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9th February 2018
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Innovative modern design with Blanco's Collectis 6-S sink
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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KBB 2018: InSinkErator to launch new products - G120, Hall 19
KBB 2018: British Ceramic Tile sets out to sell the dream, bringing the latest interior trends and new product launches to retailers - D89
KBB 2018: Keller Kitchens - Dutch design showcased on Stand W110 in Hall 17
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
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...
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
KBB 2018: Bushboard to unveil exciting new solid surface developments - Stand G95
KBB 2018: New version of ArtiCAD-Pro being launched - J85 & M80
KBB 2018: Abode to showcase new products - I90 Hall 19
Whenever I’m out and about, I generally seek out the washrooms of whichever establishment I’m visiting – not because I need to, but because I like to see whose sanitaryware has been used, how it seems to be holding up to constant use by the building’s owners and visitors and, importantly, how clean it is.
As editor of KBzine, I get to see lots of new products that haven’t yet been installed or used, as well as some outstanding photography that makes me truly envious of whoever’s lucky enough to enjoy the facilities pictured, or those like them. It’s only when something’s been in use for some time though, that I can tell whether it’s really fabulous or whether it doesn’t quite make the grade…
In yesterday’s Cleanzine, the other e-zine John and I have been producing for almost two decades (now that makes me feel old!) I ran a news-piece about the launch of the Loo of the Year Awards – which I have in the past helped judge. It occurred to me that I ought to tell you about them, because many of the products I write about in KBzine feature in the winning washrooms and there’s some great publicity to be gained from getting involved.
These Awards cover retail, hospitality, leisure, heritage, entertainment, holiday parks, education, health, offices, transport, sport, beaches and workplaces, as well as car parks, public and mobile toilets in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, so as you can imagine there are lots of possibilities to get your name in lights. The team of judges visits every facility that’s entered.
The closing date for entries is 30th June and the finalists and winners are celebrated at an all-day event in December, which offers plenty of fun and networking and those all-important introductions to potential new clients, as well as small scale exhibition opportunities.
Further publicity is also up for grabs by linking to the Awards themselves: the organisers are always looking for sponsors and understandably when anything as quirky as the nation’s toilets are under the spotlight, the competition and Awards event always attract the attention of the national and local press, as well as the TV cameras!
If you’d like to find out more about getting involved, email Mike Bone at [email protected] or visit www.loo.co.uk and do let me know if you’re going to take part – either as an entrant or as a sponsor.
This Week's News
KBSA Supports Omega's Yorkshire Open Day
The KBSA tells us it was delighted to lend its support at an open day for kitchen retailers organised by corporate member Omega, which involved businesses from across Yorkshire attending the regional event at Omega's purpose-built manufacturing complex in Thorne, near Doncaster.
New Kinemagic model even more accessible
The Kinedo range of cubicles from Saniflo has been extended with an extra model in the Kinemagic range.
The Kinemagic Serenity Plus is a high quality, all-in-one shower cubicle that has been designed to fit in exactly the same space as a standard bath and can be installed with the minimum fuss and hassle.
KBB 2018: Rehau's Rauvisio to take centre stage - M123
Rehau will be showcasing its innovative and flexible Rauvisio surface materials and edge banding product range, which add a stylish and durable finish to any surface or furniture.
One of the products taking centre stage will be the Rauvisio Crystal Mirror. Technically known as polymeric glass, Crystal Mirror is one of the most advanced mirror materials in the world, and is a great alternative to mirrored glass.
It is aesthetically as beautiful as real glass yet has none of its limitations, opening up new and exciting opportunities in the design and production of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture and surfaces.
Alongside Crystal Mirror, Rehau will also be introducing visitors to Rauvisio Wave, Karat polymer-stone and Mineral solid-surface ranges plus its new Crystal Decors portfolio.
British Ceramic Tile combines the old with new to advance its production techniques
While some tile manufacturers threw out the old with the new, British Ceramic Tile chose to re-evaluate its production techniques fusing together two manufacturing processes to deliver product collections with the extra wow factor.
With sales of collections such as Luna and Ted Baker Geometric growing month on month, the company has plans to increase its product portfolio to include more ranges that offer this innovative production process which sees the latest in inkjet technology combined with rotocolour printing.
KBB Birmingham 2018: Roper Rhodes returns with not one, but two stands - D55 & D60
Following its successful return to KBB Birmingham two years ago, Roper Rhodes is exhibiting at this year's show with not one but two stands spanning an impressive 241sq.m.
Located in a prime position, the stands will feature a raft of new and bestselling products from four of the Bath-based company's brands.
Blanco launches online spares website
Blanco UK has launched a brand new website, www.blancotapspares.co.uk to provide aftersales care for customers and assist with buying spare parts for Blanco taps. Easy to navigate, the new website offers spare parts for all taps within the Blanco range and includes replacement parts such as levers, ceramic disc cartridges, O-rings, and spare spouts.
Cosentino UK continues its support for The Kitchen Education Trust
Cosentino UK tells us it is delighted to be continuing its support of The Kitchen Education Trust through the awarding of a 50% scholarship for the award-winning foundation degree course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University, to Dan Hughes (pictured), a designer at Cosentino Elite Studio, Classic & Modern Kitchens.
Dan has worked for the company, based in Caerphilly, Wales, since 2012 and is delighted to have been selected for the course.
Belling unveils winners of its first Cookery Club competition
Leading cooking appliance manufacturer, Belling, has announced the winners of its first Cookery Club competition and presented them each with £2,000 worth of cooking appliances.
Belling Cookery Club was launched to support primary schools, many of which don't have the facilities to deliver practical cookery experiences - despite cooking and nutrition now forming part of the curriculum across the UK.
Bijoux accessories are perfectly formed
Perfectly formed to complement small en suites and bathrooms short on space, the new 45cm towel rails from Vado have been elegantly fashioned to coordinate with bijoux sanitaryware to create the perfect finishing touch.
Not everyone wants a towel ring, or has the space for a standard 60cm rail. Recognising the shift in trend towards smaller, minimalist bathrooms, the new shorter rails have been developed to satisfy this market need.
Diana Celella appointed SBID president and Tom Marquardt, president elect
The Society of British & International Design has appointed Diana Celella as the new SBID president for the term 2018 - 2020. Succeeding SBID's founding president, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, Diana is committed to further developing SBID's core mission; to guide and measure the profession's trading standards.
Diana is an award-winning designer based in the West Midlands.
Satisfaction guaranteed! Häfele introduces lifetime guarantee across in-house product set
Häfele is introducing a lifetime guarantee across its own-brand range, which covers a wide array of products across the furniture fittings and design industry: StarTec door furniture; Slido sliding door hardware; IxConnect furniture connectors, fittings and shelf supports; the Loox plug-and-play LED lighting system; the MX soft-close drawer system and the Free range of flap fittings.
KitchenAid retains food ambassadors
The KitchenAid Serious About Food campaign sees the continued appointment of Edd Kimber and Grant Pierrus in 2018 as ambassadors for the premium appliance brand. The campaign is the challenge of innovation and the excitement in exploring new possibilities and flavours.
The continued appointment of campaign ambassadors Edd and Grant is anticipated to drive awareness of the campaign and the KitchenAid brand.
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Soapbox: Consumer safety in the home - Government gets serious
"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.
KBB 2018: Blum set to create its biggest stand ever at Birmingham show - T120, Hall 17
KBSA announces new venue for Annual Conference
SOAPBOX: Retentions... has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster?
"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
KBB 2018: Blanco's stylish new products to be showcased - I100
Bathstore and Elle Decoration announce partnership