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13th May 2011


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International News

Wall-hung sanitaryware that's as fresh as mint

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Geberit has introduced a new mint finish to its award-winning Monolith sanitary module for wall-hung WCs, taking the colour options for this bathroom innovation to three.

Kitchenaid's new chef touch: the Sous Vide cooking system

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Premium manufacturer KitchenAid has launched the Chef Touch, a new Sous Vide cooking system that brings the top quality cooking of the world's finest restaurants to the domestic kitchen.

Inspirational Izumi

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Ever a pioneer in kitchen design and technology, Uber Furniture has launched the stunning Izumi collection of gloss kitchens in three ranges - Nero (black), Orchid (white) and Creme (cream). Designed to be trendsetting, the doors are state-of-the-art in terms of materials and design yet do not hit the budget as hard as some.

Back to black - Carron Phoenix launches chic black ceramic Sapphira sink range

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There's nothing quite cuts it for style the way black does and Carron Phoenix is responding to the trend for colour and texture in the kitchen with the brand new Sapphira range of ceramic sinks in a rich and glamorous shade of black. Sapphira will be launched on June 1st along with a host of new sink and tap styles as part of the company's product update programme for 2011.

Whirlpool launches new range of washing machines

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Whirlpool's powerful portfolio of home laundry appliances is being further strengthened by the launch of the new range of washing machines. Whilst featuring a similar specification and style characteristics to the company's high end machines, the new range will be positioned mid-range and highly competitive, appealing to a wider audience.

Welcome to the

Most people would think I'm daft saying I'm looking forward to going to work on Sunday, but when you consider that my work this coming Sunday means a day at KBB London, you might understand.

I'm finally going to be able to see first-hand all the wonderful new products I've been learning about over the past few months, whilst meeting friends and colleagues old and new, from this fabulous industry. I'm really excited about it and am looking forward to being inspired!

I'm hoping to be able to attend some of the excellent seminars the organisers have lined up too.

If you're part of the KBB industry but haven't yet registered to attend this event at Excel London, you can avoid the queues at the doors by doing so now at www.kbb.co.uk/kbb-london

John, Alan, Chervana and I will be at the show or in the seminars throughout much of the week, so do come up and say 'hello' if you see us before we see you.




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Roca acquires the Russian firm Akvaton

Roca has announced that it has recently acquired Akvaton, a leading Russian company specialising in bathroom products. This acquisition marks a very important step in Roca's consolidation in this strategically important market, and at the same time strengthening its leadership position worldwide.

Akvaton has around a 15% market share of the bathroom market in Russia. The company, which employs 550 people, manufactures sanitaryware and solid surface washbasins in the city of Davidovo, just 100 km east of Moscow.

New! Five fantastic fridges and freezers from AEG's Neue Kollektion

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AEG has introduced five fantastic cooling products from its Built-in 2011 Neue Kollektion range.

An integrated American style effect is one of the most fashionable trends in this year's kitchen, which is why AEG is pleased to introduce five fabulous new built in fridges and freezers that combine state of the art design with cutting-edge technology - such as LongFresh drawers and LCD Touch control, to give you full control over the environment that you store your food!

Franke launches celebrity 'experience' in centenary year

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Franke has launched a new marketing initiative to drive the company further into the consumer market. To reinforce the transition from trade-driven product supplier to aspirational consumer lifestyle brand, Heidi Klum has been announced as brand ambassador and, as such, will feature in the new worldwide advertising/POS/marketing campaign.

A Franke spokesperson explains: "We have chosen Heidi Klum as she encompasses all the qualities associated with Franke today. Not only is she stylish and beautiful, she has featured on the cover of every major fashion magazine in the world and continues to be a leading style icon.

Has Esse created the World's cleanest-burning cooker?

990-carbon-neutral-burning-wood.jpgEsse's 990 range cooker has achieved some outstanding results during a recent CE test, where the inspector described the wood-burning cooker as the cleanest burning appliance he's ever tested.

Craig Nutter, Esse's Technical Director explains: "Our woodburning 990 cooker has just been tested at an independent European CE lab and everyone here at Esse is delighted with the results: The EU standard for CO emissions is currently 1% maximum, with some member states even asking for less than 0.3%; Our 990 has been assessed at 0.01% CO!

