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8th June 2018


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International News

Brassware trends are on tap with new Abode Additions

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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.

Tankless intelligent toilet debuts at New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair

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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.

British Ceramic Tile brings great British design to Spain with the Laura Ashley collection

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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

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.

Welcome to the



This picture, which a reader shared with me on Facebook, took me back to the time my shower screen shattered for - as far as I was aware - no reason while I was showering. It convinced me that my now-ex was trying to murder me, since he'd wired up our washing machine in a way that I was subjected to vaguely painful electric shocks every time I unloaded the damp laundry. My father later discovered that the thing hadn't been earthed and I believe one of the wires in the plug was touching something it shouldn't have done, so my shattered shower screen just added to my suspicions! 

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That was a long time ago (I'm still here!) and I'd like to have thought that this type of thing no longer happened, but having read through the comments made under the original post I now know that this is a common occurrence and that it's not just shower screens but glass oven doors that can randomly explode and shatter whilst users are cooking on the hob and even at times that the oven isn't even on.

The chap who no longer has a shower screen contacted his supplier and was told that it could be a combination of incorrect installation (i.e. screws done up too tightly) and a fluctuation in temperature. It surprises me that a shower screen could be so badly affected by temperature changes, since showers are generally geared up to suit the user's individual preference and may sometimes run cold.

Shouldn't we as an industry be warning people that an expert installer should be employed to fit a shower screen, rather than it be a simple DIY project? After all, it will show that not everyone's an expert fitter, and if it prevents the manufacturer's name from being shattered when someone is injured? I know these screens are made, like windscreens, to shatter safely, but what about heart attacks or victims jumping in shock and perhaps bashing their heads or slipping over? Do we do enough to ensure our customers are kept safe?




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BiKBBI Statement: B&Q Homefit

* B-and-Q_BiKBBI.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation standards partner B&Q announced its intention to simplify its kitchen and bathroom operation, providing customers with new and more streamlined offering.

Notably, a significant part of these changes would include the closure of its Homefit Installation Service - the department responsible for kitchen & bathroom installation. In a statement to its installers, Mark Rigby, head of installations at B&Q, said the company would continue to sell the installation service to its customers until 9th July, with an intention for department closure planned for December 2018.

Rangemaster's Paragon sink family extended with two new models

* Paragon_Double-Bowl-with-tap.jpgIn line with the latest trends for minimalist kitchen design, Rangemaster has introduced two new additions to its Paragon granite sinks collection.

The new Paragon single and double bowl models are designed to blend seamlessly into contemporary kitchens, with both sinks suitable for undermount fitting. For added flexibility in kitchen design, the single model can also be fitted inset for a more traditional look, making it an excellent choice for refurbishment projects.

KBSA Design Awards closed

* KBSA-Design-Awards.jpgThe KBSA Design Awards 2018 are now closed for further entries and it promises to be a good year, says KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert.

"We are delighted with the response this year," he remarks. "We have had more entries than last year in every category and initial indications are that the quality of entries is very good.

If you want to learn from world class speakers, you'd better register soon...

* BMA-speakers1.jpgWant to ensure you are part of one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year, which provides an opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, architects and designers to be inspired by thought-provoking presentations and gain valuable insights which will benefit their businesses?

If so, you had better register for the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's annual conference while you still can. With so many repeat bookings, the conference fills up fast, so don't delay, book your place today...

Inspired bathroom ideas from Bushboard: Nuance tiling alternative gets new marketing suite

* NUANCE1.jpgBushboard's new brochure for its best-selling Nuance, alternative to ceramic tiling, waterproof wall panel collection is packed with inspiring design ideas and practical advice. The new brochure completes a lineup of retailer marketing materials that includes swatch sets, displays, and even test-rooms if a contract project is large enough.

Abacus' new customised retailer software system wins seal of approval

* Abacus-retailer-software.jpg"The dealer log-in system is great for checking stock levels; it is quick and easy to place and track an order. It is also quick to obtain invoices and monthly statements."

Facelift for Amica family laundry

* Amica-washing-machine.jpgAmica has announced changes and improvements to three of its popular everyday washing machines.

Priced to appeal to the family market, all three machines feature a number of useful innovations - such as child locks and drum clean - a programme that keeps the drum smelling fresh and clean...

Bathroom entrepreneur opens London Stock Exchange

* Bathroom-entrepreneur-LSE.jpgWarren Ginsberg, founder of bathroom accessories supplier HiB, joined other business leaders in opening the market at the London Stock Exchange this week. The spectacular ritual involves a bespoke market opening mechanism, launched using an engraved glass tablet, which is given to the individual opening the market as a memento of the day.

HiB was invited to join the ceremony as part of the launch of study entitled '100 Stories of Growth - Capital at Work' which looks at the stories of some of the country's most successful SMEs. It was one of the first companies to share its journey, describing how it had carved out a niche supplying high-end designer cabinets and mirrors to independent retailers in the UK and the Middle East.

British Ceramic Tile celebrates young designers at Clerkenwell Design Week

* BCT-Clerkenwell.jpgThe UK's largest manufacturer of ceramic and glass tiles, British Ceramic Tile, enjoyed a successful event during Clerkenwell Design Week, welcoming other like-minded British brands to partake in its celebration of great British design.

The three-day event saw British Ceramic Tile launch its first ever initiative with Central Saint Martins.

Stoves Community Kitchens winners revealed

* Stoves-Community-Kitchens.jpgThe latest winners of a community projects fund, launched by British cooking appliance brand, Stoves, have been revealed.

The £10,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of local communities and enrich local community projects by helping to transform their cooking facilities. The competition saw applications flood in from across the UK, with more 5,000 votes being cast in the public vote.

Walk This Way...

* Walk-This-Way.jpgHudson Reed has added to its Glass Collection with a new range of Walk-Through wetroom screens.

Gaia Climate Solutions appoints new Marketing Manager

* Natalie-Chisholm_Gaia.jpgNatalie Chisholm has joined Gaia Climate Solutions from MultiYork Furniture Ltd. Natalie brings 15 years of marketing experience to Gaia Climate Solutions in her role as Marketing Manager.

Salice UK has further expanded its UK team with the appointment of Will Haylock to the technical department

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Will's previous employment experience spans manufacturing, quality control and logistics, the skills which he will be utilising at Salice to continue to ensure the company delivers the premium standards of product quality and customer service that consistently remain the fundamental trading principles of Salice.

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A strong future for AKW following buyout

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UK inclusive bathroom and kitchen products market sees 4% growth

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