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14th May 2018


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International News

Going round, round...

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Roca has introduced Round WC options to its popular Debba range. The new rimless WCs are available in close-coupled and wall-hung variants which complement the existing range of Debba basins perfectly.

New mirror effect finish to sliding wardrobes from Trend

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Trend Bedrooms has introduced a new mirror effect finish to its popular sliding wardrobe collection. The mirror effect finish can be used alone or with another finish, providing even more design solutions within this flexible range.

UrbanTop range extended with new finishes

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The UrbanTop brand from Mereway has been extended with four new finishes adding even more choice to this contemporary worktop collection.

A multitude of mounting options with Matrix R15 sink range

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Adding to an already extensive collection of sinks to ensure there is a solution to suit all kitchens, Abode has introduced the Matrix R15 range of stainless steel sinks.

Bette products now on Virtual Worlds CAD system

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German glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has announced that its baths, shower trays/floors and washbasins are now available to users of Virtual Worlds CAD software.

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I received a press release last week telling me that research which explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures has been honoured with the American Cleaning Institute Distinguished Paper Award.

Those of us who do the laundry are well aware that removing vegetable-oil based stains from fabric is one of the toughest challenges when doing the laundry and that removing soils at lower-wash temperatures can be even more challenging. I've always tended to follow my mother's advice by dabbing neat washing up liquid onto the offending stain. It works for me but I know other people wash clothes at far higher temperatures than usual to remove these offending stains; wasting valuable energy and paying higher bills as a result.

The researchers showed for the first time that novel formulations of laundry detergents in combination with naturally occurring water hardness can form oil-in-water microstructural emulsions, known as microemulsions, which are capable of providing enhanced cleaning performance of oily soils at 10 degrees C, under realistic surfactant concentrations found in commercial washing products. No doubt this research will one day impact on domestic laundry consumables too... "Energy conservation is of increasing importance in daily life, particularly energy consumption in households," say the researchers. "Reducing energy consumption in the laundry process is receiving increased attention. It has been reported that lowering the wash temperature below 30 degrees C (from 40 degrees C) can achieve 50% - 65% energy savings.

"Through our research, we observed that the promising formulations of laundry detergents could accomplish high detergency efficiencies in natural water at cold temperature. This encouraging outcome will lead to further research of the detergency performance enhancement for energy-saving commercial household products."

I can remember as a child, my parents unexpectedly receiving 24 boxes of washing powder because they'd recommended the washing machine they'd bought to a neighbour, who went on to buy the same machine and mentioned the recommendation. I can see great marketing opportunities for our industry if this research leads to the manufacture of laundry detergents which deal with stubborn stains in a 10 degrees C wash, rather than the 30 degree wash that we're currently being prompted to use...




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA 40th Anniversary conference is a not to be missed event

* KBSA-40th.jpgThe 2018 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Conference and Awards Dinner are shaping up to be a not to-be-missed event, according to Kbsa chair Richard Hibbert, who says: "We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate this important milestone we have introduced many new features in order to make this year's event the best yet.

"We are grateful to our headline sponsors BSH Group, Blum and Blanco for their support as without them we would not be able to deliver our ambitious plans for this conference and awards ceremony."

KBBG announces new supplier

* KBBG_Kueppersbusch.jpgThe Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group has partnered with Küppersbusch to provide KBBG members with an ever-expanding choice of suppliers.

Küppersbusch is a leading German manufacturer of premium major domestic appliances. A pioneer of cooking technology since 1875, the brand is synonymous with timeless design, unrivalled performance, superior quality and the exclusive Okotherm clean air ovens.

New quartz surfaces are the perfect match for Summer colours in the kitchen

* CRL-quartz-summer.jpgThe trend for hyper-realism in quartz worktops makes the latest additions to the CRL Quartz collection the ideal contrast to Summer colours in the kitchen.

From bright shades to bold tones, the Summer season is the perfect time to introduce a splash of colour into the kitchen and combined with CRL Quartz surfaces it is a look that has all-year-round style appeal.

BMA launches new ageless design website

* BMA-ageless-design.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched a new website dedicated to ageless design in the bathroom, to provide advice and information for consumers and professionals.

The new website has been designed to be easy to navigate and includes a host of useful information on products, design, installation and safety.

USB charging ports are the new must-have, says HiB

* USB-charging-ports.jpgTwo thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse the internet, access social media, bank and shop online.

For many people, their device is such an essential tool that being separated from it causes a feeling of unease - a phenomenon known as 'nomophobia'.

New bedroom range from Trend Interiors

* Trend_Sofia-grey.jpgTrend Bedrooms, part of the Mereway Group of companies, has added a contemporary style matt panelled shaker door to its Trend Bedroom collection.

The 'Sofia' range offers the same high quality and versatility that characterise all Trend Interior bedroom ranges; with 10 different width options, timber drawers and soft close systems, battery operated internal lights for wardrobes and five door hinges rather than the traditional three or four.

Rustique redefined: Two new models added to classic sink collection

* Rustique-redefined.jpgRangemaster has extended its stylish Rustique family of fire-clay ceramic sinks with the launch of two new models, offering kitchen designers and homeowners a choice of versatile designs.

The new Rustique one and a third (1.3) and a one and a half bowl (1.5) sinks inherit all the elegant design cues from the classic model - such as deep, generous bowls - while blending them with a configuration perfectly suited to the needs of modern homes.