Homeowners are warming to underfloor heating

The popularity of underfloor heating is on the rise. Discerning homeowners are showing an increased desire for efficiency and comfort and underfloor heating ticks all the boxes.

The warmer, drier weather provides the perfect opportunity to get cracking with extensions and DIY projects and so now is the time to consider underfloor heating as an option for installation with new flooring as part of a room make-over, ready for next winter.

Liebherr scoops award in world's largest technology competition

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Refrigeration expert, Liebherr, has successfully scooped one of the most widely acclaimed international red dot design awards in product design, for the new SBSes 7165 side-by-side fridge freezer.

The jury is made up of high calibre, internationally renowned designers and design experts who award the 'product design' seal for quality, design and eco-friendliness. Thanks to Liebherr's product innovation, high quality components, storage capacity and design, the SBSes 7165 fridge freezer won the globally recognised award.

Polypipe ventilation expands MVHR solution

Following the successful launch last year of its Mechanical Extract Ventilation Heat Recovery units, Polypipe Ventilation has expanded its HR range with the addition of high capacity models designed for larger properties.

The new Energy Saving Trust Best Practice compliant and SAP Q rated HR02 and HR03 units accommodate up to seven wet rooms and a kitchen and work at up to 640 Pascals of pressure, allowing for very long duct runs.

Kitchenaid's new side-by-side oozes class and sophistication

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This attractive and capacious fridge freezer oozes class and sophistication in fully clad premium Easy-to-Clean stainless steel. Rich in features, the KRSC 9040 has intelligent sensor technology to control both temperature and humidity and restore the temperature five times faster than a conventional refrigerator.

Atag appliances now available in Humphersons concession at Heals

* ATAG-Bill-Miller.jpgAtag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances, now has an assortment of its products on display in the Humphersons concession at the prestigious London department store Heals.

The Tottenham Court Road store features a selection of Atag's premium appliances including the IG9271MBB induction hob with wok burner, the VA9611TT 17-place settings dishwasher and the OX6292F multifunction single oven in the popular Graphite Black finish. In total, there are eight Atag appliances available, installed into beautiful furniture displays by Leicht & Pronorm, in the Humphersons concession.

Impressive: this groundbreaking new mirror innovation from HiB

* HiB-starlight.jpgHiB has introduced a major solution for illuminated bathroom mirrors - three new LED designs powered by a long-life rechargeable battery pack.

Illuminated mirrors are now a high demand item but fitting them into existing bathrooms and cloakrooms comes with one overriding problem - how to access a power source.

Mereway appoints new addition to Kitchens management team

* Mereway-new-team.jpgGraham Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of Sales & Marketing Director for Mereway Kitchens, completing a new team of Directors for the business following a company-wide restructure undertaken by the furniture manufacturer.

Graham, previously Trade Sales & Marketing Director with Hammonds Furniture, joins Joanne Foster, Commercial Director; one of the original non-family founding Directors of the company, and Sotos Constantinides who was appointed Managing Director after several years as Financial Director, and his successful development as Managing Director of the Mereway Bathrooms business.

EQ Software year on year growth continues

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EQ Software, the Tamworth based computer software and services company, has announced another year of sales and profits growth. Since the 2005 management buy-out from the Mereway Group; EQ Software has grown from strength to strength. The latest year's unaudited figures for the year ending 31st March 2011 indicate that the company has increased its sales (over the previous year) by 38% and operating profits by more than 100%.

Leigh Martin, Managing Director comments: "Since the buy-out we have delivered year on year compound sales growth of more than 25%, despite the set-back of the recession in 2008/9 - and there is no sign that we are looking to slow down any time soon.

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News in Brief
Proskills Awards 2011 now open for entries. www.proskills.co.uk
Ultra stylish enki sleek glass splashbacks and coordinating upstands are now available from all 16 branches of Tile Depot. www.thetiledepot.co.uk
www.bathrooms.com is launching a new range of innovative and modern bathroom products in collaboration with Italian designers Meneghello Paolelli Associati.
Luxury London showroom Urban Interior has added Villeroy & Boch's elegant 'My Nature' bathroom collection to its portfolio. E: [email protected]
Offering classic Shaker styling with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557
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Retailers should advise browsers it 'mite' be time to change mattress!

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