chrome. 

Exciting laminate worktops from DK

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Popular national kitchen products supplier DK Distribution has an exciting and imaginative range of quality laminate worktops for immediate delivery. The 40mm bull nosed worktops have been specially selected to compliment DK's beautiful range of doors and kitchens.

KitchenAid presents the ultimate in food and wine storage

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KitchenAid, the luxury professional appliance brand, boasts the ultimate food preservation and wine cellar combination with the fully cladded stainless steel KRBV 9710 Bottom Mount and Wine Cabinet. Its striking appearance will make tremendous visual impact in the discerning consumer's home, as well as a powerful lifestyle statement.

Superpan - the advanced substrate from Finsa

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Multi-national board specialist Finsa is known for developing advanced products through exclusive manufacturing techniques and market-led innovation.

California Building Standards Commission reinforces importance of NSF International Plumbing Standard

The California Building Standards Commission now references NSF International's plumbing standard in the latest version of the California Plumbing Code for water piping systems. NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is recognised by code and regulatory officials, manufacturers and plumbers to verify the performance and safety of plastics piping system components and related materials.

Baumatic and E-cloth add sparkle to the kitchen

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Leading appliance manufacturer Baumatic is giving away five of its top of the range BRC4IV dual fuel range cookers as part of a special promotion with EnviroProducts, the name behind the innovative E-cloth.

Furniture built to last a lifetime: new brochure available

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Chamber is delighted to announce that it has a new brochure showing a selection of its beautiful custom built kitchens, bedrooms and media rooms in both traditionally classic and contemporary styles.

Chamber is a long established family run business, producing hand-built bespoke kitchens in its purpose built factory/showroom in Halstead, Kent.

FIRA reinvigorates Innovation Award: Italiana Ferramenta wins with new range of cabinet hangers

FIRA's Innovation Award has been given a new lease of life, with new guidelines and a completely new look, as part of the organisation's aim to encourage new creativity and thinking in the furniture industry.

Exciting new wall tile ranges to inspire...

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Whether you're looking for something subtle or bold, the new ceramic tile ranges from British Ceramic Tile offer a range of options to suit a variety of tastes and styles.

Take off with Magnet Trade's Autumn Flights promotion

Magnet Trade customers will be rewarded for their spend this Autumn with free flights to Europe and beyond.
The 'Flight Rewards' promotion offers two return flight tickets to account holders who spend £2000 (ex VAT) or more during September and October. There are 19 European and Worldwide destinations to choose from. The higher the spend, the further the flight with top destinations including Miami, Las Vegas and LA!

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.

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.

Welcome to the


Moves to develop a single EU-wide patent system began in 2003 but progress has been hampered by repeated linguistic, technical and legal difficulties.

The cost of filing and protecting patents in Europe is substantially higher than in the US and Japan, and businesses have consistently complained about the fragmented and inconsistent decisions handed down by European courts. 

Companies often have to fight legal actions in several European countries at once and national courts regularly come to conflicting conclusions on identical cases. A single patent court will make litigation cheaper and more predictable.

In July, the Commission presented a proposal to end the deadlock on linguistic disputes.

The commissioner in charge of the dossier, Michel Barnier, proposed to maintain English, French and German as official languages for an EU patent, which means that everything would no longer need to be translated into all official EU languages.

Under this proposal, applicants would be able to file a patent in their own language, but would have to have it translated into one of the three official languages - the costs for which would be eligible for reimbursement.

But this has not gone down well with some members of the Community...




Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Aga Rayburn launches home energy management centre

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Aga Rayburn has opened the doors to its first Home Energy Management Centre in Kidderminster. Showcasing its range of renewable energy products, woodburning stoves and ultra-efficient Rayburn A-rated central heating range cookers, the Aga Rayburn Home Energy Management Centre is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The Home Energy Management Centre acts as a 'one-stop-shop' for installers, self-builders, architects and homeowners to find out more about renewable energy and energy management in the home.

Amica's built-in goes Platinum as new collection celebrates UK debut

* Amica_New_Platinum.jpgAmica's first 'collection' - the Platinum collection - provides a choice of coordinated appliances; all finished in finger-mark resistant stainless steel with striking red illumination within black glass in one coherent design.  Notable firsts include what is thought to be the first mid-market combination steam oven expected to retail for under £700 and mobile-phone-like touch controls.

Amica Platinum is functional with an exclusive range of innovative, practical, highly saleable features for households of all kitchen abilities, with a choice of four ovens, four chimney extractor hoods, three dishwashers and two microwaves - all supported by Amica's two-year consumer parts and labour guarantee.

Chalon's new Knutsford showroom opens for business

Chalon UK, the internationally renowned designer and manufacturer of handcrafted kitchens, bathrooms and freestanding furniture, is pleased to announce that its new showroom in Knutsford, Cheshire, is open for business.

Conveniently located at 50 King Street, it is part of the central town shopping footprint and is positioned in what is already a well-established hub for the luxury kitchen market.  The doors have officially been open since the August Bank Holiday but  the new showroom's staff are looking forward to and working towards a client / trade / press launch event on Thursday 7th October, for which invitations are currently being sent out. 

IDS introduces comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers

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Nationwide surface materials distributor IDS has produced a comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers. 

The 20 page full colour brochure sets outs the company's extensive panel offer in an easy reference format covering all the major brands on offer including Kronoswiss, Kronospan Chirk, Finsa, Kaindl Austria and Thermopal. 

