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23rd September 2011


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International News

Designs for all seasons

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Renolit Cramlington has announced four new designs recently launched into the UK & Ireland's regional 3D stock range.

International Water Education Conference now underway

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Nearly 200 people from almost 40 countries are gatheredin Bozeman, Montana this week to discuss how education can lead to sustainable solutions for global water issues. The Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference kicked off with a Sponsors' Reception on Tuesday evening and will continue through Friday. General sessions and interactive workshops will explore innovations in water education; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); technology and water education; water education in corporate sustainability; and more.

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

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Hafele offer a broad range of storage solutions to suit all kitchens and together with their partner Vauth Sagel have launched Premea Glassline, an innovative collection of interior cabinet storage systems that can be tailored to meet design demands.

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

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Introduced earlier this year, the new Portfolio 55 collection from Franke is an exclusive range of taps designed for the style conscious consumer who demands quality products for the kitchen. There is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto.

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

For 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.

New kitchen market report published

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A 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 has launched a new range of premium tumble dryers offering a superb level of drying performance.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

Handcrafted 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

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As 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.

Welcome to the

This leader will be one of the briefest I've ever produced as John and I returned from a large three day exhibition in Berlin in the early hours and we're both ready to collapse. I want to make sure you get to read this week's KBZine before you leave work for the weekend!

The Berlin show was for another industry for which we've been producing an e-zine for almost 10 years and although it's not quite as glamorous as the KBB industry, it's still good fun and involves some lovely people. What I did find while I was there was that I kept noticing the brands of bathroom products gracing the hotels, restaurants, bars etc, so despite being so far away and missing some of the KBB shows we would have liked to attend, we were still thinking of you all!

In this week's news we include an item which argues the case for cutting the VAT on kitchen and bathroom refurbishment projects and I'm a strong supporter of this idea. If you want to add weight to the Cut the Vat movement there's a link to a petition you can sign, so be sure not to miss it.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Solo style for the cloakroom from HiB

* HiB-solo-anthracite-white.jpgExclusive to popular bathroom products supplier HiB, two new Solo floor standing furniture units have been designed to advance both contemporary style and quality in the cloakroom of the modern home.

EQ expanding businesses online

* eStore-EQ-Softwares.jpgKBB retailers and manufacturers wishing to expand their businesses selling products online and has caused some controversy in recent months. EQ Software, a facilitator for this increased activity through its popular eStore web solution, has proved with many customer sites now developed and live, that kbb business on the web is growing at a rapid pace and is here to stay.

Karonia launches new website

* karonia-dot-com.jpgKaronia, provider of the Mistral range of genuine 25mm solid surface worktops, has introduced a new website. Designed to be simple to navigate, the site presents comprehensive and detailed information on the range in a series of short, easily assimilated sections.

Smart Systems partners with Miele on innovative online contract quoting service

Smart Systems, a pioneer in business solutions for the kitchen and bathroom industry, and Miele, a world leader in the production of high quality domestic appliances, have announced the launch of an online contract quoting facility, which aims to provide Miele's Project Partners with the highest level of service in the industry. The system, which utilises Cloud computing, is open to all Miele Project Partners and promises to instantly deliver increased efficiency.

When a Little John makes a big difference...

* Littlejohn_BuyABog-children.jpg2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey.

Bushboard's premium Omega laminate worktop range now even better!

* Bushboard-Omega-Tessera-Gris-laminate.jpgHot on the heels of the August Encore solid surface relaunch, Bushboard is continuing its proactive product drive with a newly unveiled upgraded Omega laminate worksurface range.

Cut the Vat, says the BMA!

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has been a long supporter of the campaign for a reduced rate of VAT on home repair and improvement work.

The Cut the VAT Campaign, argues that VAT on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work should be reduced from 20% to 5%.

Carron Phoenix's new Bali tap complements best-selling Bali sink range

* Carron-Phoenix-Bali-Tap.jpgDesigned with its popular Bali sink range in mind, Carron Phoenix has developed a dedicated tap range to ensure the perfect design complement responding to both retailer and consumer demand for a matching tap.

