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13th April 2018


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International News

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

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Uform 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.

Blanco Durinox is the ultimate innovation in stainless steel

Blanco 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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New for 2018, Crosswater has launched its ever-popular Glide II bathroom furniture collection in a beautiful new Windsor Oak finish.

Keller Kitchens for the best delivery times

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Keller 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

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

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

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In 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.

Hoover bolsters cooking portfolio with Vogue Premium Collection

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Hoover 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.

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

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Binopolis.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.

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.

Welcome to the




In recent weeks both John Austen and I have done a fair bit of travelling between southern Kent, the West Dorset coast, Manchester and many roads in between, and we've been disgusted by all the potholes. We're both agreed that my home town, Epsom, seems to be the winner in pothole numbers, size and depth, and although I rarely see John display anything akin to road rage, I could tell he was far from happy when driving through Epsom earlier this week.

One in my road repaired five months ago failed last month, with vehicles pebble-dashing innocent bystanders at the nearby bus stop, and - with the weather the way it's been - filthy rainwater. The hole's getting deeper; when it isn't waterlogged, you can no longer see the bottom of it from the path.

When traffic allows I drive along straddled across the centre line to avoid the potholes. Mind you - holes isn't perhaps the best way to describe them and I'm wondering whether Epsom is starting to form its own Rift Valley.* Titanic-pothole.jpg

When I can't straddle two lanes, I weave around like a drunk driver and I'm not the only one either. Aware of a survey carried out recently into driver behaviour and thoughts regarding potholes, I came across 'The RAC Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects' which had me chuckling with its pictures and descriptions of various pothole types, such as 'alligator', 'slalom' and 'moonscape'. It ended in a guffaw when I reached 'Windermere'. Yes - I know the one! It's not funny though, is it? It's soul-destroying enough to have to sit in traffic for hours on end - particularly if you do it on the same stretch of road, five days a week, but to find that when you're moving, you're lurching all over the place... well - what if you're transporting a lorry load of kitchen or bathroom products? I know everything's very well insulated from damage and this comment today goes against the frustration I've expressed about excess packaging, but I'm now wondering whether potholes are why everything's so well packed these days.

Then there's the danger of drivers unloading very expensive goods, going over on their ankles on uneven surfaces and perhaps unwittingly damaging what they're carrying. I'd love to know, have you had/made any complaints about damaged goods/vehicles as a result of potholes? And if so, what was the outcome? Finally, apologies for the delay in this broadcast. I can't blame it on potholes, but they certainly delayed our return yesterday from a busy exhibition...




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BMA to focus on plastics waste at AGM

* BMA-plastics.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association will be focusing on plastics waste at its AGM meeting on 20th June. This year's event will be held at a convenient central location at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel, Kidderminster.

As in previous years, the morning will be dedicated to updating full members on key topics that have a direct impact on their businesses.

Entries now open for new KBSA Awards

* KBSA-designer-awards.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that the Designer Awards 2018 are now open for entries and that the new Awards include improvements and enhancements designed to make them the most relevant and respected design awards in the industry.

"Our awards are already established as one of the most worthwhile awards in the industry because they come from the only trade association for independent kitchen and bathroom retailers in the UK," says KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert.

KBSA experts to meet consumers at Grand Designs

* KBSA-experts.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a number of retail members present to provide advice at Grand Designs, which takes place in London's ExCel from 5th - 13th May.

Ireland's Potter Cowan enjoys growth with Wilsonart Synergii

* Potter-Cowan.jpgAs the principal distributor for Wilsonarts Synergii offer throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, Potter Cowan has been stocking the Wilsonart UK Synergii worksurface for over a year and is enjoying record growth with the brand.

Potter Cowan is Ireland's leading trade-only kitchen product and component distributor operating from its three locations in Belfast, Dublin (which has just doubled in size) and Cork, to the kitchen and bedroom, retail trades.

Blanco UK gains ISO accreditation

* Blanco-ISO.jpgThe International Standardisation for Organisation (ISO) is committed to international standards to ensure quality, safety and efficiency amongst products and services.

Now, Blanco UK, the kitchen sink and tap specialist, has received ISO accreditation in the form of the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate.

TKC gains extra curves by significantly expanding its door choice

* TKC-curves.jpgTKC has significantly expanded its range of curved doors with 715mm, 895mm and the company's unique 1245mm sizes now all available from stock on six of its ranges, to open up greater design flexibility for customers.

