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21st January 2011


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International News

New ace app from Uber


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A fantastically useful application has been designed specifically for retailers and designers of Uber kitchens.

In these days of 24/7 mobile business, the app, which is exclusive to Uber customers, allows the user to view the comprehensive range brochure and immediately obtain complete quotations on all cabinetry and accessories. The user simply selects a range, for example, and then specifies the sizes and quantities required which are costed individually.  The items are then placed in a virtual 'basket', a complete price is displayed and the user enters a personal reference number. A quotation in PDF format is then emailed to the specific customer.

Form a line! The Contour from leisure sinks is now available

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The Contour is the latest addition to Leisure Sinks' range of extremely competitively priced large single bowl, reversible sinks. Utilising a stylish 'sun burst' design drainer and manufactured from 0.9 gauge high grade stainless steel, Contour is a quality sink which is at home in either contemporary or traditional kitchens.

NKBA Elects 2011 NKBA President & Executive Committee

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the election results for the 2011 NKBA Executive Committee, which will be led by 2011 President David Alderman, CMKBD of Chesapeake, Virginia. The 2010 Vice President Alan Zielinski, CKD of Niles, Illinois will become President-Elect, while 2010 NKBA Secretary John Morgan of Glyndon, Maryland has been elected Vice President. Mark L. Karas, CMKBD will serve as Immediate Past President.

New patent application arrangements will save businesses money

UK Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox has welcomed new arrangements for filing patents in Europe which will cut costs for businesses.

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

Demonstrating its versatility for the bathroom, Bushboard's Nuance range has been used in a pilot project at a McCarthy & Stone development in Inverness to superb effect. The Nuance laminate panels were used in the creation of a level access wetroom, underlining the product's unique advantage of being what is thought to be the only laminate product on the market able to do so and guarantee to be 100% waterproof without unsightly extrusions.

Blanco's new taps feature in New Year brochure


A new brochure, focusing entirely on Blanco's extensive range of taps, is being launched this month by Blanco UK. As well as the stylish chrome and brushed steel taps for which the company is well known, the brochure also includes the latest selection of the coloured styles which are currently capturing the consumer imagination. 

2011 products at 2010 prices at Tile Depot - VAT held till end of sale

Tile Depot, the independent tile and stone retailer with 15 stores in London and the South East, has held the cost of home improvements with 2011 tiles and tiling products at 2010 pre-VAT hike prices until the end of its Winter sale. 

Amica's glossy new catalogue introduces OptiGas

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Leading Polish brand, Amica, is delighted with its latest UK catalogue of built-in and freestanding appliances, available now.

Whirlpool's gas hobs add further steel to stainless

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In an era where hobs are aplenty but often indistinguishable in terms of design and performance, the importance of staying one step ahead is paramount as budgets are being continually squeezed.

Welcome to the



Images from the earthquake that devastated Haiti just over a year ago have been appearing in various media to mark the anniversary of the catastrophe and we are witnessing the devastation caused by heavy rain in Australia and rain and mudslides in Brazil. The fact that heavy flooding on the African continent has killed 10 people and displaced over 10,000 in Mozambique, while forcing South Africa to declare eight of its nine provinces disaster areas after 41 people died there, has barely made the news.

With natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis leaving millions of people homeless each year, there is no doubt that urgent action needs to be taken to protect and help people globally. It has become crucial to make housing more sustainable and to check if existing standards are up to the job.

Consumer and public policy experts from around the world feel this urgency and will convene in London this year to consider how to improve global consumer housing and make sustainability a reality. Hosted by BSI, the 33rd ISO COPOLCO (Committee on Consumer Policy) congress, 'Homes for tomorrow - building through standards', will be held from 23rd - 27th May 2011. The event will consider two key themes: rebuilding homes after disasters - including prevention and post-disaster recovery - and 'greening' our homes.

The international summit, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, will be broken up into workshops, training and plenary sessions, spread over the five days, and will also include a technical visit, welcome reception and farewell dinner.

Discussions at the various sessions will be wide ranging and are likely to cover topics from post-disaster reconstruction considerations to the environmental impacts of home fires and floods; from increased energy efficiency to eco-friendly households. The conference will present a balanced discussion of immediate concerns, while thinking about long-term ways in which to make homes sustainable.

In the past, COPOLCO events have been attended by a wide variety of delegates and speakers from many different fields, including governmental bodies, trade associations, consumer interest groups, private companies, international organisations and more. The key speaker list has also featured prestigious figures from all over the world, including opening addresses from the President of India at COPOLCO 2009 and the Prime Minister of South Korea at COPOLCO 2008.