Mereway joins the Articad supplier partnership

CAD specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Mereway has joined the company's thriving Supplier Partnership Programme. The full range of Mereway's kitchen cabinets, encompassing over 70 different finishes, including MFC, foil-wrapped, veneer, solid wood and painted finishes in slab, shaker and curved door styles, are now available as a comprehensive and easy to search graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro.

Exquisite Elba from Franke

* Franke-ELBA.jpgThe Elba ELK sink from Franke is stylish, practical and great value for money. To cater for all requirements, two models are available.

The heavy duty Elba ELK has an attractive drainer design and is finished in gloss white for a fashionable look that is equally at home in either a modern or traditional kitchen.

We have the technology to slash global emissions, say engineers

The technology needed to cut the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 already exists, according to a joint statement by 11 of the world's largest engineering organisations.

The statement was presented earlier today to the South African Deputy High Commissioner ahead of December's COP17 climate change talks in Durban.

NKBA announces call-for-entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition

The North American National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), along with sponsors Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, Waypoint Living Spaces, This Old House, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels, has announced the call for entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition.

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News in Brief
If you're planning to visit Cersaie 2011 in Bologna, Italy, you need to get your skates on. It finishes tomorrow at 18.00. www.cersaie.it

Congratulations to AEG whose Nimble A8602AZ upright vacuum cleaner is a Which? Online Best Buy. Tel: 08445 611611

If you haven't yet registered your team for the KBB industry Quiz Night in London on 25th October, E: [email protected] by next Friday. The event will raise money for the kbb Events WaterAid Campaign and you can enter a team of five for £300.
How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
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Recent News

Are you attending InstallerLive this year?

From 16th -19th October at the NEC Birmingham, InstallerLive will provide you with new skills and knowledge to take advantage of the vast business opportunities open to you as you transition towards low carbon ways of working.

Refurbishment project suffers severe setbacks following electrical explosion

A worker on a refurbishment project sustained serious burns in an electrical explosion after a North London company failed to carry out basic Health & Safety checks. The injured man was working on a construction site at Leonard Street, Islington, when the blast occurred. City of London Magistrates' Court heard that the explosion was caused when a main electrical supply cable to the site was cut during its removal.

Caesarstone serves an ace at Wimbledon

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The luxurious competitors lounge at the Wimbledon Tennis Club required a surface for the dining area, which complemented its style and heritage while providing a high level of functionality. The solution was the beautiful Caesarstone Titanium quartz surface in a 30mm thickness with a 50mm formed edge which was installed by Cheshire Marble (Fabricator and Installer).

Employers and interns get clarity on minimum wage

Guidance providing greater clarity for businesses that offer work experience, placements and internships was published yesterday, as announced in the Social Mobility Strategy in April.

De Dietrich awards service contract to Assurant Solutions

De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances has appointed Assurant Solutions as the provider and administrator of all service repair contracts for both De Dietrich and Fagor brands in the UK*.

AGA Rangemaster says streamlined processes improve profit performance

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Zanussi fridge freezer one of Which? magazine's Top 10 Space Savers

Which? has named the 'Best Buy' Zanussi ZRT318W fridge freezer as one of its 'Top 10 space-saving kitchen gadgets'.

The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.

Just Add Water - Ellis Furniture joins forces with Fayers

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Ellis Furniture is delighted to announce its partnership with Fayers independent plumbing, heating and builders' merchant group, which sees Ellis Furniture bathrooms displayed in all three smart London-based bathroom showrooms under the Just Add Water brand.

20-20 Technologies strikes the right chord for Symphony

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Fusion, by 20-20 Technologies, has been working with the UK's largest privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, the Symphony Group, for around 20 years to deliver advanced design software.

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

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The 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.


Kitchens International strengthens its team

Scottish kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International has made several new appointments and promotions as the company expands in Scotland.

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