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5th November 2010


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International News

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

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With its new Modena tap, Carron Phoenix has definitely been thinking outside of the design box.  Modena is an aesthetically pleasing departure from the conventional upright pillar tap offering a slim, angled spout that poises elegantly over the sink.

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

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The Linear Reversible (LR9502) is the latest addition to Leisure's popular and cost effective Linear range of UK manufactured stainless steel sinks.

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

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With one of the most wide ranging and advanced portfolios of bathroom products available today, HiB's other strengths are in distribution, supply and helping retailers to put their products in the market spotlight.

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

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A new high strength, fast curing Mirror Adhesive was launched at Glassex by CRL.

EverGrip has been specially formulated for the installation of mirrors, with or without backing tapes, to a wide range of substrates.

Bali offers the perfect retreat

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A firm believer in the philosophy that the bathroom should be a room of relaxation and indulgence, Shades has launched its most luxurious furniture range yet in the form of Bali.

Burlington's shower sanctuaries are set in stone

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Cumbria-based stone engineer, Burlington, is continuing to diversify and expand its standard/off-the-shelf product range with the introduction of natural stone inline shower trays and aqua panels.

Four classic looks in one range

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In response to outstanding customer feedback, leading British manufacturer of quality bathroom brassware, Waterfront Bathrooms, is launching an updated version of its Classic  range of stylish taps, showers and bathroom accessories for the Period and Period-style bathroom. 

Individually designed and beautiful!

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Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home.

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The authorities are still trying to determine the cause of Tuesday morning's gas explosion in Irlam, Manchester, which demolished four houses and damaged many more. It is understood that the explosion occurred when 76-year old Marie Burns switched on her gas cooker to prepare her breakfast porridge.

Tim Doyle, Chief Executive of City West Housing Trust, which owns the homes, has confirmed that: "Major works to Marie's property on Merlin Road were underway prior to the explosion and this included work to the kitchen of the property that appears to be involved in the explosion. Our contractors are conducting their own internal investigations and they and we will work with the relevant authorities to establish the cause of the explosion."

Other properties on the estate are being gas checked one-by-one.

As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt and I feel we become so used to our boilers and switching on our gas hobs and fires that we forget how dangerous gas can actually be. Thank goodness we have procedures in place to ensure that incidents such as this one are few and far between - and while being suddenly made homeless is dreadful, (particularly in the lead-up to Christmas and when the weather isn't good!)  thank goodness that no-one was killed...



Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

20-20 Technologies solidifies its presence in the United Kingdom

* Craig Rothwell Fusion.jpgLeading CAD software supplier 20-20 Technologies has merged its two principal UK subsidiaries into a single, more efficient legal entity, thereby improving its delivery of a complete and consistent service to all of our customers. 

This is the final stage in a three-year process, which began when its parent company, 20-20 Technologies Inc. acquired the business of Planit International Limited in February 2008. 

Abode and Q4 tie-up with bathroom brassware

* abode desire thermostatic waterfall bath filler sml.jpgAbode and renowned bathroom distributor Q4, have tied-up to promote the company's vast range of design-led bathroom taps and showers, throughout the North of England.  

Richard Parker, Managing Director of Q4 comments: "We are delighted with the tie-up between our companies which means we can offer our customers a far greater choice of taps and showers from Desire - the first ever thermostatically controlled waterfall bath filler and shower diverter - right through to floor standing bath/shower mixers, monobloc and pillar style basin and bath mixers and taps.

BMA joins the boffins at Keele!

We're pleased to report that the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has successfully located its secretariat to a beautiful part of the country.

Its new address (with immediate effect) is:

Innovation Centre (IC1)
Keele Science & Business Park
Keele University
Newcastle Under Lyme

The email addresses for all staff remain the same but there is a new telephone number:

T: 01782 631619
E: [email protected] 
W: www.bathroom-association.org

Ellis Furniture launches great incentives for bathroom retailers

* Ellis furniture sml.jpgEllis Furniture is giving a boost to its bathroom retailers with a series of lucrative incentives that will run until the end of December 2010. 

Customers can choose from a free laminate worktop when they order two or more base units from the extensive Ellis Furniture bathroom range, or they can receive a free Chroma or Omega basin with every fitted furniture order worth more than £1,000 retail including VAT.

Plumber endangered customers' lives

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted after carrying out illegal work on gas boilers that was so bad it put his customers' lives at risk.

Michael Gallimore, 62, formerly of Hengrave Road, Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds, but now temporarily living in Shefford in Bedfordshire, admitted breaching health & safety laws at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court last week.

Franke's flow restrictor is perfect for saving water in the kitchen

* Franke Olympus sml.jpgAiding adherence to the Building Regulations in terms of water consumption and adding to the list of 'green' initiatives in the home, Franke's flow restrictor is a really simple tool.

