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7th July 2017


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International News

Ceramic sanitaryware market worth $59.17 Billion USD by 2022

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A new 158-page report 'Ceramic sanitary ware market by type' published by MarketsandMarkets, estimates the market to be USD 37.42 Billion in 2017 and predicts that it will reach USD 59.17 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.6% from 2017 to 2022.

Growth in the real estate sector, increase in demand for ceramic sanitaryware from Southeast Asian countries, change in consumer preferences and a shift of manufacturing facilities to emerging economies are factors driving the growth.

Schmidt kitchens bring out natural beauty of wood, with contemporary and classic designs

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Kitchen trends may come and go but there's one look that never goes out of style and that's a wonderful wooden design full of character and charm.

French furniture specialist Schmidt has been working with this natural material for more than 80 years and its benefits are easy to appreciate. It's warm, versatile and full of heritage and artisan appeal.

Falmec's Noise Reduction System extractors recognised as amongst quietest on market

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Falmec's NRS Collection of premium kitchen extraction systems has been awarded Quiet Mark accreditation. The six models; Lumina, Stilo, Horizon, Zenith, NRS Plane and NRS Gruppo Incasso have been recognised as some of the very quietest extractor systems on the market, with noise output levels starting at an almost silent 37db up to a very quiet 53dB on maximum.

'Pure and Simple' with Studio Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

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British Manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), embraces minimalist design with the Studio towel warmer: a sequence of straight cross-rails which create a clear-cut heating solution.

Designed to efficiently hang and dry essential bath linen, Studio is made from high quality brass which is chromed to a mirror-finish.

Introducing the Metallic Marbles collection by Versital

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Versital has announced the launch of its 'Metallic Marbles' collection, a range comprising three new metallic and marble-inspired finishes which will be available to the hospitality and contract industry followed by a roll out into KBB retailers.

KBBG welcomes Opticolour as new supplier

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Announced at the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group Annual Members' Meeting 2017, Opticolour has joined the ever-increasing list of suppliers available to KBBG members.

'Party On' with new dishwasher Party Setting by V-ZUG

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V-Zug has launched another technologically advanced feature across its range of Adora dishwashers with a new 'Party Setting', which offers:

On The Level wet room tile-in system: more tile; less drain

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The new Tile-In system from On The Level (OTL) is the perfect solution for customers wanting to see more tile and less drain when they stand in the shower.

Kitchen islands back to the future

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Wilsonart UK is reporting increased sales of its Zenith ultra slimline work surface for use as kitchen islands. The trend for column-come table in the kitchen fell out of favour in recent years but is being championed once again by independent and national chain retailers.

If we wash everything with water, why don't we wash everything with water?

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With 100 of experience, Roca leads the way in the development of bathroom products and is revolutionising the space with its new In-Wash smart toilet.

In-Wash is an innovative WC with in-built technology for exceptional personal hygiene that provides complete cleaning, care and comfort. Its soft curves and minimalistic design mean In-Wash will adapt perfectly to the interior design of any bathroom space for ultimate well-being.

Cosentino work surfaces to be available in ArtiCAD-Pro

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ArtiCAD has announced that new graphics for the Silestone Quartz, Dekton Ultra-Compact and Sensa Protected Granite from Cosentino will shortly be available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within the ArtiCAD-Pro software.

Bathing beauties from Abacus

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Abacus Bathrooms' new Pure and Simple collection of baths encompasses eight models each manufactured with an 'Armour Plus' coating for a superb finish and immense durability.

Extra deep with sleek lines for a luxurious bathing or showering experience, there are three freestanding models in both acrylic and solid surface resin along with two double-ended, two single-ended and one inset bath.

The Indesit Aria built-in microwave - ideal for the modern busy family

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Indesit has responded to the need for appliances that are easy to use, and has developed the MWI 3443 IX built-in microwave, part of the Indesit Aria collection of cooking appliances.

Utopia targets freestanding bath sector

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Utopia Bathrooms has introduced a new freestanding version of its popular Dualelle double-ended bath to complement its three new modular collections and also to capitalise on the general popularity of feature baths.

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I visited a friend this week who was having work done on her bathroom. I knew the people who'd replaced her electric shower a couple of years ago and had expected that they'd done a good job, so was disturbed to join my friend at the consumer unit, as the electrician showed us how the wiring hadn't been properly fed through the casings, causing a burn. "You're lucky you didn't fry!" said the electrician. 

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I said how much responsibility we all have for one another's safety and the story above is just one that underlines this fact. Timely advice to our industry from the Bathroom Manufacturer's Association's Yvonne Orgill highlights a case where those involved weren't so lucky...

that of the hot tub company fined £1m for a health & safety breach, which lead to an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. Two men died and 20 others were affected due to contamination in one of its hot tubs on display.