Spanning a wide range of tastes and styles, the curves are available now on the Lucente Gloss, Matt and Hand Painted handleless; Vivo+ Gloss and Matt slab; Oxford Matt and Cartmel Matt shaker; and the Matt and Hand Painted Cambridge and Windsor solid timber ranges.

Textural and neutral - introducing Larna by Masterclass

* Textural-and-neutral.jpgMade in the UK to the finest standards, Larna is a new furniture range from Masterclass Kitchens that responds to the latest trends in interior design in the most stylish of ways.

Combining beautiful textures and a versatile neutral colour palette, Larna is a flat slab door that can be chosen with handles or the company's H Line handleless offering for a minimal and streamlined look. The paint effect finish of the furniture enhances the natural horizontal grain, which not only adds visual interest and character, but is also highly tactile and adds a sense of warmth to the kitchen.

Saniflo Kineduo walk-in shower-bath offers new features

* Saniflo-Kineduo.jpgSanifo - a leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators, shower cubicles, shower trays and inclusively designed bathroom products - has added several new features to its walk-in shower-bath, the Kineduo, making it completely customisable.

Now with the option to choose the brassware and shower, the Kineduo is an ideal choice for versatile, modern living. Select between a T-bar shower or classic model. The overhead rainshower comes complete with taps and water filler.

Franke's 'Refill Not Landfill' campaign aims to reduce use of plastic water bottles

* Franke-Refill-campaign.jpgFranke has launched a major new campaign, 'Refill Not Landfill' aimed at contributing to greater awareness of the need to reduce the use of plastic water bottles in everyday life. Working on the premise that small individual actions can develop quantum and make a difference, the campaign is designed to have a ripple effect engaging Franke staff, retailers, distributors, suppliers and consumers.

Kaldewei and the WWF: jointly protecting our oceans

* Kaldewei-WWF.jpgIt is forecast that in 2050 the oceans will contain as much plastics waste as fish. The first indications are already visible today: animals are perishing after ingesting plastics; microplastic is being found in many species of fish. On this basis, Kaldewei has joined forces with Worldwide Fund for Nature, working with its marine conservation programme in Southeast Asia.

Whirlpool launches silver coloured washing machines

* Whirlpool-silver.jpgWhirlpool has added two silver coloured washing machines to its range of freestanding laundry appliances, the Supreme Care 10Kg (FSCR 10432 S) and the FreshCare+ 8Kg.

The premium Supreme Care benefits from what is said to be the quietest spin cycle on the market, at just 68 dB(A), thanks to Whirlpool's Zen Technology.

LDL presents new Furnipart handle collection for 2018

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Mark Beard to become CIOB president in 2020

* Chairman-Mark-Beard.jpgMark Beard FCIOB, chairman of construction group Beard, will be appointed vice president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) on 19th June 2018, and in 2020 he will become the 117th president of the CIOB. His presidency will follow from Charles Egbu, Dean of School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London Southbank University who will become CIOB President in 2019, and Chris Soffe CEO of Gleeds America who will become CIOB President in July 2018.

"I am delighted to accept the opportunity of following Chris and Charles as vice president and president of the Chartered Institute of Building at a time of great challenge and change for our industry," says Mark. "I look forward to building on the outstanding work of CIOB past presidents; in particular, turning the excellent re

Smeg appoints Stuart Benson as head of built-in appliances

* Smeg-appoints-Stuart-B.jpgSmeg UK has announced the appointment of Stuart Benson as head of built-in appliances.

GA Rangemaster appoints Iskender Diker as sales director

* GA-Rangemaster-sales-dir.jpgIskender Diker has been appointed as director of Sales for Rangemaster's appliances/cooking division, strengthening the company's position in the market.

Iskender has spent the last 15 years in the household appliances and consumer electronics sector, with senior roles as commercial director and deputy general manager at Vestel. Having led the Turkish manufacturer and technology giant through a successful period of growth, he brings with him a deep understanding of consumers and their changing needs.

Carron Phoenix launches its updated Range and Value Deals brochures

* Carron-Phoenix-Range.jpgCarron Phoenix has updated its Range and Value Deals brochures for 2018, available to retailers now via the Carron Phoenix website, for next day delivery, or through its distributors.

The full-colour, 84-page brochure includes new lifestyle photography and useful additions such as 'Perlator' information on taps. It is easy to navigate with clear retail pricing and product codes, providing a useful resource to retailers and their customers.

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