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26th January 2018


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International News

Meet the kitchen specialists' choice...

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You may already know Keller Kitchens for high quality, Dutch fitted kitchens. In the Netherlands, where the company produces around 2,500 kitchens every week, the 80-year old company is big news.

Big as in '559.741 sq feet of state-of-the-art production space' big, earning Keller a place in the top 10 biggest European manufacturers. That's huge.

KBB 2018: Abacus Bathrooms to display new innovations - E78

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Abacus Bathrooms has long been noted as a technical expert in the bathroom industry; the company not only offers a complete bathroom portfolio, but also the history of Abacus Bathrooms in terms of bathroom innovation and design is evident when new products are launched.

KBB 2018: Bushboard to unveil exciting new solid surface developments - Stand G95

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Bushboard, renowned for its laminate worksurfaces and bathroom panels, will be showcasing Nuance bathroom panels, as well as highlights from its new Omega and Options worksurface collections and exciting new solid surface developments.

KBB 2018: New version of ArtiCAD-Pro being launched - J85 & M80

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CAD software and technology innovator for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, will be presenting a new version of ArtiCAD-Pro. This features a fresh look design interface, which makes the core software even easier and faster to use.

KBB 2018: Abode to showcase new products - I90 Hall 19

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Within the spectacular new Abode stand visitors will see a plethora of exciting new introductions being showcased and launched.

Kaldewei Iconic World offers multisensory experience of brand and material

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With the opening of its new Iconic World after a year and a half of planning and construction, Kaldewei has created a fascinating, interactive and multisensory space that enables visitors to thoroughly explore and understand the brand.

New Retro fridge freezer joins Amica catalogue

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Amica, one of Europe's fastest growing domestic appliance brands, has added a compact 55cms(w) but compellingly spacious retro fridge freezer to its comprehensive range of freestanding A+ refrigeration.

New Year, new Rangemaster: stylish Nexus SE released for contemporary kitchens

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Modern chefs looking for an update to their homes in 2018 need look no further. Rangemaster has revealed its newest offering in the range cooker series, the Nexus SE 110 Dual Fuel. It is available in stainless steel, black, slate and ivory.

Samsung Electronics debuts next generation of Family Hub refrigerator at CES 2018

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On Sunday, Samsung Electronics unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator. A winner of the 2018 CES Best of Innovation award, Family Hub sets a new standard for connected living.

Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers to do what they could not do before.

Steel yourself: Appliances are now in Pantone colour of the year!

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If your customers are looking for something a little different, it might be worth pointing them in the direction of Steel, which has manufactured a range of appliances in the Pantone colour of the year - Ultra Violet!

Marvellous mirror cabinets from Abacus

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Abacus, has released an exciting new collection of beautiful mirror cabinets; perfect for any stylish, modern bathroom.

Offering a practical, sophisticated design, every cabinet is fitted with a shaver socket, adjustable shelves and low energy LED lighting. Each is easy to install and there is a range of sizes to suit any bathroom decor.

Bright and beautiful bathroom lighting

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Bathroom designs can be taken to the next level with Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection's elegant wall lights and stunning collection of illuminated mirrors.

Those looking to add some period-style charm and incorporate useful lighting for tasks such as shaving or applying make-up can tap into the growing trend for wall lights with the Collection's Bathroom Wall Light (pictured). 

Roca creates new forms with Modo

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Roca places a huge importance on innovation, design and style and its new Modo collection is the epitome of all three. Modo's unique quality is that it can be moulded and sculptured into bespoke and individual pieces ready to suit all interior decors.

Belling releases first 50cm induction cooker

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British appliance manufacturer Belling has launched its first 50cm induction cooker, the FS50DOTi, the only appliance of its kind on the market.

Tactile and luxurious, Fenix NTA is the new 'wonder metal' material

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With the current trend for material mix, everyone knows that adding a touch of metal to an interior project will elevate it instantly, but that cost, fabrication and performance can be drawbacks.

Step forward the new 'wonder metal', Fenix NTA, a unique material in its field and the result of three years' research and development.

