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1st June 2018
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Sleek, neat and truly handle free: Benchmarx Kitchens unveils nine True handleless kitchens
Zypho shower heat recovery device improves energy efficiency
Customised Keller kitchen creates perfect contemporary look
Saniflo launches customer friendly configurator
Wilsonart launches Zenith Revolution
Salice provides the ideal ingredients for Mereway Kitchens
Italian brand Steel adds sleek new colour way to Ascot collection
New quartz surfaces are the perfect match for Summer colours in the kitchen
USB charging ports are the new must-have, says HiB
New bedroom range from Trend Interiors
New mirror effect finish to sliding wardrobes from Trend
This Week's News
A strong future for AKW following buyout
AKW, a leading provider of accessible shower and kitchen solutions, has announced the appointment of Nick Parsons as Group CEO and Ruth Ingledew as managing director, following a company buyout in March to Pennant Park.
Nick, who previously worked for AKW until 2011, has many years of experience managing businesses and he brings with him a wealth of industry and core customer links within the reduced mobility sector.
UK inclusive bathroom and kitchen products market sees 4% growth
The UK inclusive bathroom & kitchen products market is estimated to have increased by around 4% in 2017, when compared to the market size in 2016 - despite the uncertain general economic situation and a slowing construction sector.
Growth is thought to have been stimulated by a higher level of housing completions, which supported demand for inclusive bathroom & kitchen products at this time. The outlook for the market in 2018 looks moderately positive with good growth anticipated into the medium-longer term.
Brassware trends are on tap with new Abode Additions
Changing up the brassware in the bathroom is an effective way of giving the whole space a facelift, which is why Abode has introduced several new styles into its collection, tapping into latest design trends to offer something for all tastes.
Design flair is evident throughout the new collection, which includes Loop, a contemporary brassware solution featuring an on-trend single lever and elegant tapered spout, giving high-end appeal at a competitive price point.
Soapbox: Government must be realistic about skills of construction T Level students
Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, comments on the Government's response to the recent T Level consultation...
"The Government must be realistic about the capabilities and work-readiness of students who have completed construction T Levels.
Man of steel becomes LDL's new business development manager
LDL Components has announced the appointment of KBB industry stalwart Andy Steel as business development manager for the South West region.
BMA announces Iain Duncan Smith as keynote speaker for 2018 Conference
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced that Iain Duncan Smith is to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 16th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Iain was first elected to Parliament in 1992 and has held various posts, most notably leader of the Conservative Party from 2001 until 2003. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green.
Competition deadline extended to 8th June 2018
Wilsonart has extended the deadline for entries to its annual Zenith Design Competition. The company 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.
Zenith is made from solid laminate and features a unique black core. The tops are just 12.5mm thick, giving a sleek, slimline look that adds a touch of distinctive flair to any kitchen. The material comes in 11 designs inspired by natural stone and timber.
British Ceramic Tile supports the Air Ambulance Trust
British Ceramic Tile has pledged its support to the Air Ambulance Trust. The UK's largest ceramic and glass tile manufacturer has nominated both the Devon Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Air Ambulance as its charities of the year, with staff across the business coming together to raise funds for the publically funded charities.
Through a series of internal fundraising events and activities, the company has raised over £1300 for the charity splitting the funds between the two areas. Alongside monetary donations, British Ceramic Tile has also donated a standout project produced by Lego artist, Dave Hughes.
Tankless intelligent toilet debuts at New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair
International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) attendees have been introduced to a new tankless intelligent toilet, the Axent.One C+, which the manufacturer says redefines intuitive design and adaptable home technology.
Each intelligent toilet is designed to make life more comfortable with smart and personalised cleansing technologies free of the unnecessary bulkiness and lackluster design of traditional toilets.
Use water wisely or be prepared for severe consequences, warns BMA
Responding to the news that, according to the Environment Agency, England is facing serious water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the CEO of Bathroom Manufacturers Association, Yvonne Orgill says: "This is a clear reminder of the real danger of a severe drought if we do not change our habits.
"Over 60% of water used in the domestic environment is associated with the bathroom and although toilet flush has significantly reduced over the last 50 years from 13 litres and more, to less than 4/2.6 litres dual flush, due to innovation and technology, consumers must be encouraged to change their behaviour and replace old water guzzling products with the latest more efficient products.
British Ceramic Tile brings great British design to Spain with the Laura Ashley collection
British Ceramic Tile's global team has secured its latest new business opportunity, bringing British designer style to the Spanish tile market. The UK manufacturer, who designs and produces its market-leading product portfolio here in Britain, will be launching its Laura Ashley collection in Spain with the designer ceramic tiles available to buy in store and online at www.laurashley.es
Franke launches a new brochure dedicated to its extensive designer hood portfolio
Demonstrating the depth and breadth of its product offer, Franke has drawn together its extensive portfolio of designer extractor hoods into one brochure. An ideal selling tool, the full-colour, 32-page Designer Hoods consumer brochure is available for retailers directly from Franke.
The 31-strong collection in the brochure includes Franke's integrated hob extractors, ceiling, under cabinet, island, wall mounted and downdraft models in a range of colours, materials and installation options to suit any kitchen layout.
Robert takes on new quality engineer role
With exacting high standards being central to the design-led Abode brand, the manufacturer has made an important appointment, with Robert Innes taking on the newly created role of quality engineer.
Robert joins the company from Esterform Packaging, the UK's largest independent convert of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), where he worked for 21 years in a similar quality management role.
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