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6th April 2018


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International News

Shower market shuns 'expected' Brexit blip in 2018

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The new 2018 report on the UK shower market from MTW Research finds that whilst the prospect of Brexit might dampen performance, robust demand continues to support above inflation growth in 2018 for most sectors.

TKC introduces two new, easy-to-install storage solutions into its portfolio

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TKC has introduced the SmartLarder and the Combi into its portfolio to offer new storage solutions that are stylish, easy-to-install, highly practical and available now from stock.

Saniflo creates kitchens anywhere

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Well known for its market-leading range of pumps and macerators for bathroom scenarios, Saniflo also leads the way in grey water pumping solutions for kitchen, utility and laundry environments.

Customised gratings create a perfectly colour co-ordinated bathroom

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With the growing trend to customise bathrooms, On The Level (OTL) has produced a spectrum of contemporary coloured gratings from Gold to Green - meaning it's now easier to make a shower or wetroom as individual as we all are.

Endless design possibilities with Rehau's Rauvisio range

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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I suppose it was only a matter of time, wasn't it, before a 'hit list' was produced of refrigeration products deemed to be less than 100% safe... although I must say, I was surprised at how long the list - published by 'Which?' this week - actually is.

Many years ago, I found myself living without a fridge freezer for a few months over the start of the year and although I managed well in the early weeks by keeping everything in storage boxes on a table outside the back door, life became harder as the weather grew warmer. I think it was the discovery that a snail had managed to slime its way into one of the boxes and chomp off my jar labels, which persuaded me that I had to end the experiment, and I can say with hand on heart that it's not an exercise I'm keen to repeat.

I'm wondering whether householders who are extra-sensitive and may now be unnecessarily worried about their appliances catching fire, will end up trying to (or having to) go without for a while until they can buy a replacement product. After all, many people aren't in the position to be able to afford to buy an appliance without having saved up for one and many of these won't be able to resort to using credit either.

I also wonder whether the news will mean prices of appliances not featuring on the list will rise, because consumers will be panic buying items from these brands - and if there's too much of a spike in demand it may mean that the retailers will be unable to supply to order. Then of course, some manufacturers will see all this as an opportunity to increase market share by lowering prices to attract new customers who may become loyal repeat buyers of the brand, or perhaps offering deals which include colour-matched toasters, kettles, coffee-makers etc. as a way to grab the business.

I can see some great marketing opportunities here - and am surprised not to have received press releases from companies not on the list, taking advantage of the situation, or those who are on the list, attempting to allay any fears that their products might be unsafe. AMDEA - the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, has accused Which? Of scaremongering. You can read its statement below...




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

AMDEA responds to Which? report on 'unsafe' appliances

Following the report published by Which? on refrigeration standards which listed those companies it considered to be manufacturing products that are not as safe as they could be, AMDEA, the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances which represents over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands, has issued the following statement:

"Consumers should be reassured that all appliances on the market have to be safe and tested to the rigorous safety standards prevailing at the time. These standards are continuously revised or improved, but this does not mean that a previous generation of products is unsafe.

Uform unveils four cutting-edge door designs and more colour choice

* Uform-Aldana-skinny-shaker.jpgUform has introduced its latest product offering which includes four innovative kitchen door designs, five stylish new stains and six trendy paint-to-order colours as well as more paint-to-order options for existing ranges. Raising the bar again in terms of choice, quality and value, this newest launch offers a wealth of design options with all new ranges offering made-to-order doors, drawer fronts and accessories.

Aldana is the new skinny shaker style door which is constructed from a solid ash frame and veneered ash centre panel. A modern twist on the classic shaker, Aldana is available ex-stock sanded and can be painted to order from a palette of 27 colours on a 10-day lead time. Colour matching is also available.

Sold out! Sirius Buying Group 2018 International Conference

* Sirius-conference.jpgSirius Buying Group, major buying group of electrical appliance and kitchen retail solutions, has sold out its 8th International Conference taking place on 20th to 23rd May 2018 at The Lakes Hotel Vilamoura, Portugal: its fifth time at this southern Algarve 5* hotel.

