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28th July 2017


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International News

European Bathroom Forum promotes creation of environmental label

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The European Bathroom Forum, a new platform made up of 57 European manufacturers and nine Trade Bodies and associations from the bathroom industry, is promoting the creation of an environmental Water Label for the bathroom space.

LDL launches Pullboy Z for Blum Legrabox

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LDL is extending its range of Wesco built-in household bins with the launch of the Pullboy Z with fully assembled Blum Legrabox drawer.

The popular Pullboy Z waste bin system has two separate compartments to facilitate efficient sorting of household rubbish and has previously only been available with Blum Antaro drawers supplied in component form.

Intuitive control: A new remote control app for Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma

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Operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets is now even simpler, with a new remote control app for smartphones. The remote control app with extra features makes operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets simpler than ever.

Alongside a simple-to-use control panel and intuitive remote control, the latest Geberit AquaClean shower toilets can also be operated via an app on an Android or Apple smartphone.

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

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Pioneering 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.

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

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Being 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

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Gaia 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

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TKC 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.

After the storm: Cintas offers retailers a Summer storm checklist

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Would 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

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With 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.

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.

Welcome to the


'Appliances Home Alone (safely)' was how the release was headed up and although my first thought was that I'd be preaching to the converted by mentioning it here, my subsequent realisation that I'd not got around to registering my fridge freezer - purchased several months back - despite it still carrying a large orange sticker on the front suggesting that I do so immediately, made me change my mind.

The London Fire Brigade's warning that at least one of the fires tackled each day in the UK involves white goods, should be ringing alarm bells with us all - especially when one considers that in 90% of cases, the cause was a fault in the appliance or its electrical supply rather than human behaviour! 

Luckily many of these fires are extinguished before too much harm is done, but the Grenfell tower block fire - reportedly started when an appliance exploded - shows how important it is that we become less complacent about the potential failure of these items and more switched on about safety.

I was horrified to learn from a YouGov survey that almost 32% of us would continue to use white goods even if they started making strange noises, (even I wouldn't do that!). I wasn't surprised though that 70% had never checked whether their white goods were the subject of a product recall. The news that 27% of those said that they hadn't checked because they wouldn't know where to find the information, bothers me. Are we as an industry doing enough to get the message across, I wonder?

Also - and more worryingly, the figures show that despite a substantial reduction in household fires (13% between 2011 and 2015) the number of blazes involving white goods has dropped just 5% during the same period. Maths has never been my good point but doesn't that mean that a higher percentage of fires is now down to a faulty appliance, rather than other causes? 

The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, which issued the press release I mentioned earlier, suggests that with the holidays upon us and many of us going away, we should register our appliances to ensure that we don't miss out on any vital product safety repairs or product recall information. All it takes is a look around your kitchen and a visit to www.registermyappliance.org.uk I'm going to do it now...



This Week's News

Kitchen market in strong position

* Kitchen-market.jpgThe 2017 edition of JKMR's Overview Report shows that despite the growing pressure on the economy and consumer confidence, the UK fitted kitchen market saw another strong year of growth in 2016, with further growth projected for 2017.

Franke offers sponsorship opportunity for Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design

* Franke-red-dot.jpgFranke is offering an exclusive 50% scholarship to a studio designer at one of its More in Store retailers to support them completing the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Bucks New University. Applications are now open and retailers have until Friday 4th August to apply.

New brochure for Vitra Designer Collection

* VITRA-Designer-collection1.jpgThe VitrA Designer Collection has a new 450 page full-colour glossy brochure. The new perfect-bound 2017 directory provides the company's 180 plus specialist Showrooms of Excellence and contract customers with an easy-to-use bathroom manual each of VitrA's designer bathroom pieces.

The VitrA Designer Collection brochure highlights seven new ranges, launched at ISH in March, which are now available in the UK.

Tradespeople are contributing to the growing landfill problem

* Tradespeople-landfill.jpgAn overwhelming number of tradespeople are failing to recycle efficiently, according to new research.

Gaia rewarded for its environmental responsibility

* Gaia-rewarded.jpgUnderfloor heating specialist Gaia Climate Solutions, has been awarded the Bronze level accreditation from the Carbon Charter Panel, thanks to the company's effective carbon monitoring and attitude towards taking environmental responsibility seriously, with several reduction plans in place.

British Ceramic Tile inspires fashion students with tile competition

* BCT-inspires1.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has once again shown its support for the next generation of designers at Plymouth College of Art with a London Fashion Week inspired tile competition.

The UK's largest ceramic and glass tile manufacturer set students on the BA Printed Design & Surface Pattern course a challenge to design a fashion-inspired tile using a textile-based pattern.

Moores Furniture Group become BiKBBI Installation Standards Partner

* Moores-Furniture-partners.jpgIn what has been a busy month for The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, the organisation today announced, that Moores Furniture Group had become its latest 'big scalp' Installation Standards Partner, joining a fast growing network of high profile retailers and manufacturers.

Shop the Blanco collection with the a la Carte brochure

* Shop-the-Blanco.jpgChoosing the perfect kitchen sink has never been simpler with the Blanco a la Carte Inset and Undermount Studio Collection brochure.

'100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design'... from raw material to finished product

* 100-Years-of-Roca.jpgIn the second exhibition marking '100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design', taking place in September at the Roca London Gallery, Roca will draw on the expert knowledge it has amassed since 1917.

It will explore how the experiences and insights over the last 100 years have successfully influenced Roca product design, challenged established thinking and mirrored changes in our lifestyles and society at large.

Alno UK board announcement

* Alno-UK-board.jpgJonathon Wagstaff (left of picture) - previously Alno UK managing director before becoming CEO, has resigned from his position at Alno UK.

Stuart Welburn (right of picture) - previously Alno UK finance director and more recently, Alno Contracts managing director - has been appointed managing director of Alno UK, and will be taking up his post on 1st August 2017. Stuart will also be acting as the Alno UK Board chairman.

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