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27th July 2018


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International News

New mineral cast basins for VitrA Ecora Infinit furniture range for that millenial vibe

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Smart, practical, and easy to care for, VitrA's successful Ecora furniture range now features a gloss mineral cast basin option which gives the range a cool new millennial vibe.

Multi-compartment bin from Binopolis make recycling quicker and easier

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Over 12 million tonnes of plastic enter the sea each year, which has a devastating impact on animals and the environment, and while many of us consciously try to limit the amount of plastic we use, we all end up with some plastic waste, which makes recycling at home a key priority.

The new Rapide Collection from Ambiance Bain - available from UK stock

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With consumers' ever increasing demand for stylish modular bathroom furniture together with speed of delivery, Ambiance Bain has developed a new range of products which fit the bill - all available from UK stock.

European bathroom industry will adopt single scheme for water/energy efficiency labels

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During the latest meeting of the European Bathroom Forum on 5th July in Lisbon, the majority of the principal representatives of the bathroom sector came to a voluntary agreement on a single labelling scheme.

New washday wonders from Amica

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Amica has launched top spec washing machines featuring impressive A+++ energy ratings and a host of family-friendly features to deliver the perfect wash.

Subtle and sophisticated - the bathroom is multigenerational

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With bathroom sales predicted to grow, VitrA marketing manager Margaret Talbot, looks at trends for the rest of 2018...

Simple wall-hung modern furniture in subtle wood shades, soft creams or soft graphite teamed with either a counter-top or vanity basin in an appealing shape or a super-size slab top with one or two bowls and complemented by wall-hung sanitaryware, a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath, are the essential base ingredients for design success.

Benchmarx Kitchens reveals its softer side with the new Somerset Natural Oak kitchen

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The appeal of a real wood kitchen has an understandable draw, especially due to its inherent luxury, understated warmth and texture.

This Week's News

BMA sponsors new award to promote customer safety through compliance

* BMA-sponsors-new-award.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has sponsored a new award designed to recognise innovation and initiatives that promote consumer safety through compliance in bathroom products and installation.

The award has been launched by the National Home Improvement Council and is open for entries until 13th October. It is open to any organisation that operates in the bathroom industry such as a manufacturer, social landlord, local authority or retailer and the winner will be announced at the NHIC Annual Awards Luncheon on 22nd November at One Whitehall Place, London.

New VitrA Signature Collection offers retailers that little extra

* VitrA-MAIN-PIC-ntegra-1.jpgVitrA has announced the launch of a strategic new product portfolio, Signature Collection. Available to eligible retailers, Signature Collection includes new products, a refreshed design to Shift - an existing range, and the inclusion of mineralcast basin options.

The award-winning shower toilet; V-care Essential, is also included to provide retail partners with a competitively priced solution in this rapidly growing market segment.

The kitchen of the future : Magnet and Samsung launch Smart Kitchen

* The-kitchen-of-the-future.jpgMagnet understands that life can be hectic sometimes, and families are in need of innovations that can save them precious time.

All of Magnet's products and innovations are designed to help busy families in four simple ways; to save time and energy, organise, entertain and stay in control. That is why Magnet has partnered up with Samsung to introduce the new Smart Kitchen.

Worktops revisited: Bushboard launches Evolve ultra-slim surfaces showcased at KBB 2018

* MAIN-PIC-Evolve-travertine.jpgSleek, ultra-slim and sophisticated, new Evolve solid core worksurfaces from Bushboard bring an erudite quality to kitchen design. Made from a 100% solid core laminate which is just 12.5mm thick, the new surfaces come in a choice of 15 dual-faced, contemporary designs and feature five complementary core colours - white, cream, light grey, dark grey and extra black.

The material has a double-sided decor, is exceptionally easy to cut on site and is completely waterproof. The colour core facilitates features such as routed drainer grooves and crisp machine cut edges that blend while making a beautifully neat job of undermount sink installations.

Hoover to heat up cooking range with sous vide system

* Hoover-Sous-Vide.jpgHoover has launched a sous vide system within its Vogue Premium Collection. Aimed at bolstering the brand's premium cooking portfolio, the system enables users to cook restaurant-quality food in their own home and is now available to retailers across the UK.

Big brand consumer promotions from Amica

* Amica-MAIN-PIC-WMS914.jpgAmica has joined forces with well-known consumer brands to offer compelling promotions on washing machines and wine coolers.

Consumers who buy an Amica washing machine, from a qualifying retailer, up to and including 31st August, can claim free Persil laundry detergent simply by sending or uploading proof of purchase to Amica. The cut-off date for claims is 30th September and a claim form can be found online.

