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1st December 2017


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International News

Smart new finishes join the Elite

Crosswater is delighted to present two exciting new finishes to its ever-popular Elite bathroom furniture collection. The new colours to choose from join the celebrated original options of White Gloss, Steel and Walnut to provide a range of unique finishes designed to suit all bathroom schemes.

Discover the unexpected with HD Galvanised from British Ceramic Tile

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Industrial chic takes centre stage with British Ceramic Tile's new HD Galvanised collection. Offering a sense of the unexpected, this new range of metal-effect ceramic tiles brings new surface textures to walls for a look that's completely different.

Franke's new electronic 4-in-1 tap offers instant 100 degree C boiling and cold filtered water

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Franke has launched the Minerva 4-in-1 Electronic tap, the company's first digitally controlled tap with simple push-button functionality, offering enhanced convenience and user-friendliness with pre-set 30 and 60 second programmes that dispense two litres of water, ideal for filling pans, teapots, cafetieres and jugs with instant filtered boiling or filtered cold water.

Important environmental award for bedding manufacturer

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We normally cover beds but not bedding in KBzine, but with a story as good as this one, we just had to give it a mention... The environmental best practice by one of the UK's largest manufacturers of filled bedding products - Trendsetter International - has been recognised with a Gold award for Engineering and Manufacturing at the Green Apple Awards.

Set up and sell in a Nano

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Macdee Wirquin has created this new counter-top merchandiser to encourage a quick and easy sale of its innovative Nano 6.7 all-in-one basin waste and trap. This new Point of Sale merchandising box has been designed to sit on a trade counter and holds six Nano 6.7 Quick Clac boxes, so easily collected by the installer.

Thirty-eight stunning apartments pick Nuance for beautiful bathrooms

As a captivating alternative to ceramic wall tiling, innovative home builder Darren Smith Homes in West Yorkshire has chosen Bushboard's Nuance bathroom wall panelling as a compelling and practical way of creating spectacular bathrooms for 38 luxury apartments in Newgate, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

Warm up this winter with Amber Underfloor Heating

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Amber Underfloor Heating is the new name in underfloor heating; offering excellent, high quality solutions with exceptional customer service.

Distributed exclusively through wholesalers, retailers and retail showrooms, Amber offers the full electric underfloor heating solution. The easy-to-use products include 100W/sq.m and 150W/sq.m AmberMat heating mats, 140W/sq.m AmberDry thin heating foils for installation directly below timber-based flooring - removing the requirement for latex - and two ranges of electronic, stylish thermostats.

Methven extends Aurajet range with new collection: Rua features unique square handset

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Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has launched the next phase of its Aurajet shower range with the release of the Rua collection.

Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen from Benchmarx Kitchens makes this year's House Beautiful Award shortlist

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The striking Chelsea Matt Dove Grey kitchen range from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery has made the shortlist of two categories in this year's House Beautiful Awards.

British Ceramic Tile extends its feature floor collection with the launch of Retro

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Floors have fast become a main attraction in the home. Once the supporting act to walls, floors are now central to design schemes with homeowners paying attention to what makes an impact underfoot.

Welcome to the


John Austen was lucky enough to attend the business aviation show in Las Vegas a few weeks back with a colleague who produces an e-zine for that industry. He posted a picture on Facebook, of him strapped into an aircraft seat, captioned something like: 'The nearest I'll ever get to flying on an executive jet'.


I know the feeling... I was lucky enough to go on Concorde some years back. Sadly though, instead of witnessing the excitement of being whizzed through the sound barrier while sipping champagne, I was on board to examine what the cleaners had to do to bring that beautiful plane back up to standard before the next lot of wealthy passengers boarded.

What made things worse was that I didn't even get to see how she looked immediately after the new arrivals had disembarked - the mucky stuff had been cleared away before I boarded so no dirt to dish on how the elite behave whilst flying!

Naturally, I was more interested in the more private facilities on John's executive jet so asked him to get some pictures of the bathrooms... It made me wonder how many of you are involved in the manufacture or marketing of bathrooms for these jets? I often speak to designers and manufacturers about the difficulties they face and the ways they overcome them, when producing bathrooms for very small spaces, but supplying a bathroom for such a tiny space as is found on one of these jets must be an art in itself. And then of course, there's the fitting.

Are any of you involved in this work? If you are, I'd love to hear from you.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Market growth in integrated MDAs expected to continue

* Market-growth-in-integ-MDAs.jpgA new report from industry analyst JKMR highlights how integrated major domestic appliances sales growth is continuing to outperform that of the overall fitted kitchen market.

The Review of the UK Integrated MDA Market shows integrated MDA sales value will exceed £1.16Bn at end client buying price in 2017, up almost 8% on 2016. Value growth is almost twice the rate of volume growth, indicating that for the market as a whole typical client buying price have increased over the year, despite the price driven presence of internet buying mechanisms.

Roca wins gold at Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards

* ROCA-WINS-GOLD.jpgThe new Roca In-Wash Inspira smart toilet has won a gold award in the Innovation in Technology category at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

The Awards, which are now in their 15th year, took place at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London and celebrate the very best talent in kitchen and bathroom design. Claire Gay, sector marketing manager at Roca, collected the award on behalf of the company from host Claudia Winkleman.

