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18th January 2019
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Fatbergs have been in the news again lately with a 64-metre growth having been discovered just after Christmas in the sewers serving Sidmouth in Devon. My links with the cleaning industry have led to some interesting debates about the various causes of these disgusting blockages and as well as the obvious culprits, such as careless householders and businesses emptying fats, oils and food debris into the sink and flushing wet wipes down the toilet, the finger was pointed at the design of sinks, toilets and flushing systems as well as our industry's drive to create products that use less water.
Clearly we need to continue to cut the volume of water we use wherever possible and I'm surprised that in my years in the KBB industry I've seen so little of systems that use greywater. The basins which empty into the toilet cistern, which I used to see a decade ago and thought were a wonderful idea, don't seem to have caught on as I expected them to. Likewise I can recall writing with enthusiasm about a shower that used filtered, recycled water but have never learnt of any that have actually been installed.
Is work still being done on this type of product or has the expense of research and the likely costs potential buyers would face in acquiring and fitting such new technology, deterred designers from pursuing this solution to conserving our precious water supplies?
Are retailers instructing customers to take care with the disposal of fats and oils, and warning that even if the wet wipe box says the wipes can be flushed, it's a silly thing to do? Are retailers offering fat traps with any sinks they sell and telling buyers or kitchens and bathrooms how to keep their pipework free flowing?
If you've never seen a fatberg in situ, here's a link to a short video. Does it make you want to take action and do whatever you can to prevent their formation? I'd love to know: www.bbc.co.uk
This Week's News
Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill calls for a swift cross-party solution to bring an end to the Brexit uncertainty, as Theresa May enters into talks to find a deal that Parliament will support.
"Unprecedented is a word that has been used a lot over the last weeks concerning Brexit. It seems that each new day in politics brings more unprecedented events, with the latest being the huge rejection of Theresa May's Brexit deal, followed by the no confidence vote which the government survived.
The tile manufacturing business joined the Made in Britain network in 2017, and since then has delivered a series of initiatives with MiB and its members to champion British manufacturing and share best practice.
Danby Appliances, Canada's principal household appliance manufacturer which announced its expansion to Europe in October, has revealed the first of its products to become available through distributors Exertis.co.uk.
This Danby compact under-counter refrigerator is the first product from an initial line-up that will include compact cooling, freezing and wine coolers. John Welbourn, who is leading the Danby launch into the UK explains: "These appliances are all the product of Danby's own manufacturing. So, the design, style, features and benefits are exclusive to the Danby brand."
Inspired by the lean towards raw materials in interior design, the new collection from Ceralsio includes Ferro Vecchio, (pictured in the reception desk, below) a ceramic surface that adopts the appearance of poured concrete. A softer alternative to industrial designs, this hard-wearing surface will be a stand-out feature whether combined with neutral shades or used as a contrast to bold colours.
Lustrolite's acrylic panels are one of the most suitable materials for bathroom and kitchen splashbacks. Not only do they have a sleek, modern look and finish; they are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. The panels are highly-resistant to harsh chemicals and can be cleaned with just warm water and a soft microfibre cloth.
The non-stick surface prevents the growth of mould and bacteria as well as soap or calcium build-up; perfect for the home.
With recent research (carried out by Terry's Fabrics) suggesting that more than a third (35%) of UK homeowners experience buyer's remorse when it comes to home improvements, 2019 looks set to be the year that the latest 4D technology really takes off for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design.
The survey revealed that 39% of Brits admitting that the kitchen is the room most in need of a revamp, yet for almost half (42%) of those asked, it can take up to five years to be completely satisfied with the state of their home.
The Ryles Arms, a four-star hotel in Sutton, Macclesfield, has transformed the bathrooms of its guest rooms with a range of products from Abacus Bathrooms, one of the UK's leading designers and manufacturers of beautiful bathroom and wetroom products.
The hotel specified top quality products that could be delivered within the limited time frame from trusted supplier, Town Bathrooms. Abacus Bathrooms was chosen over other manufacturers due to the high quality, design and versatility of the products.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced that global bathroom brand Jaquar is the latest company to join the association. Jaquar is a premium bathroom supplier with presence in over 45 countries across Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the SAARC region. Products are manufactured in six state-of-the-art manufacturing units in India and one in South Korea.
"We are delighted to welcome Jaquar to the BMA," says BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill. "The company is a relative newcomer to the UK market but well established internationally as one of the largest bathroom manufacturers in the world.
If clearing the clutter and transforming the kitchen into a minimal oasis is on the home improvement checklist this Spring, then investing in some clever storage solutions is the perfect way to achieve it, courtesy of The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens.
Keen cooks can ensure a myriad of ingredients are always to hand with a pantry system. The Lansbury corner pantry maximises on space in the smaller kitchen, while The Hathaway offers endless storage possibilities that can be personalised to cater for differing needs.
UK manufacturer Pland Stainless, celebrating a centenary this year, has developed a new Coffee Knock Out Drawer that's proving to be as popular for KBB retailer showrooms as the local barista cafe bars.
The Narino coffee knock out drawer is made from 304 grade stainless steel with replacement polyurethane knock out bar to protect the coffee holder from damage.
Lenny tells us that the Poured Project, based in Yorkshire, is the shared passion of a small team of experts in concrete production which creates exceptional concrete pieces for residential and commercial interiors.
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