This is one event in which our industry ought to be involved. For further information, visit: www.ansi.org




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Zip extends its popular commercial Hydrotap collection

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Since revolutionising the provision of drinks in the UK workplace, when the current HydroTap was launched in 2005, Zip has continued to invest in the development of its time, energy and cost saving HydroTap system for the delivery of instant boiling and chilled filtered water to meet the changing needs of the commercial market.

The house that Ray built - in Romania!

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Ray Isted, Head of Training at Whirlpool UK, recently volunteered to build a house in Romania!

The Whirlpool Corporation is involved with Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that donates products and provides manpower to support building projects, making a difference to families. Whirlpool EMEA is the longest standing corporate partner in the European and Central Asian region. Whirlpool has helped around 10,000 families, and over 500 Whirlpool employees have volunteered and participated in the house building projects.

London's Vertical Gateway Hotel is fashionably dressed in 'M' - Axor Citterio M

* Hotel_Verta.jpgOpened last September, Hotel Verta combines the very best of boutique style with 5 star quality and service. Its city chic Battersea location also demanded a metropolitan and stylish interior which is supplied in ample measure for the bathrooms, washrooms and spa by Axor, the designer brand from German bathroom specialist Hansgrohe.

Nestled on the banks of the Thames, the river that is the vibrant life-blood of London, and immediately adjacent to London's Vertical Gateway, the Capital's only heliport; Hotel Verta is a truly unique proposition. For an unrivalled experience, business or leisure guests can land by helicopter immediately outside the hotel and step inside to enjoy the generously appointed facilities including a sumptuous restaurant flooded with natural light, first floor bar wi

Ellis Furniture launches the Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen

* Ellis-Inspire.jpgJust in time for Spring, the new Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen from leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture is guaranteed to brighten up the heart of any home with some luminous, yet subtle, on-trend high gloss colour.

The Inspire Gloss Azure is made from high gloss, acrylic faced, MDF glass effect PVC edged doors supplied on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase and features large, deep Blum soft close drawer boxes and extra length steel bar handles.

Methven welcomes new sales director for the UK and Europe

* Simon-Woods.jpgSeeing in the New Year with a new appointment, Methven has welcomed Simon Woods to the team as sales director for the UK and Europe. Taking responsibility for the growth of the Methven and Deva brands across these markets and the management of the respective field and internal sales teams, Simon started his new position on 4th January.

Simon joins Methven from Twyford Bathrooms where he held the position of sales director and managed a multi sector, cross functional sales function for two and a half years. Prior to Twyford Bathrooms, Simon spent 10 years with Bostik as general manager sales where he managed a multi sector, multi branded sales function of 50 and was instrumental in the integration of three businesses into Bostik during a five-year acquisition trail.

Sustainable bathroom fittings used in Olympic water polo arena

The water polo arena being constructed for the London 2012 Olympic Games will include bathroom fittings geared towards reducing the structure's impact on the environment.

According to the Olympic Delivery Authority, the building will have low-flow taps and showers, as well as waterless urinals.

Nature inspired Wintergarden tile range grows with introduction of new colour

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The Wintergarden range is the latest addition to the popular Laura Ashley collection of tiles.

Square tubes rooted in Italian design

Quad from MHS Radiators is a radiator that epitomises Italian chic and sophistication. A combination of tall, square, elongated tubes and bold, angular lines gives the Quad an unashamedly elegant presence.

Manufactured from aluminium, Quad comes in either soft, chalky white or bold, punchy anthracite textured finishes. Available in four widths (295mm, 365mm, 435mm and 575mm) it stands 1,800mm high and has outputs ranging from 800W to 1600W. For added peace of mind and to underpin its quality, the Quad is fully guaranteed for five years.

A new Habitat for Premium-Line

* premiumline-baumatic.jpgWhen iconic high street home furnishings store Habitat was looking to take stock of a range of appliances to accompany its new kitchen furniture offering, Baumatic's Premium-Line range was the natural choice as the two companies have a shared passion for innovation, functionality and reliability.
Baumatic's Premium-Line appliance collection will take pride of place on display at five of Habitat's flagship stores which will initially stock the fitted furniture - on Kings Road Chelsea, Tottenham Court Road, Central London, Oxford, Cambridge and at Lakeside Thurrock - and planned to arrive at a further 20 Habitat stores by the Autumn.

The complete Premium-Line collection will be offered at each store, ensuring customers have the opportunity to include a wide variety of cooking options in their

KBA announces newest KBB industry Hall of Fame member

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the 2011 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame, which honours individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. The inductee, Surjit Kalsi, is Chairman of Capital Cooking Equipment and is considered one of the foremost experts in cooking range design and manufacturing.

