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15th June 2018


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International News

Rangemaster's Paragon sink family extended with two new models

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In 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.

Facelift for Amica family laundry

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Amica 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...

Walk This Way...

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Hudson Reed has added to its Glass Collection with a new range of Walk-Through wetroom screens.

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.

This Week's News

BMA calls for more anti-scald education after man dies after falling into scalding bath

* BMA-water-like-fire.jpgAfter the tragic news that a 79-year-old man died after falling in a scalding hot bath at his Romford home, Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill has called for more to be done to avoid such tragic incidents.

"This is another avoidable death reminding us all that it is a shocking fact that people die in the bathroom from scalding accidents," says Yvonne. "Scalding is deadly serious and the very young and the very old are the most vulnerable, as this case shows."

Shortlist for KBSA Designer Awards announced!

* KBSA-Designer-Awards.jpgThe KBSA Designer Awards are now closed and this year's shortlist of finalists has been announced. The shortlist for each category is as follows:

Shades of grey find new lease of life in kitchen design with matte finish

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Formica Group reviews the kitchen surface trends making their mark in 2018

Shades of grey, white and black are dominating kitchen design in 2018. These versatile, albeit no frill tones, pair with any colour and finish, making them perfect for the modern kitchen.

With moodier aesthetics in demand, as seen at EuroCucina, grey, white and black décors are the perfect building blocks to design a kitchen around. Facilitating this trend, the Formica Infiniti Worktops range comes in 12 modern décors including four core neutral colours: Graphite, Fog, White and Diamond Black.

Kitchen TVs make handy save as World Cup kicks off

* Kitchen-tv.jpgLove it or loathe it, for the next couple of months there'll be no escaping it; the 2018 World Cup is here, ready to polarise the nation's TV opinions once again.

More than 20 million UK viewers tuned in at home four years ago and there's no doubt that the tournament will be dominating the airwaves again this year. While that may be great news for football fans, it's likely to lead to disagreements in households where not everyone's as passionate about the beautiful game.

Soapbox: Urgent review of Apprenticeship Levy required to reverse decline in apprenticeships

* Tradesman.jpgBrian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, comments on statistics published this week by the Department for Education...

"The 28% fall in construction apprenticeship starts between August 2017 and March 2018 compared with the same period the previous academic year suggests the Government needs to look again at the way the Apprenticeship Levy is working.

Arty Artago sink will stun in the kitchen

* BLANCO-ARTAGO.jpgThe new Artago sink from Blanco UK will fit perfectly into any kitchen scheme. It is available in two models, Artago 6 and Artago 6 IF/A. The Artago 6 comes in 10 Silgranit PuraDur colours; Alumetallic, Anthracite, Champagne, Coffee, Jasmin, Nutmeg, Pearl Grey, Rock Grey, Tartufo and the Artago 6 IF/A comes in two colours; Alumetallic and Anthracite.

Featuring a concealed C-overflow and the innovative InFino waste system, the unique models are incredibly hygienic and easy to keep clean.

Penny Mallory to join Wayne Hemingway at KBSA Conference

* Penny-Mallory.jpgOne of the most successful women rally drivers and the first woman in the world to compete in a World Rally Car (the Formula 1 of rallying), Penny Mallory is to join Wayne Hemingway as a speaker at the 2018 KBSA conference on Wednesday, 12th September.

Penny is an outstanding motivational speaker, performance coach, consultant, motoring expert, businesswoman and author.

Rangemaster becomes new Approved Supplier to Sirius

* Rangemaster-Sirius.jpgRangemaster has signed an agreement with Sirius Buying Group to become an Approved Supplier to the group, which allows the company's appliances, sinks and taps to be distributed throughout a growing UK network of independent retail outlets.

Manufacturers and distributors that are nominated with Approved Supplier status, benefit from a greater sustainable market share. This is achieved by all parties working together with the members to achieve the clear targets and goals set at group level.

Focus on stainless steel new tap range from Abode

* Abode-Valista-MAIN.jpgThe first company to launch stainless steel kitchen taps in the UK, Abode continues to be ahead of the curve with six new trend-setting taps joining the range.

All manufactured from hard-wearing and natural 304 grade stainless steel, the new taps present a professional image in the kitchen, with their own distinct style, innovation and high quality finish.

'Gang Culture' with new Gira E2 in Matt Black

* Gira-E2.jpgGira, the supplier of intelligent system solutions for building management, has launched Gira E2 Design Line in new Matt Black.

The E2 Design Line presents a minimalist switch range that introduces a host of new Matt Black frames and inserts for tailored specification and trend trading.

Bette launches new bath with extremely slim rim

* Bette-slim-rim.jpgBette has launched a new fitted bath with a modern lightness and extremely slim rim. The new BetteStarlet Spirit is an oval shaped bath embedded in a rectangle, in glossy, durable glazed titanium-steel.

It features a rim of only 8mm in height, a symmetrical design, delicate edges and tight corner radii. As the bath has almost rectangular corners, it is also ideal for flush installation into, for example, tiles.

Croydex names new national account manager with 'out of this world' passion for innovation

* Croydex-nat-acc-mgr.jpgCroydex's latest appointment, Rob Noyes, has swapped patio heaters for plumbing fittings to become the bathroom accessories specialist's national account manager.

Sci-fi fan Rob joins the award-winning manufacturer from La Hacienda where he held roles in the corporate sales team, managed a wide range of high street retailers, including John Lewis and Aldi, and helped promote products live on a UK shopping channel!

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BiKBBI Statement: B&Q Homefit

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KBSA Design Awards closed

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