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8th 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.

Welcome to the

I don't tend to watch much television but something made me set up my laptop in the living room last evening and I switched on the little-used box in the corner. I'm so glad I did as a prominent name from the KBB industry was featured on the BBC's Watchdog.

Dolphin Bathrooms had a real slating from some of its customers and everyone who saw the programme is likely to steer clear of the company's products in the short term at least.

The sad part of it is though, that Dolphin makes fantastic products which, when fitted properly, will really enhance the bathroom experience and add plenty of value to the home. But here's the rub...

It wasn't the Dolphin products that were the problem, but the sloppiness of the fitters involved and their obvious inability to do a decent job. Well - that's not quite right; the first seemed to be doing a good job but went off on holiday part-way through and was replaced by a team that could only be described as bodgers!

I don't know whether the two lots of fitters involved were employed directly by Dolphin or were outside contractors brought in to install everything, but they were clearly to blame. If I had a change of fitters forced on me part-way through an installation I'd be a little miffed about it, but I would at least expect the replacements to be up to the job.

It's unfortunate that it's taken a story such as this to highlight the need for everyone - not just consumers - to ensure that the fitters they use are properly trained and qualified to do whatever is being asked for them. For clearly, it's not just the consumers that suffer when things go wrong, but the manufacturers too.

I look forward to being able to run some successful installation stories on Dolphin's behalf in the near future – I know there are plenty of them!




Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

CaesarStone the ideal choice for Poggenpohl

* Poggenpohl1.jpgCaesarStone quartz surfaces were the idyllic choice for the show room at the Greystones Development, supplied by premium kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl (St Albans), for a stunning and flawless finish.

The contemporary show home kitchen in the Greystones Development required a striking surface which had practical and durable qualities needed for showroom conditions.  The solution was the beautiful CaesarStone 'Blizzard White' in a 20mm thickness, with a mitred edge built up to 130mm. 

Modular magic From Mereway Bathrooms' new Autumn launch

* Java_Wenge_Mereway.jpgThe latest introductions from UK furniture manufacturer Mereway Bathrooms this Autumn bring luxurious styles with timeless appeal, enthused by the affluence of today's bathroom trends.

Continuing to inspire by design, Mereway Bathrooms is unveiling some of its most exciting products to date, with a collection of new cabinets, basins, sanitaryware and accessories to enhance its current range of products.

Carron Phoenix's Deca inset sink oozes practicality and style

* Carron_Phoenix_Deca_150.jpgThe Deca 150 inset sink, first shown at KBB earlier this year, is rapidly establishing itself as a fast mover in Carron Phoenix's sink portfolio, joining its undermount equivalent as a favourite contemporary style sink with retailers, designers and builders.

Key to its popularity is that as an inset sink, it boasts easy installation advantages with joinery skills into a laminate worksurface, yet delivers the crisp modern looks more usually associated with undermounted sinks in solid surface, but at a lower price point to suit customer budgets. 

Warming drawers from KitchenAid - a vital addition for a busy kitchen

* Kitchenaid_warming_drawer.jpgWarming drawers have become quite a thriving market in their own right and not surprisingly so. They are more versatile appliances than often imagined and quality is still the all important barometer when you go to the top of the market.

Luxury manufacturer KitchenAid offers a choice of sizes with its 29cm high KSDX 2910/2940 and 14cm KSDA 1410 /1440 warming drawers, and all models have been designed to be worthy of the best restaurants. Fashioned from scratch resistant EasyClean stainless steel, KitchenAid's warming drawers offer consistently professional results for the busy cook.

Illegal gas fitter sentenced

A man who falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer has been sentenced for illegally installing gas appliances at addresses in York.

Bennett Morley of Cherry Paddock, Haxby, York, was prosecuted by The Health & Safety Executive for five offences under Gas Safety legislation after complaints by householders. 

Rugby League legend cooks up a celebration at GDHA

* Keiron_and_Denver_Glen_Dimplex.jpgRugby League fans at Glen Dimplex Homes Appliances (GDHA) were thrilled when St Helens star Keiron Cunningham dropped in to mark the first of a new range of products leaving the production line in the company's UK headquarters.

As part of GDHA's ongoing commitment to its 'Made in Britain' policy, the new Stoves built-in collection of ovens and hobs is being manufactured in Prescot, Merseyside. 

PeopleChecking stress the importance of background checks

PeopleChecking, a service dedicated to offering employee background checks and employment screening services, reveal that regardless of the recession, conducting the necessary background checks is imperative for employers who are on a recruitment drive.

Due to the year-on-year increasing amount of university applicants, the shortage of spaces available for them, and the increasing competition amongst recent graduates to secure a job in the UK, unemployment has been on a considerable rise in recent years.

