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23rd March 2018
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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.
I'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!
This Week's News
Roca, 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.
Our 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 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.
CRL 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.
There 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 - 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."
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.
The 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.
The 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.
It's a process that the CIOB believes needs to be modernised, made more reliable and more dynamic.
"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.
The 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.
The BMF has successfully launched Apprenticeships Plus including an Apprenticeship Training Agency to research and access apprenticeships for its members.
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 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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