Welcome to the



I received an email this morning from Fiona Pavely, asking whether I'd be interested in sharing the news with you that it's 'Thomas Crapper Day' tomorrow. I quipped that I would of course use her press release as we have a great deal to thank the man for and it was only after I'd pressed 'send' that I stopped to think how life would be, if we didn't have the benefit of toilets and all the rest of what have become bathroom basics, since Crapper died 108 years tomorrow.* KBZ-LEADER-PIC-urinals.jpg

It reminded me of how horrified I must have looked, when attending a 'sustainable' festival last Summer, to be confronted by the organiser's version of the female urinal. As my picture shows, it was carefully well thought out and all very friendly. There was a continuous stream of women and girls, of all ages and sizes, using it, so it must have been OK. I must confess that I couldn't quite bring myself to try this unusual facility though and I'm going to blame it on not being wonderfully tall and the restrictions created by my yoga pants...

Bearing in mind how lucky we are and just how different things might have been, had Thomas Crapper decided to pursue a different career, I'm going to raise a glass to the great man tomorrow and hope you will do too. After all, when you consider some of the alternatives, it doesn't quite bear thinking about, does it?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA announces new venue for Annual Conference

* KBSA-conf-venue.jpgThe KBSA 2018 Conference, AGM and Networking Dinner promises to be even better and bigger than last year's and as the Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event will be held at a new venue - the four-star Stratford Manor Hotel, located just five minutes from Stratford-upon- Avon. The event will feature some extra special surprises, too...

The more modern hotel promises "all the facilities we need to deliver an enhanced and improved conference experience for our members," says KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert.

SOAPBOX: Retentions... has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster?

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"The use of cash retentions is commonplace in the construction industry. Some £3 billion of retentions remain outstanding in the UK construction industry at any one time. With the collapse of Carillion, however, has the industry had enough?

By deducting and retaining a percentage of the value of the works from interim payments due to the contractor during the construction phase, developers can be seen to enjoy an element of protection against late completion and defects arising during the rectification period.

KBB 2018: Keller Kitchens - Dutch design showcased on Stand W110 in Hall 17

* Keller-KBB-preview.jpgKeller Kitchens will bring Dutch design to KBB 2018, demonstrating how the company's beautiful, continental styles make every house a home. From handleless contemporary designs to industrial looks, Keller Kitchens provides the market with quality products of the highest standard.

Keeping up to date with current trends, Keller Kitchens creates a perfect kitchen for every customer.

Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery to participate in Houzz of 2018 - a pop-up installation in Soho inspired by 2018 design trends

* Benchmarx-MAIN.jpgBenchmarx Kitchens & Joinery will showcase its Sherwood Charcoal kitchen in the Houzz of 2018, a week-long pop-up installation situated in the heart of London's Soho that opens to the public today.

The installation is a concept conceived by Houzz.co.uk, the home renovation and design platform, and will bring to life the hottest home design trends Houzz expects to see in 2018, based on Houzz community insights and data, including the most popular photos and articles on the platform.

Gorenje to implement aluminium backing on all cooling lines

* Gorenje-ali-backed.jpgKitchen appliance manufacturer Gorenje has taken a stance on plastic-backed cooling lines and has announced it will now only manufacture products with aluminium flame-retardant backing.

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the Slovenian-manufacturer's commitment to the campaign for safer appliances is a step in the right direction towards tackling the industry-wide issue.

Supply chain reaction: global certification expert states big data key to improving safety standards

As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.

It comes as latest figures show that the number of UK product recalls hit a new high of 575 in 2017, up almost 50% on the previous year, covering a range of sectors. Moreover, when it comes to consumer trust, research by Bureau Veritas found that just half of people worldwide trust businesses to do the right thing - and that figure is fast declining.

Bathstore and Elle Decoration announce partnership

* bathstore-and-ELLE.jpgBathstore has announced its partnership with interiors magazine Elle Decoration, to launch the Transition collection by Elle Decoration.

The curated collection is a fully co-ordinated range, offering beautifully crafted products designed to be both standalone feature pieces and complement one another, allowing customers to create a dream personal space that looks both cohesive and bespoke.

