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5th October 2018


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International News

Steel screens for stylish interior spaces

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While steel doors and windows are synonymous with rugged performance and slim sightlines, the distinctive frames offered by members of the Steel Window Association are also increasingly being chosen to help create stylish interior spaces for locations such as restaurants, hotels and residential properties.

Can designer bathroom pieces increase in value?

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With the current market for refurbished Victorian and Edwardian sanitaryware, the answer is yes. A restored Victorian console basin on a stand can sell for up to £3000 while a refinished cast iron roll top will be well over £1000.

Abacus Elements relaunches ultimate Tile Backer Board

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Abacus Elements has relaunched its range of ultimate Tile Backer Board, which is hailed as the most comprehensive range of quality and cost-effective tile backer boards on the market.

The company is well known as the 'go-to' brand for waterproofing and wetroom solutions in the bathroom, creating innovative and flexible designs coupled with ultimate build quality.

Toto's Washlet certified as world's No.1 brand when it comes to shower toilets

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Research published by Euromonitor International has revealed that Japanese bathroom manufacturer Toto is the number one brand globally in terms of sales in the shower toilet market (toilets with bidet functions) with its Washlet shower-toilet.

VitrA launches new Plural range at Design Junction. See it while you can!

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This week through to the evening of 23rd September, beautiful bathroom brand VitrA is participating for the first time in designjunction, London's premier exhibition for contemporary design and one of the main destinations of the London Design Festival.

Which? Best Buy accolade for Amica fridge freezer

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Amica is delighted to report that the FK3213DFX fridge freezer has been chosen as a Best Buy by Which? "This is a feature-rich model and has been a great seller for Amica," comments marketing manager Steve Corbett, "so we are thrilled to have this acknowledgement."

Blanco ArchPro offers the expert look

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The Blanco ArchPro series of taps demonstrates the expert design from Blanco UK. The semi-professional mixer tap has a twin lever to regulate the temperature of the water flow to suit the user's requirements.

New for 2018 at Küchenmeile: Holland Trend Haus

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Keller Kitchens, Dekker Zevenhuizen and ATAG Benelux have joined forces and will open the doors of Holland Trend Haus on 16th, 17th and 18th September. At ServicePoint A30 in Bünde, the three Dutch companies will present the latest trends and innovations in the field of kitchens, worktops and kitchen appliances.

Salice set for SICAM success

Salice tells us it is looking forward to showcasing its extensive product range at SICAM 2018, the International Exhibition of Components, Semi-finished Products and Accessories for the Furniture Industry, held in Pordenone, Italy between 16th-19th October 2018.

Miele's new CM 7550 bean-to-cup countertop coffee machine incorporates WiFi technology

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Premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, showcased at IFA a new model for its range of countertop coffee machines, the CM 7550 Coffee Machine.

Blanco introduces super stylish stainless steel taps

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Ever the innovator in kitchen sinks and taps, Blanco UK has introduced a range of brushed stainless steel taps designed for today's busy home. The Ambis, Candor and Lanora-S have been designed to complement any design scheme, be it traditional or modern, and all stainless steel sink models from Blanco.

NoCode Versobox - innovation in shower valve technology

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NoCode's Versobox combines stylish looks with easy installation for any bathroom setting. The install box ensures a watertight installation for optimal product performance and tanking is also provided for additional waterproofing. The clear plastic front cover protects the valve during any plastering or wall finishing and acts as a tiling guide for an accurate finish.

Rangemaster updates iconic Elan range cooker by launching the Elan Deluxe

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Rangemaster has updated its popular Elan range cooker with the launch of the brand-new Elan Deluxe, available in both Dual Fuel and Induction models.

Welcome to the



Imagine a day without water...

On Wednesday, the US Water Alliance (www.uswateralliance.org) will be holding its annual 'Imagine A Day Without Water' campaign, designed to get people thinking: "What would it be like to go even a day without water?" Those involved believe that as well as reminding we adults of just how precious this commodity is, it can prove a valuable lesson for children, helping them learn, observe, and realise just how important water is in their lives.

Today, about 900 million people around the world don't have access to safe water. Further, for a large percentage of these people, there's no certainty that they will have any water - safe or unsafe - on any given day. Just imagine how that must feel... When the 'Imagine A Day Without Water' campaign began in 2015, a total of 185 organisations in the US signed up to participate. Most of these were involved in water-related sectors of some sort. Last year, more than 300 participated - many of them US manufacturers, real estate associations, coffee manufacturers and retailers, city councils, engineering firms, hotels and restaurants - even the health sector got involved. It's anticipated that the 2018 events will involve more than 750 organisations.

"This reflects the growing concerns we have about water availability in the US," Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co, the manufacturer of no-water urinals, told me. "Each year, more and more people realise that water is not in unlimited supply, and this is reflected in the fact that water bills keep rising every year around the country." In the past, some organisations have participated in the campaign by encouraging mayors, city councils and governors to issue proclamations, encouraging businesses and citizens to grasp just what it might be like to have to go without water for a day. Additionally, some local and nationwide coffee shops have created coffee sleeves, reminding people that every cup of coffee starts with fresh water.

As this industry is so switched on when it comes to raising awareness of the need to conserve water, as well as in designing products that use less water whilst fooling us into thinking we're actually using a lot more than we are, I'm wondering whether we should consider joining our friends across the pond and extending its campaign to these shores. What do you think?




