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17th June 2019


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International News

Verona taps into the tactile trend with the launch of Marmi

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With surface trends embracing tactile designs and three-dimensional effects, leading UK tile distributor, Verona, has added a capsule collection of porcelain split face tiles to its ever-growing portfolio with the launch of Marmi.

Made from premium Italian porcelain, Marmi replicates the look and feel of natural stone but with a whole host of additional benefits. Featuring a split face design, highly textured surface and realistic HD stone-effect print, Marmi brings depth and perspective to walls with detailed shading and veining adding to the visual interest of the tile for a striking aesthetic.

Bette launches British Institute of Interior Design CPD factory visit

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German glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has launched a British Institute of Interior Design-approved CPD and tour of its factory in Delbrück, Germany.

K├Ânigquartz - 28 colours to keep kitchens on trend

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With a pedigree in supplying top quality materials with a top-quality service, Königstone is proud of its growing range of quartz worktops: Königquartz.

HIB'S Exos emanates elegance

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In response to rising consumer demand for modern minimalism, HiB has unveiled its beautiful new mirrored cabinet: Exos.

VitrA launchES WC with built-in bidet

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WCs that have a built-in bidet washing function have been used throughout the Far East and the Mediterranean for many years, and now a simple solution for enhanced personal hygiene is being launched in the UK on selected WCs from VitrA.

Bushboard launches new designer collection decors and adds acrylic into Nuance bathroom panelling collection

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Bushboard's patented and award-winning Nuance bathroom wall panels have been a well-deserved success for the company - and now the range is even better with the addition of an exciting new Designer Collection comprising eight new decors and at the same time, seven new, stylish, glossy acrylic panels.

Bring steel windows and doors into the bathroom

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Steel in the home continues to dominate in the home fashion stakes; internal partitions and large steel windows replace solid doors and walls in contemporary homes. And, with advice from the Steel Window Association, homeowners can enjoy plenty of options if they want the look!

Grohe Bau: affordable bathroom solutions for low-pressure buildings

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Grohe has introduced several new products for those working with customers in a low pressure setting. The new BauEdge deck mounted bath filler and bath and shower mixer are designed specifically for vented systems, allowing the user to enjoy a more fulfilling and pleasurable shower experience. Both products are suitable for installations with a minimum water pressure of just 0.2 bar.

Super Subway shapes from Trend

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The Subway range of glass mosaic tiles from Italian specialist, Trend, has been developed to add class and glamour to any feature surface - tiling, walls, splashbacks, and customised artwork. The colours and textures have been selected to answer the demand for natural, brilliant designs in today's corporate and residential interior schemes.

AKW launches new plumbing fittings range

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AKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has announced the launch of its new range of plumbing and pipe fittings. Available from June, the range has been introduced to enable installers and specifiers to get everything they need to fit an accessible bathroom from AKW's one stop shop.

The sideboard renaissance, a contemporary serving by next125

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"With a history that dates back to the 18th century, the old-fashioned sideboard is experiencing a renaissance in the contemporary home," says Wayne Dance, managing director at InHouse.

"Originally gaining popularity in well-to-do households fortunate enough to have a separate dining room, sideboards became the statement piece for storage, display and serving.

VitrA Bathrooms announces its first RIBA-accredited CPD 'Bathroom Design and Specification: Ceramic Sanitaryware'

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Leading bathroom manufacturer VitrA announces its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module, approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Earning professionals a valuable eight points, the seminar Bathroom Design and Specification:

TKC launches new sink and tap range

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TKC has launched a new range of sinks and taps supported by an eight-page full colour brochure, reflecting the latest design requirements in styles, colours and materials at a variety of price points to suit customer needs.

Welcome to the


Apologies for the late arrival of KBzine. As you can see, I've had a slight accident with my iMac - and as my MacBook's being repaired because of a technical fault, I've been somewhat stymied. I won't go into what happened, but suffice it to say that if my passenger door ever fails to shut again, I'm going to check that if the seatbelt's not blocking it, nothing else is either, before trying a more forceful close.

