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2nd September 2011


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Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

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Ever a leader in kitchen technology, Franke has introduced the Roller hood which is compact at 90cm wide, unobtrusive, with its steeply-angled design - and hugely efficient. This sophisticated unit will complement all kitchen schemes whatever the layout and size.

The stylish black glass surround contrasts beautifully with the stainless steel strips while ambient lighting is achieved with halogen lights. There is a choice of touch or optional remote control.

Welcome to the

John and I were saying yesterday that it seems like a lifetime since we broadcast our last issue.  Of course 12th August wasn't actually that far back but I think that what makes it seem so long ago is that in the space of a couple of weeks we've moved from 'proper' Summer weather in the UK of warm sunshine, into what has sometimes looked like the depths of Winter - and it isn't warm either!

During the heat wave in the early Spring we were told to conserve water and warned that hosepipe bans might come into force before long. Now we read that we've experienced the coldest Summer since 1993.

However, cold as it may have been at times, it was still fairly dry and our water stocks have not been replenished, which means we do still have to be careful about our consumption.

I installed a water butt this year and I'm horrified at how much water I'd wasted by not getting one earlier. Now I'm planning to get one for my shed and the front of the house too. There's no excuse for not doing my bit!

I'm pleased to say that the KBB industry is doing its bit too and that this is making a big impact.  A report which features in this week's issue of KBZine reveals that the UK's water saving plumbing products market, which had shown excellent levels of growth until the economic downturn caused it to stall, is now starting to stabilise and is forecast to return to growth in 2011-12.

With the overall market value forecast to be £219 million at manufacturer's selling price by 2015 - an increase of around 33% compared to the estimated market size in 2011 -this is one bandwagon well worth climbing aboard!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Water Saving Plumbing Products Market Report UK 2011-2015, now available

* pie chart to illustratevWater Saving Plumbing Products Market Report.jpgThe UK water saving plumbing products market had shown excellent levels of growth until the economic downturn. Like other products in the building and construction industry, this market has been impacted by the global financial crisis.

KBSA releases details of post-AGM networking dinner

The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that its AGM and presentations, which will take place on Tuesday 4 October 2011 at 16.00, will be followed by a networking dinner with entertainment provided by Matthew Osbourn, English Comedian of the year 2009.

"Please ensure you book your place to avoid disappointment - just complete the downloadable pdf and send with payment to the KBSA office in Mansfield," says Graham Ball, KBSA CEO.

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

Triton-Leah-Eco-Showerhead_142.jpegFor customers wanting to save water without completely changing their existing mixer shower or losing showering performance, Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead provides a quick, easy and affordable solution.

Ideal for updating properties with mixer showers to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes, it aerates the water flow to maintain a powerful output whilst cutting water consumption to nine litres per minute, compared with a standard shower using 12 litres or more.

New kitchen market report published

* fitted-kitchens-report.jpgA new edition of JKMR's 'Overview Report on the UK Kitchen Furniture Market 'has now been published, providing an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

Maytag-tumble-dryer-dreamwaver_142.jpegMaytag has launched a new range of premium tumble dryers offering a superb level of drying performance.

Driven by the company's patented IntelliSense technology, the stylish and versatile new dryers offer the customer tremendous flexibility and a great range of programme options. The new models include two super intelligent condenser models with capacious drums in the MTD09WH (9kg) and the MTD08WH (8kg).

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin makes keynote speech at IFA 2011

The 51st IFA (International Funkausstellung) kicks off in Berlin this morning. Last year, more than 235,000 visitors - including 125,000 from the trade - showed up at what some consider is the most important fair for consumer electronics and home appliances.

For the first time, Keith McLoughlin introduces himself to the European retailer audience within the International Keynotes: in his speech which starts from 15.00 to 15.45 pm (CEST), he discusses how "consumers are in the driver's seat for growth" and how social media revolutionises the home appliance industry.

Amica refrigeration selected for Cookery School

* Amica-Cookery-School.jpgAn upright freezer and two larder fridges by popular Polish appliances brand, Amica , were used by the contestants in the first series of Cookery School - the highly successful Channel 4 cooking competition currently being aired on Channel 4 and also available on 4oD.

Renewables Roadshow 2011

Ideal Standard will be showcasing is latest water saving designs for the bathroom at the Renewables Roadshow 2011. The Roadshow, on tour throughout September, will bring a zero-jargon approach to the very latest technologies and training for trade professionals across the UK.

Ideal Standard says that with over 300 products on the Bathroom Manufacturer Association's water efficient labelling scheme, it has registered more water saving products than any other manufacturer in the UK. Products at its stand include the Concept back to-wall WC, seat and newest product ranges which consists of mixers and tap featuring revolutionary new water saving technology.

Liebherr wins Which? 'Best Buy' status for G1221 Under Counter freezer

* Liebherr-award-winning-fridge.jpgLiebherr has been awarded the Which? 'Best Buy' status for the G1221 Under Counter freezer.

The G1221 freezer can keep food frozen for more than a day and a half in a power cut and is unaffected by fluctuating room temperatures. Liebherr was commended for the recommended setting as 'spot on', so once you've set it up you shouldn't need to touch the thermostat dial.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

imperial-bathrooms-new-furniture_142.jpegHandcrafted in the UK using time-honoured techniques and combining practicality with the beauty and luxury of solid and real wood veneers is Barrington - a stunning new line-up of free-standing fine furniture from Imperial Bathrooms.

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

* Deva-Vision-Bar-Shower.jpgAs part the ongoing launch of the new Deva collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of showers and tapware - is launching the Signature range of Deva, 'own stable' shower kits.

New appointment at Apex Interior Systems

* Apex-Chris-Grattan.jpgChris Grattan has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager at Apex Interior Systems, the Burscough, Lancashire-based manufacturer of vinyl wrapped kitchen and wardrobe doors.

Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the industry, Chris's remit at Apex covers sales and market development, including management of external and internal sales teams and developing new routes to market for the company's growing product range.

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News in Brief
IFA 2011, the global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances opens today at Messe Berlin, Germany. It runs until Wednesday. W: www1.messe-berlin.de

Waterproof wall panel system manufacturer Mermaid Panels, whose products feature in Buckingham Palace, has launched a fab new range of glass panels. T: 01472 279940

Superplan Plus joins Kaldewei's classic portfolio of floor level shower trays. T: +49 2382 78500

New Conforto - a bath shape designed specifically to offer the most comfortable bathing position to any bodyshape and size, is available from Ripples. E: [email protected]
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