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22nd February 2019


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International News

Bushboard invests in award-winning Nuance

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Striking, faster and more economical than traditional ceramic tiling, Bushboard's 100% waterproof Nuance bathroom panels have been a massive success in the domestic and commercial bathroom markets both here and now in mainland Europe.

New Valarte makes classic current

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VitrA has announced details of a new bathroom range joining its Signature Collection during March. A perfect complement to the contemporary designs associated with VitrA, Valarte introduces the popular Shaker design which combines simplicity with fine craftsmanship and functionality.

Schmidt makes the impossible possible

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Schmidt proudly presents the 'Vertical Home', a new concept that illustrates how nothing is too much trouble when it comes to challenges for ultra-personalised home living projects!

Franke launches retailer incentive scheme for hoods

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Franke Impress hood in Metallic Grey

Franke has launched its first ever retailer reward and incentives scheme for its hood category and it is in operation now. Retailers can open a direct account with Franke to purchase hoods from its extensive portfolio, while also earning attractive margins.

New Hotpoint freestanding microwave provides extra cooking space

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Hotpoint has launched a new freestanding microwave oven with grill and crisp plate) that features Flat Bed Technology, which creates more space for the user to cook multiple dishes simultaneously.

Convert to the dark side

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Darker shades in kitchens are really popular this year; so ever the pioneer, Keller, has launched a new melamine colour, Metal Black, which offers an industrial style to complement the stunning Bolton model so homeowners can stay on trend. This model is perfect for contemporary and traditional homes.

The industrial element is reflected through the smart cube-shaped units, reflective of warehouse storage shelving, and dark coloured tin handles (no 672 from Keller's range) which can be matched with aluminium framed display cases (as pictured).

The Bolton model is also available in Concrete, Rust and Marble White.


Rotpunkt urges KBB industry to support further education apprenticeships

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German Kitchen furniture designer and manufacturer, Rotpunkt, shows its support for further education in the kitchen industry, following the successful submission by FIESTA [Furniture Industry Education & Skills Training Alliance], which has led to IFA [Institute for Apprenticeships] approving new Level 3 apprenticeship standards for Fitted Furniture Design.

Helping to 'provide a clear path into the kitchen industry', this announcement marks an important step for a qualification that sits just under the Level 4 & 5 FDA Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design, currently offered.

Clever evolution of tap technology with Blanco's Evol-S

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Renowned for pioneering kitchen tap design and technology initiatives, Blanco UK has launched the clever Evol-S Volume smart tap, demonstrating another step towards sustainability and smart functionality.

This revolutionary smart tap has an integrated measuring function with a precise rotary control to give users the exact amount of water they need. The specific volume is set with the scaling wheel while the measured amount is delivered via the intuitive touch sensor system. The standard mixer tap functions of temperature and flow are controlled by the lever on the opposite side - the Evol-S is available handed left or right.

New POS for Vista statement splashbacks

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Bringing colour, pattern and a funky new look to kitchen walls, recently launched Vista splashbacks have been an outstanding success for Bushboard. Hundreds of kitchen specialists have listed the new range and there is now a fabulous array of Point of Sale material with which to promote it.

Vista includes a compelling showroom lure like Summer Palms along with Moorish patterns, geometrics, weathered London brick, metro tiling and vintage prints (just some of the inspiring options in the new collection which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic).

Kai by Crosswater: part of the New Essentials collection

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Crosswater's new Essentials collection offers deluxe bathroom suites at astonishingly good prices, without compromising on quality or function.

HiB hits the right note with groundbreaking launch

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HiB is striking a chord for 2019 with the launch of a stunning musical ceiling light, designed to take a starring role in any bathroom. Rhythm combines sleek, minimalistic good looks with clever technology. Featuring a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, giving outstanding sound, Rhythm allows consumers to play music or news straight from their devices.

Welcome to the



The report published this week by the Committee on Climate Change on UK housing (you can read it below), which suggests that no new homes be connected to the gas grid after 2025, makes interesting reading and has some excellent and valid points. As was probably only to be expected though, much of the mainstream press jumped on the idea that gas cookers and boilers would become obsolete and our energy bills would rocket if the recommendations were to be adopted, thus making those who haven't read the full report, believe that the ideas are all bad, when in reality they're not.