I'm awaiting a callback from Apple so have not been near a computer all weekend and it's as if I've lost a limb. I'm having to use the iMac today as needs must, and am almost grateful that I have two-thirds of a normal screen to stare at, so lost have I been without it.


Isn't it odd how relatively new technology can become such a crucial part of life? As a trainee journalist at IPC - then one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, I was apparently the only editorial team member in the company allowed an electric typewriter since I was the only one who could touch-type. I could no way have gone back to a manual machine then, than I could now use an electric typewriter. We grumble about Internet outages and occasional slow speeds, but do you remember the days of 'dial-up'? It's laughable that we had to exist like that, isn't it?

If you've been reading my leaders for some years you'll be aware that my kitchen pride and joy is my Whirlpool Max microwave which after a minor repair is still going strong several years down the line. While polishing my daughter's fingerprints from the mirrored exterior on Saturday (a long process) I had that 'what would you save if your house caught fire' thought. Ignoring lifeforms, it would of course be my computers (broken or not) because of everything they hold, but in terms of kitchen equipment, that microwave wins, hands down. Replacing anything else, I'd choose a different make/model). It really says something about a product if the owner would buy the exact same thing, doesn't it? I shouldn't imagine that there are too many such products about. Do your customers ever ask you for 'more of the same' and if they do, what do they like about that particular product and why?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Bathroom market trends report research & analysis UK 2019-2023 now available

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Written for bathroom suppliers and retailers, the 200+ page bathroom market trends report offers a fresh perspective. It facilitates business planning, focuses marketing, identifies growth opportunities, helps with competitor analysis & offers immediate sales leads. Produced in the UK from quantitative data with intelligent qualitative insight from experienced marketing professionals, it includes:

VitrA launches VitrA Academy

* VitrA-Academy.jpgVitrA has launched a new online learning site, VitrA Academy, which is designed to be an unbeatable professional resource for retailers, installers, architects and designers.

VitrA is one of the leading bathroom companies in the UK, with a reputation for innovation, quality and customer service. Retailer training has always been a key component of the VitrA offer which is now being boosted further with a comprehensive new training resource; VitrA Academy.

BMA launches Ageless Design bathroom competition

* BMA-Ageless.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched an Ageless Design bathroom competition to raise awareness of the importance of inclusive design and share best practice.

The competition, which is supported by BMA members, is open to any bathroom retailer, architect or designer. There are three categories to enter for a full bathroom, cloakroom and ensuite.

Two renowned entrepreneurs to share expertise at KBSA annual gathering

* mone-michelle.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has signed up two renowned entrepreneurs for its upcoming annual Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner. Ultimo Lingerie founder, Baroness Michelle Mone OBE (pictured left), is to be keynote speaker at the Conference on Wednesday 25th September while US-born e-commerce specialist Toby Rhodes (pictured below right) will be the special guest and after-dinner speaker at the Retailer Dinner the evening before.

New handleless kitchen for Trend Interiors

* Handleles-MAIN-PIC.jpgTrend Kitchens has added a true handleless kitchen, 'Profile' to its portfolio of affordable, modern and stylish kitchens.

The new range has a choice of eight fashionable profile finishes which include Brass, Copper, Bronze, Dust Grey, Graphite, White Gloss, Black Gloss and Aluminium, providing a wide range of possible looks when matched with one of the 33 door finishes available across Trend Kitchens. From urban Concrete to modern Gloss White, trendy textures and cool Scandi style Greens, there is tremendous flexibility and choice to design a kitchen for every customer.

Kaldewei Nexsys wins three awards for excellent design

* Kaldewei_Nexsys_.jpgThis is an amazing year for Kaldewei: the expert for floor-level showers has scooped no fewer than three prestigious design awards for the extraordinary aesthetic and innovation of its first enamelled shower surface with waste channel.

Following two Iconic Awards last year, Kaldewei Nexsys has now received the Good Design Award 2019, the iF Design Award 2019 and the German Design Award 2019.

Compusoft joins BiKBBI

Industry software specialist Compusoft has been unveiled as the latest respected brand to become Corporate Sponsor of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.

