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16th February 2018


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International News

New Kinemagic model even more accessible

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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

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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

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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.

Bijoux accessories are perfectly formed

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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.

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

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The 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.

T: 01923 635 200
W: www.blanco.co.uk

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

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As 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.

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

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'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.

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.

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As someone who's needed to have a new bathroom fitted for more years than I care to remember (and when I say 'needed' I don't mean because I'm bored with my old one, but that it's no longer functioning properly), it hit home when I learned this week that consumer confidence is currently delaying sales by up to six months. 

Yes. According to new statistics following a 'Webrooming vs Showrooming' study of 1,000 UK consumers, conducted by ecommerce agency PushON (www.pushon.co.uk) 24% of customers spend up to six months on research before making a considered purchase. 

Only six months? 

It appears that when looking to buy a luxury item, such as a new kitchen, 28% of consumers will typically spend up to a month properly researching the options available before making a decision. And 7% are even taking over six months - stating they need to be confident they have made a good purchasing decision. 

The research also found that people are now combining online and in-store shopping, with 79% saying they've found an expensive product online that they've liked, but have then gone in store to make the final purchase so they can see what the item looks like in reality. 

It also works the other way, with almost as many saying they've bought an expensive item online, once they've examined it in store. The research was carried out to highlight consumers' shopping preferences and learn how retailers need to improve the shopping experience to support customers right through to the point of sale. "It's clear from the research that consumers don't feel confident enough to make expensive purchasing decisions straight away and are taking a long time to research all their options to make a final choice that they know they'll be happy with," says PushON's Sam Rutley. "Several factors affect customer decisions... price, customer service, product quality, delivery options... 

Shoppers want to make sure they're getting the best deal for their money and it's up to retailers to close the purchasing gap by providing a truly omni-channel experience and engaging with shoppers on various channels to build better relationships. This way shoppers will have all the information they need to make an informed decision and then follow through with that purchase." While I agree with what Sam's saying, my issue is that there's simply too much choice! Perhaps my upcoming visit to KBB Birmingham will help narrow things down for me...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Soapbox: What lessons can we learn from Carillion's collapse?

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As the dust begins settling on the collapse of Carillion, we move to the damage assessment phase - but question marks remain over the fate of at least 43,000 jobs. Some 30,000+ small businesses are thought to be owed money by the firm, and although credit insurers have confirmed that they will pay out compensation totalling £30 million, this only accounts for a small portion of the debt owed.

Top inclusive design award for VitrA and Sheffield Hallam University

* VitrA-Housing-Awards.jpgVitrA UK, one of Europe's leading bathroom manufacturers and part of the international Eczacibasi Group, has been recognised by the UK Over 50's Housing Award, for its considerable efforts to address the needs of our ageing population.

Membership and Conference discounts to celebrate 40 years

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is offering a selection of strictly time limited discounts on membership and tickets for the Annual Conference, as part of its celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary.

The details will be announced at KBB Birmingham next month and members and new members will be able to take advantage of the special deals when they visit the stand.

Sensor technology at its best with Blanco's Solenta-S tap

* Blanco-sensor-technology.jpgBlanco UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen easier. The Solenta-S tap has a manual or hands-free Start-Stop mode. With a near field sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented.

Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.

Overall growth forecast in the UK floor and wall tiles market at 7% until 2021

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However, growth rates have slowed to around 2% in 2016-17 with this more modest growth scenario likely to be a feature of the market into the medium- term. Key factors that have underpinned the market over the last two years have included strong demand from both contract and residential end-use sectors as well design and innovation trends that have added value to products.

Kitchen fitter TACF calls for UK talent as 'Brexit Exodus' set to impact industry

* TACF.jpgBrexit negotiations present both challenges and opportunities within the construction industry, according to kitchen fitter TACF, whose owner Dominic Lewis is calling on British talent to seize the opportunity as the number of migrant workers in London and beyond may see decline in coming years.

"Over a quarter of a million jobs in the UK within the construction industry are currently under threat, most of which are in the capital, as Brexit continues to have an impact," he claims.

Roca goes above and beyond at KBB

* Roca-KBB1.jpgRoca, the world leader in creating imaginative, beautifully designed and sustainable bathroom solutions, will be unveiling innovative new designs at kbb Birmingham. At the show, which takes place from 4-7 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, Roca will be launching its eagerly-awaited Beyond and Carmen collections as well as exhibiting the new Armani/Roca range.

We have mail: Product recall made easy

Stephen Munton, the ex-electrical retailer who now heads up the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, writes in response to a leader in which I asked whether I'm naive to think that appliance sellers should be required to take the customer's contact details for inclusion on a national register, to aid product recall...

Hi Jan,

No, you are not naive in my opinion. With online purchasing being what it is now, names and addresses are being given out left, right, and centre, so it's surely a case that all the computer systems should talk to each other so that what is taken from the retailer gets sent straight to the manufacturer?

Goodness knows if I can stand in the bank paying in cash and get a text message to confirm the transaction before I have even said goodbye to the cashier, that proves how fast things can work.

Velvet Victoria sleigh bed will provide that bedroom glamour

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For anyone looking to give their bedroom a modern, luxe-look update, the Victoria sleigh bed is a perfect choice. A stunning Chesterfield design with an elegant 150cm high statement headboard, it nods to the biggest interiors trends of the year with its crushed velvet upholstery, pale grey colourway and subtle metallic shimmer.

KBB 2018: Bathroom Brands Group set to impress - Stand H20 E95

* Bathroom-Brands-marketing.jpgBathroom Brands tells us that 2018 is set to be a groundbreaking period of development for the Group, with KBB acting as a starting whistle for the year ahead.

Throughout the event, the company will be revealing its largest showcase of new product launches to date, reflecting the latest bathroom trends and advancements across all its individual brands, from Crosswater and Burlington, to Clearwater and Britton.

TKC's Vero Quickcabs simplify installation of handleless kitchens

* TKC-Vero-Quickcabs.jpgTKC's innovative new Vero Quickcabs have been designed to make the installation of a true handleless kitchen easier and faster.

The pre-fitted cam and dowel design results in a cabinet build time of less than two minutes and the carcases come pre-routered so that an installer simply lines them up to fit the company's Vero rail system.

TKC's new Trade Index is bigger than ever

* TKC-cat.jpgTKC's Trade Index has been fully updated to showcase its most comprehensive product offer to date, incorporating the latest additions to its expanding portfolio.

Available now from stock, the 364-page index includes the expanded Cartmel range, which has trebled in size to incorporate 10 fashionable colours available from stock. The Trade Index also includes appliances for the first time after the company introduced a 99-strong range of built-in and freestanding appliances under the NordMende brand in Summer 2017.

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Recent News

KBB Birmingham 2018: Roper Rhodes returns with not one, but two stands - D55 & D60

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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.

Belling unveils winners of its first Cookery Club competition

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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.

Soapbox: Consumer safety in the home - Government gets serious

Yvonne 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.

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

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KBB 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.

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?


Blanco launches online spares website

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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.

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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