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29th October 2010


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International News

Bali offers the perfect retreat

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A firm believer in the philosophy that the bathroom should be a room of relaxation and indulgence, Shades has launched its most luxurious furniture range yet in the form of Bali.

Burlington's shower sanctuaries are set in stone

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Cumbria-based stone engineer, Burlington, is continuing to diversify and expand its standard/off-the-shelf product range with the introduction of natural stone inline shower trays and aqua panels.

Four classic looks in one range

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In response to outstanding customer feedback, leading British manufacturer of quality bathroom brassware, Waterfront Bathrooms, is launching an updated version of its Classic  range of stylish taps, showers and bathroom accessories for the Period and Period-style bathroom. 

Individually designed and beautiful!

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Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home.

CaesarStone the ideal choice for Poggenpohl

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CaesarStone quartz surfaces were the idyllic choice for the show room at the Greystones Development, supplied by premium kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl (St Albans), for a stunning and flawless finish.

Welcome to the

The success of David Cameron's campaign to curb the proposed budget increases has overshadowed other news relevant to this industry... The recognition by the EU that with some 500 million consumers, 220 million workers and 20 million entrepreneurs, it needs industry!

At present, only one in four jobs in the private sector in the EU is in manufacturing and at least another one in four is in associated services that depend on industry as a supplier or as a client. 

The EU believes that it is essential to increase productivity in manufacturing industry and associated services to underpin the recovery of growth and jobs. Industry is therefore at centre stage of the new growth model for the EU economy as outlined in the Europe 2020 Strategy yesterday.

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Ten key actions for European industrial competitiveness, which were adopted yesterday, are: 

* An explicit and thorough 'competitiveness proofing' of new legislation will be undertaken. The impact on competitiveness of all policy proposals will be properly analysed and taken into account. 

* 'Fitness checks' of existing legislation will identify the potential for reducing the cumulative effects of legislation so as to cut the costs for businesses in Europe.

* The creation and growth of SMEs will be supported by making it easier for them to access credit and help their internationalisation.

* A strategy to strengthen European standardisation will be presented to meet the needs of industry. 

* European transport, energy and communication infrastructure and services will be upgraded to serve industry more efficiently, taking better into account today's changing competitive environment.

* A new strategy on raw materials will be presented to create the right framework conditions for sustainable supply and management of domestic primary raw materials. 

* Sector-specific innovation performance will be addressed through actions in sectors such as advanced manufacturing technologies, construction, bio-fuels and road and rail transport, particularly in view of improving resource efficiency.

* The challenges of energy-intensive industries will be addressed through actions to improve framework conditions and support innovation.

* A space policy will be pursued, developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency and Member States. The Commission will develop a space industrial policy to create a solid industrial base covering the whole supply chain.

* The Commission will report on Europe's and Member State's competitiveness, industrial policies and performances on an annual basis

Will all this have a positive impact on the KBB industry?

Only time will tell...



Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

2010 Bathroom Conference embraces good customer service

* BMA Conf 2010 mod.jpgLast week's 2010 Bathroom Conference, which for the first time extended to two full days of meetings, workshops and presentations, has been described as the 'best yet'.  Some commentators have questioned how it could possibly be bettered!

This year's theme 'Customer Service - making good business sense' attracted a full house.  Delegates from all sectors of the industry were represented - bathroom manufacturers, importers, merchants and retailers, installers and the media. They were provoked, stimulated and inspired.

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

* Carron Phoenix Modena sml.jpgWith its new Modena tap, Carron Phoenix has definitely been thinking outside of the design box.  Modena is an aesthetically pleasing departure from the conventional upright pillar tap offering a slim, angled spout that poises elegantly over the sink.

With function to match its form, Modena has a rotating base facilitating precise directional control of the water delivery, as well as a neatly encased but highly practical pull-out nozzle with integral spray. The slim single lever with simple forward and backward motion, mirrors the streamlined aesthetics of the spout.

MEP for London calls for EU and national framework to promote sustainable housing

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, will call for both an EU and national framework of policy, incentives and funding to promote and facilitate sustainable housing at the Build with CaRe conference in Norwich today.

"With EU building stock producing over one third of CO2 emissions, the area of sustainable housing cannot simply depend upon the commitment of an enlightened few," she says. "While much can be done locally by pioneering organisations such as Build with CaRe, the fact is that both an EU and national framework of policy, incentives and funding is key if we are to make retrofitting and energy efficiency in building design the norm. We will fail if this isn't both maintained and extended.

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

* Linear from Leisure Sinks sml.jpgThe Linear Reversible (LR9502) is the latest addition to Leisure's popular and cost effective Linear range of UK manufactured stainless steel sinks.

The new one and a half bowl, single piece sink (measuring 950mm x 508mm) is constructed from high grade 18/10 stainless steel which ensures a robust, rigid frame that won't bend or flex under pressure.

