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25th March 2019


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International News

Free up kitchen space with Fonda hob/extractor combination from Blanco by Gutmann

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The future of clean air in the kitchen has taken a leap forward with the ingenious Fonda hood from the Blanco by Gutmann portfolio. Combined with a stunning hob, the Fonda is a clever, space-saving, downdraft extraction system with an installation height of just 8cm.

Perfect for small or large kitchen design schemes and flexible in terms of installation and location, the Fonda sits quietly and discreetly in a streamlined, functional space.

Beko launches AutoDose Connected Dishwasher

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In what is believed to be a European first, Beko is launching one of its most highly anticipated products to date - the AutoDose Connected Dishwasher - perfect for those who sometimes forget to switch on the dishwasher or buy detergent!

Circular reflection

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Sensio has expanded its collection of circular mirrors with three new designs. Como, Aria and Luna join Orla; all rounded mirrors boasting various LED lighting features.

VitrA launches Equal - a new bathroom collection created in collaboration with Italian architect & designer Claudio Bellini

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Pursuing its longstanding tradition of working with acclaimed international designers, leading bathroom brand VitrA announces its latest collaboration with celebrated architect and designer, Claudio Bellini.

Launched at ISH this year Equal explores the fusion between the organic shapes found in nature with the architectural lines present in an urban environment.

ViClean-I 100 combines purism with technology and comfort

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ViClean-I 100 from Villeroy & Boch sets a new standard in the design of shower toilets. It looks just like a conventional toilet, as the technology has been integrated into the ceramic and not the seat.

ViClean-I 100 boasts clear lines and a minimalist look, accentuated by the ultra-flat toilet seat. Add to that the intuitive use and convenient shower functions and the new ViClean-I 100 becomes a subtle centerpiece in any purist bathroom.

LDL to offer L&S Italian lighting range

L&S, the Italian lighting specialist, is the latest addition to the LDL portfolio of premium furniture component brands. Established over 40 years ago, L&S is an internationally renowned pioneer of high-tech lighting solutions for the home.

LDL is delighted to be the official UK distributor and to represent such a well-established and innovative brand.

KBSA says rise in induction hobs is changing dominance of gas in the kitchen

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association responded to the Committee on Climate Change's 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' report - published last week, by reporting that gas is losing its dominance in the kitchen in favour of induction for cooking.

XSquare bathroom furniture range secures Duravit the iF Design Award 2019

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Duravit was among the winners at this year's iF Design Award; for the XSquare bathroom furniture series, created by Duravit in conjunction with the designer Kurt Merki Jr.

The XSquare furniture range is both impressive and striking, with contemporary, elegant style. The quadrant-shaped chrome profile which edges the furniture emphasises its characteristic design. On the floor-standing model, the transition from the body of the furniture to the base is absolutely seamless.

Industrial design on tap with new Hex range

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Abode is often at the forefront of the latest kitchen trends and tapping into the burgeoning trend for industrial elements in kitchen design, Abode has launched Hex.

Nuance now on ArtiCad

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The complete range of Bushboard Nuance waterproof bathroom panels is now available on the ArtiCAD design system. Designers will be able to show Nuance panels in 'real life' settings - and the picture can be changed in seconds so that customers can see alternatives.

"We are delighted that the Nuance range is now available on ArtiCAD," comments Paul Findlay, product sales manager for Nuance. "The ArtiCAD system means that consumers and specifiers can get a clear view of how the panels will look in any bathroom - and allows retailers to present different options for those who have problems making a buying decision."

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New research by the University of East Anglia, could have an important message for our industry. It found that giving people general information about the importance of saving water is less effective than emphasising the water-conserving actions of others in the same social group - i.e. put people into an 'ingroup' which supposedly exhibits specific behaviour and they're likely to conform to that behaviour.

