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4th August 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.

Welcome to the


Information technologies, smart data, digitisation and the Internet of Things have revolutionised many activities in our daily lives. For example, 15% of UK retail spending is now online, totalling £52 billion in 2015... eBay hosts 150 million active trades at any one time and lists more than 700 million items - far more than the inventory a physical market can hope to store or display.

Smart data, mobile apps and other digital applications are also beginning to be applied in waste management, with 'smart bins' being just one example. But can we do more? Can we use these technologies to help consumers make educated 'purchase, reuse and recycling' decisions? Can we make product management and waste management more joined-up and efficient?

I'm sure we can. And I've just this morning heard that a £7,000 prize has been put up, to encourage us to find the best ways of doing so... The London Waste & Recycling Board has teamed up with RWM (the energy, water, recycling, renewables and waste management show) and this year's partner, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK, to host #CEhack17 - a collaborative 'hackathon' event offering an opportunity to receive advice, support and mentoring from industry experts.

The challenge is to showcase innovative ideas that use mobile technology, smart data and the Internet of Things to deliver solutions for improving circularity. As an example, innovations could address (but are not limited to) the following aims:
• Influence consumer purchasing decisions to help them buy products that can be repaired, exchanged or recycled
• Develop apps that help with the collection of small volume or specialist waste or redundant products
• Inform consumers how materials can be recycled, and whether their local municipal collection services can collect and recycle those materials • Engage 18-34 year olds with recycling, this could be through gamification or reward schemes If you're interested, you'll need to move quickly. outline proposals must be submitted to LWARB by 17th August www.lwarb.gov.uk/what-we-do/advance-london.

Successful applicants will be invited to a pitch day in London on 31st August, from which five teams will be selected to pitch for the prize at the final at RWM in Birmingham on 13th September 2017. "I can't wait to see what creative and connected minds can propose," says Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director at Suez.

As someone who's always banging on about our need to look after our planet's resources, neither can I...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Employees regarded as a greatest asset but also one of biggest data security risks

* Employees-an-asset.jpgIT professionals believe that compliance and regulation and the unpredictable behaviour of employees will have the biggest impact on data security according to a new Concensus survey commissioned by independent global data security specialist, HANDD Business Solutions.

Thomas Crapper relocates warehouse to Huddersfield

Following a period of sustained growth and extensions to its product range, Thomas Crapper is relocating its existing Stratford warehouse to larger premises in Huddersfield.

The new warehouse provides the manufacturer with 50% more space for stock, enabling it to respond to demand and fulfil customer orders promptly.

Putting ergonomics into bathroom design with Geberit Acanto

* GEBERIT-orange.jpgThe new Geberit Acanto bathroom series is designed to meet the needs of the individual, with how we use the bathroom and what we store in it, informing its design.

Bertazzoni launches cooling lines

* Bertazzoni-cooler.jpgBertazzoni has launched a stylish French Door Refrigerator to complement its range of cooking appliances available in the UK.

BiKBBI confirms partnership with The Ideal Home Show 2018

* BIKBBI-confirms-partnership.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that it will be supporting The Ideal Home Show 2018 - the high profile consumer exhibition, taking place 17th March - 2nd April (Olympia, London) and 14th - 17th June (Eventcity, Manchester).

The versatile panel solution for kitchen splashbacks and showers

* LUSTROLITE-Kitchen1.jpgAn advanced multi-layer acrylic panel that looks like glass, Lustrolite from Abacus Manufacturing Group is ideal for heavy-duty vertical applications, such as shower walls kitchen splashbacks in residential and commercial situations.

The product is quick and easy to install and, with its gloss finish, ultra-hygienic, hard-coated non-stick surface, does not harbour mould or calcium; bacterial growth is eliminated.

Falmec introduces Soffio from the Circle Tech collection, featuring a Murano Glass canopy

* Falmec-soffio.jpgFalmec has added an authentic touch of Italian heritage to its new Soffio extractor, which features a distinctive circular canopy constructed from hand blown Murano glass.

Available in either white or amber, the extractor makes a stunning design statement in the kitchen or indeed anywhere in the home. Its subtle lighting, which glows through the coloured Murano glass, also helps to create a warm and relaxing ambience, particularly perfect for entertaining.

Duravit uses groundbreaking technology for new Vero Air collection

* Duravit-Vero-Air.jpgDuravit's new Vero Air retains the iconic, rectangular character of the Vero washbasins whilst introducing the company's patented c-bonded technology - combining the unmistakable character of the original with a new level or precision and perfect proportions.

The straight interior surface and precise edges of the Vero Air washbasins reflect the collection's linear charm.

British Ceramic Tile develops digital proposition with upgrade of its website britishceramictile.com

* BCT-Homepage.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has launched an upgraded version of its website to better support retailers and consumers. Aspirational and informative, the newly revamped website is content-rich offering weekly updates on interior trends and real home makeovers, while providing a range of where to buy options including a 'find a retailer' facility.

Easy to navigate, the new site enables users to discover the company's product portfolio by need, filtering tile selection based on room, colour and style, to support consumers in their search for their ideal tile.

Binopolis puts squeeze on waste with new Titan Compactor Bin from Joseph Joseph

* Binopolis.jpgNew from Binopolis, the Joseph Joseph Titan Compactor Bin 30030 - part of the brand's Intelligent Waste range - effortlessly combines form and function and is the perfect choice for kitchens that are short on space.

The innovative, integrated compaction system compresses the contents so it holds up to three times more than a similar single compartment bin.

TKC further strengthens its sales support with new ASM appointment

* TKC-appt.jpgTKC has further strengthened its growing sales team with the appointment of Derek O'Neill as area sales manager, covering Gloucester across into South Wales. Derek joins the company with extensive industry experience having previously worked at Symphony, Magnet and PJH in similar roles.

TKC is growing its sales force to allow the creation of smaller area sales manager zones in some key geographical areas, to give customers more regular contact and a more tailored and personal service.

New brochure set for Amica

* Amica-brochure.jpgAmica built-in and freestanding domestic appliances, Nottingham, has launched a new set of brochures and price lists.

The two Intelligent Style themed brochures are available as a 90-page full range edition which includes all cooking, hobs and hoods, cooling, dishwashing, and laundry products from built-in, built-under and freestanding categories and a 43-page freestanding only edition. Each Amica brochure is supported by a photographic trade price list.

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New brochure for Vitra Designer Collection

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The 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.

Shop the Blanco collection with the a la Carte brochure

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

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