Major brands at 'innovative' kbb London...

The organisers have announced a theme for kbb London 2011. 'Innovation' will be at the heart of the show and the basis of all feature areas throughout the event, celebrating the design prowess of the KBB industry.

The Innovation Centre will feature a number of selected products, chosen for their truly unique function or design, resulting in a display of the industry's most eye-catching creations.

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

* HiB Lighting boards for retailers_142.jpgWith one of the most wide ranging and advanced portfolios of bathroom products available today, HiB's other strengths are in distribution, supply and helping retailers to put their products in the market spotlight.

One of HiB's most successful retail aids is the range of point-of-sale display boards like the one dedicated to bathroom lights. The w50cm x h100cm board sports a dynamic background design on a matt black surface and displays 11 of HiB's latest bathroom lights, all designed for use within the shower enclosure.

Indesit and Hotpoint join the Big Tour 2010

Indesit and Hotpoint will be joining the Big Tour 2010 to promote their built-in product ranges at five venues from Bristol to Glasgow throughout November. The tour is organised by BCG, the UK's leading kitchen, bathroom and heating distributor.

Among the products on display will be design-led appliances from Hotpoint's Kitchen Studio collection that are selected specifically for customers involved in fitting and selling kitchen furniture.

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

* EverGrip sml.jpgA new high strength, fast curing Mirror Adhesive was launched at Glassex by CRL.

EverGrip has been specially formulated for the installation of mirrors, with or without backing tapes, to a wide range of substrates.

Key features, state CRL, are the very low VOC and environmentally friendly features of the product, combined with fast curing and high fast grab* 03EUSAF Book.jpg characteristics. In addition, EverGrip is neutral in colour, having an off white look, so is unobtrusive in the installation.

CRL are introducing the product at what they claim is a "very competitive price", as EverGrip aims to complement the company's wide range of mirror adhesives and accessories.

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

Further to the success of Tile Depot's very first Buy One Get One Free promotion earlier this year, the UK's largest independent tile retailer is pleased to announcethat its BOGOF offer is back, by popular demand.  

A selection of beautiful ceramic and porcelain tiles is included in the promotion, which provides customers with huge savings off the cost of their wall and floor tiles at all 15 Tile Depot stores in London and the South East and online.

Deva welcomes new CEO and announces company name change


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Commenting on his appointment, Steve, who is well known to the UK bathroom industry after 19 years with Bristan and a period as president of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, says: "What has attracted me back to a hands-on CEO role is the exciting plans Methven has for its UK and global business. I am looking forward to cementing the credibility of the Methven Group and products in the UK and Europe. Methven demonstrates a thinking in bathroom design that I have not seen before and I am keen to be part of that transformation. 

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob).

Worth approximately £200, these robust magnetised stainless steel pans effortlessly match ATAG's contemporary aesthetics. The set of three pans comprises of two saucepans with lids and one saucepan with a handle.

KBSA welcomes luxury brands into the association

* Craig Davies Westye.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialist Association has welcomed  two of the best know luxury appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf to the association, as Westye Group  becomes the latest company to join as a corporate member. 

Craig Davies, President & CEO Europe for Sub-Zero and Wolf comments:  "The needs of our customers always come first, and the service and customer care we provide is an absolute priority. Our membership of the KBSA offers customers extra confidence, peace of mind and security when purchasing one of our products for their home.

Going with the flow at Butlins!

Pegler Yorkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products.

The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap being fitted in each and every one.

AEG is headline sponsor for Taste of Christmas 2010

* Taste of Christmas.jpgAEG is delighted and proud to announce that the brand will be the main sponsor for the prestigious food festival Taste of Christmas 2010. As well as prominent AEG branding in all Taste communications and activities, AEG appliances will be used exclusively throughout the festival by celebrity chefs and other exhibitors. Taste of Christmas visitors will also have the opportunity to hone their culinary skills on the very latest in cooking technology.

This step up to headline sponsor follows the huge success AEG has enjoyed at Taste of Christmas last year and the three Taste Festivals held in Edinburgh, London and Birmingham during 2010," says AEG's Marketing Manager Anna Cox.

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News in Brief


The 3rd edition of Baumatic's FashionBook, which creates trends for the world of appliances, is now available to download: www.baumatic.co.uk

Malcolm Maclennan, who was previously employed at Britannia Living and Maytag UK, is Fisher & Paykel's new Area Sales Representative for the North-West. T: 07740 639 042

Armitage Shanks has aimed its new Sensorflow 21 sensor operated washroom range, launched on Wednesday, at specifiers.

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CP Group's  new 'Pure' range of white-on-white tiles, combines contemporary design and innovative finishes with a colour that never dates.

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SCP's Winter Lighting Promotion, which offers 10% off all lighting, starts today and runs until 21st November. E. [email protected]

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