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26th September 2019
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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."
Bushboard Evolve chosen for solar powered narrowboat
AKW launches innovative new 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
Results of research published today by a Newcastle University team into what affects the shedding of plastic microfibres in the wash, is throwing something of a challenge at our industry.
The research, which you can read below, reveals that it is the volume of water used during the wash cycle, rather than the speed or 'aggression' of the machine's drum, which has the most impact on the number of microfibres released. The higher the volume of water, the higher the number of fibres released - regardless of the speed and abrasive forces of the machine. Interestingly, on average, 800,000 more fibres are released in a delicate wash than a standard cycle.
This contradicts previous research which suggested that the spin speed and the number of times the drum changes direction during a cycle, as well as the duration of the many pauses in the cycle, was the most important factor in the amount of microfibre released.
This new research has found that the high volume of water used in a delicate cycle (which is supposed to protect sensitive clothing from damage) actually 'plucks' away more fibres from the material - damaging not only our environment but the delicates being washed!
We consumers will need to be encouraged more than ever to wash full loads rather than leaving our machines half empty, which boads well for our future energy consumption as well as our water supplies.
Of course, all of this will need to be balanced with ensuring that we achieve a wash that's properly clean, won't it?
Back to the drawing board then...
This Week's News
Delicate wash cycles in machines found to release more plastic microfibres than other cycles
New research led by Newcastle University has shown that it is the volume of water used during the wash cycle, rather than the spinning action of the washing machine, which is the key factor in the release of plastic microfibres from clothes.
Hoover achieves potential 'world first' with H-KeepHeat oven launch
Hoover is set to revolutionise the kitchen with its new built-in WiFi oven; H-KeepHeat - which the manufacturer says is the only oven designed to both cook and preserve food. Representing a real transformation in the world of home cooking, the H-KeepHeat is a 75-litre oven that can be split into two cavities. It can keep cooked food in preservation mode for seven days.
Global kitchens study by Silestone Institute reveals that UK households are leading the way
The Cosentino Group has announced the results of its latest study into the use of the kitchen worldwide. Cosentino's insights platform, the Silestone Institute, has researched and produced its second Global Kitchens study, entitled 'The Domestic Kitchen in the Globalisation Era'.
Collaborating with 23 eminent experts on all things kitchens - chefs, architects, interior designers, nutritionists, sociologists, food historians and influencers - the study focuses on the role of the kitchen in today's 21st century society.
Tin is trending with BC Designs
British bath maker, BC Designs, has gone back to its classical routes with the launch of its Tin Bateau. Made using 18th century techniques, giving it a raw beauty, the Tin Boat Bath has curving ends to support both the head and shoulders.
BMA commits to compliance with ethics audit
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has embarked on an ethics audit for its members, as part of its commitment to driving out non-compliance products in the bathroom industry.
All full members of the BMA are required to sign up to the Association's code of ethics, which covers the integrity of the company across areas such as competition, environmental credentials, training and anti-corruption as well as compliance.
Easy-to-clean worktops from Königstone keep the kitchen sparkling
A Königstone worktop is perfect for all kitchens; as well as looking fabulous, they are extremely low maintenance thanks to the easy-to-clean nature of granite and quartz. One of the best things about Königstone worktops is that both materials are manufactured to make a homeowner's life easier when it comes to cleaning; quartz surfaces are engineered to be stain-resistant and the range of granite worktops come with a protective anti-stain coating.
Stunning new Gallery basin designs from Crosswater
Crosswater has introduced 11 new basin designs to its striking Gallery collection. Inspired by ancient fine art, the new products offer a pioneering ceramic design with stunning aesthetics. These latest countertop basins have been created to offer a high-quality finish with a slim edge profile, adding to the designer appeal.
Koenigstone expands team with new regional sales manager
Koenigstone has appointed Dan Snaith as its new regional sales manager. Having started in the KBB industry over 15 years ago, Dan joins the team with plenty of experience in sales from his position with a components supplier and then at Rotpunkt kitchens.
Two new faces join Abode warehouse team
Due to continued growth, sinks and taps manufacturer Abode has strengthened its Barnsley-based warehouse team with two new recruits.
Lakes' new recyclable packaging shortlisted for UFEMAT award
Lakes new 100% recyclable packaging has been shortlisted for the UFEMAT 'Packaging Awards'. UFEMAT is the European association of national builders' merchants' associations and manufacturers.
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