When attached to a Franke kitchen tap - such as the Olympus pictured here - the amount of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow.

The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospectively fitted to a number of popular Franke models.

T:  +44 (0)161 436 6280

F: +44 (0)161 436 2180

E: [email protected]

W: www.franke.co.uk

Whirlpool's new white oven from the Ambient line is a winner

* Whirlpool ambientoven sml.jpgWhile different colours abound on the current kitchen appliance scene, the dynamic trio of stainless steel, black and white continues to top the charts with the majority of consumers. The timeless appeal of the classic monochromatic look and the gleam and famous durability of stainless steel have an enduring appeal.

Couple any of these aesthetics with sleek lines and advanced technology and you have a winning product that will stand the test of time. No surprise, then, that Whirlpool has added a white version of its AKZM 756 single built-in oven to accompany its black and stainless steel counterparts.

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

* Electrolux Concept Vacs with Green Range.jpgElectrolux has revealed five unique vacuum cleaners that have been made from plastic waste collected from the world's oceans. The event marks the next chapter and continuation of the 'Vac from the Sea' initiative that aims to raise awareness around ocean plastic waste and inspire consumers and industry to recycle more.

"I would like to thank everyone that has brought attention to the issue and express my deepest gratitude to our partners, for providing us with knowledge and working with us in gathering plastic from the world's oceans," says Hans Stråberg, CEO and President, Electrolux.

Stoves unveils new built-in collection and switches production back to UK

* Stoves BurgundyGlossRoomset RBbuilt-in sml.jpgLeading cooking appliance manufacturer Stoves has unveiled its new built-in collection of ovens and hobs and has moved production from Europe back to its Merseyside base.

The new offering, consisting of nine single and double ovens and 13 hobs, is available in a choice of black or stainless steel finishes. 

Growth of construction activity weakest in eight months

October data provided further evidence that the recovery of the UK construction sector peaked in the summer, with rises in both new orders and activity slowing. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index posted 51.6 in October - the lowest reading in the current eight-month sequence of expansion. Meanwhile, constructors implemented a further round of job cuts, with future expectations also remaining relatively weak.

Of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors, only commercial reported a rise in activity in October. Furthermore, the expansion in commercial-based construction slowed during the month. Housing and civil engineering both recorded contractions in activity (albeit only marginal in the latter). The decrease in residential construction was solid, and the second in successive months, indicating that the sector's improved performance during the first half of 2010 may now be reversing.

Composting the clean and easy way with Brabantia's new biodegradable bin liners

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Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt.

Vegetable peelings, mouldy fruit and used coffee grounds all go to produce great compost, but also make a dirty, soggy mess at the bottom of your food waste bin. Yet with these bin liners you can help keep your bins clean, dry and manageable - while also doing your bit for the environment. 

European Hotel Design Awards winner Olga Polizzi, to speak at this year's Conference

The Sleep Event Conference has announced that the winner of the European Hotel Design Awards prestigious 'Outstanding Contribution Award', Olga Polizzi, will be speaking at this year's Conference.

Olga, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Collection, daughter of the late Lord Forte and younger sister of Sir Rocco, will present on Wednesday 24th November at 15:00.

New Campisi porcelain tile collection is first Daltile line featuring Cliks

Daltile's new Campisi floor tile is the first in the line to feature the Cliks Uniclic tongue-and-groove interlocking joints and built-in grout system - a modern, easy-to-install locking floor tile that simply clicks together. No mortar or grout is needed, simplifying installation and making it possible to transform a room in just one afternoon with no mess.

Cliks' built-in grout was custom created to complement each colour in the new collection and with exceptional resistance to cracking, fading, staining, mould and mildew, the built-in grout is long-lasting and easy to maintain. Additionally, there is no need to mix, measure, apply or seal grout, making the installation process clean and simple. In fact, because Cliks features built-in grout that never requires sealing, Cliks floors requi

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News in Brief

Beko claims to have launched the world's most energy efficient washing machine. Boasting an A+++++ rating, the 8KG WMB81445L uses 50% less energy than standard 'A' rated models. T: 0845 600 4904

German kitchen designer and manufacturer Leicht has introduced the Kanto range of budget kitchens. T: 07802 4029

As different hot drinks need different temperatures to release a perfect aroma and taste, Bosch's new energy-saving kettle has four temperature settings. T: 0844 892 8979 

Sliderobes provides custom-built storage solutions to suit every space - even around alcoves, sloping ceilings, chimney breasts and low beams.
T: 0800 454 465

Raines & Willow's luxury English handmade beds will make you wish you could 'bed down' and hibernate until Spring! T: 01628 486710


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