Furniture manufacturer fined for exposing employees to dust

A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer.

Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.

British Ceramic Tile introduces a modern-day terrazzo design with Conglomerate

* BCT-mod-terrazzo.jpgWith the terrazzo trend influencing Britain's homes, British Ceramic Tile has unveiled a striking new ceramic tile collection - Conglomerate. Visually intriguing, yet highly versatile, Conglomerate brings a sense of natural decoration to walls and floors blending an intricate terrazzo-inspired print with a contemporary grey colour palette.

Available in a white and mid grey 25 x 50cm wall tile, Conglomerate features an added lustre to highlight the surface pattern bringing a gentle shimmer to walls.
When it comes to the floor, the collection offers a coordinating dark grey and white 33 x 33cm tile and a striking 33 x 33cm feature floor tile, all of which make an impact.

Fundraising is a piece of cake for Franke More in Store retailers across UK and Ireland

* Fundraising-cake.jpgThe first 50 Franke More in Store retailers have already signed up to host a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie on Saturday 23rd June, with more across the UK and Ireland joining the growing list every week for a slice of the fundraising action.

This year, Franke has teamed up with cookery writer, author and chef instructor, Judi Rose, to develop an exclusive 'Luscious Lemon Drizzle' cake for the fundraising initiative and is donating them to each of the Franke retailers signed up to host a tea party. Judi developed the recipe based on the original lemon pound cake introduced into the UK by her mother, the renowned Evelyn Rose.

Pants down for equality: Bathstore launches Looathon to promote bathroom equality

* Looathon.jpgWell done Bathstore for taking a stand on promoting bathroom equality by launching 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets.

The campaign is launched in partnership with Sarah Brisdion, who helped bring the issue to public attention in December 2017 through her #ChangingPlaces toilet selfies. The Looathon, which sees Sarah sit on a toilet from 10:00 until 16:00, Friday, May 11th, will take place in Bathstore's Baker Street showroom in full public view.

British Ceramic Tile appoints new area sales manager

* British-Ceramic-Tile_Debra.jpgThe UK's leading tile manufacturer, British Ceramic Tile, has recruited Debra Hammond as its new area sales manager for the North West.

For the past six years, Debra has held positions at Tile Giant, primarily as branch manager, with a transition to group sales in the field over the last few years.

Business development manager appointed for Utopia Contract Sales

* BDM-Utopia.jpgDerri Mahon has joined Utopia Bathrooms as business development manager for Utopia's Contract customers. He will work with head of contract sales Mark Dekkers, to develop growth within the new build and refurbishment market.

We have mail: DCA's Stephen Munton responds to last week's Leader about the possibility that improvements to laundry detergent performance will enable us to wash our clothes at temperatures as low as 10 degrees C...

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The problem I foresee with this is with modern automatic washing machines, because when they wash at lower temperatures they also wash more quickly. It's been a very long time since I worked in the electrical industry but I do remember from my training that when one aspect of the cleaning process decreases another has to be increased to compensate for it.

So, in this instance, we could increase either the amount of detergent or the amount of water used, or preferably the time it takes to do the laundry.

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Recent News

Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference now open for registration

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Register now for the Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference, to ensure you get the chance to meet the experts and learn from world class speakers at one of the most eagerly awaited industry events of the year.

GDHA to shed up to 300 jobs at its Prescot, Merseyside cooker factory

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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances is planning to cut almost 300 jobs from its 1,000-strong workforce in Prescot, Merseyside. The company says that changes on the High Street have affected sales and that it needs to cut costs and change its product range if it is to remain viable.

New Housing Secretary must unleash potential of small builders, says FMB

Commenting on the announcement that James Brokenshire MP has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: "Sajid Javid passes the housing baton to James Brokenshire at a crucial time for the sector.

One Day Design Challenge returns to the Roca London Gallery

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Following a hugely successful first edition in 2017, the international One Day Design Challenge is returning to the Roca London Gallery next month. Taking place on Saturday 26th May, this exciting competition presents an against-the-clock brief in which the participants have to design a product related to the bathroom space in just one day.

Homebuilding & Renovating Show reports growth of over 16% in last five years

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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has experienced a 16.27% growth in visitor numbers in the past five years. This increase reflects the continuing rise in live projects, with 82% of the active audience that recently attended the Show at the NEC in Birmingham (22nd - 25th March) stating that they are currently working on a self-build or renovation project (80% cent in 2017).

LDL management buyout complete

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The management buyout of LDL Components led by former director Simon Ogden is now complete. This follows the company's announcement last Autumn that it intended to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire.

BMA announces host and first speaker for 2018 Conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named the host and first speaker for the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 15th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Be a design winner with Wilsonart Zenith

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Wilsonart is offering creative designers the chance to win high street vouchers and valuable publicity through social media in an exciting new competition featuring the company's unique Zenith slimline work surfaces.

Wayne Hemingway to be new head judge for KBSA Awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that English designer Wayne Hemingway is to be head judge for the Designer Awards 2018.


Take a virtual tour of Blanco's showroom

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Blanco UK has launched a virtual showroom live on its website. Customers can explore the new range of products on display in Blanco's St Albans showroom from the comfort of their own studio, office or home.


LDL introduces brochure library

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To help kitchen specialists promote accessories and to simplify the selection process for customers, LDL is rationalising its sales literature by introducing separate brochures for each brand. 

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