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14th July 2017


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International News

Utopia scoops 'Best British Bathroom Brand' award

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Utopia 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.

Add elegance to any home with Lustrolite carbon panels

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This rich carbon panel is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

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.

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It takes a lot to make me cross, but sat in a queue of cars with a boot-full of garden waste for dumping at my local civic amenity tip, is not how I like to spend a hot sunny day. I'd not expected it to be busy either, since it was late morning, mid-week... Most people would have been at work...

The hold-up was partly because of stringent checks made by the 'gate-man' to ensure we were indeed locals and that we were not dumping waste we shouldn't be. I was thinking that I'd had an easier time getting into some of the old Eastern bloc countries before Perestroika...

It turned out that as well as the checks, he was handing out leaflets about a public consultation on reducing the tip's opening hours. The idea is, that the tip is shut completely for two days a week and opening hours are further reduced. Other, smaller Surrey tips are earmarked for closure, meaning more people than ever, are going to be trying to dump waste at my local tip. It used to be open 363 days a year and until 20:00 in Summer. Now it shuts at 16:00. Who amongst us (who doesn't work from home) can join the queue that early in the day?

So - more traffic travelling further across the county, polluting our environment, and more time spent by residents sitting in queues, hoping they'll get to the front before the gates shut. Oh yes - and more illegal dumping, blighting our countryside. And this is happening all over the country, as councils try to reduce costs...

As we in the KBB industry strive to persuade consumers to upgrade, replace, refurbish etc., I wonder whether there's more we should be doing to encourage people to - rather than dump their often still-serviceable appliances, furniture, kitchens and bathrooms - recycle them? I know some councils have 'used-product showrooms' at their tips, where those without the money to splash on the latest products, can browse and buy.

As someone who's still living with a kitchen acquired via Gumtree ("dismantle it and you can have it for free") I know there are many of us who could benefit from such an arrangement. Can we, when we're selling products, encourage people to offer what they're discarding, via sites such as Gumtree and FreeCycle, to others who might need it? And if we're removing it, can we ensure it's recycled rather than dumped?



This Week's News

BMA conference to tackle Brexit and other important issues

How will industry cope?

Industry leaders are bracing themselves for a raft of inevitable changes which they see coming their way in the next few years.

Top of the list is the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, a change which some may say is an opportunity which the bathroom and kitchen industry should grasp.

Alno UK - business as usual

* Alno-UK.jpgAlno AG, Alno Logistik GmbH and Gustav Wellmann GmbH & Co. KG applied to the German Court for insolvency on Wednesday.

The subsidiaries including the UK business and the Pino factory are outside of the scope of these proceedings.

KBSA announces two new corporate members

* KBSA-ANNOUNCES.jpgThe UK distributor of Corian - CDUK, and wine cellar specialist Wine Corner, have joined the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.

As KBSA corporate members, the two companies have direct access to some of the most professional, independent retailers that make up the retail membership of the KBSA.

Glass act: new glass basins for Svelte 120 bathroom unit set new design standards

* New-Cast1.jpgPioneering bathroom manufacturer, Bauhaus, has launched a new range of moulded glass basins to accompany its design-led Svelte basin unit. Reflecting light in a crystal clear finish, these unique glass basins set a new standard in innovative bathroom design.

Following the distinctive curves of Svelte's 120 basin units, the exquisite cast-glass basin and worksurface is available in two distinctive finishes of Charcoal and Ice White.

Aqualisa becomes BiKBBI Corporate Sponsor

* Aqualisa-Bikkbi.jpgPremium shower manufacturer Aqualisa was this week unveiled as the latest bluechip industry brand to become a Corporate Sponsor of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI).

In frame and in colour - Benchmarx launches four new kitchen ranges

* BENCHMARX-Dove-Grey.jpgBeing able to recommend products that offer quality finishes and match the latest kitchen trends is vital when it comes to meeting customer needs. Now, trade-only supplier of high-quality rigid kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, has launched four new ranges to its collections to ensure fitters can do just that and, importantly, at the right price.

New colour options have been added to the ever-popular Sherwood, Eton and Soho collections alongside a brand new, premium in-frame kitchen in the shape of the Chelsea Matt Dove Grey range.

Keeping warm with Gaia's underfloor heating

* Gaiea-UFH.jpgGaia Climate Solutions provides two main types of underfloor heating systems; a water-based system (often referred to as hydronic or wet) and an electric system.

Water-based systems essentially use warm water from the central heating system and pump it through pipe circuits underneath the floor. This type of heating uses water at a lower temperature than standard radiators which helps to reduce heating costs.

TKC upgrades its trade-only showroom to further improve customer service

* TKC-upgrades.jpgTKC has upgraded its showroom and trade counter to incorporate more kitchen displays, more ancillary products and a separate area for trade customer transactions as part of its continued expansion plans.

Now laid out in stylish room sets are the Cambridge and Windsor ranges, both key additions to the showroom having been recently launched to meet the continued market demand for solid timber doors.

After the storm: Cintas offers retailers a Summer storm checklist

* Cintas.jpgWould you know what to do if a severe summer storm damaged your retail facility? Time is critical following a natural disaster.

With Summer storm season just beginning in parts of the US & well underway in much of Europe, Cintas Corporation offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.

HiB urges retailers to take stock of 3g living

* HiB-3g.jpgWith World Population Day taking place this week (on Tuesday 11th July), HiB has been highlighting the importance of catering to the growing trend for 3G living, especially when it comes to the bathroom.

Established in 1989, World Population Day was developed by the United Nations to raise awareness around the rapid increase in population which is being experienced globally. This year, HiB has been reminding retailers of the opportunities presented by the increase in multi-generational, or 3G, households.

Abode publishes new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap brochure

* Abode-Pronteau-brochure.jpgThe brochure to accompany the new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap range from Abode is now available to order, view and download from www.pronteau.co.uk

The 12-page brochure outlines the collection beautifully, showcasing the choice available and ease of use of the new taps giving you 'Water the way you want it'.

Fatalities in the workplace - how can they be avoided?

According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.

Despite workplace fatalities being on a constant decline in numbers over the past 30 years, due to overall health & safety regulations being improved across all sectors, the most recent statistics highlight the fact that there are still improvements to be made. With 137 workers being killed in the UK in one year, this means there is approximately one workplace fatality every 2.5 days.

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