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10th September 2019
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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.
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.
I had my computer fixed this week and in talking to the technician as he worked, discovered that the once easy upgrades to RAM or the replacement of hard drives are unlikely to be possible in future because the parts which used to be easy to remove and replace are now soldered in. I had loved this brand because I had felt that in producing computers which could seemingly go on forever, the company was bucking the trend of producing cheap, throwaway products that end up polluting our environment - and instead marketing something far more sustainable.
We went on to discuss the damage our heavy consumption of new goods is doing to our planet and both felt that these days, if we have the technology to lengthen a product's life, then we should be using it. After all, it's the only responsible thing to do, isn't it?
I don't normally mention individual companies in my Leaders but I have to make an exception this week, having been inspired by the presentation by Arcelik's CEO Hakan Bulgurlu, at this week's IFA exhibition in Berlin. The company has produced a washing machine with a built-in microplastics filter, which will prevent some 90% of the microplastics that normally leech out in the wash, from entering our water systems. And not only could it be available next year, but the company is offering to share the technology with other manufacturers, for the good of the planet.
"Today sustainability is a way of life; it is a business model," he said. "As responsible leaders in businesses, we have to change our act. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems of our world today. What is very clear is that we have to rethink our relationship and how we use plastics. We must stop polluting the oceans now."
Speaking of the technology, he said: "This is one of the most important innovations to come out of Arcelik. We are prepared to share this technology with anyone who is interested in using it. I invite and challenge our competition today to use this innovation in any way they wish. We need to act. Change begins today, right here."
The washing machine was just one of the exciting environmentally-friendly appliances unveiled by the company. Whether the technology used in these, too, will be shared with the competition is another matter, but this gesture by Arcelik may well have opened the doors to a better way of manufacturing that will be of benefit to us all.
This Week's News
Respected industry leader and CEO of The Bathroom Manufactures Association Yvonne Orgill, has joined The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation as the latest member of their Advisory Board.
Independent KBB retailers are being offered the opportunity to increase their sales by 30% by using Virtual Worlds 4D Theatre, or the software provider will give them their money back.
GoodWeave is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of an online charity raffle with two amazing designer rugs - with a retail value of around £12,000 - from luxury brands Deirdre Dyson and The Rug Company as the star prizes.
The company will showcase three of its flagship baths - Copper Boat Bath, Kurv and the Casini - the latter in Satin Rose following the launch of its Colourkast solid surface baths.
It combines all the benefits of AKW's existing Tuff Form former with a new octagonal fitting plate, allowing for up to 15 different waste positions and ensuring easy installation every time.
Steam cooking retains foods' moisture, flavour and nutritional value, making it one of the healthiest ways to cook. Rangemaster's new Nexus Steam uses pure steam injection to rapidly heat its cavity. The technology allows the user to control the temperature to within a single degree for precise and flexible cooking. It also prevents the transfer of flavours, allowing the user to cook different types of foods at once.
Blueair, a world-leader in air purification for home and professional use, has received the coveted Quiet Mark seal of approval for its whisper-silent, energy-efficient air purifiers.
Well known industry professional Ray Isted is the third KBB professional to take part in Acres Consultancy's 'Industry Legends' series - launched to share the thoughts and advice of some of the most successful professionals in the industry.
Caple's new Sassari bedroom furniture collection has been designed with modern living in mind. With three on-trend colours to choose from, Cashmere, Mussel and Grey, you can design and create a bedroom with one statement shade or even mix and match more than one complementary colourway for a more personal finish.
JP Kitchens and Bathrooms has launched a new website, developed to provide its customers and business partners with a more user-friendly browsing experience.
Paul Neal has joined Wilsonart UK, in Shildon, County Durham, as a new senior project manager working with the company's growing specification team.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has raised £3,895 for the Children's Burns Trust. The money was raised by BMA members that supported the golf days and charity raffles which took place during previous Bathroom and Kitchen Conferences.
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