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23rd March 2018


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International News

Cosentino's biggest stand ever featured exclusive VIP lounge to showcase new launches

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Cosentino Group, renowned globally for its production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, hosted its biggest stand to date at KBB Birmingham, with an impressive 170sq.m set including an exclusive VIP lounge.

From kitchen to living space in seamless fashion with Masterclass

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With kitchen design being a lifestyle choice, Masterclass Kitchens presented two varied concepts at the show; one catering to a thoroughly modern lifestyle and the other with something a little more classic in mind.

Uform reflects on successful first attendance at KBB

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As Uform celebrates a momentous year with a brand refresh and its 25th year in business, no one could envisage the level of enthusiasm and excitement that its first official attendance at KBB Birmingham would bring to the kitchen industry.

Abacus Bathrooms, Lustrolite and Elements display innovations at KBB 2018

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Abacus Bathrooms, renowned for technical prowess in bathroom design and product portfolios, highlighted innovation by showing the build and fitting of individual systems; all guaranteed to result in the perfect bathroom in terms of style and function.

A quick peek at Peka...

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It wasn't the largest stand at the show, but Peka stood out, thanks to the feeling of old-fashioned opulence that the display by this Swiss manufacturer of premium quality storage solutions and accessories evoked...

Keller Kitchens - Dutch design showcased with new Trend Collection taking centre stage

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Keller Kitchens brought Dutch design to the show, demonstrating how its beautiful, continental styles make every house a home. From handleless contemporary designs to industrial looks, Keller provides the market with quality products of the highest standard.

Karonia - keeping the customers satisfied

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When we arrived at the Karonia stand, there was a huge group of visitors, which I soon discovered included a good number of kitchen fitters keen to learn about the benefits of the company's easy-to-fit worksurfaces and the famed 'no join' finish, and see the specially designed shaping tools in action.

Abode makes a splash with raft of new kitchen and bathroom innovations

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With significant investment in research and development across its business, Abode is launching over 90 new products in 2018. From hot water taps and sinks, to kitchen taps and bathroom brassware, the new additions combine product innovation, style and function - as visitors to Abode's understandably very busy stand, will attest.

InSinkErator: exciting new launches

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InSinkErator showcased a number of exciting new launches, including the 4N1 Touch instant filtered/non-filtered, steaming hot/cold water tap (more later, if I've confused you!), a new Food Waste Disposer that's being added to the Showroom Collection and a new Satin Black Finish steaming hot water tap.

Dallmer showcase stylish new drainage solutions

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Hoping to repeat the success of its previous appearance at the venue, Dallmer showcased its industry-leading floor drain solutions.

Welcome to the



Welcome to the third and final part of our KBB 2018 show review, which we hope has given you a flavour of our visit and what we discovered as we wandered around the halls. While we don't have the visitor numbers yet, we reckon the event was a good one. All the exhibitors we spoke with during the show were pleased with the way things were going and the visitors we interacted with were all happy that they'd taken the time and trouble to attend.

Add to this the feedback we've received since - which has echoed the general positivity, and my view is that despite the weather, which for a time seemed hell-bent on ruining everything, this was a hugely successful event and one that bodes well for our industry over the coming months as well as for KBB 2020, which will take place from 1st - 4th March.

Tumerix_142.jpgI've written a lot over the past three weeks about fabulous new products, innovation and lively stands but one that hasn't yet had a mention, is pictured here. If there was an award for marketing enterprise or perhaps making the most out of a tenuous link, it would have to go to Turmerix (www.facebook.com/turmerixnsw).

I'd gone past the stand a couple of times, wondering initially if its burnt orange hue was a new kitchen colour or something, before deciding to stop and ask the team what they were selling. "It's something that should always be in your kitchen cupboard," I was told.

Already a convert to the benefits of Turmeric, I tried the small solution offered and found it was less bitter than my normal brand. I'm now hoping that the company will be at KBB 2020 selling turmeric lattes!

