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1st June 2018


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International News

Sleek, neat and truly handle free: Benchmarx Kitchens unveils nine True handleless kitchens

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As the popularity of handleless kitchens continues to grow, Benchmarx Kitchens has unveiled nine True Handleless options that will allow you to recreate this look for customers with ease and at a more affordable price.

Zypho shower heat recovery device improves energy efficiency

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Some 15-30% of a typical home energy bill is spent on heating water, despite almost 90% of the energy used to heat your shower water 'going down the drain'. This is about to change...

Customised Keller kitchen creates perfect contemporary look

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"We used our own kitchen fitters and our fitter commented that it was the best quality kitchen that he had installed. I'm really happy."

Saniflo launches customer friendly configurator

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Saniflo has launched a new, user-friendly, interactive configurator that enables customers to specify the Kineduo bath most suitable for their needs at the click of a button.

Wilsonart launches Zenith Revolution

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Wilsonart's Zenith has led the revolution in worktops with the very first ultra-thin solid core laminate worksurface. Launched two years ago by Shildon, County Durham-based Wilsonart UK, (part of the mighty and innovative American owned international Wilsonart Group), Zenith is now striding ahead again with the next generation of decors.

Salice provides the ideal ingredients for Mereway Kitchens

Salice UK tells us it is delighted to be working in partnership with Mereway Kitchens, supplying its Eclipse pocket door system and Wind lift system for installation within Mereway Kitchens' ranges.

Italian brand Steel adds sleek new colour way to Ascot collection

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Steel, the Italian manufacturer of beautifully crafted, bespoke kitchen appliances, has introduced a striking mineral blue option to its Ascot collection. With elegant aesthetics, this contemporary shade adds a sophisticated touch to Steel's timeless range.

KBBG announces new supplier

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

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

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The 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.

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

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Two 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.

New bedroom range from Trend Interiors

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

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.

This Week's News

A strong future for AKW following buyout

* AKW-buyout.jpgAKW, 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

* UK-bathroom-kitchen-market.jpgThe 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

* Abode-LOOP.jpgChanging 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

* Soapbox-skills.jpgBrian 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_Steel.jpgLDL 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

* BMA-IDS.jpgThe 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

* AID-main.jpgWilsonart 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

* BCT-lego-men.jpgBritish 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

* Axent-toilet.jpgInternational 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

* Water-label.jpgResponding 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

* BCT-Laura-Ashley-Mr-Jones.jpgBritish 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

* Franke-Designer-Hoods.jpgDemonstrating 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

* Abode-Robert.jpgWith 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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KBSA 40th Anniversary conference is a not to be missed event

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The 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.

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