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3rd August 2018


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International News

New VitrA Signature Collection offers retailers that little extra

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VitrA 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.

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.

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I know that just a few of KBzine's readers are involved in full-scale construction work but I'm running a piece today aimed at construction safety in excessive heat, since it made me wonder how on earth people are managing to cope - whatever their job involves.

I read somewhere that very high temperatures - while not exactly frying the brain - damage its function to the extent that we find it hard to focus and simple functions create a real drain on our energy. I get that, having struggled myself to complete last week's KBzine to the standard I'd like. It took so long and I felt exhausted by the end. This week hasn't been much better.

I care for my elderly mother who luckily, lives locally. Last week she was on antibiotic eyedrops that needed administering six times a day. What I found so wearing was not just having to stick to schedule, but the need to keep closing the windows and then getting into what felt like an oven when I returned to my car.

How on earth do delivery drivers cope, for even with air conditioning, they experience what I did in reverse - emerging from a cold cab into baking sunshine, before having to unload the delivery and carry what may be an awkward, heavy load into a building and potentially upstairs too.

While I was complaining about whizzing just a few minutes along local roads without traffic, those whose job it is to deliver to households or businesses have to fit in loads of calls and probably spend much of the time sat in traffic.

Those having to commute haven't had it easy, either, with melting road surfaces and train tracks. And once in the workplace there's smelly, noisy air conditioning to cope with or excessive heat and sweaty colleagues, who may be grumpy because they're hot too. This weather makes us lethargic or even sleepy, yet we still have our deadlines and I can imagine how easy it is for those with a tight schedule (unlike me who works from home and can go more slowly and work into the night) to cut corners and jeopardise their safety and that of others. The article I mentioned earlier talks about the need to behave differently in this heat, if we want to remain safe, so is worth reading.

Hate the heat? Don't worry - we'll soon be complaining about the rain, ice and snow!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Miele GB appoints John Pickering as managing director

* Miele-GB_John-Pickering.jpgMiele has appointed John Pickering as managing director of its GB subsidiary with immediate effect, succeeding Simon Grantham who left the business earlier this year.

John brings a wealth of leadership and sales experience to Miele, having spent the last eight years at the blue-chip FMCG business, Mars. His last position there was as general manager for Mars Ireland, responsible for all brand categories and aspects of the Dublin-based operation, with achievements in business performance, customer focus and employee engagement.

KBSA Designer Awards quality 'better than ever' - say judges

* KBSA-Designer-Awards-judges.jpgThis year's shortlist of finalists for the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association
Designer Awards has been reviewed by the new panel of judges and declared to be the best year yet, in terms of quality of design.

Head judge Wayne Hemingway said: "It is pleasing to see so much design talent in the kitchen and bathroom sector, which was very much in evidence at the judges' review meeting."

The heat is on and the spotlight is on construction

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Outdoor workers are at a significantly higher risk of skin damage, including developing skin cancer in the longer term, than indoor workers. The failure to properly appreciate and manage the risks from working outside during hot weather is graphically illustrated by the fact that construction workers account for 44% of the estimated 48 'vocational' skin cancer caused deaths per year in the UK, according to the British Journal of Cancer [2017].

Abajo - a space-saving, subtle extraction system from Blanco

* BLANCO-Abajo-extractor.jpgThe Blanco by Gutmann, Abajo downdraft extraction system sits discreetly in the kitchen worktop; it is space-saving, subtle and stylish.

This system is perfect for open-plan living where sightlines should be kept clear. The Abajo sits flush to the worktop and siphons steam and cooking odours away leaving the room's atmosphere crystal clear.

New face for Saniflo in the Midlands

* Saniflo-Midlands.jpgFollowing the recent retirement of the sales representative for the central region of the UK, Saniflo has appointed a new sales manager responsible for sales and customer service in the area.

James Beresford, who is based in Leicestershire, has previously worked for leading brands in the industry including AKW, Novellini, Impey and Roca and is now bringing his merchant, retail and sales experience to Saniflo.

What customers want

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The reasons customers contact an organisation are varied, but one of the most common is because something has gone wrong with the customer 'journey'. Whether it's a billing issue, a technical support case or an order incorrectly fulfilled, the valuable customer requires assistance.

Survey reveals safety managers' confidence with workplace eyewash stations

* Survey-safety.jpgFrom small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to employees' eyes in a manufacturing facility.

A survey conducted among 124 safety professionals at the 2018 ASSP Professional Development Conference last month in Texas, reveals whether businesses are prepared for these difficult-to-avoid eye injuries.

New superslim worktops - a real innovation in laminate

* Evolve-Marmo-Calacatta.jpgSleek, ultra-slim and brand new Evolve solid core worksurfaces from Bushboard bring an inspired 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 allows features such as routed drainer grooves and crisp machine cut edges that blend while making a beautifully neat job of undermount sink installations.

Crosswater's Svelte bathroom furniture collection now offered inn Storm Grey

* Crosswater-Svelte.jpgStorm Grey is the latest finish to be introduced to the ever-popular Crosswater Svelte bathroom furniture collection. Renowned for its sleek curves and superior functionality, Svelte is an ideal choice for the design-conscious homeowner.

With a distinctively modern finish, this contemporary grey hue introduces a fresh update to the existing range of colourways within the collection that includes American Walnut, White Gloss and Matt Coffee.

Franke's new Atmos hood aims to make condensation a thing of the past

* Franke-Atmos-hood.jpgFranke's pioneering new Atmos hood features an innovative Steam Control System to solve the problem of dripping condensation by capturing rising steam before it condenses on surfaces.

Ideal for use with induction hobs where condensation can be more common, the hood uses a second motor which emits air jets that create a vortex effect. This draws up the steam and eliminates water droplets forming on the underside of the hood, keeping glass, walls, the cabinet and the hood's filters moisture-free.

Streamlined and elegant: Rangemaster launches two new kitchen taps

* Rangemaster-Estuary-Tap-Chrome.jpgResponding to key trends in interior design, Rangemaster has launched two new kitchen taps to join its extensive collection. The new 'Estuary' and 'Intense' models both share elegant swan-neck designs in a dual-lever monobloc configuration.

Estuary has classic design cues, with beautifully tapered handles sitting gracefully on an elongated base. To emphasise the subtle curves of this model, there are three distinctive finishes available, including chrome, brushed nickel and stunning brushed copper - all of which make the Estuary a perfect partner to more traditionally led kitchen designs.

KitchenAid supports retailers with bespoke training opportunities

* KitchenAid-training.jpgKitchenAid has introduced bespoke training opportunities to support retailers at its Experience Store, Wigmore Street, London.

Stylishly arranged over two floors, the venue offers retail partners valuable and bespoke training on the vast array of KitchenAid appliances.

New FTA events to provide road map for new international logistics landscape

* New-FTA-events.jpgThe Freight Transport Association, the largest and most influential business organisation in the logistics sector, has launched a new series of events - the International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 - to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape for road haulage.

The three one day events will be sponsored by Brigade Electronics, Navitrans and PTV Map & Guide.

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BMA sponsors new award to promote customer safety through compliance

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

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

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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.

A solid May for Merchants; kitchens & bathrooms up

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Homebuilding & Renovating Show attracts a serious quality audience

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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.


Big brand consumer promotions from Amica

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

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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