Another clever idea was experienced by visitors to the Bathroom Brands stand. The company had cleverly installed a tubular slide down into a ballpond for those leaving the upstairs hospitality suite in a hurry. What a great way of ensuring that visitors remember your brand - brilliant!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Roca Group celebrates successful KBB 2018

* Roca-Group_KBB.jpgRoca, along with Laufen, unveiled innovative new designs at their joint-branded Roca Group exhibition suite. The Roca and Laufen teams met with over 1,000 visitors during the four-day event, making it one of the most successful KBB shows for the group.

"Our team had a very positive show and we were delighted to be back at KBB again this year," says Alan Dodds, managing director, Roca Group.

Endless design possibilities with Rehau's Rauvisio range

* Rehau-Rauvision-mirror1.jpgOur guided tour of Rehau's stand introduced us to several new products from its stylish and contemporary Rauvisio range, which features 10 products and recently has been strengthened by some new additions, including the Rauvisio Crystal Mirror, Rauvisio Crystal Magnetic and Rauvisio Crystal Decor, to provide even further options for adding a touch of elegance and style to the home.

Technically known as polymeric glass, Rehau's Rauvisio Crystal Mirror is a premium product and part of Rehau's Rauvisio Crystal range. It consists of a 2mm clear PMMA acrylic layer with a transparent scratch-resistant coating. The Rauvisio Crystal Mirror material boasts all the same flexibility, durability and quality of the Rauvisio Crystal range but has the flatness and true mirror reflection of real glass.

Sensio's new 2018 lighting just asked to be illuminated...

* Sensio-new-2018.jpgSensio has a reputation for being first to market with enlightening innovations, designed and engineered in house, and its latest product introductions are no exception, as visitors to the show soon discovered.

The company displayed a host of new light fittings and smart technologies, including CCT switchable lights and voice control.

Complete collection of 73 CRL quartz and Ceralsio ceramic surfaces impresses KBB crowds

* CRL-kbb2018.jpgCRL Stone made the very most of exhibiting at KBB Birmingham, with visitors packing on to its stand throughout the four-day event, taking the opportunity to see the complete range of ceramic and quartz surfaces in one place.

New colours were launched across the Ceralsio and CRL Quartz collections, responding to the natural vibe in interior design trends and influenced by striking materials including marble and granite.

Plush flush from Roper Rhodes - plus, coming soon...

* Plush-flush.jpgThere was a lot to see on the Roper Rhodes stand which was set alongside striking Laura Ashley room-sets displaying some luxurious bathroom options, including two new double-skinned acrylic slipper baths which were comfortingly warm to the touch and which have resin reinforcement for additional strength and rigidity.

We thought one was white and the other was a stone colour, until Homestyle PR's Nicki Hanley pointed out that they were both exactly the same shade of white - which shows the important part the consumer's choice of lighting plays in the eventual look of a bathroom!

Bushboard 'best KBB ever'

* Bushboard-Omega-Graphite.jpgBushboard - the renowned UK producer of laminate worksurfaces and bathroom panels for the specialist kitchen and bathroom industry, tells us that this year's KBB was far and away the best the company has enjoyed.

Commercial director Neil Horton says: "This year's show has been an unprecedented success. The team worked incredibly hard to pull the exhibition together and we had much to show and created a real buzz amongst our kitchen and bathroom industry colleagues and customers."

BMA to reveal bathroom habits in the home

* BMA-bathroom-habits.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association is undertaking consumer research to understand more about how people use their bathrooms.

The project which is designed to provide valuable insight into water usage and habits will be carried out in two parts, a seven-day diary study with a sample of 50 homeowners and a questionnaire that will be completed by a 500-strong sample.

British Ceramic Tile battles the conditions to enjoying a successful KBB

* British-Ceramic-Tile-KBB1.jpgThe Beast from the East caused all manner of problems when it arrived, with traffic and delivery chaos on a grand scale. But in a true story of triumph over adversity British Ceramic Tile - and many other manufacturers exhibiting at KBB, endured the arctic conditions to enjoy a successful show.

Despite the weather conditions during the show, the company secured some promising new leads with potential national retailers as well as opening up a number of new accounts, particularly within the bathroom sector.

New approach to estimating published to address challenges of modern construction

* New-approach.jpgThe Code of Estimating Practice from the Chartered Institute of Building has been updated in recognition of how the procedure, practice and process of construction have changed.
Estimating is the systematic calculation of projected construction and overhead costs for a construction project and it is an essential skill for a successful contractor.