Voting open for Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' campaign

* Voting-tiling-good-cause.jpgOnline tile retailer, Tile Trader, is urging members of the public across the UK to cast their vote in its 'Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative. The campaign will give one deserving facility a tiling transformation worth up to £500*, with nominations received from community groups across the UK including London, Glasgow and Coleraine.

The 12 entrants in the public vote are as follows:

Rearo launches new range targeting the bathroom makeover market

* Rearo-Raindrop1.jpgA family-owned Scottish manufacturer has launched a new range of shower wall panels to target the growing demand for a design-led, 'straight over tiles' solution to upgrade bathrooms.

Glasgow-based Rearo believes the new range will accelerate demand for luxury shower panels which do away with the need to replace tiles.

Sleep success for Bushboard

* Sleep-success-for-Bushboard.jpgSleep, the exciting hotel design event during November, has been an enormous success for Bushboard Nuance bathroom wall panelling. The company, which is aiming to change outdated perceptions about bathroom wall panelling, demonstrated the product on the stand with a live water feature alongside a seamless wetroom display.

Paul Findley, product manager for Bushboard Nuance says: "When people come into direct contact with the product - see it free floating in a tank of water - it makes it very clear that this is a robust, reliable, 100% waterproof product. The look is seamless as it has no edging strips or extrusions, and the decors look and feel just like the real thing."

Selco Builders Warehouse now offers comprehensive Wilsonart laminate worktop collection

* Selco-for-Wilsonart.jpgWilsonart UK has launched a new range of versatile laminate worktops into Selco Builders Warehouse. The new range includes a collection of 27 decors in a choice of square edge and post formed profiles. There are nine different textures in a mix of stone, contemporary timbers, and sparkle designs.

Alongside the new range, Selco Builders Warehouse is also listing six decors from the Wilsonart Zenith collection. Zenith is the first-to-market ultra-thin worktop solution that has grabbed consumer attention for its solid black core, its adaptability and versatility, that allows easy on-site installation and use for open shelving and standalone islands.

BAL at Skills London

* BAL_Skills-London.jpgBAL has teamed up with CITB (Construction Industry Training Body) and The Tile Association to demonstrate the benefits of a career in wall and floor tiling and other trades at Skills London - the UK's biggest jobs and career events for 15-24-year olds.

Dave Rowley, BAL training manager, was there in his role as lead judge of wall and floor tiling at SkillBuild - the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.

New Product Guide from MHS showcases the latest in radiator design

* MHS-New-Product-Guide.jpgMHS Radiators has unveiled its new retail Product Guide for 2017/18, featuring a superb range of Designer, Multi Column, Aluminium and Cast Iron radiators, as well as a stunning selection of towel rails and valves.

The retail guide includes 28 new and exclusive Italian designed models across the range, with all 52 products available in an updated palette of colours and finishes. In addition, MHS Radiators has included more stocked items than ever before, with a wide range of sizes and colours available.

Luxury island living with Mark Taylor Design

* Luxury-island-living.jpgBritish manufacturer Mark Taylor Design is renowned for its superlative bespoke furniture and joinery and for its creative use of materials, which is exemplified by this simply stunning, unique copper and blue kitchen.

The owner of this four-bedroom Surrey family home, which also features a swimming pool and gym, were looking for a fresh, modern, open-plan kitchen and living area with the wow factor, which is exactly what Mark Taylor Design's expert team delivered.

Modern Homes launches partnership with fine dining chef

* Modern-Homes-launches.jpgKitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailer, Modern Homes, has launched a new partnership, 'Yes Chef Dining' that will offer exciting food-related benefits and opportunities for its clients and expand their businesses.

Leamington Spa based Modern Homes is working in partnership with a very talented young chef, Richard Bramble, on the new business venture. Richard will be based at the showroom, offering a range of catering services and will be on hand for a programme of workshops and cookery demonstrations.

New, exclusive brand and range of small domestic appliances for Euronics agents

* New-exclusive-brand.jpgElectrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics, has launched an exclusive new brand and range of small domestic appliances. The Linsar range includes a colourful and stylish collection of kettles and matching toasters, available exclusively to Euronics agents.

The range includes a two-slice toaster and two cordless kettles, a pyramid kettle and a jug kettle. The three small domestic appliances are available in a modern satin finish of red, green, blue, white, cream or black, appealing to a number of styles and tastes. What's more, all three appliances benefit from a robust three-year warranty.

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Utopia extends and enhances Visualise online planning facility

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Utopia Bathrooms has extended and enhanced its popular Visualise online planning function at www.utopiagroup.com It now includes all of the new modular ranges and also offers the user an improved experience.


Insinkerator presents new Showroom Collection brochure

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InSinkErator has published a new brochure, which details its premium Showroom Collection exclusively available to premium kitchen retailers and includes high quality, statement pieces for the kitchen, such as the new Rose Gold J Shape 3N1 steaming hot water tap.

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