Huppe unveils partner showroom in the South East

The latest Huppe shower enclosures can now be viewed at their partner showroom, hosted by Hansgrohe in Esher, Surrey.

Huppe and Hansgrohe represent similar brand values, product quality, engineering capability and a passion for design led products and their converging design ideals have led the two Masco companies to rethink their marketing strategies. It was felt that the ideal solution would be to create an inspirational environment where all their showering products could be viewed under one roof.

Whirlpool launches new Ambient built-in collection

* ambient.jpgWhirlpool, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, continues its relentless commitment to improving the lives and needs of consumers in and around the home, with the introduction of the stunning new Ambient built-in appliance collection.

The new Ambient built-in range boasts understated, elegant aesthetics in an advanced fluid design combined with smart features, sleek handles and slim, easy to read displays. Integrating advanced technology with simple functionality, the range is designed to guarantee perfect performance and results. Importantly each element is aligned superbly to please the designer's eye and to maximise harmony of design throughout the kitchen.

LDL event a 'Bluming' success!

* LDL.jpgOne of Blum UK's largest distributors, LDL, hosted a three-day open house event at the Blum UK headquarters in Milton Keynes to show visitors its  full product portfolio including the extensive range of solutions from Blum.

The Blum UK premises proved an ideal location for the event both from its central geographical position and the excellent facilities available - including a fully current and working permanent display of Blum's latest products and innovations.

SOAPBOX: BMA welcomes Part F

No sooner were we getting used the details of Building Regulations Approved Document G than Part F comes along.  Christian Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, looks at the new document as it applies to bathrooms.

The new Approved Document F concerns the ventilation requirements for buildings, replaces the 2006 edition and comes in to force today. Changes to the legal requirements have been made and new technical guidance has been published. 

V-Zug customers and partners to become more experienced!

* V-ZUG.jpgV-Zug UK has appointed its own home economist and demonstration duo and announced a series of consumer experience days and partner training days - both at Zugorama (the new name for the company's showroom at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes) - and at its partner retailers' own studios. 

Ten nationwide V-Zug steam cooking and appliance introduction events are planned between October and the end of November.  The highlight of the schedule is an invitation-only consumer extravaganza hosted at Zugorama on 13th November. 

T: 0843 289 57 59

W: www.v-zug.co.uk 

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

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Calling all UK Kitchen & Bathroom retailers, this one's for you... If ever there was somewhere you needed to be, then this is it! 

Leading kitchen, bathroom & heating distributor, BCG, has made sure that this year's Big Tour 2010, the UK's only travelling exhibition to focus on the kitchen & bathroom industry, has something that every one of the retailers attending, will benefit from. 

KBB industry training courses: more coming soon

* Whirlpool_training.jpgThe latest NTG approved one day sales and customer care course was held at the Whirlpool training centre on 15th September. KBB delegates included representatives from Sigma 3, Orchard Kitchens and Ruach Designs.

To date over 450 delegates have attended these courses, which are run by Graham Hayden and cover sales, negotiation, buying motives, body language and customer care in the KBB industry.

The next course will be held on 27th October at Whirlpool Croydon.

E: [email protected]

W: www.grahamhaydentraining.com  


Tile Depot helps transform Home for the Brave

Tile Depot is delighted to have helped significantly change the lives of two British soldiers by donating the tiles for a brand new wet room in a make-over by designer, Ty Pennington for a brand new five-part television series for the Home channel.

The UK's largest independent tile and stone retailer offered the donation of tiles, grout and adhesive after hearing about the Homes for the Brave series, in which Ty's mission was to radically improve the homes of five soldiers, who had recently returned with serious injuries from some of the world's most hostile and dangerous places.

Vado team completes Great North Run and raises £3K for charity

* Vado_charity_run.jpgA team of 10 from Vado undertook the infamous half marathon, the Great North Run, earlier this month.

All team members completed the gruelling half marathon which is generally considered to be one of the hardest half marathons in the UK. They also managed to raise a brilliant £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation

"This is the third year Vado has entered a team into the Great North Run," says a delighted Jim Williams, Vado's Sales Director.  "I wanted to beat my personal best of two hours and managed to do it with 17 seconds to spare!  It was hard work but well worth it for such a worthwhile cause."

For more information on VADO's full range of products:

T: : +44 (0) 1934 744466

E: [email protected]

W: www.vado-uk.com

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News in Brief

Health & Safety Management systems provider Derisk (H&S) has launched a blog which will act as a health & safety portal that communicates key industry updates, news and opinion. Subscribe at www.risk-management-services.co.uk

Intuo by ewe's new Island Kitchen offers features two islands that separate the kitchen into clearly defined zones... one for the cooking area and one for the food preparation and wet area. Searle & Taylor Kitchens: 01962 850 851

Three Gorenje appliances were chosen as prizes on the latest episode of ITV's All Star Family Fortunes. Host Vernon Kay introduced the black Retro fridge freezer, black freestanding 7kg load washing machine and a 52 bottle wine store. T: 0208 247 3980

Neaco has introduced a stunning contemporary style to the design of special needs bathrooms with its Metallique range. Neaco support systems, true level access shower grilles and half height shower enclosures have all been enhanced with the Metallique satin aluminium finish. E: [email protected]

Cersaie, the ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings fair that is taking place at the Bologna Fair Centre in Italy, finishes at 18.00 on Saturday - which doesn't leave you too long to get around all 1000+ exhibitors... www.cersaie.it


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