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26th September 2019


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International 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."

VitrA invests in growth

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VitrA 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.

Bushboard Evolve chosen for solar powered narrowboat

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When Tim Knox, founder of Mothership Marine, wanted a stunning kitchen for his company's remarkable solar-powered narrowboat, he chose Bushboard's Evolve Caldiera for the worksurfaces.

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.

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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...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Delicate wash cycles in machines found to release more plastic microfibres than other cycles

* Wash-cycles.jpgNew 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

* H-KeepHeat.jpgHoover 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

* Global-kitchens.jpgThe 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

MAIN-PIC-Tin-is-trending.jpgBritish 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

* BMA-ethics-audit.jpgThe 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

* Easy-to-clean.jpgA 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

* Stunning-new-Gallery.jpgCrosswater 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-RSM.jpgKoenigstone 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

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Lakes' new recyclable packaging shortlisted for UFEMAT award

* Lakes-recyclable.jpgLakes 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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Recent News

KBSA 'Staying Ahead' conference is fully booked

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The 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.

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

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Grohe has announced a new business division: Watersystems, Filter and Kitchen Channel EMENA. The division will focus on leveraging the rapidly growing Watersystems business with the highlight products Grohe Blue and Grohe Red.

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

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Formica 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.

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

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AMA Research's latest 'Kitchen Furniture Market Report' reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth in the last five years.

Roca backs installation standards

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Premium bathroom manufacturer Roca UK has been unveiled as the latest industry giant to join The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation as a Corporate Sponsor.


Andy Birkbeck joins Karonia as head of sales for Projects Division

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Solid surface specialist Karonia has appointed Andy Birkbeck as head of sales for its rapidly expanding Projects Division.


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

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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.


New Brochure Suite from VitrA packed with inspirational ideas and information

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Packed with stunning design inspiration and easy-to-follow technical information, VitrA's three new brochures show the company's extensive range of sanitaryware, furniture, bathtubs, brassware and accessories in three distinct groups; the Designer Collection, the Signature Collection and the Bathroom Collection.

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