With Lima, sophisticated sleekness is ingrained

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Make a striking impression in the kitchen with the stunning contemporary Lima furniture range from Four Seasons.

The high quality lacquered finish (on MFC) of Lima enhances the beautiful natural oak woodgrain effect beneath, which, with its horizontal lines, serves to create the feeling of spaciousness and sophistication in kitchens of all sizes. The slab style doors are sleek and ultra modern in design and contrast brilliantly with white cabinetry, while a super stylish chrome handle will add the perfect finishing touch.

Pyramis Metallourgia 'one of the 'strongest companies in Greece', says ICAP

* PYRAMIS_ICAP.jpgPyramis Metallourgia has announced that it has been certified as one of the 'Strongest Companies in Greece' by the ICAP Group. This important acknowledgement verifies the company's creditworthiness and links it to the most powerful enterprises in Greece, which are ready to face the challenges of our times.

The list of the 'Strongest Companies in Greece' incorporates a number of businesses that are ranked as having the highest credit ratings by the ICAP Group. ICAP is recognised by the Bank of Greece as an External Credit Assessment Institution and by the European Central Bank as an Accepted Rating Tool Source. Only one in 10 companies in Greece meet the required criteria to be verified as one of the 'Strongest Companies'.

Whirlpool launches 'best ever' range of resource-saving appliances

Caring for the planet as well as our pockets can be tough during challenging economic times. Opting for an environmentally friendly lifestyle impacts on household bills and sticking to our ethics is not always feasible. The Whirlpool Green Generation is a new range of top-quality, Italian designed and European built appliances that will save money and the world's resources.

The Green Generation incorporates laundry, dishwashing and refrigeration appliances designed to save resources, consumption in the home and to reduce impact on the environment.  Using Whirlpool's patented 6th Sense technology that intelligently monitors, adapts and controls to get the best from each appliance, it is also beautifully styled and easy to use. 

Soapbox: Bathroom manufacturers do their bit for the water crisis

By Chris Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association

* christian.jpgAccording to researchers reporting recently in the journal Nature, more people are likely to encounter severe stress on their water supply in the coming decades, as the climate changes and the human population continues to grow. They go on to say that nearly five billion people live in areas experiencing a high level of threats to human water security or biodiversity.

This confirms, yet again, what we have been worried about for some time. Our members began looking at what they could do to help several years ago. They were inspired to design and develop innovative bathroom products which were super water efficient yet still gave the user the bathing experience he had become used to. They wanted to help reduce water consumption in the bathroom.

New interactive website for Shaws of Darwen

* Shaws_of_Darwen.jpgShaws of Darwen, the well-known fireclay sinks manufacturer, has launched its new, interactive website. The site which is constantly used by architects, interior designers, kitchen studios and commercial building consultants, features the full range of traditional and classic style products with photographic and line drawing visuals as well as full specification sizes.

 The website brings to the browser all the information required to make their choice of sink, basket strainer wastes and to complete 'the look', traditional and contemporary bridge, monobloc and single lever taps, in a variety of finishes.

Wolseley to introduce a new UK listed holding company

Wolseley, whose UK brands include Plumb Center, BCG and Bathstore, has announced a proposed change to the corporate structure of the Wolseley Group. The restructuring proposals will create a new Group holding company which will be UK listed, incorporated in Jersey and will have tax residence in Switzerland ('New Wolseley'). 

The Board has concluded that the interests of its business and its shareholders are best served by establishing an international holding company corporate structure that will help provide more certainty in its taxation position. A new Group holding company, New Wolseley, will be incorporated in Jersey, with its tax residence in Switzerland. The Proposals are expected to enable the Group to achieve a competitive effective corporate tax rate. The Proposals will not change the tax position of the UK business.

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News in Brief

New Glide White Gloss bathroom furniture collection from Bauhaus boasts a reduced projection - only 390mm - to create the feeling of space even if there isn't much!  E: [email protected]

Congratulations to Whirlpool for being awarded a Best Buy from 'Which?' for its new Green Generation ADP7955 dishwasher! T: 0208 649 5000

Congratulations too, to Manchester-based, family-owned, HMG Paints, which celebrates 80 years in manufacturing. Its paints and surface coatings are applied to virtually every man-made object. E: [email protected]

Until New Year's Eve, Gorenje is offering a free five-year parts and labour guarantee on its black or white WA72145 and WA72145BK washing machines and D72325 and D72325BK condenser dryers. T: 0208 247 3980

Tile Depot has launched several new tile ranges. They include metallic finishes, natural stone and stone-look ceramics, marble effect, porcelain with a natural slate-effect finish and many more. Email: [email protected]

Apollo Blinds has extended its range of interior plantation shutters and launched a new blackout shutter and a cost-effective Craftwood range. T: 0800 915 3030

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