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13th August 2019
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WiFi-connected washing machines can be controlled and monitored through the Hoover Wizard App, which provides access to additional washing programmes, maintenance advice and the user manual.
The wide range of options within the Sento range has now been extended with the addition of new washbasin units, designed to work with countertop bowls.
John and I are taking our usual short break so this will be the last issue of KBzine until week beginning 26th August. And although this is the Summer rather than the Christmas break we're having, we'd like to share a gift: the chance for you to have a day out and enhance your own knowledge of the industry and what's available, or help some of your lucky customers or potential customers visualise just what they can achieve when it comes to refurbishing their kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms...
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This Week's News
"We have had a lot of interest in booking and this year it could be a sell out," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert. "Building on the success of last year we have introduced a new format for the afternoon and a host of top-class speakers around a theme of 'Staying Ahead', to make the 2019 conference one to remember.
This year's shortlist of finalists for the KBSA Designer Awards has been reviewed by the judging panel that met in London to determine the 2019 winners. Head judge Ainhoa Bilbao of Bulthaup praised all of the shortlist for their imaginative, creative and innovative designs.
She said: "The standard of entries was extremely high this year, making the judging very close."
Simon Acres, principal director at KBB specialist Acres Consultancy, has joined the charitable organisation, the Furniture Makers' Company (FMC). Simon was admitted to the Company last month and during a young professional industry experience lunch and presentation.
Simon says, "I am delighted to have become part of this worthwhile organisation. The FMC helps individuals with financial assistance and advice when times are tough. All well as providing essential help and support FMC also drives excellence and high standards and promotes education for the future of the industry.
Leading bathroom brand VitrA has chosen to premiere Equal, its latest designer collaboration, in the UK for the first time at designjunction 2019. Now in its ninth year, designjunction has proven itself to be the most anticipated exhibition of the London Design Festival, attracting over 27,000 visitors across five days in 2018.
This year VitrA will be showing Equal and Origin as well as unveiling the latest additions to Plural by Terri Pecora.
For the 2020 edition of the International Safety Awards, the British Safety Council has launched new categories of Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that campaign to transform health, safety and wellbeing.
The Awards - an internationally recognised accolade for safety excellence and reaching their 62nd year in 2020, recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated a true commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety during the 2019 calendar year. Last year, over 500 organisations from a wide range of industries, countries and continents won an International Safety Award.
Mayon features a minimalist smooth drainer with a geometrically shaped bowl. It is available in three variants: single bowl, double bowl or an ultra-compact single bowl version, which has a width of just 690mm, making it perfect for compact kitchens. Each variant is available in three colourways, Black, White and new Dove Grey; a mid-tone grey with a subtle metallic finish that enhances the product's shine within the worktop (main image).
The Boheme Wall Hood is an 80cm angled extractor that combines an elegant, curved aesthetic with exceptional practicality, delivering impressive extraction at a maximum rate of 770 m3/h and making it one of Airuno's most powerful extractors to date.
IDS's luxury vinyl tile flooring, Malmo Rigid is the first flooring in its category to be endorsed by underfloor heating firm Uponor for use over its Minitec water-piped underfloor heating (UFH) system.
Malmo Rigid has been added to Uponor's list of recommended floor coverings, widening its potential for use in both domestic and commercial settings. Uponor's backing gives further credibility following independent performance tests by Exova BM Trada of its tiles and plank formats over its own water-piped UFH system, which showed no significant movement or change in visual effects.
British manufacturer, Pland Stainless, has introduced a new white powder coated version of its popular Atlanta2 back-to-wall WC pan. This new model offers the same hygiene and strength properties as stainless steel but in a clean white finish.
The Atlanta2 model stands 400mm high by 360mm wide with a 580mm projection from the wall. It comes in 304 grade stainless steel but is available in 316 on request. It has been designed to be suitable to use with all leading WC frames. It's a rear inlet pan with the option of P or S trap and it comes with a white heaty duty seat and cover, ideal for high traffic commercial applications.
LochAnna Kitchens has proudly supported Scottish kitchen specialist, The Kitchen Station, which has installed two fully integrated, contemporary Evo Driftwood kitchens to the 3 Scots regiment's service family accommodation in Inverness. The kitchens will be used to assist and support families of the Armed Forces community.
The kitchens have been fitted in the contact houses of members of 3 Scots which serve dependants, friends and family members from across the UK to visit loved ones at Fort George. The 3 Scots battle group is the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and is comprised of soldiers who have been deployed overseas and are now in the final stages of training to become the lead element of the Very High Readiness task force. The soldiers in the force are highly skilled
Bathroom brand, Bayswater London W2, continues its expansion plans after successfully partnering with over 200 retailers across the UK. Bayswater, which focuses on Edwardian and Victorian bathroom products, is celebrating the milestone by offering up to 70% off selected ranges throughout August.
Quite simply, the new 3-in-1 Tampera Hot from Blanco is all that is needed for instant, beautifully filtered, 100°C boiling water at the twist of a child-safe lever; from an ultra-safe, super-hygienic and taste-free, four-litre titanium boiler.
Featuring an insulated spout, it offers all the benefits in terms of time, energy and space of a hot tap, with no need for optional extras, delivering deliciously pure cold, warm and instant boiling water from a single mixer tap which oozes engineering quality.
Grohe has announced the appointment of Simon Andersen as its new UK general manager. Simon will take over from the current general manager for the UK, Ina Sielemann, who heads to Grohe's headquarters in Germany to take on the position of head of projects Central Europe.
"I am very pleased to announce Simon Andersen as the new general manager of Grohe UK," says Jonas Brennwald, deputy CEO Grohe AG and CEO LWT EMENA. "Simon has been working for Grohe for over 10 years and has shown great leadership lately as marketing director for North and East Europe. With his strong background at Grohe we are confident that Simon will continue to drive the business for Grohe UK successfully".
British bath maker, BC Designs, has launched its new brochure for 2019 featuring a raft of new products including Colourkast; a collection of eight colourways which will be available across all the manufacturer's Cian baths and basins.
The 104-page brochure is the biggest to date and highlights the growing demand for high-end bathroom products.
Renowned worktop and bathroom panel manufacturer Bushboard, has recruited ex-military personnel for several key roles within the company. "We used an agency that specialises in ex-military job seekers," explains Lindy Tegg. "We find that ex forces people are committed, hardworking, self-motivated and happy to take a high level of responsibility - all qualities as important to us at Bushboard as they are to HM Forces."
Former RAF weapons engineer, Lee Palmer (second left of picture), has been appointed as a quality engineer for Bushboard. Lee, who served for over 20 years carried out tours to all the high-profile combat zones including Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Afghanistan, says of his employer's initiative:
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