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4th October 2019


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International News

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Welcome to the


Whether we believe in man-made climate change or not, what we can't dispute is the damage our continuous and often unnecessary consumption is causing to our planet.

I've struggled in the past with the idea that as KBzine's editor, I'm helping sell new products to people who may not actually need them, but I've tried to balance that with regular pleas for us as an industry to push the idea that what we may no longer want, may be someone else's dream possession. We must learn to not discard what we're replacing with new, but to instead try and find a new home for it.

I know it's not the kitchen I'd have chosen by any means, but my kitchen, which I found on Gumtree some years ago and had installed at home, is still going strong. It's a tad old fashioned, yes, and the sink wasn't well looked after by the previous owner and the hob has to be lit with a match, but I'm OK with that. One day I may be in a position to change it all but it won't go to the dump; instead I'll find another home for it. Having said that, the disruption involved with having a new kitchen fitted (and I'll need my concrete floor screeded and walls and ceiling replastered at the same time) means that I'll probably be leaving my home for good before my kitchen does. Life's complicated enough, isn't it?

Recent research by Skoup indicates that homes and business are wasting space and money on storage for bulky items that they'll never use, such as sofas, filing cabinets, old equipment etc. It also found that the average home is wasting 6sq.ft of living space, storing things that are too large or too difficult to recycle or dispose of - and with modern homes tending to be smaller than their older counterparts, 6sq.ft can make a huge difference to comfort, so it makes sense to pass things on that we no longer need, doesn't it?

A simple ad on Gumtree, eBay, FreeCycle or the like with a rider 'buyer must collect', is surely the best way to do it, don't you think?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Congratulations to KBSA Designer Awards 2019 winners!

* Kbsa-Awards.gifCongratulations to everyone who came away from last night's 2019 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's Awards Dinner proudly holding an Award! The winners were:

Supplier of the Year (sponsored by Clear Insurance Management and QANW):
BSH Home Appliances

KBSA experts to meet consumers at Grand Designs

* KBSA-Grand-Designs-2019.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a number of retail members present to provide advice at Grand Designs, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 9th through 13th October.

Cabuchon launches easy access soaking tub - the Takara

Takara-deep-soaking-tub.jpgBritish bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has launched its sixth-generation deep soaking tub, the Takara.

Like the other baths in its deep soaking range, it is inspired by the traditional Japanese ofuro but it includes a host of refinements designed to enhance comfort and to better suit Western bathing habits. It will also accommodate modern technologies such as spa hydrotherapy.

Simply Business launches campaign to 'Stamp Out Tool Theft'

* Simply-Business.jpgSimply Business has launched a campaign to 'Stamp Out Tool Theft' once and for all, after research revealed one in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing a combined average of £3,005 each in lost earnings (£870) and replacing stolen tools (£2,135).

More affordable kitchens than ever: Faith updates Evo Kitchen Collection for AW 2019/20

* More-affordable.jpgFaith Furniture Company (FFC) has announced the launch of its new 2019/2020 Evo brochure which showcases a collection of six kitchen designs with 12 door choices.

Evo offers retailers a simple and affordable range of kitchens for customers that doesn't compromise on quality and looks.

VitrA launches two statement collections at Cersaie 2019

* VitrA-statement-tiles.jpgAs a leader in manufacturing innovative ceramic surfaces, VitrA launched two new tile systems, CementMix and Wood collections, at the ceramic fair, Cersaie, in Bologna, Italy.

Introducing new materials and textures, the tile ranges demonstrate VitrA's expertise in ceramic design and technology. The tiles can be used in residential and commercial environments, from kitchen and living spaces to swimming pools and terraces.

Aqualisa kicks off Installer Club relaunch with National Roadshow

* Aqualisa-Installer-Club.jpgTo celebrate the relaunch of Aqualisa's new Installer Club, the company will be running a national radio campaign touring 65 locations throughout the UK.

In partnership with Fix Radio, Aqualisa will be touring trade showrooms and merchants during October and November of this year.

Massive cost of 'binertia'

* Massive-cost-of-binertia.jpgHomes and businesses across the UK are storing rubbish and old junk that is wasting space, rent and rates, according to research by Censuswide for Skoup, a new 'pay-as-you-throw' service for surplus clutter and waste.

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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.


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.

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