One piece of advice I find most surprising however, is that appliances be relocated upstairs to improve flood resilience - it particularly mentions washing machines! I can only surmise that the report's writers have never tried to move one of these machines themselves...

The incredible weight and the idea that we'd be expected to manoeuvre them up the stairs, around corners and through the doorways of ordinary houses makes me wonder whether there are enough osteopaths and chiropractors in the country to be able to deal with all the injuries. And where upstairs would there be space for a machine that could be adapted to dampen the noise and vibration, when upstairs is where most of us sleep? And that's without the potential for flooding which comes with many of these machines as they age. OK the appliances won't be steeped in floodwater and thus won't need replacing following a flood, but the potential for damage created by an upstairs washing machine that's perhaps not been plumbed in correctly or whose pipes have rotted or come adrift, doesn't bear thinking about, does it? And are we expected to relocate our kitchens upstairs too, since it's impractical to have fridges, freezers and cookers upstairs if the rest of the kitchen is still on the ground floor?

On a positive note, the report advocates the use of super energy-efficient appliances (it talks about A** and A***) and highly water-efficient devices with low-flow showers and taps, insulated tanks and hot water thermostats - something this industry cleverly already has at hand, along with ever-improving designs of induction cookers. While 2025 isn't too far away, I think that with clever marketing and great products, we can go a long way to saving energy and reducing our emissions long before that, don't you?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

UK homes unfit for the challenges of climate change, CCC says

* UKhousing-climate-change.jpgGovernment must act now to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to safeguard our comfort, health and wellbeing as the climate changes, the Committee on Climate Change says.

In a new report 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' the CCC warns that the UK's legally-binding climate change targets will not be met without the near-complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings.

New Infinity: a design to suit bathrooms of any size or shape

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As with all of Crosswater's products, quality and long-lasting durability come as standard across the range of Infinity shower enclosures. Surrounded by a contemporary polished stainless steel frame, 8mm toughened glass offers a superior power shower-proof surface that will withstand the daily wear-and-tear of multi-person use.

Introducing K├Ângistone: Feel at home

* Koenigstone.jpgTaking its name from the German word for 'king', Königstone was created in 2005 with the aim of providing quartz products of the highest quality for use as surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms.

The brand was started by two business partners, who currently hold over 90 years of experience between them in all aspects of the stone and worktop industry. Their sons have since learnt the family trade and now assist in running the business. The original team is joined by two daughters and a daughter-in-law, as well as talented individuals from outside of the families.

New space saving cooling from Amica

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The fridge is 1235mm high so there's an impressive 204 litres of cooled storage space - perfect for fresh foods. It has four shelves, a roomy salad crisper, four spacious door balconies and has an A+ energy rating.

Der Kreis supports the ideas of students designing the kitchen of tomorrow

* Der-Kreis-supports.jpgEurope's largest kitchen and bathroom buying group for independent kitchen specialists, Der Kreis, actively promotes young talent in the kitchen industry. In 2009, the Der Kreis Anja Schaible Stiftung foundation was set up to inspire, excite and attract young people into the specialist kitchen and design industry.

Together with kitchen specialists and partners from the kitchen industry, the Foundation initiates and encourages study projects at universities and colleges that focus on the kitchen, and all of its facets. The most recent projects, exhibited at LivingKitchen in Cologne, saw students from three universities in Germany develop ideas for the kitchen of tomorrow.

Practical, adaptable Evolve - top choice for Nest Kitchens' community project

* Nest-main.jpgGood habits start young - which is why top-rated Bramhope primary school in Bramhope, Leeds, is introducing hands-on cooking lessons for its pupils. When the company heard of the project, Harrogate-based Nest Kitchens, which specialises in bespoke furniture, decided it would like to be involved.

