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2nd February 2018


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International News

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

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Keller 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.

Gorenje to implement aluminium backing on all cooling lines

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Kitchen 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.

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). 

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It was interesting to read the Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s response to the Government’s creation of a national body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs (see Soapbox, below).

The new Office for Product Safety & Standards will help us meet safety challenges by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation. In addition to providing support for Trading Standards teams, it will co-ordinate work across local authorities where action is needed on a national scale and will ensure that the UK continues to carry out appropriate border checks on imported products once the UK leaves the EU. It will also work with the British Standards Institution to provide guidance on product recalls and corrective action, while conducting research into technological solutions to product marking and identification issues.

An ‘expert panel’ will be created from trade associations, consumer and enforcement representatives, to advise on safety issues as they arise, and – interestingly – it will research consumer behaviour to identify the best way to get people to register their appliances.

Am I naïve in thinking that the best way of ensuring products are registered, is for anyone selling an appliance to be bound by law to take the customer’s full contact details for inclusion on a national register? Yes, people move home, but rarely do they change mobile numbers and email addresses! Product recall/advice made easy…

The BMA’s Yvonne Orgill asks why, with so much legislation already in place, consumers are able to buy products that are unsafe or unfit for purpose.

Product safety never comes into question when I’m considering buying an electrical appliance. Yes, I’m aware of some of the dangers of some products because of what I’ve read in the news, but I look for something that fits the allocated space, looks good, has great reviews and as many of the functions I’d like, while still being affordable. I’ve never asked if something’s safe… I expect it to be. But then I’d never by an appliance from a dodgy source and clearly some others do!

Yvonne says that we as an industry could do more to make the consumer aware of the dangers of ‘buying cheap’ and I couldn’t agree more. I also think we could do a lot more to educate consumers on how to look after and use their appliances more safely, as this is clearly an issue too…



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Soapbox: Consumer safety in the home - Government gets serious

Yvonne-Orgill-BMA_142.jpgYvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, writes...

"With the news this week of the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards, it seems at last that there are signs of Government taking a serious interest in consumer safety in the home.

The remit of this new office, according to the Government, will be to manage large scale product recalls, like that of the defective tumble driers and faulty fridge freezers known to be the cause of many devastating fires - including Grenfell.

Innovative modern design with Blanco's Collectis 6-S sink

* Blanco-Collectis.jpgThe Collectis 6-S sink demonstrates the innovative modern design from Blanco UK which meets the users' needs. The generous sized functional sink has a central sorting bin to make it convenient for the user when organising and preparing food.

The sorting bin comes with a lid to cover the bin when not in use and is integrated with a sorting compartment which is fitted with a space-saving waste pipe to collect the waste cuttings.

The Collectis 6-S can be combined with BlancoSelect to make the ideal waste disposal system.

With an elegant look and practical outflow, the Collectis 6-S is available in White, Tartufo, Pearl Grey, Nutmeg, Rock Grey, Jasmine, Coffee, Champagne, Anthracite and alumetallic. The large range of colours offers the user multiple choices to suit a particular kitchen style.

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W: www.blanco.co.uk

BiKBBI launches Insurance Services

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has this week launched an exciting new insurance service which provides a wide range of robust commercial insurance products to the KBB industry.

BiKBBI chief executive Damian Walters, announced the launch of the new insurance service, in conjunction with United Insurance Brokers (UIB), a leading international insurance broker, in what he called "another milestone moment" for the organisation.

KBB 2018: Blum set to create its biggest stand ever at Birmingham show - T120, Hall 17

* Blum-Space-Tower-Landmark.jpgKBB Birmingham is the UK's first and foremost industry experience, offering retailers, fitters, designers, architects and suppliers unrivalled insight, inspiration and innovation into the latest products and services in the KBB sector. Blum, the UK's leading fittings supplier, has announced that it will be unveiling its biggest stand ever at 2018's event.

Visitors to the Blum stand will experience the very latest products, including stunning Space Towers, along with in-depth details on its outstanding services for retail and technical support.

KBB 2018: InSinkErator to launch new products - G120, Hall 19

* InSinkErator-food-waste-disp.jpgAs well as launching new products, InSinkErator will be showing its extensive product portfolio encompassing all product categories, including the award-winning Brushed Gold 3N1 L Shape steaming hot water tap, while the premium Showroom Collection will have pride of place to attract independent kitchen specialists.

Steaming hot water taps and food waste disposers are beneficial to retailers and independent kitchen specialists, as they are valuable add-on sales for new kitchens or for retro-fitting.

KBB 2018: British Ceramic Tile sets out to sell the dream, bringing the latest interior trends and new product launches to retailers - D89

* BCT-MAIN-galvanised.jpg'Sell the dream, not just the tile' is the key message to retailers from British Ceramic Tile at KBB this year. The company is looking to work with retailers at the show, communicating the key trends set to influence the market and the solutions that will help consumer dreams become a reality.

Surrey Interiors joins KBSA as membership continues to grow

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"Surrey Interiors is an independently owned business committed to providing its customers with a quality service from design concept to completion and we're delighted to welcome them into membership," says KBSA corporate retail chairman Simon Acres.

Bowled over - new basins join Frame collection

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The round basin is available as either a countertop or an inset. The 40.5cm countertop design is striking with gently sloped sides and a fashionable narrow rim. It has a smart ceramic waste cover and comes in white, matt white, black, and matt black. The inset version is 39cm in the same colours.

HiB's new-look brochure for 2018 brings style to the fore

* HiB-brochure-2018.jpgCoinciding with the new year, mirror and cabinet supplier, HiB, has invested in a completely new-look lifestyle brochure to better encapsulate its ethos of making all the difference to consumers' bathrooms.

Reflecting HiB's status as a major player in the industry and its commitment to pushing boundaries in innovation, the brochure provides retailers and end users alike with a comprehensive look at the company's vast product portfolio.

Patent granted for Abode Pronteau 4 in 1

* Abode-Pronteau-Patented.jpgCombining convenience with user safety, the Abode Pronteau 4 in 1 mixer tap has been granted a patent for its technology which makes it one of the safest steaming hot water taps on the market.

The innovation comes in the form of the Hotkey, a simple but effective mechanism for the safe delivery of piping hot water. Hidden inside the tap body, a proximity sensor detects when the HotKey is nearby, activating the boiler to pump steaming hot water through a separate central channel to the spout. This is insulated, meaning the water arrives hot but the outside surface of the tap remains cool and safe to the touch.

Paul Harman joins Hansgrohe UK as national sales manager - projects

* Paul-Harman_Hansgrohe.jpgHansgrohe UK appointed Paul Harman as national sales manager - projects.

Paul will work closely with architects and designers within the highly competitive contract market.

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Recent News

KBSA announces new venue for Annual Conference

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The 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...

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

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Jonathan Hyndman, Partner at law firm Rosling King, writes...

"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?

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.


Bathstore and Elle Decoration announce partnership

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Bathstore has announced its partnership with interiors magazine Elle Decoration, to launch the Transition collection by Elle Decoration.

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