Set to be the biggest conference to date, 2018's up-take smashes last year's attendance, with Sirius hosting a full party of 140 delegates: made up of group members and their respective business partners, plus key delegates from group Approved Suppliers.

Blanco Durinox is the ultimate innovation in stainless steel

* ZEROX-DURINOX.jpgBlanco UK has developed a durable stainless steel worktop material, Blanco Durinox, which is twice as strong as conventional stainless steel worktops. Durinox is available in any SteelArt worktop size.

Resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the velvety-matt surface can be integrated with the new Blanco Zerox range of sinks which are also available in a Durinox surface.

New wood finish for Crosswater's Glide II bathroom furniture

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Drawing upon the trend for natural surfaces, the latest design's genuine wood veneer introduces a touch of rustic style to bathrooms in a practical and streamlined storage solution.

Keller Kitchens for the best delivery times

* Keller-Kitchens-for-best-delivery.jpgKeller Kitchens not only produces beautiful, smart kitchens; the company also boasts fantastic customer service when it comes to delivery times.

Hudson Reed gains CE marking approval for its entire heating range

* Hudson-Reed.jpgBathroom specialist, Hudson Reed, has received approval for its entire heating range, which includes its radiators and heated towel rails, to carry CE Marking.

Being fully CE certified means retailers and their customers have the peace of mind knowing that all products within the range have been independently tested and approved as safe according to their respective standardised regulations.

Stoves extends Mini Range collection to meet demand: New appliances feature Bluetooth connectivity

* Stoves-Mini-Richmond.jpgIn response to growing market demand, Stoves has expanded its ever-popular Richmond aesthetic to include a collection of new 'Mini Range' 60cm options with Bluetooth connectivity.

Stoves has applied its timeless and traditional Richmond range cooker aesthetic to four new 60cm freestanding cookers, offering Ceramic, Dual Fuel, Gas, and Induction options - all with large touch-control LED programmer, full-width grill pan, easy-clean enamel interior, and an AA energy rating.

Hoover bolsters cooking portfolio with Vogue Premium Collection

* Hoover-Vogue.jpgHoover has announced the launch of its second high-end cooking collection; Vogue Premium. Building on the success of the Vogue range launched in 2017, the company has now created a family of appliances that combine the latest professional technology with a minimalistic, modern style.

Designed to perfectly match one another, the appliances can be banked vertically or horizontally to create a high-end aesthetic in the kitchen. The Collection been developed for consumers who have a keen eye for style and want to cook restaurant-quality food in their own home.

VitrA already victorious in 2018 with flurry of design awards to celebrate

* VitrA-Sentro.jpgAfter winning 11 Good Design awards in January, VitrA has returned from the 2018 iF award ceremony with eight iF awards, including a Gold! With the iF awards largely considered to be the worldwide symbol of product and design excellence, VitrA has certainly got the first quarter of 2018 off to an excellent start.

VitrA's gold prize winner was the Stix ceramic tile range (pictured), which has a natural stone appearance that will never go out of style. Several ranges created by the VitrA Design Team also won iF awards, including the Sento bathroom range (pictured) and the Suit brassware range. Tech-slate tiles range also received iF awards, as did the exhibition containers that VitrA used to display its new products and highlight its sustainability approach at the 2018 Unicera fair.

New intelligent voice and motion-activated recycling bin offers total control

* intelligent-bin.jpgBinopolis.com's new voice-activated ST2015 bin has been designed to automatically open when it hears you say 'open can', thanks to intelligent sensors for complete control in the kitchen.

Designed by Simplehuman, this new bin in fingerprint-proof, brushed stainless steel enables you to throw rubbish away quickly and efficiently. This hassle-free solution also features a motion sensor, which will simply open at the wave of a hand.

Shop Blanco products with brand new 2018 brochures

* Shop-Blanco-2018.jpgBlanco's new brochures for 2018 highlight the innovative products and design, through glossy pages and detailed product descriptions helping customers find the perfect sinks, taps and extractor hoods for their kitchen area.

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Roca Group celebrates successful KBB 2018

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New water label website launches in world water week

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