"Every year at Nest Kitchens we like to get involved in a community project, giving a chance for a local charity or community project to get something done that they would not necessarily have the time or budget to complete themselves," says Nest founder Holly Simpson. "An opportunity arose earlier this year to support our local primary school whose staff are striving to bring back hands on cooking lessons for their children.

David Goode Joins Bushboard as national account manager distribution

* David-Goode_Bushboard.jpgBritish worktop manufacturer Bushboard, of Wellingborough, Northants, has announced the appointment of David Goode as national accounts manager distribution.

Dave is a well-known and respected face in the KBB industry, joining Bushboard having worked formerly for JacuzziUK and Astracast. Dave (back middle of picture, behind Dale Miller) says: "Distribution is a compelling part of the kitchen market, and one that I enjoy immensely. Bushboard has been at the forefront of worksurface innovation and I am looking forward to being part of the team to develop the company's success in this channel."

Unidrain: an exact fit for Copenhagen's Luxury Hotel Herman K

* Unidrain.jpgUnidrain's HighLine drain and Reframe Collection of bathroom accessories were selected for all the Ahead Award-winning Hotel Herman K's designer bathrooms.

This exciting boutique hotel's luxury bathrooms are housed in white marble and Unidrain's exclusive fittings such as the custom-made HighLine floor drain, Reframe Collection soap shelf with shower wiper, toilet brush and paper holder perfectly complement the interior design.

45-litre cooling perfect second-tier option for retailers

* MAIN-PIC-Danby.jpgA small 45-litre refrigerator makes the ideal second-tier cooling option for retailers interested in this growing segment of the appliance market according to Canada's Danby Appliances.

The brand which launched with Exertis late last year is now unveiling a retro-inspired compact countertop refrigerator as it's second product for the UK and European markets.

Hotpoint supports 'The Fridge Hiker'

* Hotpoint-supports.jpgHotpoint has supported Matthew Bamber, 'The Fridge Hiker', in his mission to raise awareness and money for the UK Armed Forces and military veterans' charity Help for Heroes.

Commencing his mission in 2016, Matthew has so far covered over 75 miles with an under counter fridge that weighs 29kg, which was donated by Hotpoint, strapped to his back using a specially designed frame.

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Recent News

Bathroom Brands to join BMA

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has announced that Bathroom Brands is the latest company to join the Association.

Farnborough's first Homebuilding & Renovating Show smashes expectations

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The potential concerns surrounding Brexit and the property market were debunked at the first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, which defied expectations despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting 50% more visitors than anticipated.

Most KBSA retail members have confidence in supply chains - whatever Brexit brings

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Bertazzoni teams up with EQ Software

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Bora demonstrates the future of kitchen technology at architect@work

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Showcasing the latest innovations in cooking technology, Bora exhibited at the recent architect@work in London, with live demonstrations of its new cooktops creating a talking point among the show's visitors.

Membership continues to grow for KBSA

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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that four new members have joined the Association, just weeks after confirming that 2019 began with an influx of 10 new members. The latest members to join include three retail members and one corporate member.

Uform reduces paint-to-order lead times

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Wilsonart launches #wilsonartquestionhour

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Wilsonart has launched a question and answer hour on twitter. #wilsonartquestionhour is an open invitation to customers, retailers, installers, housebuilders and anyone using any of the Wilsonart worksurfaces and splashbacks.

Winter promotions for Bushboard Evolve: Love to Shop on Every Evolve Surface + Free Evolve Displays

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To celebrate the success of Evolve solid core surfaces, Bushboard is extending its £20 Love to Shop promotion until the end of April 2019.

Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery website now open for business

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Reaffirming its commitment to helping the trade save time and money, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery is the first trade-only supplier of its type to add a transactional function to its website.


New 2019 bathroom brochure by MGS is exclusively available from Grange Design

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UK-based designer, manufacturer and specialist distributor for the bathroom industry, Grange Design, has introduced the new 2019 Bathroom Brochure by MGS.

Featuring a host of solid stainless steel eco-friendly taps and shower solutions for the contemporary homeowner.

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Get your copy of the Maurice Lay Distributors' trade price guide for a comprehensive collection of all its latest promotions, product details and pricing.

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