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12th November 2010


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International News

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

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Aiding 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.

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

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While 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.

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

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Electrolux 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.

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

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Leading 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.

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.

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.

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Water scarcity has become a key global issue for the US because of its potential to fuel armed conflicts in regions such as the Middle East or between nuclear rivals such as India and Pakistan.

"Worldwide, water is not only a problem for billions of people who lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation," said Maria Otero, US under secretary for democracy and global affairs, during a visit to Brussels last week.

"It is also an issue of security as we see scarcity emerging more and water becoming potentially a source of conflict. There are more than 260 river basins around the world that are shared between countries. And that raises a security issue for everyone.

"We believe it is very important to help those countries develop agreements and develop ways to address the water that they share."

She said the US had backed the UN resolution, adopted in July this year, to make access to water a basic human right, saying that: "Every human being should have access to water and sanitation".

Quite right too!

A little closer to home, Chris Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, (www.bathroom-association.org.uk) has been thinking a great deal lately about Water Efficiency being a driver for cost reduction in hotels.

And he says that recent announcements of impending energy price hikes (British Gas has today announced a 7% rise in both gas and electricity this winter, in case you've not seen the news yet) make the BMA's speech on 25th November on day two of the forthcoming Sleep Event (www.thesleepevent.com) more relevant than ever. 

Chris, speaking on 'Water efficiency in the Commercial Environment' at the Sleep Event Seminar, will develop the argument that water efficiency and energy efficiency are inextricably linked.  He will show how the BMA's 'water efficient product labelling scheme' is helping all businesses - and hotels in particular - reduce their water and energy consumption and hence utility costs. He will show how business managers can use the WEPLS on-line database to choose the most efficient bathroom products currently available.

"WEPLS has grown rapidly from a germ of an idea to a benchmark scheme which is now being copied in Europe and wider afield," he says. "Our database holds the details of around 1000 water efficient bathroom products which, by default, have the lowest carbon footprint. The scheme is recognised by several government departments and is a major aid for them in their drive to meet the Green Agenda."

Hotels are always looking for efficiencies and cost reduction. WEPLS is an increasingly important tool for proprietors and managers aiming to reduce their hot water consumption.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Business owners sceptical over Coalition's ability to cut red tape

Many small business owners doubt the new Government's ability to free them from the shackles of red tape, according to new research. 

A study by the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business found that just 28% of small to medium-sized enterprises believe the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition will make a noticeable difference to the rules and regulations they face. 

Hotpoint campaigns for confident cooks

Lisa_Faulkner.jpgA piece of national research carried out by Hotpoint into the nation's cooking habits has found a startling lack of confidence in British kitchens. This has spurred Hotpoint into launching a nationwide campaign to make Brits more confident in the kitchen. 

The research shows that a combination of busy lifestyles and work commitments means that nine out of 10 British households are stuck in a creative culinary rut and just cook the same meals over and over again.

Get the Regency feel from British Ceramic Tile

* British_Ceramic_Tile_Regency.jpgFollowing the success of the recently launched Brighton range of wall tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a selection of new border & feature tiles has also now been released in the same striking colour palette.

The new Brighton Regency border & feature tiles have an intricate wrought iron design with colourful accents and platinum highlights, which can be combined with the Brighton wall tile range to provide a wide selection of possibilities for use in hotels, bars and restaurants or equally in a kitchen or bathroom.

Everything for today's supply chain operations - under one roof!

If you haven't yet pre-registered for IMHX, you have only until noon on Friday to do so if you wish to receive your visitor pack in the post in time for the event. Remember, IMHX 2010 runs from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th November at Birmingham's NEC.

Taking place only once every three years, IMHX - the International Materials Handling Exhibition - is the UK's premier logistics, materials handling and storage exhibition, showcasing thousands of products and services from right across the supply chain.

Liebherr scoops six awards in world's largest technology competition!

* Liebherr.jpegRefrigeration expert, Liebherr, manufacturer of some of the world's most covetable refrigeration products, has been hugely successful in the 2010 Plus X awards, with several fridges and freezers scooping six awards in total.

The Plus X Award panel is made up of 144 experts from around the world and the 'Best Product of the Year 2010' seal is awarded for outstanding achievement. Thanks to innovative ideas, high quality and great design, both the CBNes 5167 combination fridge / freezer and the CBNes 6256 French door combination fridge / freezer won 'Best Product of the Year 2010'.

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with ContractStore.com and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT.

The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning construction solicitor and 'contracts. The pack, developed with warranty and site-insurance provider, Self-Build Zone, offers peace of mind for contractor, homeowner and project insurer for the fraction of the price of a lawyer.  

Painted palette perfection for English Revival

* ER_Traditional_Painted.jpgIn-frame has never been so diverse.  With a beautiful palette of painted pastel colours, natural oak and a primed ready to paint option, Mereway Kitchens allows designers to display their creative flair with this spectacular timber product.

Drawing from the success of the Lincoln Shaker range, the new In-frame collection follows suit with painted ash doors in elegant colours; Spring White, Fennel Green, Pebble Blue, Chalk White and Willow Green, while the ready-to-paint option offers customers the versatility to paint their kitchens in any hue to achieve the look they want.  The In-frame shaker door itself comprises a frame with beaded profile and 78mm stiles and rails for a more delicate look.

Three companies fined after man suffers serious leg injuries

Three companies have been fined a total of £24,500 after electrician Martin Cox, 28, suffered serious leg injuries when he became trapped under a prefabricated wall which he and six other men were attempting to lift.

Principal contractor Emcor Facilities Services and the subcontractor, BS Interiors (South) had taken a decision to erect the 10.4 metre long, 2.8 metre high wall, flat on the floor due to the design of the building.

Win a Luxury Harvey Nichols Christmas Hamper worth £150


* Ripples_Contemporary.jpgRipples showrooms at Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Reigate, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Chichester, Henley and Richmond are holding a Christmas Draw. The lucky winner will receive a Luxury Harvey Nichols Christmas Hamper containing a full range of iconic Harvey Nichols products worth £150 - but even luckier will be the UK Registered Charity 'Wherever the Need', which will receive all the money raised. 

Tickets will be on sale at the showrooms from 16th November and the winner will be drawn from those who've participated, in each of the showrooms, on 16th December 2010.

Smart move to Smart Systems!

* Nigel_Smart_Systems.jpgSmart Systems has announced the appointment of Nigel Fletcher as Business Development Manager. Nigel joins the company after roles with Commodore Kitchens, Jubilee Kitchens and The Lubina Kitchen Company.

 "I came across Smart Systems several years ago and what impressed me then was how the company's extensive knowledge of the business needs of our community had been cleverly transferred to its Smart, Business and Operational Management System software application," reveals Nigel.

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News in Brief

Most of us are familiar with Swarovski crystals... Now imagine them in two vertical bands on the front of a black Gorenje fridge freezer - stunning! E: [email protected]

Inspired by France but made in Britain, Newtons new Chateau D'Or bedroom furniture has an air of opulence.
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Online blinds retailer Tuiss has launched a range of stylish, 100% waterproof roller blinds, which are perfect for wetrooms. E: [email protected]

Moods Bathrooms' new Dream tapware range features waterfall-effect technology and a single lever for easy adjustment of flow and temperature. E: [email protected] 

Merlyn's new 'Vivid' shower enclosure range includes three with a lifetime guarantee; plus the more affordable Entrée - ideal for the entry market. T: 00 353 56 779 1555


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