Hi-Macs makes charging simple with the POSO charging pad

* Hi-Macs-POSO.jpgFranco Eccel has designed this multipurpose yet stylish charging pad for any phone that can use inductive (QI) charging. The use of Hi-Macs, a versatile and durable solid surface material, means that when the device is plugged into the mains, one simply has to place a compatible smartphone onto the designated pad and it will immediately start charging - no more problems with dodgy connectors.

And there is even a handy space for accessories, small change, a pad and pencils, even a wallet...

Plumbers' Merchant Graham reaps benefits of Saniflo Kinemagic display with free fitting and training

* Grahams-main.jpgSaniflo UK - the country's leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators and shower cubicles - is offering showrooms free fitting and product training with their first Kinedo Kinemagic display.

New thermostatic regulator from Altecnic ensures constant water temperature

* Altecnic-thermostatic-reg.jpgDesigned to maintain specified water temperatures automatically, the new 116 thermostatic regulator for domestic hot water recirculation is now available from Midlands-based provider of high-quality plumbing and heating components, Altecnic.

The 116 thermal balancing valve is intended for installation in the return pipe of each recirculation circuit, automatically maintaining the desired water temperature.

How-to video focuses on installing Abacus' Easi-Plan Modul Basin Frame

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The key to any stylish bathroom is in the planning. With the Easi-Plan range of flushing & support systems by Abacus, any bathroom structure is possible.

The Easi-Plan range allows bathroom designers to ensure rooms are given a more spacious look and feel, with cleaner lines resulting from hiding the plumbing and raising items above the floor. The inclusion of 'hidden' inspection covers during the planning phase then allows easy access should any plumbing faults arise at a later date.

Lecico appoint new managing director and finance director

* Lecico_Ackers-Thompson.jpgAntony Thompson and Bryan Ackers have recently joined Lecico Bathrooms. Anthony (right of picture) is managing director, while Bryan, pictured with him, is Finance Director. These appointments complement the appointment last year of Tony Barnes as commercial director.

Investment in these key positions confirms the ongoing commitment to the UK market in what will be an exciting year for the organisation.

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Recent News

A solid May for Merchants; kitchens & bathrooms up

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Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 6.9% in May compared with May last year. Five categories did better, with Plumbing Heating & Electrical (11.9%) the top performer and Landscaping (+11.3%), Timber & Joinery Products (+8.2%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (7.1%) also stronger. Heavy Building Materials, the largest category, grew more slowly (+5.1%) and only Workwear & Safetywear sold less (-5.3%).

Homebuilding & Renovating Show attracts a serious quality audience

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The number of visitors attending The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows who are working on a live project is increasing year on year, according to new research from the event organiser Future.

More needs to be done to protect workers' lives

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There were 144 work-related fatalities in Britain during 2017-18, an increase from 135 fatalities in the previous year, reported the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in  a recent report..

Tickets selling fast for KBSA Annual Conference & Awards Dinner

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association tells us that tickets are selling fast for the Conference & Awards Dinner, taking place on 12th September at the Stratford Manor Hotel.

Online sales of plumbing products in the UK to increase by 43% by 2022

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The Internet is the fastest growing channel of the overall UK plumbing and heating products market and has experienced strong growth levels in the last five - seven years. In 2017 alone, the UK Internet plumbing market is estimated to have increased by 17% in value terms.

InSinkErator invests in UK distribution facility

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InSinkErator has invested in a dedicated UK distribution facility in the Borough of Milton Keynes, to improve customer service levels and support the company's growth.

Keller Kitchens is on the search for new UK dealers to join the team

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Keller Kitchens is recruiting new dealers to join the busy UK team. Keller Kitchens is one of Europe's prominent kitchen brands boasting a unique product range featuring Dutch design and carbon neutral production. With over 1,950 colours available, Keller Kitchens' products are increasingly popular with homeowners.


Discover Saniflo consumer campaign underway

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Saniflo UK - renowned designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators and shower cubicles - is embarking upon an aggressive consumer campaign to create a strong pull for its trade customers. Selected and qualified audiences will be targeted via print and digital campaigns from June through November.


New brochure taps into kitchen design

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With brassware being an important design and functional element of any kitchen, Abode has launched a new brochure to support its full range of taps, with new lines and firm favourites all featuring.

New brochure 'Look-Book' for Bushboard Omega

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The new brochure for Bushboard's Omega worktop range is packed with new products and clever ideas. With a collection designed around the latest on-trend colour palettes, smart looks and innovative thinking, this range takes laminate to a new level.

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