Legionnaire's disease is usually associated with large buildings, but Yvonne reminds us that because legionella bacteria are natural inhabitants of water, any part of a water system can be prone to contamination. "This can happen if the water system in your home is poorly treated or left to stagnate," she warns. "People usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria, from taps and showers, or spray from spas or whirlpools. "

Legionella thrives in water temperatures of 20-43C. Consequently, general good practice is to keep your hot water at a high enough temperature and to regularly use your water systems to prevent stagnation. Hot water should be stored at a minimum of 60C and distributed so it does not drop below 50C. If you're away for a few weeks and your water system has been out of use, on your return it's a good idea to run a hot tap for a few minutes to flush any stagnant water from the pipes."

That's something of which I'd not been aware so I thought I ought to share it - just in case...



This Week's News

Call to end 'one in, three out' deregulation gains wide support

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, global health & safety professionals, leading academics and some MPs have joined leading organisations in signing the letter.

Official workplace fatality figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths

The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.

Official Health & Safety Executive figures show 137 people died at work in the financial year 2016/17. [see note 1 for breakdown by sector]. GMB says while the number of deaths is down slightly, they are just the tip of the iceberg and every death demands justice and enforcement.

Remarkable backdrop for BMA's AGM

* BMA-Remarkable-backdrop.jpgSt. George's Park, home of the Football Association, provided the remarkable backdrop for the recent Bathroom Manufacturers Association AGM.

Around 60 members attended the annual general meeting which included the usual constitutional business, marketing and technical reports, an update on October's Bathroom and Kitchen Industry Business Conference, and presentations from two guest speakers.

Year end results show growth for Lakes Bathrooms

Bev-Brown_MD_Lakes.jpgShower enclosure specialist Lakes Bathrooms has announced its results for financial year ended May 2017; with a turnover of approximately £16.5m, the company is over 3% up on the previous year and is predicting continued growth in the coming year.

According to Lakes Bathrooms, its premium collection, Coastline, was overall the biggest seller, with continued growth in sales of walk-in enclosures, to support the trend for wetrooms and more spacious showering.

Utopia scoops 'Best British Bathroom Brand' award

* Utopia-scoops-MAIN.jpgUtopia Bathrooms tells us it is delighted to have been voted Britain's Best Bathroom Furniture Brand at the recent BKU Awards.

As a leading British manufacturer of bathroom furniture, Utopia has consistently made the shortlist for the Best Bathroom Furniture Brand category in the annual award scheme run by BKU (Bathroom & Kitchen Update) but this is the first time it has won this coveted award.

Hudson Contract encourages young people to pursue a career in construction

H* HUDSON-CONTRACT.jpgudson Contract is encouraging young people across the country to pursue a career in construction with a new video campaign featuring apprentices, employers, Ian Billyard, principal of Leeds College of Building and MP for East Yorkshire, Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight.

Zip to join forces with Culligan

* Zip.jpgInstant drinking water appliance supplier, Zip Industries, an Australian company with a major presence in the UK market, has announced that it will join forces with Culligan International.

Ideal Standard wins Lincoln development washroom specification brief

* Ideal-Standard-wins.jpgIdeal Standard has partnered with LGG Projects and Jackson & Jackson for the specification of the washrooms at the high profile premium One The Brayford development in Lincoln.

The £20million investment of the existing historic Mill House on Lincoln's waterfront into a high-end residential and commercial development, is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017.

Add elegance to any home with Lustrolite carbon panels

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Abode's Darren Holliday makes it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

* Abode_Darren_Kilimanjaro.jpg"A dream come true! We made it to the 5895m high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after a final night climb of 1295m in freezing temperatures. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most worthwhile." This was the message received from Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, from the top of Kilimanjaro.

Smeg UK welcomes Garry Leveridge as national account manager

* Smeg-welcomes.jpgSmeg UK has announced the appointment of Garry Leveridge as national sales manager to its ever-growing team of commerce experts.

Garry joins with 28 years of industry experience; he will not only be developing new and existing business, but will also manage the Smeg accounts for John Lewis, Homebase and B&Q.

Hot off the press: Caple's new kitchen & bedroom brochure

* Caple-brochure.jpgCaple has launched its new Kitchen & Bedroom Collection 2017 brochure, which is available now to download.

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Trio of new starters join Hoover

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Hoover has appointed three new starters in a drive to support its ambition to become the 'supplier of choice'. Rob Pearse, Gema Aldridge and Becks Simms have assumed the positions of commercial manager - Ireland, account director - freestanding and built-in appliances and account director - built-in appliances, respectively, and collectively bring with them 45 years' industry experience.

Barwick appoints new sales director Steve Hooley

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Independent bathroom distributor Barwick has announced the appointment of Steve Hooley to the role of sales director.

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