It's a process that the CIOB believes needs to be modernised, made more reliable and more dynamic.

Skills shortage in the construction sector

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"The construction sector is in the grips of a skills shortage which is limiting construction activity and increasing labour costs at the same time. The shortage has recently hit its worst recorded level and it is expected to worsen over the coming years and decades, with the recruitment of new talent failing to keep up with the rate of retirement.

New water label website launches in world water week

* New-water-label-website.jpgThe European Bathroom Forum, which is driving forward plans for a single standard for water labelling across the EU unveiled its new website this week, coinciding with World Water Day - which happens to be today.

Bathroom manufacturers across Europe are aiding governments in their quest to reduce water consumption by producing innovative and technologically advanced bathroom products that deliver the bathing experience consumers enjoy and, when installed and used correctly, also use less water, saving energy and money.

Builders Merchants Federation reports apprenticeship levy success

* Builders-merchants.jpgThe Builders Merchants Federation has brushed off claims from other employers that the Government's apprenticeship levy, introduced last April, is difficult to understand and use.

The BMF has successfully launched Apprenticeships Plus including an Apprenticeship Training Agency to research and access apprenticeships for its members.

Adding style and choice to 'home wellness' facilities

* Adding-style-and-choice.jpgHogarth Homes is an expert in making home wellness facilities as comfortable as possible and creating homes with spas, saunas and Jacuzzi facilities.

The company has observed an increasing trend to have more and more wellness facilities in a home and believes it may be a way for us to keep ourselves a little more sane in our frazzled, digital-age lives!

Perrin & Rowe opens flagship showroom in Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

* Perrin-and-Rowe-opens.jpgPerrin & Rowe has opened a 680sq.ft flagship showroom in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The new space aims to inspire visitors and allow the quality of its premium brassware and chinaware, which is designed, engineered and made in the UK to be seen first-hand.

Overseen by global interior designer, Kamini Ezralow of Studio Kamini, the focal point of the showroom is an impressive curved wall, which displays brassware like precious jewellery.

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Recent News

Winning awards for innovation...

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Virtual Worlds, Multilines Caccaro, Wirquin and Villeroy & Boch were proudly displaying innovation awards on their stands, having impressed judges Andy Bishop, creative director of KBB Birmingham, Hayley Tarrington-Robson, creative director of Day-True, Matthew Walmsley, national sales & marketing director of Blum UK, Colin Wong, creative director of Development Direct and Ruth Bell, editor of Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms.

Congratulations to KBSA for Award win!

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When we visited the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association stand, membership manager Dawn Harlow told us how delighted everyone in the team was to have won the Special Achievement Award at the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, for the significant contribution made to the KBB industry - and naturally she and Malcolm Scott, commercial director, Swift Electrical / KBSA corporate chair, wanted the Award in our picture!

Pretty in pink!

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Melissa, KBzine's editorial assistant, fell in love with this pink kitchen... Part of a vibrant new colour palette, Vintage Rose is pastel-inspired yet bold enough to form a striking contrast to more neutral tones, and is the perfect partner to on-trend shades such as grey and white, and popular materials such as timber, stainless steel and stone.

Full steam ahead for Steamist

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Steamist, which supplies bespoke, luxury steam rooms, showers and saunas to the residential and commercial sectors, will be demonstrating its steam shower in the Total Sense Steam Cabin to potential specifiers and installers.

British Ceramic Tile looks at trends influencing interior spaces and surfaces in 2018

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The trends for 2018 are a tale of two stories according to British Ceramic Tile's in-house design team. On one side, you have faded grandeur; interiors that have aged over time, revealing an inner beauty. Surfaces are worn and distressed, revealing layers of visual interest for a textural, natural look within an organic colour palette.


Blanco appoints new regional sales manager for Northern Ireland

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Blanco UK has appointed Darren McCrellis (pictured right) as regional sales manager for Northern Ireland. He has replaced Joe Cleland (pictured left) who was Blanco's previous regional sales manager in Northern Ireland for over 12 years.

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