As the first software company to champion the BiKBBI - the organisation responsible for standards, education and compliance in the KBB industry, Compusoft says this new three-year Corporate Sponsorship deal: "demonstrates the importance of installation within the future development of our product".

Crosswater launces luxury Italy brassware collection

* Crosswater-Italian.jpgNew for 2019, the elite Italy collection from Crosswater is the latest addition to the sumptuous Vanguard range, offering the very highest level of cutting edge design and innovative technology in basin brassware to elevate each individual's bathroom scheme.

A combination of time-honoured manufacturing techniques, quality materials and tried-and-tested components are brought together to offer a complete brassware range that proudly wears the Crosswater seal of approval.

'Glitz and glamour' with new White Sparkle by Vogue UK

* White-Sparkle.jpgVogue UK has tapped into the market's unwavering admiration for luxury bathroom design, with its new and exclusively distinct White Sparkle finish.

Glistening upon Vogue's mainstream Focus MD001 towel warmer, the new White Sparkle colour option is exclusive to Vogue UK, infusing a dazzling iridescent finish across one of its flagship multi-rail designs.

Smart Tachographs introduced last Friday, will not bring the financial benefits promised, says FTA

* Smart-Tachographs.jpgSmart Tachographs, introduced last Friday, will aid compliance with the drivers' hours' rules but any claims of financial benefits to businesses are misguided, according to Freight Transport Association.

The business organisation, which represents the interests of the logistics sector, refutes claims made by the European Commission, (when the law making the new devices mandatory was made in 2014) that it will save logistics businesses a total of EUR 500 million through increased efficiencies.

Triton Showers bowl over cricket club

* Triton-cricket.jpgNuneaton-based Triton Showers, has pledged support to Nuneaton Cricket Club as its main sponsor for the 2019 season. The sponsorship deal will see the Triton Showers logo premiere on the club's main scoreboard and the team's kit throughout this season's cricketing period.

Making its debut at the next Warwickshire County Cricket League fixture, the first team will don the newly sponsored kit for their home game against Hampton & Solihull. Players and supporters will also now have the opportunity to get their hands on the new kit from the club shop.

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Recent News

Broadview completes acquisition of Formica Group

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Broadview Holding B.V. has completed the acquisition of the Formica Group from Fletcher Building. This transaction was announced on 18th December 2018 (www.thekbzine.com).

BMA announces first headline speaker for 2019 conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named Cate Trotter as the first of a number of headline speakers for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 8th October at the stunning Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire.

PHG rewards Mermaid with New Supplier Award

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One of Europe's leading wall and shower panel suppliers, Mermaid Panels, Grimsby, has been awarded a prestigious New Supplier Award by PHG, the merchant buying group.

Mermaid has been a leader in the shower panel market for over 30 years, specialising in design, quality and innovations like anti-bacterial finishes on panels for showers, bathrooms and wet rooms and striking decor designs.

Final call for entries as KBSA announces Kevin Keegan as Awards host

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that former manager of the England football squad and player at England and Liverpool, Kevin Keegan OBE, is to present the 2019 Designer Awards, along with a final call for entries.

Granite & Trend Transformations supplier visit: an inspiration

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Granite & Trend Transformations' franchisees were invited to attend a supplier event where Craig Condie, national accounts manager for Blanco UK, hosted the event and presented Blanco's new product portfolio.

Bushboard Evolve stars in 'Your Home Made Perfect'

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Your Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show - and Bushboard's Evolve ended up playing a starring in the first episode. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the home owners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.


Marketing manager appointed at Kudos

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Katie Hodgson has been appointed marketing manager for UK manufacturer Kudos Shower Products. Based at the Head Office in Cumbria, Katie will be reporting to sales & marketing director, Nick Graville.


Summer promotion launched for Bushboard's Vista

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Bushboard is offering retailers a Summer 2019 opportunity to secure free displays of Vista, its new statement splashback range. Already underway and running through until August 31st, the promotion will give Vista retailers a rare opportunity to secure a showroom display completely free of charge!

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