"Ensuring a sustainable water supply requires a multifaceted approach and this will become increasingly important as demand for water continues to rise and climate change alters water availability," said lead researcher Dr Ellin Lede. "Our findings have implications for the design of environmental campaigns. Traditionally, water conservation campaigns deliver general water saving information. However, campaigns informed by behavioural science can increase their effectiveness and should form an integral part of demand reduction strategies."

The research involved four studies. One, in which stickers were placed in UEA halls of residence shower rooms (indicating that other students were reducing their shower time by one or two minutes) showed how well this strategy works. Students reduced their showers by more than a minute whereas students seeing a normal 'please conserve water' message just carried on as usual.

Another, conducted with Anglian Water, aimed to increase sign-ups to a free residential retrofitting service, whereby a plumber fits water-efficiency devices in customers' homes.

An 'ingroup norms' appeal message was added to the beginning of a letter sent to 1,148 households, stating that people in Norfolk care about the environment and saving water, and that other residents had already signed up to the programme. Sign-up rates were significantly higher among households that received the amended letter, compared to the 1,158 that received a standard letter without additional messaging.

Study co-author Dr Rose Meleady, said: "Across four studies we demonstrated the ways in which the social identity approach can maximise the power of behaviour-based interventions and encourage a shift in intentions and behaviour to promote household water conservation.
"As shown in the study with Anglian Water, just integrating the ingroup norms appeal text in the letter increased the rate of sign-up to a water conserving initiative. Something as simple as changing the form of messaging, and in a way that doesn't cost any more, can make messaging more effective and lead to behaviour change."

How can we as an industry change our behaviour to incorporate these findings into our own messages I wonder? It should be quite simple and could make a huge difference to the way we use water, couldn't it?

John and I were away at an exhibition last week - hence this Monday broadcast.


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Overwhelming support for the Unified Water Label At ISH

* ISH-water.jpgThe Unified Water Label (UWL) received overwhelming support at an event organised by the European Bathroom Forum (EBF, the consortium driving the Water label) at ISH on 13 March.

One hundred and fifteen companies attended the event to hear the latest news on the UWL which was facilitated by Luca Conti from CEIR. Carlos Velazquez, chair of the EBF gave an overview on actions taken on the harmonisation of the four labels into one. ANQIP and Swiss Energy also gave presentations on why they joined and supported the initiative.

Pland Stainless Centenary attracts Royal guest

Pland-Earl-of-Wessex.jpgHRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex visited Leeds manufacturer, Pland Stainless, last week as part of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations.

Established in 1919 on the same site, stainless steel products manufacturer Pland Stainless, invited the Royal Guest to take a tour of its engineering facility and assist in the manufacture of some hospital sinks to mark the occasion.

Fulgor Milano partners with Euroline to enter the UK market

* Fulgor-Milano.jpgItalian appliance manufacturer Fulgor Milano has formed an exclusive partnership with UK importer Euroline to enter the UK market. Fulgor Milano, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, already has a strong presence worldwide - particularly in the US, and the launch into the UK is part of its continuing global expansion plans.

The company produces a broad selection of premium range cookers, built-inovens, built-in compact ovens, built-in compact wine coolers, refrigeration, induction hobs, gas hobs and outdoor barbecues.

New shower tray ranges for all sectors

* Kinestone.jpgSaniflo, market leading producer of macerators and pumps, has introduced a comprehensive collection of shower trays to its Kinedo portfolio of trays, enclosures and shower cubicles. The new ranges will complement the Kinerock tray which was successfully launched last year. Some four further collections are now available to suit all styles, tastes and budgets.

These come in a range of sizes and colours; some are cuttable and there is a range of surfaces from a luxurious stone finish to smooth white. Each carries a 10-year warranty.

CIH launches new SAP system

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In addition, CIH will be offering a full marketing suite giving the members and agents a 'one stop shop' solution.

BiKBBI strengthens Board with two appointments

* BiKBBI-Board2.jpgBritish Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation's CEO Damian Walters has announced two Advisory Board appointments. Jon Thelwell is tasked with developing the organisation's commercial strategy, while experienced finance director Karen Stanley has joined the senior team as the organisation further develops during times of "significant growth".