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Danby launches in the UK as first part of European expansion project

* Danby-prod-grouping.jpgDanby Appliances, the leading Canadian manufacturer/distributor, has announced its expansion to Europe commencing with the UK market.

BMA reveals identity of inspirational speaker

* BMA-reveals-identity.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has revealed the identity of the previously secret motivational speaker for the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 16th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Richard McCann will deliver the final presentation at the conference. His dark past which includes the murder of his mother when he was only five years old, will illustrate how it is possible to overcome adversity and turn negativity into positivity with an 'I can' attitude.

Best Installer finalists announced

* Best-Installer-finalists.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has revealed the finalists for the prestigious Best Installer 2018 Award, with the winner set to be announced at the ek&bbusiness Awards ceremony on the 29th November at stunning London venue, The Brewery.

BiKBBI are pleased to announce the following finalists:

Making waves in kitchen design with new granite sinks

* Abode-Dune-sink.jpgA bold design statement for the contemporary kitchen, Londa is just one of a complete new collection of beautiful granite sinks now available from Abode.

Combining perfectly with virtually any colour scheme, granite is very much the material of the moment in interior design and Londa is a shining example of just what can be achieved with Abode's highly versatile composite. The elegantly curving sink has a generous drainer and well-proportioned bowl size, while the grey metallic granite not only responds to key trends in kitchen design while creating a striking impression, but also offers an extremely high level of durability and ease of maintenance.

Plumbers' merchants market in the UK worth over £4.2bn

* Plumbers-merchants-market.jpgThe plumbers' merchants market was worth an estimated £4.2bn in 2017, representing growth of around 2% from 2016, according to a new report by AMA Research.

The overall trend in recent years has been positive, and early indications for 2018 are for a continuation of the modest recovery experienced from Q3 2017 onwards, although there is still a degree of restructuring activity, as major players adapt to changing conditions and slowing growth in some key end use sectors.

Amy Neale joins VitrA as marketing executive

* VitrA_Amy-Neale.jpgInternational bathroom manufacturer VitrA, based in Oxfordshire, has appointed Amy Neale as marketing executive. Amy is responsible for supporting VitrA's Showrooms of Excellence retail partners along with marketing communications for VitrA's distributor and installer networks.

Amy, who was formerly a marketing executive in the transport sector, says: "I'm excited to be working with the team at VitrA. The company has clearly enjoyed remarkable growth over the last 25 years - it's great to be part of the next chapter."

AKW to rebrand Bluetooth enabled shower

* AKW-Bluetooth.jpgAKW has announced that the company's highly successful Bluetooth enabled electric shower is being rebranded as of 1st November 2018 to the AKW SmartCare Plus.

The decision has been taken so that in future, AKW SmartCare Plus can be positioned as the flagship product in a new range of AKW 'smart' products that the company will be launching in the future.

Blanco sponsors the 2019 RSA Student Design Awards programme

* Blanco-sponsors.jpgAfter a successful year taking part in the 2018 Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards, Blanco UK tells us it is proud to be returning to sponsor the Awards which provide students with an invaluable network and a brilliant platform to further their career in design.

The Royal Society of Arts is currently in the 95th year of the successful Awards programme, making it the longest-running global student competition. This competition is open to all undergraduate, postgraduate or other higher education students around the world.

Impey launches revolutionary Shower Space Configurator

* Impey-Soho-Screen.jpgFollowing the launch of the new Impey website, the UK manufacturer is once again ready to offer the showering solutions market an innovation which will identify the brand as a driving force of the UK wetroom industry; the new 'Shower Space Configurator'.

The launch of Impey's online 'Shower Space Configurator' signals the next phase of the company's website update and offers a renewed online strategy which demonstrates a key differentiator in market offering.

New Caple integrated wine cabinet is part of the furniture

* Caple-integrated-wine-cab.jpgThe beauty of Caple's new high-performance Sense Premium Wi6160 wine cabinet is that you can make it feel like it's part of the furniture. The kitchen designer can make a frame to match the cabinetry perfectly and simply slot the wine cabinet into place.

With an A+ rating for energy efficiency, this model is dual zone with sleek touch controls and an LED display. Black wire beech fronted shelves with a stainless-steel trim just add to the style. Telescopic shelves provide easy access and this model can hold 44 bottles of wine, including Champagne. It also features charcoal filters, which purify the air in the cabinet and remove undesirable odours that could penetrate the cork, spoiling the wine.

Belling launches charity recipe book to inspire fun family cooking

* Belling-charity-cookbook.jpgBritish home appliance brand Belling has teamed up with children's charity Henry to launch a new recipe book to help parents and children enjoy cooking good, healthy food together. The book will be made available for free via the charity, with the aim of being accessible to as many young families as possible.

The cookbook contains 10 nutritious recipes, contributed by both food bloggers and families who were asked to submit their favourite recipes via social media. These include a range of sweet and savoury meals, including veggie lentil chilli, rainbow pancakes, and 'Fasta pasta'.

'Get a Grip' on ladder safety

* Laddercard.jpgThe Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training. In a sector blighted by myths and misconceptions, 'Get a Grip' on ladder safety is a new campaign that aims to put ladder training at the top of the height safety agenda.

When it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely, says the Association.

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Boundary Space leading the trend in coloured sanitary bathrooms

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Cosentino celebrates outstanding Elite studios with its annual Elite Honours List

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Over 20% growth forecast for UK kitchen & bathroom worktops market over next five years

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Standards & guidelines for installers published

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