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18th September 2019


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International News

AKW launches innovative new wet room former

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AKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has launched Tuff Form8, a super-strong, innovatively designed, easy installation wet room former.

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.

City living with Caple's sophisticated Sassari bedroom

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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.

VitrA announces UK premiere of Claudio Bellini collaboration at designjunction 2019

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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.

Rangemaster introduces new granite sinks

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Rangemaster has expanded its Igneous Granite range of sinks with the introduction of new Mayon, Mica and Paragon models, alongside a new Dove Grey finish.

Airuno launches powerful new wall hood

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A new contemporary wall hood has been launched by designer cooker hoods brand Airuno, expanding its extensive collection of eyecatching kitchen appliances.

Uponor endorses IDS Malmo Rigid luxury vinyl tile for use with its underfloor heating system

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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.

Commercial stainless steel wc now in a white finish

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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.

New Tampera Hot from Blanco 3-in-1 hot tap delivers 100°C filtered water; in an instant

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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.

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I must confess that the noise an appliance makes is not something I'd immediately consider when buying a new equipment. Yet on reflection, I'd probably be bothered more by a noisy appliance than I would knowing I'd paid a bit extra for something that didn't make me wonder if an intruder was afoot. When it comes to a fridge freezer or oven, capacity is my first consideration; then of course the item has to be affordable. Something that doesn't waste energy or water is important too, but yes - noise (or lack of it) is an important factor.

I'm not alone. New research shows that 76% of UK consumers are more likely to buy an appliance labelled 'quiet' and 71% say it does matter how loud an appliance is. Some 61% and 55% respectively want their washing machine and vacuum cleaner to make less noise; 24% want a quieter kettle and food mixer.

Quiet Mark has pioneered a groundbreaking alliance of some of the UK's top retailers (Argos, ASDA, Currys PC World, John Lewis & Partners, Lakeland, Screwfix, Very, Littlewoods and British Independent Retailers Association amongst others) to combat excessive noise in our society, in a powerful example of collective customer care. Quiet Mark awarded products will now be available online and directly in retail partner stores throughout the UK. They will also continue to be available in John Lewis, where a close five-year partnership has already helped drive the 'Buy Quiet' trend and offers proof that the Quiet Mark is a vital sales differentiator, as customers actively seek quiet alternatives. This is a rare instance of traditionally competitive retail brands aligning to tackle an important health and environmental issue.

"It is essential for independent retail businesses to offer products that drive footfall," notes BIRA's Steve Akers. "Retail theatre is one way independent retailers can differentiate from online and keep potential customers shopping on their high street. The demo-ing of healthy products like juicers and food processors is a great trend that independent retailers are embracing. Showing their proven quiet user experience, as well as the obvious health benefits, helps inspire customers to feel confident in using these products. We all share the responsibility for the health of our next generation. If we buy-quiet, design-quiet, understand quiet, and make more quiet-time for ourselves to recharge properly we will take a big burden off society."

Considering that noise-related sleep deprivation costs the British economy c.£40 billion a year, it makes sense that we as an industry throw our full weight behind the quiet revolution, doesn't it?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Amica to sell Fagor appliances

Amica has signed a license agreement with Fagor S.Coop to sell major home appliances under the Fagor brand. "This will enable the brand, which is well known in Spain, to return to the market with modern, top quality products," comments Jacek Rutkowski of Amica. The license agreement will also give Amica the opportunity to establish a presence in the Spanish market."

Lakes adds new Single Door Quadrant & Slider to Bay series

* Lakes.jpgLakes recently launched Bay series - a new range of precision-engineered showering spaces. The new series has been rolling out over the Summer, starting with the Carradale Hinged Door, St Ives Double Door Quadrant and Bay Side Panel. The latest additions include the Bracklesham Single Door Quadrant and Sandown Slider.

KBSA 'Staying Ahead' conference is fully booked

* KBSA-Staying-Ahead.jpgThe 2019 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner has been a sell-out! Bookings are up by 30% for the Awards Dinner this year, with all rooms at the Stratford Manor Hotel allocated.

Rob Hassell has passed away

* Rob-Hassell.jpgOn 14th September, KBB industry stalwart of more than 30 years, Rob Hassell, passed away peacefully at his home in Yorkshire after a three-year battle with cancer.

During his career, Rob led the sales and marketing teams at board level for many established large companies, including Symphony Group and Spring Ram, and was involved in the significant growth of a number of new brands. Over the last 20 years Rob established his own successful business, providing consultancy and sales agent services.

Create a dream kitchen with Keller's Terracotta Dreaming

* Keller-Terra-dream.jpgKeller's latest creation, Terracotta Dreaming, offers homeowners the opportunity to enjoy an elegant kitchen with all manner of trendy accessories; an example is pictured here with open shelving and copper highlights such as lighting or bowls (as pictured).

Grohe establishes new EMENA division for Watersystems, Filter and Kitchen Channels

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VitrA invests in growth

* VitrA-VIPs.jpgVitrA has made a TL250 million (£35m) investment in expanding its manufacturing plant in Bozüyük, Turkey. The additional production line has increased sanitaryware manufacturing capacity by 1.1 million units, giving a total of 5.6 million units a year - putting the brand in a leading position to meet increased demand from Europe.

Formica Group Procurement Team of the Year in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

* Formica-Group-Procurement.jpgFormica Group has won Procurement Team of the Year - Small Teams in the annual Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, 'Supply Management Awards' 2019. The award recognises procurement best practice and rewards those teams who have improved their performance and culture.

Bushboard Evolve chosen for solar powered narrowboat

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Andy Birkbeck joins Karonia as head of sales for Projects Division

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With almost 30 years' experience within the KBB industry, Andy began his career working as a senior kitchen designer for over a decade. After this, he held a variety of key sales roles at leading industry companies including North East Sheets and Panels (NESP), where he was an area sales manager. By a quirk of fate this was at the time NESP became a distributor for Karonia's Mistral worktops upon the brand's launch in 2010, so Andy worked alongside some of his new colleagues when the Mistral journey began.

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Recent News

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

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Roca backs installation standards

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Increase your sales by at least 30% with 4D Theatre, or your money back

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New Brochure Suite from VitrA packed with inspirational ideas and information

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BC Designs launches new brochure with a host of new products

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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.

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