Jon joins the BiKBBI with over 20 years' strategic experience, working with some of the industry's leading manufacturers and retailers. This experience includes showroom director at Jewson, managing director at Crestwood, head of marketing & development at Moores Furniture Group and sales director at Knauf.

Wilsonart creates the Verve Collection for Arnold Laver

* Wilsonart-Arnold-Laver.jpgSpecially created for Arnold Laver by Wilsonart, the new Verve collection of laminate tops and colourful Vista splashbacks gives retailers, installers, architects and specifiers an unrivalled selection of classic and contemporary designs to suit every kitchen.

Family owned since 1920, Arnold Laver is one of the UK's most successful distributors of timber products with depots across the country. The new Verve worktop collection which is supported by a full-colour brochure includes a choice of 22 decors across 28 and 38mm thickness. There are nine surface texture options, and square or post-formed edge finishes.

Back to nature with Trend's new Immense collection of tesserae mosaic tiles

* Trend-back-to-nature.jpgA new range of glass mosaic tesserae from Trend has been designed to answer the demand for natural, earthy designs in today's modern corporate and residential interior schemes.

Immense has been developed by Italian glass tile specialist, Trend, to evoke and reflect the shape of landscapes and nature's creations which portray 'sceneries of immeasurable beauty'.

Why destroy perfectly good kitchen cabinets?

* Why-destroy1.jpgIf existing cabinets and drawers are undamaged, and a kitchen layout is unchanged, then why not simply replace the doors and worktops at the very least? This is the message from Granite & Trend Transformations with new website granitetransformations.co.uk which lets the homeowner know how to get the look without the hassle, time, cost and environmental impact of a complete refit.

New judging panel announced for KBSA Awards

* Ainhoa-Bilbao.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced a new panel of judges for the 2019 design awards. Previous judge Ainhoa Bilbao (pictured), kitchen designer at Bulthaup, takes on the role of head judge.

She is supported by previous judges Martin Gill, managing director at And So To Bed and Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager at Blum UK.

BMA launches 'Stay Safe and Save Water' campaign to mark World Water Day

* BMA-Stay-Safe.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched a 'Stay Safe and Save Water' campaign aimed at raising awareness about CE marking and the Unified Water Label, (UWL) to mark World Water Day which was on Friday 22nd March.

BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill took to the airways to reach consumers, launching the campaign via a series of radio interviews and directing consumers to the BMA website to view a number of new videos, designed to help consumers understand what to look for and how to make more informed choices.

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Recent News

BMA announces date and venue for 2019 Conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the date and venue for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference: 7th and 8th October at the Carden Park Resort, Chester.

Entries now open for KBSA Designer Awards 2019

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Designer Awards 2019 are now open for entries. And if you're not yet a full Association member it doesn't mean you're excluded. New members as well as KBB retailers in the processes of applying for membership also have the opportunity to enter.

Unified Water Label can help combat climate change

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The Unified Water Label can make a contribution towards combating climate change, says Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill.

Yvonne called for the industry to support the UWL, in response to the Committee on Climate Change's 'UK housing: Fit for the future?' recently published report.


Smeg UK announces super Spring offer for its retailers

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Coinciding with the key buying time for kitchens, Smeg will be introducing an incredible new offer exclusive to its retailers this Spring. From 1st March until 30th April 2019, Smeg stockists will be able to offer a free slow juicer for every Victoria range cooker purchased.


Karonia updates Mistral worktop brochure

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Karonia Surfaces has refreshed its Mistral consumer brochure for 2019. Available now, the updated brochure features the four new colours introduced to the range last year along with more lifestyle images showcasing the work carried out by retailers and installers throughout the UK.

New Dealer Inspiration brochure from Blanco is beautifully illustrated

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Blanco UK's new brochure, Dealer Inspiration Range, offers retailers a detailed and beautifully illustrated guide to Blanco's sinks, taps, cooker hoods, hobs and accessories.

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