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7th October 2011


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International News

Steel adds Mega Wok burner to hob options

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Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional range cookers and kitchen appliances, is adding a Mega Wok burner to its extensive range of hob options.

Imperial Bathrooms unveils luxurious marble & granite consoles

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Imperial Bathrooms - the renowned British manufacturer of luxury bathroom products for the discerning - has further extended its collection of free-standing basin stands with a range of marble and granite consoles that boast 'his and hers' options.

Product launch success

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The recent success of Utopia's Spring Product Launch has surpassed the company's expectations, with significant numbers of new displays featuring i-line, Symmetry and Encurva, appearing in retailer showrooms.

Stuart Turner launches Wasteflo range

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Stuart Turner remains at the forefront of design technology and product innovation and while this has traditionally enabled the company to engineer solutions to boost clean water, this October will see its product portfolio strengthened further with the introduction of the all new 'wasteflo' brand!

Solo style for the cloakroom from HiB

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Exclusive 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.

When a Little John makes a big difference...

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2011 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!

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Hot 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.

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

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Designed 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

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The 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.

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.

Welcome to the


I occasionally receive emails from overseas and have always assumed that they come not from regular readers, but from those who've stumbled across us during a quest via one of the search engines, for an answer to a pressing question or problem.

For the past few months we have been broadcasting KBZine in a different way that not only allows us to count the click-throughs to our advertisements and editorials, but which also allows us to take a real-time snapshot of our readers.

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As this image of the most recent 200 readers (from our distribution to more than 7,000) shows, KBZine might be a UK-based operation, but we have readers in most continents and John says this snapshot is not an unusual one in as much as we are read globally on a regular basis.

I wonder whether KBZine will one day end up like its sister publication Cleanzine, and be read by 80,000 readers in 148 countries? I hope so.

Although both my kitchen and my bathroom are in desperate need of a makeover I can't imagine not having them at all and hope that one day we'll all have the decent, hygienic cooking and sanitary facilities that we deserve as human beings. Globally, we need to conserve water, so this is another good reason for manufacturers from the KBB industry and anyone with a related tale to tell, to get in touch and enable us to share your news and ideas with our readers, wherever they may be in the world, to help raise standards everywhere.

I was about to say, "together, we can make a difference" but that sounds cheesy. You know what I mean though...



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc's electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv.

Purple microwave takes it to the Max!

* Purple-MAX-Whirlpool.jpgWhirlpool's MAX 35 range of stylish and colourful microwave ovens has been extended to include a striking new model in on-trend purple. The fashionable and contemporary range already includes colour options of black, cream, red, silver, and white.

Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity

The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the sponsorship of a PhD Studentship, offering a bursary of up to £9,300 per annum towards tuition fees and living costs. The research is to focus on design or manufacturing of contemporary furniture, looking at the development of either innovative furniture materials or volume production processes that can be embraced by British furniture manufacturers.

Herman Miller awarded BIFMA level 3

* EMO_Herman-Miller.jpgContract furniture maker Herman Miller has been certified by global public health and environmental organisation NSF International to the highest level for sustainable furniture - BIFMA level 3. Products certified to the level program may satisfy US state and federal purchasing requirements and earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair 2011 takes place next month

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair will take place from November 5th to 8th, 2011 at Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Centre. It is being organised by the Xiamen Jinhongxin Exhibition Co along with the Fujian Association of Plumbing Sanitary & Valve Industry, the Kitchen Cabinet Chamber of Commerce of Fujian, the Xiamen Bath & Kitchen Association and the Kitchen Cabinet Chamber of Commerce of Xiamen.

Magnet Trade electrifies its Autumn campaign

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Kitchen and Joinery specialist Magnet Trade has teamed up with electrical giant Sony to reward its customers for their spend this Autumn.

The 'Big Autumn Giveaway' offers account holders who spend £2000 ex VAT or more on kitchens and joinery this month, the chance to redeem some fantastic Sony products. There are nine fantastic electrical products to choose from.

Hoover rewards independent retailers

Over 250 independent retailers have signed up to Hoover's exclusive reward scheme in a bid to bag a range of desirable prizes from iPods to holidays.

Hoover has introduced an incentive scheme designed to allow retailers and their sales team to earn reward points that result in prizes for every Hoover product they sell.

Ellis Furniture introduces space saving cloakroom furniture

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A new Abode (albeit brief!) for needy children

* Darren-Holliday_Abode-Safe-Anchor-Trust.jpgThe Safe Anchor Trust is an award winning charity based at Shepley Bridge Marina in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Les Moss, founder of the charity and his team provide an annual programme of canal trips aboard narrow boats on the local waterways, specifically for special needs groups, those with health and mobility problems and socially disadvantaged groups.

Stourbridge builder fined for illegal gas work

James Raybould, who trades as Jim Raybould Electrical, Plumbing & Building Services, has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive for carrying out gas work at four houses in Worcester between September 2009 and July 2010, despite not being Gas Safe registered.

The Gas Safe Register is the official compulsory registration scheme for gas engineers in Britain and it is illegal to carry out domestic gas work without registration.

A sustainable 'like'

* Electrolux-FB.jpgAs you may know, in 2010 Electrolux set out on a quest to build vacuum cleaners from plastic gathered from oceans around the world. Now it's the consumers' turn to chip in - on Facebook.

As part of the Vac from the Sea initiative, Electrolux already donates 1.5% of sales revenue from its green range vacuum cleaners to leading marine research organisation Algalita.

National Heat Pump Awards becomes annual event following launch success

Following the outstanding success of last year's inaugural event, the National Heat Pump Awards 2012 have been launched in an expanded format and the event established as a regular annual highlight in the industry's calendar.

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News in Brief
Leisure Sinks has added cream and jet black versions to its stylish Highlight range of composite sinks. E: [email protected]

's new MNN 20FCSl7 American-style fridge freezer saves energy with its fully clad stainless steel doors and cabinet. It boasts 20ft. cubic capacity, Total No Frost and IntelliSense technology. T: 0844 499 0101

Leicester bathroom designer and retailer Plug, is expanding by offering a full interior design service and relaunching as Plug In Design. E: [email protected]

B C Sanitan
's freestanding bath collection, comes in over 139 RAL colour options for that individual touch. E: [email protected]
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Recent News

More UK retailers could collapse ahead of rent quarter due

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Retailers woes likely to mean more firms going under this week rather than pay their next quarter's rent, a property specialist warns.


iKBBI Launch Installation Standards Pledge

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The iKBBI is excited to announce the introduction of its innovative Installation Standards Pledge.

Issue 7 of AMA's Quarterly Housebuilding Bulletin just published

The 7th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available, providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI.

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.

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.

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.


Harry Wins Gold at Skillbuild Final

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The Skillbuild 2011 National Final took place from 14th to 16th September at Leeds College of Building, with the College's own Harry Coyle taking 1st place in the Wall & Floor Tiling category.

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.


EQ expanding businesses online

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KBB 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.


Ellis Furniture unveils impressive bathroom and kitchen brochures

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Ellis Furniture - a leading manufacturer of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture - has launched two impressive brochures to tempt consumers. The new bathroom range brochure and kitchen supplement present the high quality, beautifully designed furniture, and support the introduction of 18 new product ranges.

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