Spare a thought for the great man... 27th January is Thomas Crapper Day!

* Thomas-Crapper.jpgIt was 108 years ago that Thomas Crapper, the man responsible for popularising the concept of indoor plumbing, died on January 27th - a day now known as Thomas Crapper Day.

Born in South Yorkshire in 1836 and apprenticed to a master plumber in Chelsea in 1853, Thomas Crapper went on to spend three years as a journeyman plumber before establishing himself as a sanitary engineer in 1861.

Mistral price freeze continues!

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Tribunal Claims rise by 120%: Is Your Business Protected?

The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice have been released and show that employment tribunal claims have risen by 120%. The big rise in claims is due to the lifting of fees by the Supreme Court in July 2017, which ruled they were 'unlawful' and a barrier to justice'.

This means there are no longer any fees preventing employees from escalating their case to tribunal, which will then fall upon employers to argue the case. Any business which has a claim made against it may have to seek legal advice through a solicitor, which costs £5,000 per claim, on average. Rising tribunal claims - the latest statistics:

Saniflo service engineer network minimises returns

* Saniflo-Network.jpgSaniflo has worked hard over the years to develop and maintain a reliable and reputable network of more than 80 service engineers who operate throughout the UK. The team not only installs new Saniflo products in domestic and commercial projects, but also attends call-outs to service, maintain and repair the full range.

In many cases the engineers rectify a wrongly specified or wrongly fitted product - it is rarely a macerator or pump issue. This is obviously good news for plumbing and building merchants, who are, quite rightly, reluctant to accept macerator return due to health and safety issues.

Hansgrohe UK expands marketing team with three new appointments

Hansgrohe-UK_3appts.jpgHansgrohe UK has announced the recent expansion of the UK marketing team.

Marc clocks up 30 years at Roman

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Recent News

KBB 2018: KBBG to treat visitors to launch of new Störmer kitchen - J115 hall 19 at stand

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Visitors to the Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group stand will be treated to the UK launch of a new kitchen collection from German furniture brand Störmer (pictured), as well as a new product presentation concept called the 'magic wall', which utilises the very latest interactive smart technology.

KBB 2018: Blanco's stylish new products to be showcased - I100

As a world leading manufacturer of sinks, taps, hobs and extractor hoods for domestic kitchens, Blanco UK is well known for design flair and high quality products.

Moderate growth for UK shower market in 2017; market penetration now at c.90%

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In 2017, the value of the shower equipment market is estimated to have seen a moderate increase of around 2%, according to a new report by AMA Research. This follows a similarly modest increase of 3% in 2016.

A positive message from the BiKBBI

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation ended 2017 on a high note and its chief executive Damian Walters is equally positive about the Institute's prospects in 2018.

New CIH and KBBG partnership will offer benefits to all

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Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings) and The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group - part of Europe's leading kitchen and bathroom buying group, have signed a partnership that will increase trading opportunities for members of both organisations.

American cherry brings sophistication to London home

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min Taha Architects + Groupwork have renovated a 1950s house in London's Bayswater area, cleverly restoring Travertine and cherry panelling using American cherry - a premium wood with a creamy white sapwood and rich reddish brown heartwood, with a fine uniform straight grain and smooth texture.

Caple kits out Black Cow distillery with high-performance appliances

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Caple has joined forces with boutique vodka brand Black Cow to supply appliances to the kitchen in the distillery's new 'brand home', which features a kitchen and bar alongside the distillery at Childhay Manor Farm, West Dorset.

Rewards and penalties: taking bold steps to protect your company's data

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A study from Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide.


Wilsonart develops blogger collaboration for real feedback

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"Working with interiors bloggers is proving a compelling way to get consumer trend feedback and product exposure," says Ruby Larvin, marketing communications manager for Wilsonart UK.


KItchenAid produces new major domestic appliance brochure

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KitchenAid, the luxury appliance manufacturer, has produced a new brochure for trade partners, which presents highlights of its major domestic appliance product portfolio.

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