Beginning his professional career in 1957, Surjit has applied his creativity and expertise as a design engineer and is credited with changing the face of the appliance industry. He is said to have introduced the concept of commercial quality ranges for residential use and developed the world's first all-stainless steel outdoor barbecue line. The list of his contributions also includes the invention of the world's first pyoly

Better Bathrooms opens Arch 2 in Manchester

Following the success of the opening of Better Bathrooms' new Manchester showroom in 2010, the bathrooms and tiles retailer has opened phase 2 of the store.

The initial Manchester arch opened in July last year and since its opening, it has proven extremely popular with the local residents and has become one of the retailer's busiest stores. It was always inevitable that the showroom would need to expand, but the speed at which the new arch has been made available to the public is phenomenal. With only six months passing since the opening of the first phase, the new arch is up and running and features even more of Better Bathrooms' outstanding product range.

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News in Brief


New to Laufen’s flagship designer Il Bagno Alessi One series is the countertop washbasin complete with handy ceramic shelf, which is fired from one piece to create a beautiful rippling wave. E: [email protected]

Polypipe Ventilation is now offering site based support to customers of its energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, together with its industry-recognised BPEC accredited training programme. T: 08443 715 523

Simpsons’ new Bifold shower door enclosure boasts an up-to-the-minute look which suits every bathroom décor, size and budget. It comes with ClearShield protection, which eliminates calcium build-up on the glass. T: 0845 873 8840

Food waste disposer manufacturer InSinkErator saw a 29% increase in year on year UK sales in 2010. T: 0800 389 3715

Ideal Standard has published its new hotel solutions brochure and design planning service for hotel specifiers based at the Bath Room, its bathroom design studio in Clerkenwell, London.  To request a copy, mention KBZine and email: [email protected]


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Recent News

Self-build site insurance provider welcomes Government's self-build sector boost

Site insurance provider Self-Build Zone has today welcomed the Government's recent policy announcement that it is to cut red tape and boost demand in the UK self-build sector.

REC counters claims about bogus self employment in construction

Following a call last week by UCATT - the Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians - for a government review of payroll companies in the construction sector, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation has emphasised the need to strike a balance between stopping false self-employment and ensuring that the UK construction industry retains its flexible workforce.

Mereway drivers gain First Aid training


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Mereway's transport team recently attended a Basic First Aid training course as part of each driver's personal training programme; their 'Certificate of professional competence in HGV driving', with all 17 team members successfully passing the qualification.

Firms advised that proper book-keeping is essential to avoid £3,000 fine

Small businesses say Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs should get its own house in order following reports of poor service !

It's a Wrap!

BCG has drawn the curtain on yet another Big Tour, with a spectacular dinner finale at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, location for the 5th and final Big Tour earlier that day.

Proposals published for £200 million network of Technology and Innovation Centres

Yesterday the Government invited organisations to register their interest in forming a technology and innovation centre focused on the area of high value manufacturing.

Electrolux announces Design Lab 2011 theme - 'Intelligent Mobility'

Electrolux Design Lab 2011 invites industrial design students and recent graduates of industrial design to compete for a six-month paid internship and prize money by submitting ideas that consider intelligent mobility within home appliances. The brief specifically seeks solutions that address how people prepare food, clean and do dishes both within and beyond the home.

David Cameron takes tea with InSinkErator's Joe Ferrara

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It's not every day that InSinkErator sits down with the Prime Minister but that's exactly what happened when David Cameron came to meet companies based at the Watford business park where InSinkErator has its UK headquarters.

Affordable luxury and minimalism lead the way for 2011 kitchen trends

2011 will see a surge in minimalist and luxury kitchen styles, according to solid surface distributor Staron UK.


Schofield switches to EQ


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EQ Software, the UK's popular KBB business management software provider, has appointed Neil Schofield as Marketing Manager.

Liebherr announces key sales appointment


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Refrigeration expert, Liebherr, has appointed Tracey McKernan to the position of Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Bringing a huge amount of relevant experience and knowledge from a background in sales, Tracey will be responsible for retailers in the area, looking after the main distribution partners and building strategic relationships with key kitchen furniture retailers, in order to enhance Liebherr's reputation in this channel.

"I am really pleased to be joining such a well respected brand and I am looking forward to developing the area and increasing business," promises Tracey. "It's an exciting time for the Liebherr brand, with lots of technological innovations in the pipeline."

T: 08444 122 655

W: www.myliebherr.co.uk

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